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From boat person to bishop

By Aoife Connors “I was one of the boat people who escaped from South Vietnam.” During migration awareness month in August, the new Australian Catholic Bishops Conference delegate for migrants and refugees Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen shared his journey from survival as a refugee to nurturing a longing to become a priest, before being appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne. ... Read More »

Relief for innocents

By Peter Bugden COLIN Apelt remembers the days when your religion could decide what you ate for breakfast. “Catholics didn’t buy (a certain brand of breakfast cereal) because it was manufactured by (another denomination),” he said, recalling the early 1960s when he and his friends were about to try something quite different, quite ahead of their time. To put it ... Read More »

Hearing with heart and soul

By Peter Bugden PERCY Bates, hearing not a sound from the world for his 100 years of life, has well and truly heard with his heart and soul. Having celebrated his 100th birthday on August 14, he communicates with great feeling about the joys of his life and about his faith. The walls of his room at the Symes Grove ... Read More »

Joan’s life is dedicated to helping others

  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 who will miss her presence in the halls. Joan is ... Read More »

A very brave move

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 about women suffering from post-natal depression. The reality is quite ... Read More »

The happiest man on earth

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 priest to live in the ghettos and serve the poor ... Read More »

Lay preacher choosing simplicity over treasures

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 cars. “My whole goal in life was to be like ... Read More »

Spreading God’s Word

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 worked for LRSS for 26 years and has been director ... Read More »

Wife is top of the list

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 for her presence in my life”. Then there’s his gratitude ... Read More »

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