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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 »

Battling cancer with prayer

PAUL Ryan is living proof that through prayer, anything even surviving six malignant cancer tumours, is possible. In 2002 the then 33-year-old principal of Sacred Heart Primary School, Boggabri collapsed while going for a run. Alone but only 500 metres from his house, Paul crawled back home on his hands and knees to get help. He was admitted to Tamworth ... Read More »

A life full of faith and promise

By Emilie Ng LEARNING to run away from the police in communist Vietnam was one of the first things Sister Agnes Dinh of the Sisters of St Paul de Chartres learnt in the novitiate when she joined in the early 1990s.  “In Vietnam, when you enter the novitiate, the doors close,” Sr Agnes said. “For three years we have no ... Read More »

Garth’s living each day to the full

By Paul Dobbyn BIG, bright and colourful, packing a spiritual message aimed at today’s sensibilities, Garth Jakovic’s latest mural on the wall of a Gold Coast school is certainly stopping people in their tracks. Which is exactly what the Townsville-based artist has intended for this and other murals as he seeks to convey his hard-won faith. Considerable effort was required ... Read More »

Going from youth minister to television crew member

By Emilie Ng WORKING the cameras for a national television network has kept former youth worker Kiri Groeneveld in easy reach of a childhood dream to work in the film and television industry. The 24 year old remembers marveling over the dedication of animators for The Lion King, who hand-drew each animal for the magnificent stampede scene that kills the ... Read More »

Rocky’s leader to listen

 “SO the Church of Rocky? Well, I’m looking forward to it and the first thing I’ll be doing is to get out and visit the country centres.” Rockhampton’s Bishop-elect Michael McCarthy was both reflective and enthusiastic as he prepared to take on his role as the city’s 10th bishop. The 63-year-old priest was due to head north to celebrate Mass ... Read More »

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 »

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