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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 »

Andrew sings life to the full from school to school

Andrew Chinn

IT’S difficult to tire of the company of Catholic musical all-rounder Andrew Chinn.  It’s also difficult to not find children grinning from ear to ear or adults toe-tapping in his effervescent presence.  Amid the beaming faces and tapping toes there’s an inherent understanding Andrew is living and breathing his God-given destiny.  “It’s a little embarrassing,” Andrew admitted while setting up for ... Read More »

‘Joseph’ was a sign for this Brisbane Josephite Sister

Sr Annette Arnold

FOR a young Annette Arnold growing up in Rockhampton in central Queensland, the name “Joseph” was to be key in the unfolding of her life. The eighth in a family of 10 children, she grew up in the cathedral parish of St Joseph. “The significance of that has not been lost on me – my grandfather was Joseph, my father James Joseph and ... Read More »

Nothing old school about Brisbane Catholic Education’s new leader

Dr Doug Ashleigh

DR Doug Ashleigh has decades of experience as a Catholic teacher, principal and administrator, but there’s nothing old school about this senior educator. Dr Ashleigh recently moved with his family from Sydney to take on the challenging role of deputy executive director at Brisbane Catholic Education. He has spent much of the past decade at the leading edge of digital ... Read More »