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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 »

Going where God takes him

Fr David Pascoe: “What I love about being a priest is leading people in prayer”.

By Emilie NgSTEPPING off a plane from Australia to the United States just over 20 years ago, Fr David Pascoe considered himself a humble man on a great adventure.At the request of the Queensland bishops, Fr Pascoe put his Australian life on hold in the early 1990s to start post-graduate ... Read More »

A loving teacher at heart

Treasured ministry: Presentation Sister Peggy Dolan with a special card containing pages of well-wishes from those attending her recent 100th birthday party at Nudgee’s Emmaus Retirement Village. Photo: Paul Dobbyn

By Paul Dobbyn LONGREACH’s pesky goats are memories 100-year-old Sister Peggy Dolan has of her arrival in Australia as a young novice from Ireland in 1932. “The goats sometimes ate our clothes off the line,” the sprightly Presentation Sister, who celebrated her centenary a couple of days earlier at Nudgee’s ... Read More »

New health chief finds her calling after near-death hospital experience

Suzanne Greenwood.

By Paul Dobbyn ARRIVING at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital 11 years ago, first time mum-to-be Suzanne Greenwood thought she was about to have a routine delivery. It proved to be anything but. What happened next, as Catholic Health Australia’s new chief executive officer recently said would change her life forever. “I ... Read More »

Congolese horrors inspire Simon’s Brisbane mission

Silence no option: Simon Chibaloz believes the rest of the world should know about the injustices suffered by his Congolese people. Photo: Paul Dobbyn

By Paul Dobbyn SIMON Chibaloza has survived working in one of the most dangerous occupations on Earth – a human rights activist in the Congo. Not only has the Banyo-Nundah parishioner survived, but he’s thriving in a range of roles from being an ambassador with Catholic Mission to working as a ... Read More »

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