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Faith not alien to Pope’s astronomer

By Paul Dobbyn GAZING through a telescope at the night sky would most likely not be rated as a moment of worship for most people. Not so US-born Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno. In a recent conversation in Brisbane, the man often known as “the Pope’s Astronomer” who works at the Vatican Observatory, begged to differ. “Worship for me can be ... Read More »

Going where God takes him

By Emilie Ng STEPPING off a plane from Australia to the United States just over 20 years ago, Fr David Pascoe considered himself a humble man on a great adventure. At the request of the Queensland bishops, Fr Pascoe put his Australian life on hold in the early 1990s to start post-graduate theology studies in Massachusetts, on America’s North-West. “I ... Read More »

A loving teacher at heart

By Paul Dobbyn LONGREACH’s pesky goats are memories 100-year-old Sister Peggy Dolan has of her arrival in Australia as a young novice from Ireland in 1932. “The goats sometimes ate our clothes off the line,” the sprightly Presentation Sister, who celebrated her centenary a couple of days earlier at Nudgee’s Emmaus Retirement Village, said. “They even got into the classrooms ... Read More »

New health chief finds her calling after near-death hospital experience

By Paul Dobbyn ARRIVING at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital 11 years ago, first time mum-to-be Suzanne Greenwood thought she was about to have a routine delivery. It proved to be anything but. What happened next, as Catholic Health Australia’s new chief executive officer recently said would change her life forever. “I didn’t know it till later, but both my life and ... Read More »

Congolese horrors inspire Simon’s Brisbane mission

By Paul Dobbyn SIMON Chibaloza has survived working in one of the most dangerous occupations on Earth – a human rights activist in the Congo. Not only has the Banyo-Nundah parishioner survived, but he’s thriving in a range of roles from being an ambassador with Catholic Mission to working as a community liaison officer with Education Queensland. Mr Chibaloza continues to ... Read More »

Hail Mary will be the perfect end

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By Peter Bugden THE memory of more than 230 young men kneeling in the courtyard at the front of St Joseph’s Nudgee College and praying the Hail Mary before they are farewelled is one that principal Daryl Hanly will long cherish as he heads into retirement. It is a sight that will symbolise what has given him the greatest thrill ... Read More »

Inventing love for the human heart

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By Emilie Ng PROGRAMMING robots to walk and designing smart phone games, used to be some of Sr Maria Goretti Tran’s top inventions. “I really loved inventing things,” Sr Maria Goretti, who holds a computer science degree, said. “In the subject at school, I made a small helicopter, and made the remote control to make it fly, fly, fly.  I made ... Read More »

Protecting the children

Protecting children

KNOWING she’s helped even one child who’s been the victim of sexual abuse would be more than enough for Sue Diggles to take deep satisfaction from her child protection work with Brisbane Catholic Education. That was part of the response she gave when asked what has kept her going for 16 years at the forefront of the difficult field for ... Read More »

Franciscan way is joy

By Peter Bugden FR Benignus Clowes clearly remembers the day early in his time as a Franciscan friar when he came away from confession and “cried and cried”. Dogged by scrupulosity – obsessive guilt about moral and religious issues – he had spoken with an experienced friar about the problem and he found the answer devastated him. “He said to me: ... Read More »

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