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Health scare leads Catholic school principal to new indigenous support role

Health scare leads Catholic school principal to new indigenous support role

AFTER surviving a brain aneurysm during Book Week celebrations last year, former Catholic school principal Michael Nayler has decided to spend the rest of his life supporting indigenous students in Queensland.    Mr Nayler is the newly appointed secretariat director of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF), which last year provided scholarships to 2290 indigenous students across ... Read More »

Goodna parish priest Fr Roger Burns retires from ‘best job in the world’

Goodna parish priest Fr Roger Burns retires from ‘best job in the world’

THIRTY years ago British migrant Fr Roger Burns never would have dreamed about retiring in Australia let alone as a Catholic priest. Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in England’s north, Fr Burns had tried out a career as a shipyard engineer and then a teacher before being swept into a completely different vocation. “For seven years I ran away from the possibility ... Read More »

Catholic education leader urges parents to tackle bullying at home following Dolly Everett’s shock suicide

Catholic education leader urges parents to tackle bullying at home following Dolly Everett’s shock suicide

PARENTS sending their children back to school are being warned to spot early signs of bullying and know what steps to take if their child is being targetted online. Online harassment and youth suicide have made headlines this month after it was revealed 14-year-old Amy “Dolly” Everett, the “face” of the Akubra hat ad campaign, was the latest young Australian ... Read More »

Congregation founded by popular confessor seeing major reconciliation growth after Jubilee year

Congregation founded by popular confessor seeing major reconciliation growth after Jubilee year

CONFESSORS from Australia’s first Oratory community say an increasing number of people are receiving the sacrament of penance regularly following the Year of Mercy. Oratory Father Andrew Wise said the original second confessional needed to be re-installed at Mary Immaculate Church, Annerley – the home of the Brisbane Oratory – to cope with the number of people lining up for ... Read More »

Immigration decision sparks outpouring from hundreds of supporters for Iranian asylum seeker

Immigration decision sparks outpouring from hundreds of supporters for Iranian asylum seeker

IRANIAN asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor has been granted a further six-month bridging visa allowing her to stay in Australia – but there’s a hitch. Immigration officials have set a new condition on Brisbane-based Ms Shamsalipoor in her long-running battle to avoid deportation – she is not allowed to study. The decision has sparked a bittersweet social media outpouring from hundreds ... Read More »

International association honours niece of Australian devoted to caring for disabled Indian children

International association honours niece of Australian devoted to caring for disabled Indian children

ORDER of Australia recipient Helen Mahoney has been honoured for “tugging on the conscience” of Indians and Australians through her work supporting a rehabilitation centre for children with disabilities. The Indo-Australian Association, based in Chennai, India, has honoured Mrs Mahoney with a meritorious service award for her work with Friends of Mithra, a charity that provides financial support for a ... Read More »

Sophia’s first haircut will be one child’s Christmas gift

Sophia’s first haircut will be one child’s Christmas gift

LIKE most children at Christmas, Sophia Bennett has the biggest smile on her face but not from what’s hiding under the tree. The five-year-old from Augustine Heights is overjoyed knowing that a child who has lost their hair to a medical condition could receive her hair as a Christmas present. Sophia made her first trip to the hairdresser on December ... Read More »

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