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PNG seminarian Br Joseph Liaia passionate about giving back to his people

Passionist Brother Joseph Laiai

ANYONE watching on as Br Joseph Liaia kicks a football around the grounds of a monastery in Brisbane most likely won’t realise it’s part of his preparation for priesthood. Apart from the fact he’s having fun and getting some exercise, when the 29-year-old from Papua New Guinea is kicking the ball he’s also thinking of the life ahead of him. ... Read More »

100-year-old grandmother Hazel Yared’s been dealt a good hand in life

Hazel Yared

LIKE any serious Lebanese homemaker, Hazel Yared never fails to have a table of handmade delicacies ready for any stranger who walks through her door. The day she’s scheduled to have an interview with The Catholic Leader, her dining table is decorated with dainty Lebanese shortbread, walnut slices, almond-and-chocolate biscuits, ham-and-cheese sandwiches, and an endless offering of tea or coffee. ... Read More »

Former barrister-turned-liturgist says liturgy is ‘food for the soul’

Susan Fajardo

SUSAN Fajardo loves the Mass, but certain things that sometimes happen when she’s there disturb her intensely. She gets so disturbed that she’s taking on years of study to give herself a chance to do something about it. It all started when a priest in her suburban Brisbane parish gave her the role of liturgist, and trained her in preparing ... Read More »

Humming St Augustine’s way

Tony MacPherson

TONY MacPherson was mowing the lawn one day and he started humming a tune – a tune that would change his life. That was 26 years ago, in the days when he was a teacher at Villanova College, an Augustinian school at Coorparoo in the southern suburbs of Brisbane, not far from Wynnum where he grew up in a staunch ... Read More »

Musical nun and Lismore legend Sr Patricia Dent reaches major birthday

Sr Patricia Dent

PUT Sr Patricia Dent in front of any piano, but especially her 1970 Yamaha, and prepare to be whisked away on a musical adventure for at least an hour. The beloved Presentation Sister spends nearly every day tinkering on her piano in her living room at Caloundra Rise on the Sunshine Coast. “And if the neighbours don’t hear me play, ... Read More »

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 »

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