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At home with the dying

Dedicated nurse: Genia Miszkowycz has spent 40 years caring for the dying at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Kangaroo Point.

GENIA Miszkowycz stared down at the boisterous red-headed girl tugging on her nurse’s uniform, but no words came to mind.It was lunchtime on the palliative care ward, and amidst the sounds of construction, nurse Genia heard a mother taking her last breath.She was the mum of the red-headed girl.“She tugged ... Read More »

Shaping the future

Dora Luxton: “I keep thinking of Francis’ quote, ‘Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and then suddenly you’re doing the impossible’.”

By Emilie NgLEADING a school ties Upper Coomera’s first Catholic school principal to a 70-hour working  week, but the arduous slog is nothing but a dream come true.“There’s no job more satisfying than teaching, of being able to make a difference and investing in the future,” principal Dora Luxton said.Working ... Read More »

Dedicated to Jesus

Graced jubilee: Ursuline Sister Gabriel Williams is celebrating 50 years of working with God on her baptismal call.

By Emilie NgSPEAKING with a nun on the first day of school moved one of Brisbane’s Ursuline Sisters so much it convinced her to join the order 50 years ago.Ursuline Sister Gabriel Williams said she would never forget the impression of a nun at a Catholic boarding school in Armidale.“I ... Read More »

From boat person to bishop

Amazing journey: Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen.

By Aoife Connors“I was one of the boat people who escaped from South Vietnam.”During migration awareness month in August, the new Australian Catholic Bishops Conference delegate for migrants and refugees Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen shared his journey from survival as a refugee to nurturing a longing to become a ... Read More »

Relief for innocents

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By Peter BugdenCOLIN Apelt remembers the days when your religion could decide what you ate for breakfast.“Catholics didn’t buy (a certain brand of breakfast cereal) because it was manufactured by (another denomination),” he said, recalling the early 1960s when he and his friends were about to try something quite different, ... Read More »

Hearing with heart and soul

Full of life: Fr Jack Agnew (left) presents Percy Bates with a Broncos blanket for his 100th birthday. The blanket was from pastoral carers who visit Percy and other residents at Symes Grove.

By Peter BugdenPERCY Bates, hearing not a sound from the world for his 100 years of life, has well and truly heard with his heart and soul.Having celebrated his 100th birthday on August 14, he communicates with great feeling about the joys of his life and about his faith.The walls ... Read More »

Joan’s life is dedicated to helping others

Guiding light: Joan Bremner has dedicated more than 40 years to Brisbane’s Mater Hospital.

  THE sheer breadth of Joan Bremner’s contributions and responsibilities at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital over 40 years of service verges on the astounding. But it is the manner in which she treated everyone with the respect and dignity they deserved that has resonated so vividly with the staff and patients ... Read More »

A very brave move

Mary Williams: “Every parent deserves to have a positive, joyful experience of parenthood.”

MARY Williams meets the bravest of women every day but they are women who are sometimes harshly judged or misunderstood by the rest of society. To some they are mothers who simply don’t love their new babies. It’s one of the myths Mary knows is wrongly held by some people ... Read More »

The happiest man on earth

Caring for the poor: Missionaries of the Poor founder Fr Richard Ho Lung.

HOLDING the hand of a neglected Jamaican child eaten by rats in a public alms house marked the beginning of Fr Richard Ho Lung’s fight to love the world’s forgotten people. The Jamaican-born Catholic convert from Buddhism left behind “the best of education and best of opportunities” as a Jesuit ... Read More »

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