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Donna responding to Gospel truth

By Peter Bugden “NEW evangelisation” is a phrase often on the lips of popes and other Church leaders of recent times, but Brisbane Catholic Donna McDade has a slight twist for the work she does among young people. It’s called “super stealth evangelisation”. It’s what happens when she lives her Catholic faith in running retreats and workshops for school students ... Read More »

Struggle in men conquered by new book

By Emilie Ng MEN are struggling to find their place in the world and be faithful to their Catholic faith, an American author of a new book for Catholic men said. Randy Hain is the author of Journey to Heaven: A road map for Catholic men, and co-founder of Catholic eMagazine and website Integrated Catholic Life, a book that addresses ... Read More »

Joy a sign of God’s presence

By Peter Bugden TURNING 80 earlier this year, Christian Brother Brian Grenier knows well at least one of the graces of growing old and he appreciates that grace day by day. It’s the grace of finding a little more time for prayer. Br Grenier, who has lived a busy life on many levels – teaching from Gympie to Rome, Grade ... Read More »

A channel of God’s peace

By Paul Dobbyn RECONCILIATION with the alphabet was one obstacle Rwandan Fr Emmanuel Nsengiyumva didn’t expect to encounter on his path to healing after the deep wounds left by 1994’s genocide in his home country. During a horrific 100 days as many as 1 million Rwandans were killed or tortured in the conflict between the Hutu and Tutsi people. The then ... Read More »

Janelle’s at peace with her loving preacher man

By Peter Bugden EACH Sunday when Janelle Jones is listening to the homily at Mass she knows better than anyone else where the preacher is coming from – because the one doing the preaching is her husband. Janelle’s husband of 37 years, Michael Jones, is a deacon ministering in the Brisbane parish of St Peter’s, Rochedale-Springwood, where he and Janelle ... Read More »

From Oxford to PNG

By Paul Dobbyn STEPPING over a pig about to be slaughtered while accompanying the relic of a potential saint may seem a somewhat unusual piece of Church business. But for Bishop of Papua New Guinea’s Kimbe province Capuchin Bill Fey such events are not especially unusual. “On that instance, I was part of a procession carrying a relic of Blessed ... Read More »

Heather taking heart in the signs of God’s grace

By Peter Bugden A BRITISH TV comedy series once had an episode in which one of the main characters swallowed “The Little Book of Calm” and was taken over by a calmness obvious to all, no matter what the circumstance. The calm character worked in a book store, just as Brisbane Catholic Heather Joseph, calm by nature, does. Hers is ... Read More »

De La Salle Brother on a mission to love

Br Damian Nanayakkara

By Emilie Ng  LOVING the unloved is De La Salle Brother Damian Nanayakkara’s mission. Br Damian recently visited students and staff at Southern Cross Catholic College in Scarborough for two weeks as part of their ‘Brothers in residence’ program during La Salle week from 16 – 20 April. He also celebrated his Golden Jubilee with the school community and the ... Read More »

Following his father’s footsteps

Marist Father John Begg with his father's war medals

FR John Begg was six when his father died after being wounded in war, and he was later to give part of his own life in service of others in the same part of the world. Fr John was the first to find his 36-year-old father dead. It was April 29, 1946, and 68 years later Fr John remembers it ... Read More »

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