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Sr Mary is a humble handmaid

Sister Mary Garnier: “Don’t just settle for that. Go for something that you can do, that you can contribute to society in using your skills.”

HANDMAIDS of Our Lord Sister Mary Garnier celebrated her golden jubilee of religious profession not long ago, but sees no reason to slow down. Sr Mary joined the order – founded in Papua New Guinea in 1918 – in 1960 and was professed three years later in 1963. “My golden jubilee is from the time I was first professed so ... Read More »

Music vital to Maeve’s walk through life with Jesus Christ

Verbum Dei Missionary Maeve Louise Heaney

MISSIONARY work can take a person to many parts of the world.For Verbum Dei missionary, theology lecturer and musician Sister Maeve Louise Heaney, her mission has taken her from her home in Dublin, Ireland, to Spain, London, Rome and now to Brisbane.For the 46-year-old, the journey to Brisbane, where Sr Maeve lectures in systematic theology focusing on music and art ... Read More »

Adventure continues at 100

Centenary of faith: Good Samaritan Sister Dolores Carroll with Bishop Brian Finnigan at her 100th birthday celebration.

GOOD Samaritan Sister Dolores Carroll believes the key to a long, fulfilling life is study, travel and learning a new language. The well-travelled nun of 83 years celebrated her 100th birthday on November 4. On her birthday, Bishop Brian Finnigan celebrated a thanksgiving Mass at Marycrest Hostel, Kangaroo Point, where Sr Dolores lives. Bishop Finnigan was joined by Bishop Ray ... Read More »

Fond farewell to Woorabinda

Fond farewell to Woorabinda

THE sound of banging awoke Irish Spiritan Father Pat McGeever early one morning in his Woorabinda presbytery in Queensland’s central west. It was coming from the floor in the centre of his room. In the darkness, he crept across to the light switch and flicked it on in time to see a board in the centre of the room being ... Read More »

Living in St Francis’ habit

Fr Dean Mathieson

HOODIES are a common winter wardrobe for many Australians, but for Capuchin friars, they are a lifelong habit. It’s also the Italian origin of their name – “capuccio” – literally meaning “hoodie”. In September, the Brisbane archdiocese welcomed their newest “hoodie” on the block, gentle Melbournian Capuchin Father Dean Mathieson. The youngest of four children, Fr Dean grew up in ... Read More »

Blessed by Cursillo movement

Rhonda and Steve Porteous in Samoa

RHONDA Porteous remembers a “strong, strange smell of fish” and the sight of a vast stretch of ocean floor just before the first of four tsunami waves struck the seaside village of Pago Pago in American Samoa. Even four years later, Brisbane resident Rhonda also recalls her terror aboard a small bus as the driver Rain Timu sped up a ... Read More »

Our Lady brought Roy to Church

Our Lady brought Roy to Church

Cap: Roy Schoeman: “All I wanted to do was know who this God was, and know what religion to follow, and know how to worship him properly.”    FORMER conservative Jew Roy Schoeman didn’t anticipate being a follower of Christ, let alone a Catholic. The author of Salvation is from the Jews and Honey from the Rock gave a public ... Read More »

Moving forward with faith and inspiration

Heather Stabler

AFTER 32 years as a Catholic primary school teacher, Heather Stabler’s world began to fall apart when she lost her battle to function in the classroom with Multiple Sclerosis.After leaving her beloved career, she eventually lost her house and car and at 61 lives in an aged care facility at Coorparoo.“I would have lost much more – any sense of ... Read More »

New era of faith for Mongolia

New era of faith for Mongolia

By DAVID McGOVERN  HE may have a gentler approach than the famous Mongolian warlord Genghis Khan, but Bishop Wens Padilla is no less determined to transform the world around him. As the head of the Church in Mongolia, Bishop Padilla is committed to conquering the hearts and minds of the local population, estimated at three million souls. It may not ... Read More »

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