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Dorothy Nugent still has a spark for life at 100

100-year-old Dorothy Nugent

DOROTHY Nugent was a child when she decided that people didn’t live to 100. A cheeky, blue-eyed resident at Holy Spirit Carseldine, Dot found out how wrong her young self was when on February 23 this year she had her 100th birthday. “Years ago when I was a kid I used to think, nobody lives to one-hundred,” Dot said. “Well, ... Read More »

Church opens centre for child victims of domestic violence in Papua New Guinea

St Mary's Home for Vulnerable Children will open in Papua New Guinea

A NEW focus on domestic violence in Papua New Guinea has revealed the Church at the forefront of providing for child victims. In a country where Human Rights Watch estimates 70 per cent of women are raped during their lifetime, the Archdiocese of Mt Hagen has built a care centre for vulnerable children, which its Australian designer says could be ... Read More »

Survey shows rental prices are out of reach for people on low incomes

People with low income face stress in the private rental market

IN the run-up to this year’s Federal Budget on May 9, an annual survey shows that rental affordability for low-income owners has reached crisis point. In Queensland, where more people rent than in any other state, the eighth annual rental affordability snapshot released by Anglicare tallies with evidence from the St Vincent de Paul Society that low-income earners and welfare recipients are ... Read More »

‘This is no way for a child to grow up’: Catholic teacher talks of heartbreaking mission in Iraq

Ora Duffley with a child in northern Iraq

BRISBANE Catholic teacher Ora Duffley has returned from a confronting few weeks on mission helping Christian refugees in northern Iraq. Miss Duffley set off before Easter to join the French Catholic mission SOS Chrétiens d’Orient, working hand in hand with local people and parishes on the ground. Even though she was well-read on the ongoing war against ISIS, she said ... Read More »

Missionary priest serving in Queensland called into leadership

Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament Father Joseph Thottankara

ONE of the first Indian priests from the Missionary Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament to serve in Australia has been named a provincial superior for the order. Fr Joseph Thottankara, one of two India priests invited to serve in Toowoomba in the 1980s, is the new provincial superior for the Zion province in Kerala. As the new provincial superior, Fr ... Read More »

School funding shake-up could leave parents no choice but to leave the Catholic sector

Carmel Nash

CATHOLIC students may be forced into Queensland’s state school system if the Federal Government goes ahead with a 10-year plan to shake up funding for schools. Executive officer of the Queensland Catholic schools Federation of Parents’ and Friends’ Associations Carmel Nash expressed concern the shake-up could take away choices for families. “Parents are the end bearers of the cost,” Mrs ... Read More »

Brisbane priest shares anguish of families with ice addicts

Family conflict can drive a wedge between parents

THE drug ice has taken such a grip in Queensland that government and care agencies are swamped by demand for crisis intervention, treatment and support for the families of users including children, and the effects are being felt in parishes. A Queensland Government report has revealed one in every three children found to be in need of protection in 2016 ... Read More »

‘I’m the new kid on the block’: Bishop Tim Harris ordained for Townsville

Bishop and elders

TOWNSVILLE’S prayers to see a bishop in their midst after a three-year wait were answered at an historic ordination last week. The ordination and installation of Bishop Tim Harris, a former priest of Brisbane, was also the first episcopal ordination in Townsville in nearly 50 years. More than 2000 people attended the Ordination Mass of nearly three hours at Ryan ... Read More »