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Dorothy Nugent still has a spark for life at 100

100-year-old Dorothy Nugent

DOROTHY Nugent was a child when she decided that people didn’t live to 100. A cheeky, blue-eyed resident at Holy Spirit Carseldine, Dot found out how wrong her young self was when on February 23 this year she had her 100th birthday. “Years ago when I was a kid I used to think, nobody lives to one-hundred,” Dot said. “Well, ... Read More »

How a Catholic parish’s clever housing initiative saved a little boy’s life

Alex, Yenny and Gabriel Malaver

COLOMBIAN migrants Alex and Yenny Malaver might be the only parents in Australia who say renting a house saved their son’s life. The young parents, who are originally from Colombia but met in Brisbane through the Catholic Latin American community, are the first migrants to benefit from the Jubilee parish’s Head Start Program, which turns weekly rental payments into a ... Read More »

Evangelist Lorraine McCarthy singing to Alpha’s tune

Lorraine McCarthy

“LET’S start at the very beginning, a very good place to start,” sang Julie Andrews as Maria in the ever-popular Sound of Music. Australia has our very own “Maria” although Lorraine McCarthy’s “beginning” is well beyond the melodic, “Do, re, mi”. The Melbournian has sung “Alpha’s” tune for almost 20 years, leading groups and individuals to know Jesus Christ across ... Read More »

Purcell family looks inward for life’s meaning and purpose

Gerry and Claire Purcell and their daughters

IT may be difficult for expectant fathers, who are doctors, to choose whether “to be the dad or be the doctor” when baby is on the way. Posing the question to expectant parents Gerry and Claire Purcell, who may welcome their third child between the writing of this story and its reading, it was the younger of them who answered ... Read More »

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 »

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