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Joan’s life is dedicated to helping others

Guiding light: Joan Bremner has dedicated more than 40 years to Brisbane’s Mater Hospital.

  THE sheer breadth of Joan Bremner’s contributions and responsibilities at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital over 40 years of service verges on the astounding. But it is the manner in which she treated everyone with the respect and dignity they deserved that has resonated so vividly with the staff and patients ... Read More »

A very brave move

Mary Williams: “Every parent deserves to have a positive, joyful experience of parenthood.”

MARY Williams meets the bravest of women every day but they are women who are sometimes harshly judged or misunderstood by the rest of society. To some they are mothers who simply don’t love their new babies. It’s one of the myths Mary knows is wrongly held by some people ... Read More »

The happiest man on earth

Caring for the poor: Missionaries of the Poor founder Fr Richard Ho Lung.

HOLDING the hand of a neglected Jamaican child eaten by rats in a public alms house marked the beginning of Fr Richard Ho Lung’s fight to love the world’s forgotten people. The Jamaican-born Catholic convert from Buddhism left behind “the best of education and best of opportunities” as a Jesuit ... Read More »

Lay preacher choosing simplicity over treasures

Bo Sanchez: “My whole goal in life was to be like St Francis, to beg in the streets.”                                                                       Photo: Emilie Ng

By Emilie Ng CATHOLIC preacher Bo Sanchez is one of the Philippines’ richest people, but not because he’s a millionaire with 16 income streams. The popular Filipino lay evangelist would much rather sit in the slums with Manila’s poorest children and elderly than invest his riches in mansions and expensive ... Read More »

Spreading God’s Word

Loving Scripture: Catherine “Cackie” Upchurch (left) at Evangelisation Resources Down Under’s Petrie headquarters with ERDU team members Bernadette Holdsworth, John Tasker and Maureen Hines. Photo: Emilie Ng

By Emilie Ng MISPLACING her Bible would be Catherine “Cackie” Upchurch’s worst nightmare. As the director of the world’s largest Catholic Bible study ministry, Little Rock Scripture Study, the sacred Scripture is Cackie’s most important tool for her job of teaching people to love the Word of God. Cackie has ... Read More »

Wife is top of the list

Devoted couple: Judge John Bond and his beloved wife Rowena McNally

By Paul Dobbyn MUCH can be learnt about Queensland’s newest Supreme Court judge, John Bond by reading his swearing-in ceremony speech delivered in March this year. There’s his unabashed recognition of his wife Rowena McNally “without whose love and support I would be nothing … I thank God every day ... Read More »

Catholic sparky lends musical gift to world

Terrific tenor: Brisbane musician Lindsay Gaffney has released his debut CD, Tenor Serenade.

By Emilie Ng BRISBANE electrician Lindsay Gaffney doesn’t just whistle while he works – he can also boast a mighty opera on request. The classically trained musician is well known at St William’s Parish, Grovely, as “the parish tenor” leading the fortnightly youth Mass. Now music lovers across the country ... Read More »

A memory of the heart

Picthing in: Bishop John Gerry helps out with the washing up during a visit to Boystown, Beaudesert, in 1989.

By Paul Dobbyn  BISHOP John Gerry’s rolled-up-sleeves approach to ministry is captured in a photo taken of him washing up with some young chaps at Boystown in 1989. “I was very happy to have that as my image in a history of the archdiocese,” he said, smiling at the memory ... Read More »

Brothers remembered

Webb brothers

By Paul Dobbyn MEMORIES were flowing faster than the Mary River in flood at a Memorial Mass and reunion to celebrate the lives of Gympie’s musical Webb brothers Marius and Fabian. Gympie Brothers Old Boys including Mass celebrants Fathers Frank Gilbert and Pat Cassidy, surviving Webb brother Berard, the brothers’ ... Read More »

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