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Eagleby facility Aishling puts a smile on Jono’s face

Aishling Centre

ROGER Taufel can sum up the experience of sending his son Jonathan to Centracare’s redeveloped Aishling facility in one, short sentence. “Jono comes home with a smile on his face,” Mr Taufel said. Opened last November and given an official opening this week, the Eagleby facility offers flexible short-stay accommodation and support services for children and young adults with disabilities. ... Read More »

Pope Francis signs up for his third World Youth Day

Pope Francis

POPE Francis has signed up to pray with an expected 500,000 young people, including pilgrims from Brisbane, for the 2019 World Youth Day in Panama. While Pope Francis registered for the youth gathering after praying the Angelus on February 11, 2018, the Holy See only confirmed his presence in Panama on July 9. The Pope will arrive in Panama on ... Read More »

Everyone is equal in Reg’s eyes

THINGS happen in pie shops, as politicians have learned to their cost. It was in just such a humble location that Reg Goves knew he’d landed in a country different to his birthplace. Fresh off a flight from his native India, he set out from his uncle’s place to find food for his wife and three young children. He wandered ... Read More »

Brisbane grandfather celebrates 25 years in the priesthood

Brisbane priests celebrating jubilees

PRIESTS have been known to invite their mothers, fathers, sisters or brothers to their priestly jubilee Mass, but alongside Fr Brian Harris were his children and grandchildren. The Oblate priest, who has six children, 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, joined the priesthood in 1987 when he was 55. “I was married and had a family, but my wife died,” Fr ... Read More »

Community spirit gives Sara wheels

Sara's wheels

“IT’S an answer to prayer,” a Brisbane mother-of-six said when her family took delivery of a special mobility vehicle during the week. Mehret Mahari had been hoping and praying for this vehicle since her youngest child Sara, 13, was released from hospital after a backyard accident had left the schoolgirl with severe disability. Sustaining brain injury in the accident in ... Read More »

Senator Amanda Stoker, Queensland’s voice for life

Queensland senator Amanda Stoker delivers her maiden speech

NEW Queensland LNP senator Amanda Stoker predicts “terrible consequences” if euthanasia becomes law, and is determined to stand up in parliament for her pro-life, Christian beliefs and the right to religious freedom. “People in this building should be standing up for the fundamentals – like the right to live,” Senator Stoker, a Brisbane mother-of-three and a lawyer, said. After delivering ... Read More »

Seminarian friends ‘fair dinkum’ about serving the Church as priests

Fr Thomas Zaranski, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, and Fr Damien Everitt

TRUE friends share everything – even the emotional day they become priests. Fr Thomas Zaranski, 32, and Fr Damien Everitt, 43, first met in 2015 as trainee priests for Holy Spirit Seminary Queensland. They took their friendship to the next level when Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge ordained both men priests on June 29, the Feast of Sts Peter and Paul, ... Read More »

11-year-old Catholic school student behind charity for the homeless

Ashton Brown

ASHTON Brown is below the legal age for voting, driving and working, but being 11 hasn’t stopped him from starting his own charity to help the homeless. The Year 6 student from St Francis Xavier Primary School, Goodna, is the founder of Homeless Helpers, a soon-to-be registered charity that was born from watching YouTube videos of people sleeping rough. “Every ... Read More »

Bishop Peter Comensoli to right the wrongs of the past as new Archbishop of Melbourne

Bishop Peter Comensoli

MELBOURNE’S Archbishop-elect Peter Comensoli has vowed to “right the grievous wrongs of the past” and rebuild trust following child abuse scandals that have rocked the Church. Pope Francis announced the appointment of Melbourne’s ninth archbishop on June 29, at the same time accepting the resignation of Archbishop Denis Hart, who is retiring after 17 years. The Bishop of Broken Bay ... Read More »

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