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Shave for the poor

WHEN Paul O’Callaghan was High Commissioner of Samoa he had an unusual job on the side – shaving about 25 men at an aged-care home every Saturday. Recently visiting Brisbane to attend the launch of Project Compassion, Paul said he’d started this volunteer work at the invitation of one of the local Little Sisters of the Poor. He also explained ... Read More »

Living each day to the full

By Libby Blom WHEN Dr Nicholas Tonti-Filippini was 20, he was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease which was expected to result in kidney and liver failure within five years. At that time Nicholas was living at Mannix College, Clayton, playing cricket for the university and umpiring Australian Rules football, and participating in Monash University social life. He was committed to ... Read More »

Business chief finds his mission with God’s men

FOR many men across Australia it’s just as well Robert Falzon decided to live by his family motto: Never ever give up. Fired up by his vision for the glory of men “fully alive like fire”, Robert has plunged into the maelstrom of modern maleness with all its brokenness and desire for wholeness. Part of this brokenness, Robert says, is ... Read More »

The power of one faith

WAITING to see whether her critically ill father would survive his heart bypass operation at Redcliffe Hospital in February 2011, Antonia Pizzey drew strength from his teaching about God’s love and grace. Halfway through a doctorate in theology at Australian Catholic University, the 25-year-old certainly had intelligence, but now it was knowledge of the heart she was experiencing and drawing ... Read More »

Fr Jose on uni ‘mission’

STUDY is not a new concept for Carmelite of Mary Immaculate Father Jose Thekkemuriyil. At 15, after just having completed Year 10 in his hometown in Kerala in the south of India, Fr Jose received a letter from a priest inviting him to join the CMIs. He accepted the invitation, and spent the next 14-and-a-half years in formation at the ... Read More »

Forever for the young

FATHER Wally Dethlefs is the bearer of Good News. The retired priest, 74, from Brisbane, has changed the lives of thousands of young Queenslanders crying out for a listening ear, desperate to be seen as dignified human beings. While the humble priest could live on without any recognition, he was this year awarded a Member of the Order of Australia ... Read More »

Caring until the end

Sue Manton

IN her calling’s darker times, Gympie palliative care business manager Sue Manton often recalls the words of her former parish priest.“Father Joe (McGeehan) used to say: ‘We have no right to ask God ‘why’ when we see suffering, if we don’t do the same every time we see joy or wonder’,” she said.“I believe in a loving God and, despite ... Read More »

Commitment to Church, school begins at home

Carmel Nash

WHEN Carmel Nash talks about growing up in Rockhampton, it’s easy to identify the foundations of a commitment to Catholic education spanning decades. The executive director of the Federation of Parents’ and Friends’ Associations in Catholic Schools Queensland paints a picture of what for many was a golden era in our Church history. In many ways, this picture is far ... Read More »

Conversion experience changes Michael’s life

Michael Jones

TWENTY-ONE years ago, Michael Jones walked away from the Catholic Church. The 37-year-old described this decision as a form of teenage rebellion. “I was a cradle Catholic, but as all 16-year-olds do, I rebelled,” Michael said. Michael didn’t set foot in a Catholic Church for another 10 years. In 2003, he met his now-wife, Judith, known affectionately as Jude, a ... Read More »

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