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Lauries legend Ian McDonald leaves after 15 year legacy as principal

Ian MacDonald

IAN McDonald is 65 and spent his adult life teaching – but don’t mention the “R” word.Principal at Brisbane’s St Laurence’s College for the last 15-and-a-half years, he will finish up at the Edmund Rice Education boys’ school at the end of this year, and will take barely a pause ... Read More »

God’s ‘conduit’ Sr Hilda Scott: ‘I can’t do anything without Him’

Sr Hilda Scott

HER attire was customary but her surrounds were quite changed as was the company kept. Instead of her regular monastic lifestyle, Benedictine Sister Hilda Scott was permitted to attend the September 22-25 Ignite Conference among 1600 participants in beachside Redcliffe, north of Brisbane, a far cry from her home at Jamberoo ... Read More »

Fr Rob Galea: ‘God, You have permission to ruin my plans’

Fr Rob Galea

WHEN Fr Rob Galea auditioned for the X-Factor television program in 2015 he captured the interest of the nation. Since then the online audience following his catechesis has grown exponentially. But what brought the Maltese-born priest to ordination and who is he? Journalist Selina Venier met up with Fr Galea ... Read More »

Great-great-grandmother Mercy Seery on reaching 100: ‘I couldn’t live without the Church’

Mercy Seery

AT a time when Pope Francis has called the Church to a Year of Mercy, a Brisbane Catholic is celebrating 100 years of being Mercy.“Mercy” is her name and, for those who best know her, it’s a name that suits.“You have a beautiful name which reflects the beautiful person that ... Read More »

Queensland Senator Matthew Canavan found God in Holy Matrimony

Senator Matthew Canavan

AUSTRALIA’S youngest sworn Federal Cabinet Minister is glad he never fell to the Communists.Matthew Canavan was 17 and finishing high school at Chisholm Catholic College, Cornubia, when he flirted with the idea of being a Communist.He was already a member of Edmund Rice Camps, a ministry started by the Christian ... Read More »

Young newlyweds see Catholic Church as powerful force for good in Australia


“TORRENTIAL” but inconsequential rain greeted Nick McAlpine as he awaited Caroline Woods before their June 4 nuptials in Brisbane this year. Nick “only had eyes” for his “beautiful bride”, Caroline for the man who makes her heart “sing”, their union soon sealed by the God who inspires shared and active faith. The ... Read More »

Slum dwellers turn the tables in Heather’s life

Heather Henderson

THE people of the slums in Nairobi, Kenya, have turned the tables on volunteer aid worker Heather Henderson – giving her as much, if not more, than she gives them.Hailing from Brisbane, she’s there as a volunteer for Palms Australia, living among the poor and working at a primary school.And ... Read More »

Faith woman Malarndirri McCarthy primed for Senate role

Senator Malarndirri McCarthy

ON the eve of being formally declared the Northern Territory’s new Labor senator, Malarndirri McCarthy, like many Australians, sat watching television transfixed and appalled at images of cruel and haunting abuse in youth detention centres.“When Australians can sit and watch a young child be brutalised in the fashion that we ... Read More »

Paul Stevenson, the Australian psychologist who blew whistle on Nauru: It’s worse than prison

Paul Stevenson

PAUL Stevenson’s dealt with the trauma of the Port Arthur massacre, the Bali bombings and the Boxing Day tsunami but none of it compares with what he’s seen on Nauru and Manus Island.And speaking out about it has cost him his job.His voice joins yet another loud chorus of protest ... Read More »

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