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Brisbane author Roger L’Huillier forever changed by God’s grace and mercy

ROGER L’Huillier can’t be forgiven for forgetting his wedding anniversary. His forward-thinking wife Joan was clever enough to coincide their November 4, 1967, nuptials with Roger’s birthday. “Joan picked the date so that I’d have no excuses in remembering our anniversary,” the Brisbane Catholic and author of two faith-based books said. Born in Melbourne, Roger reflected on his good fortune ... Read More »

Catholic author to launch first book inspired by abusive history

Michaela Daphne

EMOTIONAL abuse survivor Michaela Daphne has released the first book in a series aimed at showing women “the signs of a bad relationship”. Purlieu is the first instalment of the Hidden Grove series, a fantasy thriller inspired by Ms Daphne’s experience of being in an abusive relationship for 12 months. Ms Daphne was 18 when she started a relationship with ... Read More »

Musician and youth ministry director spearheads another year of lived faith in new book

Patrick Keady

SOME are blessed to “whistle while they work”. That’s the God-given reality of Brisbane’s Patrick Keady who, for more than two decades, has shared with anyone within coo-ee and beyond, an insatiable appetite for the beauty and potential of the Church. The Emmanuel Community’s  Ignite Youth director shared faith spearheads his New Year resolve, prompted by an early-morning wake-up call. ... Read More »

Friend of ‘the Battler’s God’ puts his pen down

Br John Vernard

MARIST Brother John Venard (Smith), who has written more than 1000 Sacred Space columns for The Catholic Leader, has called it a day. Having released his seventh and final book – Finally, The Battler’s God – three years ago, Br Venard has decided it was time to retire from writing his weekly The Catholic Leader column. “I’m 88 this year,” he ... Read More »

How Aunty Ruth Hegarty built herself a better future

Aunty Ruth Hegarty

AUNTY Ruth Hegarty loves telling stories.  The 86-year old respected Aboriginal elder, author, advocate for indigenous justice and holder of an honorary doctorate from Australian Catholic University has recently published two children’s books with five more stories due this month.  These books break away from her previous work that includes an award-winning memoir “Is that you Ruthie?” that detailed life ... Read More »

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