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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 »

Catholic sparky lends musical gift to world

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 can hear Mr Gaffney’s gift following the release of his ... 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 as he surveyed the view from the balcony of his ... 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’ wives and children and bush poet Noel Stallard were among ... Read More »

The unforgettable gift of life

Pamela Hayes

PAMELA Hayes felt overwhelmed with love when she held her first son tightly in her arms and wondered if being in Heaven felt the same way. The first-time mum, aged 25, wasn’t expecting this amount of love, and as she looked down at her child, she questioned her decision to give him up for adoption. Pam’s pregnancy in 1976 was ... Read More »

A mother’s undying love

Hope amidst grief: Anthony, Jacinta and Michael Goodwin with a cherished photograph of young Joseph taken last Christmas.

By Paul Dobbyn DESPITE his tragic death several months ago, the presence of young Joseph Goodwin is still alive in his Oxley home. There’s his cheeky-faced photograph on the wall taken last Christmas, not long before his short two years and six months on earth ended, “just before Ash Wednesday”, as his father Anthony said. Then there’s “Joseph’s Way of ... Read More »

Following the call

Growing order: Good Samaritan Sisters congregation leader Sr Clare Condon welcomes two novices, Sr Juniko Toaua and Sr Tuata Terawete to the order.

KIRIBATI women are embracing religious life as two more women joined the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict this month. Tuata Terawete and Juniko Toaua, of the Republic of Kiribati, are among the already nine women from their country who have joined the Good Samaritan Sisters. The two Kiribati-born and raised women took their First ... Read More »

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