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School’s first rainy day immortalised in new children’s book

St Luke's students read from new children's book

IT was a brand new Catholic school in Capalaba but, for 98 students, it was just a muddy playground. St Luke’s Catholic Parish School, Capalaba, opened the doors to its first students in January 1989 following nearly six weeks of pouring rain. The school grounds were so muddy that students had to take off their shoes to avoid soiling their ... Read More »

Meet the Catholic school students who set out to save lives with their inventions

Lachlan Zidar and Jared Crowley

ASPIRING engineers Lachlan Zidar and Jared Crowley are on the path to changing potentially hundreds of lives with two homemade inventions – and they’re only 14. The Year 9 students from Marymount College, Burleigh Heads, were named finalists for the BHP Billiton Foundation Science and Engineering Awards, held in Melbourne last week. Both Lachlan and Jared were nominated for creating ... Read More »

South Coast deanery youth leader chosen for pre-synod meeting in Rome

Stephanie Santos

GOLD Coast youth leader Stephanie Santos wants to tell the world’s bishops that despite a sharp drop in the number of young Catholics at Mass, youth are hungry for the truth. Miss Santos has been invited to attend the Vatican’s pre-synod meeting in Rome next month, along with Melbourne Chaldean woman Angela Markas, who will represent Australia on behalf of ... Read More »

Vinnies, Salvos seeing drop in donations because of popular online marketplace

op shop

LEADING charities have seen a drop in donations because of the rise of online sites where consumers are buying, selling and swapping household goods. Charities including Vinnies and the Salvos find themselves in competition with apps, and selling websites have made it easy to earn fast cash. People now have the option to upload an item online and potentially have ... Read More »

Irish priest has received more love in Brisbane than anywhere in the world

Fr Pat Doran

“ONE day we buried twelve children …” – victims of war and famine, and as Fr Pat Doran thinks of them almost 60 years later the memories come flooding back, and so do the tears. Those children and thousands like them are close to the heart of the Holy Spirit Father nearing retirement from his Brisbane parish. In the little ... Read More »

How a Queensland priest’s private collection became the University of Queensland’s greatest treasure 50 years ago

Fr Hayes with a diprotodon bone

FIFTY years ago, a humble Queensland priest handed over the most valuable collection of Australiana to the University of Queensland’s Fryer Library. Fr Edward Leo Hayes spent 71 years collecting tonnes of books, manuscripts, artefacts, and other rare and valuable items. This is his incredible story. LEGENDARY explorer Ludwig Leichhardt made a pit-stop at Rosenthal station, on the Darling Downs, ... Read More »

Religious instructors prepare for another year of delivering the message of Christ in Queensland classrooms

Religious Instructor Amy Hollier

AT the Catalyst Church, at Brassall near Ipswich, 106 religious instructors and assistants gather for training to prepare for their 2018 instructing in state schools. Similar training sessions are happening in centres across Queensland as an army of volunteers – from every denomination – take on the task of delivering the message of Jesus in the classroom. “It’s very satisfying, ... Read More »

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