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Surprise call to guide Queensland’s future priests interrupts rector’s retirement plan

monsignor-john-grace

THE day Monsignor John Grace was told the Queensland bishops wanted him to be the rector of their seminary he thought someone was having a joke with him. He was getting ready to retire, and a role like this was the last thing on his mind. “I suppose if I ... Read More »

Music, Mary and Metallica: Emma Fradd’s stairway to heaven

THERE were two things that changed Emma Fradd’s life. The first was the Gibson Flying V guitar James Hetfield of the heavy metal band Metallica strummed in the ’90s. Or more specifically, it was seeing her older brother hold a replica of the Mighty Het’s prized possession as a teenager.  ... Read More »

Three generations happy to be serving the Lord

The Wilmers

WHEN Michele Wilmer surveyed the jubilant 1600-strong crowd at an evening rally of Emmanuel Community’s Ignite Conference in late September she was overcome with pride.  Her son Alex and his son Lucas, guitarists in the emmanuelworship band, were leading conference participants in a dynamic, well-known and well-loved style of prayer ... Read More »

How the bells of St Agatha’s lead Lisa back to the Catholic Church

Lisa Carter

LISA Carter was out of touch and drifting from the Church for a long time, until the church bells of St Agatha’s, Clayfield called her back. For 14 years, she had no interest in being a part of any Church, let alone the Catholic faith in which she was raised. ... Read More »

Lauries legend Ian McDonald leaves after 15 year legacy as principal

Ian MacDonald

IAN McDonald is 65 and spent his adult life teaching – but don’t mention the “R” word. Principal at Brisbane’s St Laurence’s College for the last 15-and-a-half years, he will finish up at the Edmund Rice Education boys’ school at the end of this year, and will take barely a ... Read More »

God’s ‘conduit’ Sr Hilda Scott: ‘I can’t do anything without Him’

Sr Hilda Scott

HER attire was customary but her surrounds were quite changed as was the company kept.  Instead of her regular monastic lifestyle, Benedictine Sister Hilda Scott was permitted to attend the September 22-25 Ignite Conference among 1600 participants in beachside Redcliffe, north of Brisbane, a far cry from her home at ... Read More »

Fr Rob Galea: ‘God, You have permission to ruin my plans’

Fr Rob Galea

WHEN Fr Rob Galea auditioned for the X-Factor television program in 2015 he captured the interest of the nation. Since then the online audience following his catechesis has grown exponentially. But what brought the Maltese-born priest to ordination and who is he? Journalist Selina Venier met up with Fr Galea ... Read More »

Great-great-grandmother Mercy Seery on reaching 100: ‘I couldn’t live without the Church’

Mercy Seery

AT a time when Pope Francis has called the Church to a Year of Mercy, a Brisbane Catholic is celebrating 100 years of being Mercy. “Mercy” is her name and, for those who best know her, it’s a name that suits. “You have a beautiful name which reflects the beautiful ... Read More »

Queensland Senator Matthew Canavan found God in Holy Matrimony

Senator Matthew Canavan

AUSTRALIA’S youngest sworn Federal Cabinet Minister is glad he never fell to the Communists. Matthew Canavan was 17 and finishing high school at Chisholm Catholic College, Cornubia, when he flirted with the idea of being a Communist. He was already a member of Edmund Rice Camps, a ministry started by ... Read More »

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