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Rising to the challenge

Steph Lalor of Caritas

AMAZINGLY Steph Lalor’s faith was not shredded by her exposure to the devastation and trauma caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu last month. Quite the opposite, the Caritas Pacific program manager said. The monster cyclone, the strongest ever recorded to make landfall in the South Pacific, was responsible for ... Read More »

Hail Mary to the end

Timeless bond: Michele Gierck with her mother Jean holding a glass of brandy, an old favourite mentioned in the book.

By Paul Dobbyn AUTHOR Michele Gierck is emphatic that accompanying her mother through Alzheimer’s to her eventual death “is not a sad story”. Reading the Melbourne author’s latest book, “Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me”, it’s easy to agree. “Touching”, “inspirational”, “heart-warming” and “informational” are words which ... Read More »

Led to Christ

Carrying his cross: Will Nicol clutches the cross as Jesus in the Emmanuel Community’s annual Stations of the Cross.

By Emilie Ng WILL Nicol has thrown off many ugly crosses in his life, but there’s one he would eagerly clutch until he dies – the crucifix. And while the 25-year-old nor any human being will ever have a chance to touch Christ’s real cross, this year he walked in ... Read More »

Adventure in Alice

Sr Anne Surtees: “It’s a case of do I stay here where I’m really comfortable and everything’s fine or do I think, ‘Now … I need to step out in trust’?” Photo: Emilie Ng

By Peter Bugden SISTER Anne Surtees has never taken a leap of faith quite like the one she is taking this Easter season. The Ursuline Sister of 35 years is giving up a role she “loves” – as director of Centacare Pastoral Ministries in Brisbane archdiocese – and heading off ... Read More »

Prakash’s amazing life

Inspired by faith: Prakash Khadka with children in Mugu, Nepal.

By Paul Dobbyn PRAKASH Khadka’s entrance into the Catholic Church from the prompting of a Hindu teacher is one of the more unusual conversion stories. But much is remarkable about the journey of this young Gurkha man, separated from his Hindu family to become a child labourer at just eight ... Read More »

Desperate for Jesus

Mike Dooley: “The easiest way to explain it is God saved my life.”

By Emilie NgSPOTTING a train pulling up at his local station in Perth, Mike Dooley had only one thought left in his mind – jump.The suicidal, depressive man thought the only recovery from his traumatic childhood, one that left an after-taste of intense physical, verbal and sexual abuse was to ... Read More »

Community builder at work

People-first policy: Fr Teri Nueva

By Erwin Cabucos LIKE the journey of Catholics from the Philippines to other countries and into Australia, Fr Teri Nueva’s story is one that his people also endured. They have been immersed in the life of poverty and contrast, answered to the call of service, and settled and adjusted to ... Read More »

Clara’s uncovering the gifts of the Holy Spirit

Clara Geoghegan, founder of the Called and Gifted program in Australia.

By Paul Dobbyn HANDING parents of a stillborn child in a Melbourne hospital a prayer shawl with religious medals and two red felt hearts attached was a simple gesture. But as Clara Geoghegan, founder of the Called and Gifted program in Australia, said, the blessings to flow from this act ... Read More »

‘Keeping both feet on the ground’

Rising star: Mahalia Cassidy, a former student of St John Fisher College, Bracken Ridge, continues to rise through the ranks of Queensland netball.

By Isaac Murphy MAHALIA Cassidy is the kind of person you’d have a half-hour chat to if you sat next to her on the train. In this conversation it’s also a fair chance Mahalia wouldn’t mention the fact that at 19 years of age she has already represented the Australian ... Read More »

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