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‘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 »

Vision for better days

Peter Chapman: The former Gregory Terrace principal is now regional director of support for Edmund Rice Education Australia’s Northern region, which take sin Queensland. Photos: Courtesy of St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace

By Peter Bugden PETER Chapman is a man of “good days and better days”, and his days at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, over the past decade must surely count among his best. He finished at the esteemed boys’ college at the end of last year after being principal for ... Read More »

Sr Gabi on urgent mission

Called to mission: “Putting someone in contact with God, helping someone discover that they could have a relationship with God, fired me up.”

By Emilie Ng SOUL brothers Jake and Elwood Blues claimed to be on a mission from God to save their childhood orphanage. But while the 1980 cult classic film characters’ mission was mere fiction, the mission from God for Sr Gabriela Aguilar, 35, is real, and according to her, urgent. ... Read More »

Loving God’s surprises

Fr Anthony Ekpo: “… And that’s one thing with the priesthood – to always see and hear the voice of God, through whatever means – and this time through my bishop.”

By Peter Bugden THE village of Umudike is renowned in Nigeria for agricultural research, particularly in root crops, but now in Brisbane archdiocese it can be remembered as the home town of Fr Anthony Ekpo. Fr Anthony, 33, is familiar around St Stephen’s Cathedral as an associate pastor of the ... Read More »

Chris’ work goes global

Practical help: Chris Ng with members of a community in East Timor.

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE man Chris Ng is like a “lone ranger” as he roams from one country to another bringing aid to the poorest of the poor. When he is moved by the tears and pain of people suffering because of war, hunger, disease and poverty, he doesn’t reach ... Read More »

Inspired by Frederic

Cassandra Bull: “Vinnies was started by a 20-year-old; I joined as a young person and I’ll be there for life.”

By Peter Bugden  IF you should have the privilege of meeting young Brisbane woman Cassandra Bull, it might not be too long before she’ll be talking lovingly about Fred. Fred is not her boyfriend but she is in a rather deep and abiding relationship with him. The truth is, he ... Read More »

Faith, heritage as one

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’

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 »

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