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War veteran took on top-secret missions but never hid Catholic faith

Lionel Veale

JUST 12 months after enlisting in the army, 22-year-old Lionel Veale was tapped on the shoulder by a brigadier recruiting for a new, mysterious company of men, willing to take on top-secret assignments. It was 1941, just months before Japan bombed Pearl Harbour and opened up a new, Second World ... Read More »

Sr Margaret’s biggest life lesson came from a brothel madam

Sr Margaret Robertson

A BROTHEL madam, a saint, special groups of liberated women and countless prisoners influence the way Sr Margaret Robertson follows Jesus Christ. As she looks back on why she took the decision more than 50 years ago as a young woman to join the Sisters of St Joseph she cannot ... Read More »

Donna Lynch: Called to the airwaves

Donna Lynch

DONNA Lynch always wanted to work in radio, although growing up in the Snowy Mountains she could not have imagined where her passion and trailblazing spirit would lead her. “As a girl I would talk into the garden hose, pretending it was a microphone,” she said with a grin. “My ... Read More »

Teacher brings ‘seeds of hope’ to Ghana

HOME comforts will be a continent away for Catholic teacher Danielle Bagraith and a group of family and friends who are about to embark on a volunteer trip to West Africa. It won’t be a relaxing holiday for the group of seven, who will be devoting their time and physical abilities to ... Read More »

How sponsoring a child in India led to a family tradition of giving

Jan Drake

WHAT started with a young Toowoomba mother reaching out to a starving little boy in India has turned into a family affair of giving across the world. Jan Drake was a young girl when her mother Joan Godsall responded to an advertisement in The Chronicle in Toowoomba calling for people to ... Read More »

Irish family found road to freedom between Tipperary and Rosevale

Kevin Ahearn Slab Hut Split Rail

THE weather-beaten ironbark fence at Kevin Ahearn’s front door is a constant reminder of the priceless debt he owes his Irish ancestors. It’s a link to the title of Kevin’s recently published book, Slab Hut and Split Rail Fence – A local history of Rosevale, Mt Walker, Lower Mt Walker ... Read More »

Sports coach equally inspired by Wayne Bennett, Vince Lombardi and St Francis Xavier

Catholic sports coach

CRAIG Gunn holds rugby league master coaches Wayne Bennett and Jack Gibson, and legendary gridiron coach Vince Lombardi among his heroes – and St Francis Xavier is up there too. Each of them are inspirations for Craig as a teacher and sports coach and for his life. For a life ... Read More »

Son of a preacher man returns ‘home’ to the Catholic Church

Peter Pellicaan

BRITAIN’S legendary Catholic convert Gilbert Keith Chesterton once said it was impossible to be fair to the Catholic Church without being fond of it as a consequence. A stint at a local newspaper prompted Chesterton to write a hefty 15-point defence of several truths on the Catholic Church.  There he ... Read More »

What’s this couple’s secret to being married for 60 years?

Dan and Joan Roche

DAN Roche, in his 80s and retired from a long career in banking, could never have imagined the day his singing would move his audience to tears. He was singing to his wife Joan at her 80th birthday party, and the audience was their eight children and partners, and their ... Read More »

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