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How this 86-year-old priest went from being an atheist to evangelising the world

“HELLO, this is Jack,” Fr Jack Soulsby says in his rich, booming voice with an accent that likely springs from his Cornish beginnings. He’s answering the phone as he sits in hospital in Brisbane wracked with pain from illness that’s been with him for months. It’s his provincial Fr Bob Barber, of the Marist Fathers, on the line checking up ... Read More »

How God keeps surprising Paul and Christine Hodgkinson

Paul and Christine Hodgkinson

PAUL Hodgkinson, approaching 83 and aware it might be time to call it a day as a teacher, turned to God for guidance. He was bowled over by what happened next. He’d been a teacher in Christian Brothers schools all around Queensland and for the past 20 years has been a Religious Instruction volunteer in state schools near where he ... Read More »

‘Jesus said … I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink’, Sr Marella Rebgetz is following his teachings

THERE aren’t too many religious sisters who can claim to be water engineers. However, Good Samaritan Sister Marella Rebgetz has always had a practical, scientific bent of mind and has put her talents to use. Last month she was elected to the congregation’s new leadership team until 2023, and she is committed to the Good Sams’ Statement of Directions, which ... Read More »

Fr Willie Lee following Pope Francis’ call to go to peripheries of society

  GROWING up in Fiji, Willie Lee admired the Irish Columban missionaries who travelled across the world to serve the people of his island home. His great-great-grandfather had accepted the first Catholic priests to his remote rural province of Vanua Levu or “Big Land”. Little did young Willie know that one day he would become a Columban missionary. “I saw ... Read More »

Retired Navy medic who suffered depression for 15 years turns life around through Timor Awakening

Kerri Howie

FOR 15 years former Navy medic Kerri Howie struggled with major clinical depression. Now the 48–year-old Kedron veteran has found a life-changing mission – thanks to the Veterans’ Care Association, headed by Catholic Deacon Gary Stone. A year ago Ms Howie travelled to Timor Leste as a member of Timor Awakening, a unique VCA rehabilitation program designed for veterans and ... Read More »

Rebecca Crouch called home from foreign shores for Brisbane youth conference

Rebecca Crouch

“ARE you ready?” is what Rebecca Crouch felt the Lord God ask, preceding her latest adventure in His name. “God is a God of surprises,” she said, between commitments as program director with National Evangelisation Teams, Ireland. In her 15th year with NET, the statuesque woman of faith left Brisbane in 2012 to respond to God’s question with a resounding, ... Read More »

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