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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 school reports would always say ‘Donna talks too much in ... 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 help expand a growing Ghanian orphanage. The group will leave ... 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 sponsor a child in India. The advertisement was from the ... 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 and the first Irish families. Kevin salvaged the fence from ... 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 realised his error – he, a born and bred Unitarian, ... 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 grandchildren. He’d been working on this as his special surprise. ... Read More »

Country girl set to lead one of Brisbane’s top residential colleges

THÉRÈSE Eddy will rely on her rural background and the strength of her own life experience to lead one of The University of Queensland’s premier residential colleges. Thérèse is the new head of college and chief executive officer of Duchesne College, which was founded by Archbishop James Duhig in 1937 to provide a safe and welcoming home for young Catholic ... Read More »

South Sudanese refugee believes work sows seeds of hope and dignity

Apande Gong Speaking

APANDE Gong believes work is the key to a person’s hope and dignity. The 37-year-old single mother fled war-torn South Sudan as a 19-year-old in 1998 and began a new life in Australia, first in Coffs Harbour and then finding her way to Brisbane. Apande shut her eyes, shook her head and drew a sharp breath as she thought about ... Read More »

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