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What’s this couple’s secret to being married for 60 years?

Dan and Joan Roche

DAN Roche, in his 80s and retired from a long career in banking, could never have imagined the day his singing would move his audience to tears.He was singing to his wife Joan at her 80th birthday party, and the audience was their eight children and partners, and their grandchildren.He’d ... Read More »

Country girl set to lead one of Brisbane’s top residential colleges

Therese Eddy portrait feature

THÉRÈSE Eddy will rely on her rural background and the strength of her own life experience to lead one of The University of Queensland’s premier residential colleges.Thérèse is the new head of college and chief executive officer of Duchesne College, which was founded by Archbishop James Duhig in 1937 to ... Read More »

South Sudanese refugee believes work sows seeds of hope and dignity

Apande Gong Speaking

APANDE Gong believes work is the key to a person’s hope and dignity.The 37-year-old single mother fled war-torn South Sudan as a 19-year-old in 1998 and began a new life in Australia, first in Coffs Harbour and then finding her way to Brisbane.Apande shut her eyes, shook her head and ... Read More »

Andrew sings life to the full from school to school

Andrew Chinn

IT’S difficult to tire of the company of Catholic musical all-rounder Andrew Chinn. It’s also difficult to not find children grinning from ear to ear or adults toe-tapping in his effervescent presence. Amid the beaming faces and tapping toes there’s an inherent understanding Andrew is living and breathing his God-given destiny. “It’s a little ... Read More »

‘Joseph’ was a sign for this Brisbane Josephite Sister

Sr Annette Arnold

FOR a young Annette Arnold growing up in Rockhampton in central Queensland, the name “Joseph” was to be key in the unfolding of her life.The eighth in a family of 10 children, she grew up in the cathedral parish of St Joseph.“The significance of that has not been lost on me – my ... Read More »

Nothing old school about Brisbane Catholic Education’s new leader

Dr Doug Ashleigh

DR Doug Ashleigh has decades of experience as a Catholic teacher, principal and administrator, but there’s nothing old school about this senior educator.Dr Ashleigh recently moved with his family from Sydney to take on the challenging role of deputy executive director at Brisbane Catholic Education.He has spent much of the ... Read More »

Refugee who fled war-torn Sudan finds light in Australia

Sudanese refugee Noor Hassan

AMERICA’S leading public health institute released a report last year detailing the most common times babies were born. According to the report, released by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention’s Centre for Health Statistics, a majority of United States babies born in 2013 arrived in the new world between 8am ... Read More »

God’s on Fr Nigel’s side

Fr Nigel Sequeira

SPIN a globe in your hands and stop on a random point.Any continent. Any hemisphere.There is a good chance you will stop near a place that Fr Nigel Sequeira has called home.It may be Tanzania, on Africa’s eastern central coast, where Fr Nigel was born.Perhaps it’s India, where he attended ... Read More »

How a Rwandan man is transforming the lives of refugees

Protais Muhirwa

IT’S an explosion of colour, costume, dance and even cuisine.About 15 different nationalities collide in this most unusual sight in Brisbane’s southern suburbs.People from South America, the Middle East, parts of Africa and even eastern Europe.But there is one thing that stands out more than the colours, smell and sounds.It’s ... Read More »

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