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A loving teacher at heart

Treasured ministry: Presentation Sister Peggy Dolan with a special card containing pages of well-wishes from those attending her recent 100th birthday party at Nudgee’s Emmaus Retirement Village. Photo: Paul Dobbyn

By Paul Dobbyn LONGREACH’s pesky goats are memories 100-year-old Sister Peggy Dolan has of her arrival in Australia as a young novice from Ireland in 1932. “The goats sometimes ate our clothes off the line,” the sprightly Presentation Sister, who celebrated her centenary a couple of days earlier at Nudgee’s ... Read More »

New health chief finds her calling after near-death hospital experience

Suzanne Greenwood.

By Paul Dobbyn ARRIVING at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital 11 years ago, first time mum-to-be Suzanne Greenwood thought she was about to have a routine delivery. It proved to be anything but. What happened next, as Catholic Health Australia’s new chief executive officer recently said would change her life forever. “I ... Read More »

Congolese horrors inspire Simon’s Brisbane mission

Silence no option: Simon Chibaloz believes the rest of the world should know about the injustices suffered by his Congolese people. Photo: Paul Dobbyn

By Paul Dobbyn SIMON Chibaloza has survived working in one of the most dangerous occupations on Earth – a human rights activist in the Congo. Not only has the Banyo-Nundah parishioner survived, but he’s thriving in a range of roles from being an ambassador with Catholic Mission to working as a ... Read More »

Hail Mary will be the perfect end

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By Peter Bugden THE memory of more than 230 young men kneeling in the courtyard at the front of St Joseph’s Nudgee College and praying the Hail Mary before they are farewelled is one that principal Daryl Hanly will long cherish as he heads into retirement. It is a sight ... Read More »

Inventing love for the human heart

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By Emilie Ng PROGRAMMING robots to walk and designing smart phone games, used to be some of Sr Maria Goretti Tran’s top inventions. “I really loved inventing things,” Sr Maria Goretti, who holds a computer science degree, said. “In the subject at school, I made a small helicopter, and made the ... Read More »

Protecting the children

Protecting children

KNOWING she’s helped even one child who’s been the victim of sexual abuse would be more than enough for Sue Diggles to take deep satisfaction from her child protection work with Brisbane Catholic Education.That was part of the response she gave when asked what has kept her going for 16 ... Read More »

Franciscan way is joy

Fr Benignus Clowes: “Life is meant to be a joy.”

By Peter Bugden FR Benignus Clowes clearly remembers the day early in his time as a Franciscan friar when he came away from confession and “cried and cried”. Dogged by scrupulosity – obsessive guilt about moral and religious issues – he had spoken with an experienced friar about the problem and ... Read More »

Living the pipe dream

Musician's dream

By Paul Dobbyn PLAYING a constant refrain in Roland Bartkowiak’s life was a dream to run his own church choir. The dream was realised when he took charge of Red Hill’s renowned St Brigid’s Church choir in 2004, building on the work of the previous choirmaster John Hopsick. Prior to ... Read More »

Jessika finds faith journey ‘rougher than the seas’

Faithful woman: Jessika Trieu said when God began to challenge her faith, the experience was “rougher than the seas”. Photo: Emilie Ng

By Emilie Ng MOTHER Teresa’s biography includes a chilling period of darkness that was said to have lasted more than 50 years. Biographies say the Albanian-born beatified could not feel God, so she looked for Him in the thousands of abandoned men and women lined up on the streets of ... Read More »

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