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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 »

Angels’ musical guide

Esme Gray

ESME Gray, the organist for Wynnum’s Guardian Angels Church for almost 60 years, still remembers the advice of Mercy Sister Mary Estelle who ran the choir for many years. “Whenever things got tough, she would simply say: ‘Offer it up’,” the 81-year-old stalwart of the bayside community’s musical life said. Esme had cause to remember these words on several occasions. ... Read More »

Following the way of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

Sr Monica Cavanagh

By ROBIN WILLIAMS QUEENSLAND Josephite Sister Monica Cavanagh is off to Sydney next year where she will take on the Josephite’s congregational leadership role for the next six years. Born in Allora on Queensland’s Darling Downs, Sr Monica has a deep love of the Australian bush and says it will be one of the things she will miss most during ... Read More »

Humming with faith energy after Rosies

Bob Boardman 13-12-11

By ROBIN WILLIAMS IT’S hard to picture Bob Boardman as retired. Catching up for coffee with the man who spent decades immersed in all aspects of Rosies just reinforced that belief. Bob still hums with energy when he speaks of faith, spirituality and the Catholic Church. After 21 years at the helm of Rosies, Bob admits it will be hard ... Read More »

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 »

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