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Australia’s saint turned Margaret Hatzis’ grief into joy with music

Margaret Hatzis

PRIMARY school teacher Margaret Hatzis had one of those “aha moments” while standing next to Mary MacKillop’s tomb in North Sydney. It was 2008 and as she was surrounded only by candlelight, Margaret looked at the holy tomb and realised her entire life – literally from the moment she was born – had been shaped by the then soon-to-be saint. ... Read More »

New Brisbane bioethics director tackling the big questions

Dr David Kirchhoffer

LIFE, love and learning have moved Dr David Kirchhoffer from one side of the world to the other. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, David is now settled in Brisbane with his wife, raising their two young sons. He’s followed the path of academia out of Africa to Belgium and then to Australia. On the way, he’s completed a ... Read More »

Living signs, hopefully, of the love of God that sustains all

Timone Pumba and Simba

I THOUGHT it was just me. However, upon discussing it with my fellow friars over lunch – and even other students from different religious orders at the theological college – it turns out we have all had the same experience. Upon meeting for the first time, wherever the location and whatever the occasion, my conversation with a fellow Catholic will ... Read More »

Margie Miller’s ‘fun’ path to an Australian Day honour

Margie Miller

THERE was an old lady who swallowed a fly, and then there’s Margie Miller. Unlike the dame in the popular nursery rhyme, it wasn’t a fly or a spider or even a bird that slipped down Margie’s throat. “I used to sing in the parish choir before I swallowed a bone,” Margie explains. “I was eating a stew and I ... Read More »

Recognising the divine in each living person – without exception

precious life

I READ a terrifying story recently. It recounted the story of a couple who, rejoicing in the birth of their first-born child, learnt but a short while later that she suffered from a rare, terminal illness and that she was unlikely to live beyond her first year. As predicted, their daughter died when she was seven months old – she ... Read More »

Catholic architect Sidney Rofe strives for ‘a transcendental experience’ in his designs

Sidney Rofe and family

“CONNECTION” is an ideal architect Sidney Rofe aims for professionally and personally. His mother Mary Rofe, however, remembers “a very quiet boy” who largely preferred his own company. Born in Maryborough, the eldest of eight, Sidney “was happiest with blocks … paper and something to draw with”, she said. The family lived in Townsville and later, Rockhampton, immersed and well ... Read More »

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