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Story Dog Archie boosts Catholic schoolboys’ reading and writing skills

Archie and Ambrose Treacy College boys

STORIES have come to life in Brisbane teacher Alicia Madigan’s Year 5 class with the addition of a new reading buddy – a furry friend named Archie. Archie is a four-year-old cavalier King Charles spaniel who works in the Story Dogs program, a not-for-profit organisation that helps children to improve their literacy skills. Each Wednesday Archie puts on his extra-small ... Read More »

Politicians urged to find better ways to care for sick and aged and say no to euthanasia

euthanasia

PRO-life advocates are preparing to challenge a “cheap” and “dirty-joke” campaign to legalise euthanasia in Queensland and Western Australia, similar to the campaign in Victoria which last year led to the passing of an assisted-dying law. “What we witnessed in Victoria, and no doubt we will witness in the other jurisdictions too, is a cheapened form of ethical discussion in ... Read More »

Christians attempt to break world record for longest prayer chain at Commonwealth Games

prayer chain record

WHILE athletes from around the world prepare for two weeks of record-breaking competition this week, a Christian movement is trying for their own world record. Christian youth pastor Ben Thompson is behind a movement to create the world’s longest prayer chain during the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Mr Thompson said the world-record attempt would connect Christians from around ... Read More »

School communities unite against bullying

Anti-bullying teachers

STAFF at Guardian Angels’ School, Wynnum, on the eighth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence sent a clear message that bullying is never okay. The day of action united school communities across Australia who were called to imagine a world free from bullying. Guardian Angels’ staff joined thousands of staff and students who were helping find workable solutions ... Read More »

Fr Michael Grace called to study in Rome

Fr Michael Grace

QUEENSLAND’S next generation of priests might work closely with Fr Michael Grace, who is headed to Rome for a two-year course specialising in vocational formation. The Brisbane priest of eight years has accepted the invitation to study a Licentiate of Spiritual Theology in Rome with specialisation in Vocational Formation. Archbishop Mark Coleridge invited Fr Grace to undertake the course at ... Read More »

Co-author of US study into why young Catholics leave the Church praises Australia’s efforts to evangelise in schools

John Vitek

CHURCH leaders in Australia are ahead of those in the United States when it comes to finding new ways of evangelising millennials, the co-author of a recent American study into disaffiliated Catholics has said. John Vitek, the president and chief executive officer of Saint Mary’s Press in Minnesota, which commissioned a study into why young Catholics leave the Church, said ... Read More »

High school dream now reality with senior classes open at Ambrose Treacy College

New Ambrose Treacy College senior school

BOYS from the only Catholic boys’ college in Brisbane’s western suburbs are finally becoming men with the addition of a senior school. The first Year 11 cohort at Ambrose Treacy College, Indooroopilly, have walked through their new building designed to cater for the school’s growing numbers. They will also be the first boys to graduate from the college, which opened ... Read More »

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