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Pauline Fathers to ordain first priest from Queensland

Pauline Fathers to ordain first priest from Queensland

MICHAEL Buckley has waited 20 years to become a priest and now the “exciting and very terrifying” day is just around the corner. Known by his religious name as Brother Joseph Maria, the 28-year-old deacon will next month become the first Queensland priest for the Order of St Paul the First Hermit, a monastic order founded in 1215. Bishop Columba ... Read More »

Warning signs that can show you he’s an abuser

Warning signs that can show you he’s an abuser

WHEN we started dating, I thought he was the perfect gentleman. He would open doors for me, take me on picnics and buy me flowers. It wasn’t until six months into the relationship when his controlling and manipulative tendencies surfaced. I’m fortunate I got out before things became too serious. Others haven’t been so fortunate – like a friend of ... Read More »

Children and domestic violence: ‘There is never any harm in seeking support’

Children and domestic violence: ‘There is never any harm in seeking support’

PARENTS are being advised to reach out for professional help if they are worried that children have been affected by domestic and family violence. Some counsellors warn that the effects may not be easy to recognise particularly for stressed parents coping with the strain of an abusive relationship and the demands of raising children. Centacare executive director Peter Selwood said ... Read More »

Oncology experts say cancer patients should take up exercise and chemotherapy

Oncology experts say cancer patients should take up exercise and chemotherapy

WHEN mum Nicole Cooper was diagnosed with incurable, stage-four bowel cancer last year, her oncologist prescribed her two things – chemotherapy and exercise. Old-school medical advice would have been to rest and avoid activity while chemo treatment was undertaken – but not any more. In between bouts of chemotherapy and surgery, the 33-year-old started lengthy runs and gym sessions using ... Read More »

Caloundra principal showcases beauty of the Coast in art exhibition

Caloundra principal showcases beauty of the Coast in art exhibition

PRIMARY school principal Michael Stewart has a rare gift of seeing beauty in a budding flower, the roaring Sunshine Coast beaches, and even a plate of lasagne from the local cafe. The talented artist and leader of Our Lady of the Rosary School, Caloundra, is showcasing these “beauties” and more in an exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery. Mr Stewart ... Read More »

Free fitness classes soothe body and soul at Booval

Free fitness classes soothe body and soul at Booval

GREAT-grandmother Eileen Galligan has carried 15 children in her lifetime but now her 87-year-old legs are having trouble carrying anything else. “They don’t want to carry me,” Mrs Galligan said. The long-time Booval parishioner is one of nearly 20 seniors attending a free fitness class helping the former farmer get back on her feet. The classes are held every Friday ... Read More »

New ACBC president to ‘make sure Jesus is at the heart of everything’

New ACBC president to ‘make sure Jesus is at the heart of everything’

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge says he will be “working to make sure Jesus is at the heart of everything” as he prepares to lead Australia’s Catholics through the sexual abuse crisis and the upcoming historic plenary council. “This will mean helping the Church find a distinctively Gospel voice in the great social debates – not fighting ideology with ideology, but ... Read More »

Brisbane archdiocese reigniting campaign to end domestic and family violence

Brisbane archdiocese reigniting campaign to end domestic and family violence

DOMESTIC violence workers are dealing with a significant increase in distressed women and children, including those involved in high-risk cases, as awareness campaigns continue across south-east Queensland. Centacare, the Catholic Church’s social services arm, has reported increases in the number of women who have reached out for help, matching the observations of police. “This is a problem that is everywhere. ... Read More »

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