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Macbooks, monks and martyrs – the blogging Benedictine priest

“THERE are Benedictines, and then there are Benedictines.” Fr Hugh Somerville-Knapman believes he is the latter. “The English Benedictines are probably not known as being the most austere Benedictines and that, indeed, other monks have a nasty joke that EBC (English Benedictine Congregation) means Every Bodily Comfort,” Fr Hugh said. It’s only mostly true, since Fr Hugh is talking to ... Read More »

Making a difference backed up by research

ST Vincent de Paul Society Queensland and the University of Queensland have entered into a pioneering partnership to undertake research providing an evidence base for the charity’s “good works”. Vinnies Queensland chief executive officer Peter Maher said: “It was critical for the society to understand what it is doing to assist people in need in our communities, and what is ... Read More »

Andrea Mercier relishing the chance to share faith stories

EVERYONE would benefit from “an Andrea Mercier” in their corner. She’s the kind of wife, mother, educator and friend whose selfless and God-filled ways are at the core of her being. Not that the striking woman of faith would publicise it; in fact, she’d likely go to great lengths to change these very words in print. That’s because Andrea’s humble ... Read More »

Frank Hennessy just keeps on ‘giving back’, even in retirement

WHENEVER Frank Hennessy lets people know about his jail time they can’t hide their shock. It’s totally at odds with the Frank they know – contented retiree, former Catholic primary school principal and a leader in his profession. “It’s interesting. From time to time you’re out with a group of friends and something comes up, and I just sort of ... Read More »

Married couple pioneering new forms of ministry for milleniums

“SOMETHING happened” to Karen Doyle when reading the then Pope John Paul II’s Letter to Women. As a newlywed in 2001, the mid-90s document “grabbed a hold of” her soul and “shaped and directed” life’s purpose. Today, Karen and husband of 16 years, Jonathan, spearhead CHOICEZ MEDIA, a thriving and progressive online and consultative ministry to individuals and groups in ... Read More »

Our pilgrimage of faith has been marked out by God

Laying of hands

THE evangelical counsels – the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience – have been the subject of a weekly class throughout our time here in Hong Kong and they will continue right up until the conclusion of our novitiate. It is obviously essential that we have a clear understanding of what these vows entail as – should we persevere and ... Read More »

Stanthorpe man who turned 100 last year immortalised in larger-than-life mural

Angelo Vialente

FOR a larger-than-life mural to be created in the main street of a resident’s hometown is a rarity and privilege. When Angelo Valiante first viewed his esteemed depiction, just a stone’s throw from Stanthorpe’s main street, the centenarian revealed the humour for which he’s well known. “Now they’ll paint the queen next to me,” his daughters Lina Scalora and Nina ... Read More »