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Prakash’s amazing life

Inspired by faith: Prakash Khadka with children in Mugu, Nepal.

By Paul Dobbyn PRAKASH Khadka’s entrance into the Catholic Church from the prompting of a Hindu teacher is one of the more unusual conversion stories. But much is remarkable about the journey of this young Gurkha man, separated from his Hindu family to become a child labourer at just eight ... Read More »

Desperate for Jesus

Mike Dooley: “The easiest way to explain it is God saved my life.”

By Emilie NgSPOTTING a train pulling up at his local station in Perth, Mike Dooley had only one thought left in his mind – jump.The suicidal, depressive man thought the only recovery from his traumatic childhood, one that left an after-taste of intense physical, verbal and sexual abuse was to ... Read More »

Community builder at work

People-first policy: Fr Teri Nueva

By Erwin Cabucos LIKE the journey of Catholics from the Philippines to other countries and into Australia, Fr Teri Nueva’s story is one that his people also endured. They have been immersed in the life of poverty and contrast, answered to the call of service, and settled and adjusted to ... Read More »

Clara’s uncovering the gifts of the Holy Spirit

Clara Geoghegan, founder of the Called and Gifted program in Australia.

By Paul Dobbyn HANDING parents of a stillborn child in a Melbourne hospital a prayer shawl with religious medals and two red felt hearts attached was a simple gesture. But as Clara Geoghegan, founder of the Called and Gifted program in Australia, said, the blessings to flow from this act ... Read More »

‘Keeping both feet on the ground’

Rising star: Mahalia Cassidy, a former student of St John Fisher College, Bracken Ridge, continues to rise through the ranks of Queensland netball.

By Isaac Murphy MAHALIA Cassidy is the kind of person you’d have a half-hour chat to if you sat next to her on the train. In this conversation it’s also a fair chance Mahalia wouldn’t mention the fact that at 19 years of age she has already represented the Australian ... Read More »

Vision for better days

Peter Chapman: The former Gregory Terrace principal is now regional director of support for Edmund Rice Education Australia’s Northern region, which take sin Queensland. Photos: Courtesy of St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace

By Peter Bugden PETER Chapman is a man of “good days and better days”, and his days at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, over the past decade must surely count among his best. He finished at the esteemed boys’ college at the end of last year after being principal for ... Read More »

Sr Gabi on urgent mission

Called to mission: “Putting someone in contact with God, helping someone discover that they could have a relationship with God, fired me up.”

By Emilie Ng SOUL brothers Jake and Elwood Blues claimed to be on a mission from God to save their childhood orphanage. But while the 1980 cult classic film characters’ mission was mere fiction, the mission from God for Sr Gabriela Aguilar, 35, is real, and according to her, urgent. ... Read More »

Loving God’s surprises

Fr Anthony Ekpo: “… And that’s one thing with the priesthood – to always see and hear the voice of God, through whatever means – and this time through my bishop.”

By Peter Bugden THE village of Umudike is renowned in Nigeria for agricultural research, particularly in root crops, but now in Brisbane archdiocese it can be remembered as the home town of Fr Anthony Ekpo. Fr Anthony, 33, is familiar around St Stephen’s Cathedral as an associate pastor of the ... Read More »

Chris’ work goes global

Practical help: Chris Ng with members of a community in East Timor.

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE man Chris Ng is like a “lone ranger” as he roams from one country to another bringing aid to the poorest of the poor. When he is moved by the tears and pain of people suffering because of war, hunger, disease and poverty, he doesn’t reach ... Read More »

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