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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 »

Michael Hutchinson’s invitation of a lifetime

Michael Hutchinson

MICHAEL Hutchinson remembers a weekend in 1980 as a turning point in his life. Apart from meeting his wife Sue and the birth of their daughters Kate and Sophie, there are not too many times that have had such lasting impact. “I’m very thankful to my sister (Maree) for inviting me to come to that celebration,” Michael said as he ... Read More »

Presentation Sister Carmel Hodgkinson has given a lifetime of service to God’s children

Sr Carmel Hodgkinson

SHE danced before taking a step. That’s what Presentation Sister Carmel (Jean Marie) Hodgkinson knows about her early years. “My parents said I’d hold onto the bar near the radio and bounce, up and down, to the beat,” the sprightly 76-year-old said from Holy Spirit Home, Carseldine, in Brisbane’s north. “I’ve got rhythm, I’ve always had it.” The toe-tapping sister ... Read More »

Fr Francis Ching, the priest who can’t read

Legally blind priest Fr Francis Ching

MASS etiquette suggests Catholics turn off or silence their mobile device before entering the church, but that rule doesn’t apply to Canadian priest Fr Francis Ching. Every time the 45-year-old Chinese-born priest celebrates Mass, or when it’s time to say his prayers of the Office, the iPad is on and right at his fingertips. Without it, Fr Francis couldn’t fulfil ... Read More »

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