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Married couple pioneering new forms of ministry for milleniums

“SOMETHING happened” to Karen Doyle when reading the then Pope John Paul II’s Letter to Women. As a newlywed in 2001, the mid-90s document “grabbed a hold of” her soul and “shaped and directed” life’s purpose. Today, Karen and husband of 16 years, Jonathan, spearhead CHOICEZ MEDIA, a thriving and progressive online and consultative ministry to individuals and groups in ... Read More »

Stanthorpe man who turned 100 last year immortalised in larger-than-life mural

Angelo Vialente

FOR a larger-than-life mural to be created in the main street of a resident’s hometown is a rarity and privilege. When Angelo Valiante first viewed his esteemed depiction, just a stone’s throw from Stanthorpe’s main street, the centenarian revealed the humour for which he’s well known. “Now they’ll paint the queen next to me,” his daughters Lina Scalora and Nina ... Read More »

Sr Anne Gardiner has spent 63 years loving the Tiwi Aboriginal people

Sr Anne Gardiner

SISTER Anne Gardiner vividly recalls the day she flew to the Tiwi Islands to start her missionary work. “That was a moment of joy when I landed,” she said. “I got out of the plane and the children all ran up to me, pinching my skin and saying ‘you look so young’.” The year was 1953. Sr Anne was just ... Read More »

Faith in God is Vera Acres’ secret to seeing out 100 years

Vera and family

BELIEVING in God is the reason Catholic mother-of-three Vera Acres has entered Brisbane’s 100-plus club. The former parishioner from St Luke’s in Buranda for 65 years said God had been good to her for the past 100 years “otherwise I don’t think I’d be alive now”. “Everybody asks me what the secret is, but there’s no secret,” Mrs Acres said. ... Read More »

Singing from the heart: Music is Julie McCoy’s prayer of pure joy

Julie McCoy

JULIE McCoy is the kind of Christian Pope Francis would be cheering for. In his document, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), he said Christians must be people of joy and not “look like someone who has just come back from a funeral” if they’re ever going to draw others to the Gospel. Julie is definitely one of the ... Read More »

Heavenly mothers have a hand in young couple’s marriage

Mierendorfs

NATTASHA Mierendorf’s decision to marry was spurred by someone who’d never married and she’d never met. Her relationship with Stephen, who arrived in Brisbane to serve with National Evangelisation Teams (NET) in 2011, was somewhat unexpected. “I was really closed off to dating anyone,” Nattasha, known best as Tash, said. “I loved the idea of being single and being able ... Read More »

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