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Why Greg Shakovskoy left Perth to seek God in Brisbane

Greg Shakovskoy

IF the Shakovskoys were around in Jesus’ time they may have had half the seats at the Last Supper.When Jesus was gathering his disciples with the call “Come, follow me”, he had Peter and Andrew from one family and James and John from another taking up the invitation, but the ... Read More »

Fiona’s story – Vinnies helps restore hope

Fiona’s story

“One day I spiralled into an alcohol-induced psychosis. I called ‘000’ and told them I was afraid I was going to harm myself and that my children needed to be taken into care.”These are Fiona’s words. The words of a woman in crisis. And there’s countless words like them told ... Read More »

Camera ‘weapon’ of choice for West Papuan activist

West Papuan man Wensislaus Fatubun

A YOUNG West Papuan currently in Australia is shooting video rather than bullets in his battle to fight the intimidation, torture and massacres that are regular occurrences in his homeland. Wensislaus Fatubun is a filmmaker and self-declared “video activist” intent on documenting the plight of his countrymen under Indonesian occupation.But the ... Read More »

Journeying in faith

Fr John Sherman: “Well, I’d thought for a long time of being a priest.”                                                                                           Photo: Emilie Ng

FATHER John Sherman is no stranger to doubt. Despite being the first Queenslander to join the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Australia, getting to the seminary was no easy feat.“I went down to the seminary to go into the novitiate (at Sorrento, Victoria) and lost all desire to go,” he ... Read More »

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

colin apelt

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 »

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