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Former pilot honoured by Church and French people says ‘Thanks, Lord’

Ron Hickey

ABOVE dark clouds, Ron Hickey piloted his heavy bomber home from battle.In a split second, another warplane whizzed across the nose of his cockpit, missing by centimetres.“Now I’m moving at about 280 miles per hour (450km/h) and he’s cutting across at the same speed, and my wingtip very nearly took ... Read More »

How a teetotaller Jesuit Brother became a winemaker honoured by the Queen

Jesuit Brother John May

A JESUIT with a nose for a good wine was the toast of one of South Australia’s heavenly vineyard regions recently when the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours were announced.Br John May, winemaker emeritus at the Jesuits’ Sevenhill Cellars in the Clare Valley, was admitted as a member in the General Division ... Read More »

War veteran took on top-secret missions but never hid Catholic faith

Lionel Veale

JUST 12 months after enlisting in the army, 22-year-old Lionel Veale was tapped on the shoulder by a brigadier recruiting for a new, mysterious company of men, willing to take on top-secret assignments.It was 1941, just months before Japan bombed Pearl Harbour and opened up a new, Second World War ... Read More »

Sr Margaret’s biggest life lesson came from a brothel madam

Sr Margaret Robertson

A BROTHEL madam, a saint, special groups of liberated women and countless prisoners influence the way Sr Margaret Robertson follows Jesus Christ.As she looks back on why she took the decision more than 50 years ago as a young woman to join the Sisters of St Joseph she cannot forget ... Read More »

Donna Lynch: Called to the airwaves

Donna Lynch

DONNA Lynch always wanted to work in radio, although growing up in the Snowy Mountains she could not have imagined where her passion and trailblazing spirit would lead her.“As a girl I would talk into the garden hose, pretending it was a microphone,” she said with a grin.“My school reports ... Read More »

Teacher brings ‘seeds of hope’ to Ghana

Helping hand: 2014 volunteer Natalie Scicluna looking right at home with children from the Royal Seed Home.

HOME comforts will be a continent away for Catholic teacher Danielle Bagraith and a group of family and friends who are about to embark on a volunteer trip to West Africa.It won’t be a relaxing holiday for the group of seven, who will be devoting their time and physical abilities to help ... Read More »

How sponsoring a child in India led to a family tradition of giving

Jan Drake

WHAT started with a young Toowoomba mother reaching out to a starving little boy in India has turned into a family affair of giving across the world.Jan Drake was a young girl when her mother Joan Godsall responded to an advertisement in The Chronicle in Toowoomba calling for people to sponsor ... Read More »

Irish family found road to freedom between Tipperary and Rosevale

Kevin Ahearn Slab Hut Split Rail

THE weather-beaten ironbark fence at Kevin Ahearn’s front door is a constant reminder of the priceless debt he owes his Irish ancestors.It’s a link to the title of Kevin’s recently published book, Slab Hut and Split Rail Fence – A local history of Rosevale, Mt Walker, Lower Mt Walker and ... Read More »

Sports coach equally inspired by Wayne Bennett, Vince Lombardi and St Francis Xavier

Catholic sports coach

CRAIG Gunn holds rugby league master coaches Wayne Bennett and Jack Gibson, and legendary gridiron coach Vince Lombardi among his heroes – and St Francis Xavier is up there too.Each of them are inspirations for Craig as a teacher and sports coach and for his life.For a life that includes ... Read More »

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