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Living the pipe dream

Musician's dream

By Paul Dobbyn PLAYING a constant refrain in Roland Bartkowiak’s life was a dream to run his own church choir. The dream was realised when he took charge of Red Hill’s renowned St Brigid’s Church choir in 2004, building on the work of the previous choirmaster John Hopsick. Prior to that Roland had been employed from 1997 as an organist ... Read More »

‘Know thyself’ and others

Knowing yourself

This is a syndicated column by Bernard Toutounji.   Click here if the audio does not play. I REMEMBER when I was engaged to my now wife Jane, one of the biggest discoveries I had to process was learning that she was an introvert. We were at a social function with people we both knew well and it came up ... Read More »

Prayers for priests, religious amid trials

I enjoy the contributions to The Catholic Leader from lay members of our faith community, particularly when we are reminded about the centrality of a loving family environment into which our most vulnerable young and older can be nourished by faith in Jesus.   It is good however to see some thought being given to the murkier side of life ... Read More »

Jessika finds faith journey ‘rougher than the seas’

By Emilie Ng MOTHER Teresa’s biography includes a chilling period of darkness that was said to have lasted more than 50 years. Biographies say the Albanian-born beatified could not feel God, so she looked for Him in the thousands of abandoned men and women lined up on the streets of Calcutta. Ireland’s patron St Patrick also wrote in a diary ... Read More »

Pondering gravity and grace

Clare Burns reflects on a “Quiet Saturday” of Les Murray poetry at the Faber Centre. A WEEK and a half after arriving in Brisbane from Melbourne via a two-year stint in Cairns I found myself at the Faber Centre of Ignatian Spirituality, Bardon. The “Quiet Saturday” was titled Gravity and Grace; it focused on Les Murray poetry who describes Australia as ... Read More »

Well done

THANK you Emilie Ng for the coverage you provided in the Leader of August 24 concerning the achievements of Jesuit Father Greg Boyle and his Homeboy initiative, that has proved so effective in Los Angeles Bandit zones. The Catholic Prison Mission and other similar objective groups have consistently confronted the problems identified by Fr Boyle, but evaded by the Queensland ... Read More »

Care at the cutting edge

By Paul Dobbyn MONSIGNOR Robert Vitillo often tells the story of the ageing South African bishop who volunteered to share a room with a young AIDS- infected man at a Caribbean seminar on the disease in the late 1980s. The American-born priest, for the past 27 years full-time special advisor on HIV and AIDS to Caritas Internationalis, uses the story to ... Read More »

Kneeling at my son’s cot

By Peter Holmes OUR baby son Albert has recently come home from hospital after an extended recovery from pneumonia and open-heart surgery. He has recovered well, if slowly, but he still requires a breathing mask fitted when he sleeps and we are still feeding him through a nasal gastric tube. Since his feeds are every four hours, I have found ... Read More »

Well done Archbishop Mark

MY Nigerian son in law, living in Sydney, was so excited that Archbishop Mark Coleridge cared enough to go to Nigeria for his priests’ ordination ceremony. Well done Archbishop Mark and well done to The Catholic Leader for the great reporting and pictures of such happy faces at the event. Susan MacleodNewcastle, QLD   Read More »

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