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Margaret’s miracle

Vanishing cancer: Margaret Keast was told she had three to six months to live when diagnosed with bone and stomach cancer, but months later specialists could find no traces of the disease.

By Emilie Ng WHEN Margaret Keast was given three to six months to live, she didn’t bat an eyelid. The 68-year-old had already endured a 15-year battle with breast cancer, and news that it had worsened, turning into secondary cancer in her stomach and bones, had “no effect”. The Beenleigh ... Read More »

Mike’s faith overcomes challenges

Clear vision: Mike Duggan has looked past his own disability with the eyes of faith to reach out and help others. Photo: Paul Dobbyn

By Paul Dobbyn INTERNATIONAL Disability Day on December 3 is a date of great potential in the eyes of West End’s Mike Duggan. Because the 67-year-old born with cerebral palsy, and passionate advocate for the rights of people with a disability, knows “the majority of the world still don’t get ... Read More »

Building a relationship with God

Br John Venard: “A lot of my life, to me, is God looking after somebody who’s trying to do the right thing.”

By Peter Bugden BEING given a pushbike so he could “go to Mass every morning and serve for the priests” was the start of a ride into religious life that has lasted 64 years for Marist Brother John Venard (Smith). Br Venard, long-time columnist for The Catholic Leader and author ... Read More »

A journey of life with love and compassion

Faith journey: Nicole Clements (right) during her journey telling Caritas Australia’s story through a signature 50th anniversary film and series of seven smaller films about the agency’s work over five decades.

By Nicole Clements This is what God asks of you: To act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8) AS a journalist working for more than 20 years for broadcasters and news agencies around the world, like the ABC, SBS and Associated Press Television, I ... Read More »

Dedicated to others

Dedication recognised: Susan Rix receives the Order of Australia Medal from dormer Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey at Government House.

By Paul Dobbyn ONE of the first phone calls Susan Rix received when she arrived as a new parishioner in Hendra last year carried a familiar request. “It was from Father, now Rockhampton’s bishop, Michael McCarthy asking me to join the parish’s finance council,” the accountant and partner in BDO ... Read More »

‘I’m looking forward to heaven’

Living faith: Fr Gerard Mulholland.

By Debra Vermeer WHEN Divine Word Missionaries Father Gerard Mulholland found out a few months ago that he had late-stage Motor Neurone Disease, he was angry with God. Now, with his faith to sustain him, Fr Gerard says he is looking forward to heaven, but with the loving care of ... Read More »

Sustained by faith in difficult times

Fr Gerard Mulholland

By Debra VermeerWHEN Divine Word Missionaries Father Gerard Mulholland found out a few months ago that he had late-stage Motor Neurone Disease, he was angry with God.Now, with his faith to sustain him, Fr Gerard says he is looking forward to heaven, but with the loving care of family, confreres ... Read More »

Faith saved Sue Treweek from ‘hell’

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By Emilie Ng INSTITUTIONALISED care almost killed Brisbane woman Sue Treweek as a young child. But the 49-year-old said her Catholic faith was the reason she is alive. Ms Treweek’s testimony of assault and unjustified institutionalisation is one of many featured in travelling showing at the Queensland Museum until November ... Read More »

Faith not alien to Pope’s astronomer

Worship through wonder: Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno with his new book shedding light on some of the strange places where religion and science meet. Photo: Paul Dobbyn

By Paul Dobbyn GAZING through a telescope at the night sky would most likely not be rated as a moment of worship for most people. Not so US-born Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno. In a recent conversation in Brisbane, the man often known as “the Pope’s Astronomer” who works at the ... Read More »

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