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Stanthorpe man who turned 100 last year immortalised in larger-than-life mural

Angelo Vialente

FOR a larger-than-life mural to be created in the main street of a resident’s hometown is a rarity and privilege. When Angelo Valiante first viewed his esteemed depiction, just a stone’s throw from Stanthorpe’s main street, the centenarian revealed the humour for which he’s well known. “Now they’ll paint the ... Read More »

Great-great-grandmother Mercy Seery on reaching 100: ‘I couldn’t live without the Church’

Mercy Seery

AT a time when Pope Francis has called the Church to a Year of Mercy, a Brisbane Catholic is celebrating 100 years of being Mercy. “Mercy” is her name and, for those who best know her, it’s a name that suits. “You have a beautiful name which reflects the beautiful ... Read More »

Respected Aboriginal elder Aunty Joan Hendriks revisits her childhood church

Aunty Joan Hendriks

SHE looked up from a pair of shiny shoes twinkling under the moonlit sky to see the face of an unrelenting priest with his arms folded. A pair of friends had been caught red-handed chattering away in one on of the alcoves of Sts Peter and Paul Church, Bulimba, during ... Read More »

Bulimba parish a ‘sign of God’s kingdom’

Sts Peter and Paul Church, Bulimba

BULIMBA’S Catholic community were one of the last groups of Christians to receive an official spiritual home. The local Catholics had to wait almost 54 years after the free settlement of Moreton Bay to get to Mass without making a trip down the river. They eventually bargained a meeting with ... Read More »

Century-old parish surrounded by holy neighbours above and below the ground

Papal blessing

NEIGHBOURS don’t get any more Catholic than in the Banyo Nundah parish. Built in the first free settlement in the penal colony of Brisbane, the now 100-year-old parish has acquired some of the holiest of neighbours both above and below the ground. Parish priest Fr Bernie Gallagher drew up this ... Read More »

Father of Townsville diocese administrator wished for a Mass on his 100th birthday

Colin Lowcock

COLIN Lowcock’s wish for his 100th birthday was to celebrate Mass with his family and friends – and that’s just what he did. His son Fr Mick Lowcock, who is Townsville diocese’s administrator, celebrated Mass, and Colin’s other three children – Janice Weaver, Colleen Lowcock and Mercy Sister Mary Lowcock ... Read More »

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