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Purcell family looks inward for life’s meaning and purpose

Gerry and Claire Purcell and their daughters

IT may be difficult for expectant fathers, who are doctors, to choose whether “to be the dad or be the doctor” when baby is on the way. Posing the question to expectant parents Gerry and Claire Purcell, who may welcome their third child between the writing of this story and ... Read More »

Married couple pioneering new forms of ministry for milleniums

“SOMETHING happened” to Karen Doyle when reading the then Pope John Paul II’s Letter to Women. As a newlywed in 2001, the mid-90s document “grabbed a hold of” her soul and “shaped and directed” life’s purpose. Today, Karen and husband of 16 years, Jonathan, spearhead CHOICEZ MEDIA, a thriving and ... Read More »

Hooked on the Camino: The man who is planning his fourth (and fifth) pilgrimage

Eduardo and Merinda

WE all may know a couple starting 2017 with their minds on planning a wedding; what are the chances of them heading off on a five-week walk straight after their big day? That’s what young Brisbane man Eduardo Cruz and his wife Merinda did – 35 days walking across Spain. ... Read More »

Stanthorpe man who turned 100 last year immortalised in larger-than-life mural

Angelo Vialente

FOR a larger-than-life mural to be created in the main street of a resident’s hometown is a rarity and privilege. When Angelo Valiante first viewed his esteemed depiction, just a stone’s throw from Stanthorpe’s main street, the centenarian revealed the humour for which he’s well known. “Now they’ll paint the ... Read More »

Sr Anne Gardiner has spent 63 years loving the Tiwi Aboriginal people

Sr Anne Gardiner

SISTER Anne Gardiner vividly recalls the day she flew to the Tiwi Islands to start her missionary work. “That was a moment of joy when I landed,” she said. “I got out of the plane and the children all ran up to me, pinching my skin and saying ‘you look ... Read More »

Faith in God is Vera Acres’ secret to seeing out 100 years

Vera and family

BELIEVING in God is the reason Catholic mother-of-three Vera Acres has entered Brisbane’s 100-plus club. The former parishioner from St Luke’s in Buranda for 65 years said God had been good to her for the past 100 years “otherwise I don’t think I’d be alive now”. “Everybody asks me what ... Read More »

Singing from the heart: Music is Julie McCoy’s prayer of pure joy

Julie McCoy

JULIE McCoy is the kind of Christian Pope Francis would be cheering for. In his document, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), he said Christians must be people of joy and not “look like someone who has just come back from a funeral” if they’re ever going to draw ... Read More »

Heavenly mothers have a hand in young couple’s marriage

Mierendorfs

NATTASHA Mierendorf’s decision to marry was spurred by someone who’d never married and she’d never met. Her relationship with Stephen, who arrived in Brisbane to serve with National Evangelisation Teams (NET) in 2011, was somewhat unexpected. “I was really closed off to dating anyone,” Nattasha, known best as Tash, said. ... Read More »

After 51 years at Padua College, former student and rector Bob Out is finally saying goodbye

Bob Out principal

  STAYING at school for 51 years has been Robert Out’s idea of a successful life. At 59, Robert, better known as Bob to everyone except his mother, has spent 51 years at Padua College, Kedron. He has gone from student to classroom teacher, the school’s second lay vice-rector, and ... Read More »

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