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Sons with hearing aids inspire Mackay mum’s first book

Schmid family read Bill and Hug

TODDLERS William and Hugo Schmid love many things about their toy dragons, but their favourite feature would definitely be their hearing aids. The young brothers, born to Mackay Catholic mother Julianne Schmid, got hearing aids on their dragons after being fitted with their own pairs of “special ears” after birth. Will and Hugo were both diagnosed with permanent hearing loss ... Read More »

Robyn’s baton relay leg dedicated to 1200 volunteers of street charity Rosies

Robyn Hunt

WHEN Surfers Paradise parishioner and community worker Robyn Hunt held the Queen’s baton aloft on one of the final stretches into the Gold Coast, she did it for the charity she loves. “I carried the torch for the 1200 volunteers who work for Rosies,” Mrs Hunt said, reminiscing on the great Commonwealth Games moment, as she attended Mass as sacristan ... Read More »

Divine Mercy Sunday: A love story in Rome

Divine Mercy Sunday in Rome

Brisbane Catholic woman and teacher Ora Duffley shares what it’s like to be in St Peter’s Square with thousands of pilgrims from around the world for the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass with Pope Francis. The Mass was celebrated in Rome overnight.    A GLORIOUS morning dawned in Vatican City on April 8, the kind when one could not be anything ... Read More »

New Brisbane bioethics director tackling the big questions

Dr David Kirchhoffer

LIFE, love and learning have moved Dr David Kirchhoffer from one side of the world to the other. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, David is now settled in Brisbane with his wife, raising their two young sons. He’s followed the path of academia out of Africa to Belgium and then to Australia. On the way, he’s completed a ... Read More »

Gaudete et Exsultate: New apostolic letter calls all Catholics to lives of holiness

Pope Francis

POPE Francis has released a new apostolic letter to each and every Christian – a down-to-earth call to holiness in the midst of our everyday lives. Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and be glad”), subtitled “On the call to holiness in today’s world” is Pope Francis’ third apostolic exhortation, after Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) in 2013, and Amoris ... Read More »

Brisbane men reaching the un-churched through television

Robert Falzon and Mark Doyle

CATHOLIC preachers Robert Falzon and Mark Doyle are used to speaking in front of hundreds and thousands of people, so what’s it like talking to a camera for several hours? According to Mr Falzon, the founder of Catholic ministry MenALIVE and host of a new online video series, it’s a necessary mission for Catholics in Australia. “My interest in television ... Read More »

Sister’s secret to staying 80 years young: work with young people

Sr Elvera Sesta

LEGENDARY educator Sr Elvera Sesta has revealed the reason why she’s stayed in the same school since she was eight years old. The renowned leader in Catholic girls’ education and columnist for The Catholic Leader, who turns 80 next on May 1, has spent nearly seven decades at the same school to “remain young”. “Youth have honesty, integrity and enthusiasm, ... Read More »

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