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Domestic disaster

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Good Samaritan Sister Bernardina Sontrop hopes the latest State Government report on domestic violence can help slow the spread of an epidemic that claimed 17 lives in Queensland from 2012 to 2013. She has worked with victims of domestic violence over many years in roles including school chaplain, principal and pastoral worker. “The value of Not ... Read More »

Vatican statistics show modest, steady Church growth worldwide

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THE number of Catholics in the world and the number of priests and permanent deacons rose slightly in 2013, while the number of men and women in religious orders declined, according to Vatican statistics. For the second year in a row, the number of candidates for the priesthood also decreased. The numbers come from the Statistical Yearbook of the Church, ... Read More »

Rosary for Our Lady’s

By Emilie Ng NANANGO parish priest Fr Nigel Sequeira is clutching his Rosary beads in the hope Our Lady will send helpers to revive one of his “bush churches”. Our Lady Help of Christians Church is one of the South Burnett country town’s most iconic buildings, having hosted more than 3000 baptisms and 710 marriages in its 98-year lifespan. But ... Read More »

Desperate for Jesus

By Emilie Ng SPOTTING a train pulling up at his local station in Perth, Mike Dooley had only one thought left in his mind – jump. The suicidal, depressive man thought the only recovery from his traumatic childhood, one that left an after-taste of intense physical, verbal and sexual abuse was to take his own life. “Psychiatric treatment didn’t help,” ... Read More »

Pregnancy crisis group saves another five lives

BRISBANE priest Fr Adrian Sharp has always supported Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated for its focus on providing practical help to women under pressure to abort their unborn children. “PCI’s work appealed because it was a case of putting money where the mouth was,” he said. “Critics often say the Church tells women not to have abortions but doesn’t support them in ... Read More »

Waking up the world

Holy calling: Sisters of St Paul de Chartres Sister Mary Joseph, Capuchin Father Thomas McFadden, Marist Brother Rod Thomson, Vocation Brisbane officer Adam Burns, Franciscan Father Harry Chan, Canossian Sister Monique Singh, Missionaries of God’s Love Sister Therese Mills, Verbum Dei postulant Tamara Gilles and NET (National Evangelisation Temas) Ministries national team members Hannah Zelasney and Phil Grech.

By Emilie Ng YOUNG religious sister Bernadette Toohey found her calling with the Missionaries of God’s Love after being asked to describe married life. In a conversation with Jamberoo Benedictine Sister Hilda Scott, Sr Toohey was asked to talk about what life would be like if she were married. The newly professed sister said the question “stumped” her, but when ... Read More »

New home for old uniforms

SOCIAL justice is important at St Anthony’s School, Alexandra Hills, so when the school introduced a new uniform the question arose “how to reuse the old ones?” The answer – send them to needy students in the Pacific region. Every year, during the final week of school, the Parish Ladies Group asks students to collect stationery and unused exercise books, ... Read More »

Farewell to Annerley’s great sisters

By Josephite Sister Annette Arnold MARCH marks a significant change in the Josephite presence at Annerley. From the end of March we will only have one sister, Sr Genevieve living there in the parish. For the past 95 years Sisters of St Joseph have lived and ministered in Annerley. It is hard to count how many have lived there because ... Read More »

Fighting the good fight

By Paul Dobbyn BILL Thornton recently notched up a century with well wishes from many including the Queen, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge. A framed apostolic blessing from Pope Francis to mark Bill’s 100th birthday also has pride of place on the wall of his unit. But ask him about his time as a political warrior ... Read More »

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