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Serving God: Deacon Ralph Madigan.

Aboriginal Deacon Ralph Madigan tells of how his traditional culture and Catholic faith have guided him on his spiritual journey. MY Catholic background comes from my grandmother on my father’s side, Annie Green, who had a very strong Catholic faith. Gran always prayed the Rosary and she had story books ... Read More »

Think of others before ‘selfies’

Faith mission: Salesian Father Ambrose Pereira, working in the Solomons Islands.

By Paul Dobbyn SALESIAN Father Ambrose Pereira has come from the Solomon Islands to pursue social media studies as part of his mission to encourage the islands’ young people. He wants them “to look beyond selfies and reach out to help others”. Completing a Masters in Communications for Social Change ... Read More »

Life built on love

Life of love: Ray and Clare Garrigan celebrating 60 years of marriage

WHEN Ray and Clare Garrigan met in 1952, they recognised something special in each other. Despite the difficulties of Clare living in Clifton and Ray in Brisbane they managed to nurture that attraction and on New Year’s Eve 1953 they announced their engagement to marry. They married on Saturday, November ... Read More »

Standing up for life

Life matters: Daniel Edmonds, who had a profound experience of the Holy Spirit during a pro-life event,  pictured with wife Maria and their three children. Photo: Kate Veronica

By Emilie Ng ABORTION clinics have always been a place of pain and discomfort for longtime pro-life advocate Daniel Edmonds. But it was outside the Dr Marie Stopes abortion clinic in Bowen Hills that the 38-year-old husband and father found the incentive to pray for the first time in 10 ... Read More »

Glory days to sing about

John Sattler

By Peter BugdenJOHN Sattler is no angel – having earned the reputation of being one of the toughest men to play rugby league doesn’t quite fit the picture.But he is a regular Mass-goer in Surfers Paradise parish, and the holiday crowds belting out carols at Christmas celebrations there this week ... Read More »

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 »

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