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Faith and reason: two wings to knowing truth

By Dr Ryan Messmore WHAT’S a four-letter word for a freshwater fish whose second letter is “a”?  Take five seconds and fill in the answer on the top row of the crossword puzzle (going across). Now for the far right column (going down): What’s a four letter word meaning “meat from a pig”? Chances are, you feel pretty confident that ... Read More »

Dominican charism inspires Margaret Lee

Dr Margaret Lee

AFTER a lifetime working in Queensland secondary schools, Margaret Lee is exchanging the classroom for research. In January she will begin working for Brisbane Catholic Education executive director Pam Betts, liaising with universities for BCE. “It’s going to be a bit of everything,” Margaret said. “I’ll be researching and looking at innovative practices that are available out there that BCE ... Read More »

Academic found God in history

Stefano Girola

CRITICAL thinking, knowledge and an inquisitive nature have all been apart of  Stefano Girola’s faith journey. The Brisbane-based academic, after years away from the Church in his youth, wants to one day translate and see published all the Italian works of Spanish Benedictine priest Fr Rosendo Salvado. Dr Girola, an honorary fellow with the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at ... Read More »

Why Greg Shakovskoy left Perth to seek God in Brisbane

Greg Shakovskoy

IF the Shakovskoys were around in Jesus’ time they may have had half the seats at the Last Supper. When Jesus was gathering his disciples with the call “Come, follow me”, he had Peter and Andrew from one family and James and John from another taking up the invitation, but the Shakovskoy family has responded in double the numbers. Thirty-eight ... Read More »

Fiona’s story – Vinnies helps restore hope

Fiona’s story

“One day I spiralled into an alcohol-induced psychosis. I called ‘000’ and told them I was afraid I was going to harm myself and that my children needed to be taken into care.” These are Fiona’s words. The words of a woman in crisis. And there’s countless words like them told daily to volunteer members of St Vincent de Paul ... Read More »

How Aunty Ruth Hegarty built herself a better future

Aunty Ruth Hegarty

AUNTY Ruth Hegarty loves telling stories.  The 86-year old respected Aboriginal elder, author, advocate for indigenous justice and holder of an honorary doctorate from Australian Catholic University has recently published two children’s books with five more stories due this month.  These books break away from her previous work that includes an award-winning memoir “Is that you Ruthie?” that detailed life ... Read More »

Camera ‘weapon’ of choice for West Papuan activist

West Papuan man Wensislaus Fatubun

A YOUNG West Papuan currently in Australia is shooting video rather than bullets in his battle to fight the intimidation, torture and massacres that are regular occurrences in his homeland.  Wensislaus Fatubun is a filmmaker and self-declared “video activist” intent on documenting the plight of his countrymen under Indonesian occupation. But the documentaries he makes put his own life at ... Read More »

Life changes course with one Melbourne Cup bet

Fr Dave O'Connor

THERE aren’t many priests who can say a horse race helped dictate their vocational journey. But Fr Dave O’Connor counts the 1989 Melbourne Cup as one of those moments that steered his priestly life in a new direction. Fr Dave was then based in Perth as the Navy chaplain, continuing a journey that had bounced from regional Queensland through Sydney ... Read More »

Belarus to Brisbane and back

Sr Anastasia Badeeff

SR Anastasia Badeeff is expecting a chilly welcome when she returns home this week.  She is a Sister of St Elisabeth’s Convent, Minsk, Belarus, a country of about 10 million people that borders Poland and Russia, and the climate there is a little different to that in Australia. “Belarus is a beautiful country with many forest and lakes,” she said.  ... Read More »

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