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Irish priest has received more love in Brisbane than anywhere in the world

Fr Pat Doran

“ONE day we buried twelve children …” – victims of war and famine, and as Fr Pat Doran thinks of them almost 60 years later the memories come flooding back, and so do the tears. Those children and thousands like them are close to the heart of the Holy Spirit Father nearing retirement from his Brisbane parish. In the little ... Read More »

Sick from a tick: Lyme disease sufferer Liza Cannavo optmistic about her future

Cannavo family

LIZA Cannavo’s accepted the word “remission”, realistic about not being “cured”. The mother-of-five said she was “treating for remission” and was hopeful sufferers of the disease that had gloomily coloured more than two decades of her life would be better recognised and supported by doctors, specialists and government. That’s precisely why Lyme disease is a controversial conversation to have in ... Read More »

Tennis coach Brian Hudson’s game is on song

Brian Hudson

LIFE-long professional tennis coach Brian Hudson, now 84, casts his eye over the list of players at the Australian Open 2018 and there’s one who stands out as someone he’d love to take under his wing. Brian has coached thousands of players of all standards over decades, helping several to the top of the tree, so he knows what it ... Read More »

Musician and youth ministry director spearheads another year of lived faith in new book

Patrick Keady

SOME are blessed to “whistle while they work”. That’s the God-given reality of Brisbane’s Patrick Keady who, for more than two decades, has shared with anyone within coo-ee and beyond, an insatiable appetite for the beauty and potential of the Church. The Emmanuel Community’s  Ignite Youth director shared faith spearheads his New Year resolve, prompted by an early-morning wake-up call. ... Read More »

How this 86-year-old priest went from being an atheist to evangelising the world

“HELLO, this is Jack,” Fr Jack Soulsby says in his rich, booming voice with an accent that likely springs from his Cornish beginnings. He’s answering the phone as he sits in hospital in Brisbane wracked with pain from illness that’s been with him for months. It’s his provincial Fr Bob Barber, of the Marist Fathers, on the line checking up ... Read More »

How God keeps surprising Paul and Christine Hodgkinson

Paul and Christine Hodgkinson

PAUL Hodgkinson, approaching 83 and aware it might be time to call it a day as a teacher, turned to God for guidance. He was bowled over by what happened next. He’d been a teacher in Christian Brothers schools all around Queensland and for the past 20 years has been a Religious Instruction volunteer in state schools near where he ... Read More »

‘Jesus said … I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink’, Sr Marella Rebgetz is following his teachings

THERE aren’t too many religious sisters who can claim to be water engineers. However, Good Samaritan Sister Marella Rebgetz has always had a practical, scientific bent of mind and has put her talents to use. Last month she was elected to the congregation’s new leadership team until 2023, and she is committed to the Good Sams’ Statement of Directions, which ... Read More »

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