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Eloise Wellings running to God’s beat at Commonwealth Games

Eloise Wellings

WHEN elite long-distance runner Eloise Wellings takes to the track she has more than medals on her mind. Lining up on the Gold Coast for her fourth Commonwealth Games in the 10,000m and 5000m, Ms Wellings also has her focus fixed on Love Mercy, a foundation she co-founded to help communities in northern Uganda overcome poverty after decades of civil ... Read More »

Rosaries, prayers and hope abundant at Commonwealth Games multi-faith centre

Rwandan runner with Christian school students

CATHOLIC athletes have displayed their rousing singing skills and a penchant for rosary beads as they tuned up for Commonwealth Games competition. “I was sure they were going to lift the roof off with their singing,” volunteer Catholic chaplain Helen Day said, after a rousing Good Friday liturgy, held in the Gold Coast athletes’ village multi-faith centre. Mrs Day said ... Read More »

Queensland Catholic doctors support plans for national “united front”

Catholic doctors Dr Terry Kent and Dr Alison Bignell

QUEENSLAND medicos have welcomed plans to set up a national body to give support and a voice to Catholic doctors. Australian Catholic bishops have approved a body to be known as the Catholic Medical Association of Australia – following a request from doctors wanting to highlight what Catholic teaching brings to healthcare in an increasingly secular world. Catholic doctors face ... Read More »

Faith important in former Wallaby Paul McLean’s game plan

Donna Lynch recently sat down with Wallaby legend Paul McLean (pictured) to discuss life, family, faith and the game played in heaven. Can you tell us the early years of Paul McLean? I suppose (it was a) simple upbringing – grew up in Ipswich, went to the local school which was St Mary’s Primary School which then turned into St ... Read More »

Fr John O’Doherty’s sailed the journey of life with faith, hope

BRISBANE-born missionary priest Fr John O’Doherty has a life-defining connection with the sea. Celebrating 50 years as an Oblate priest, 83-year-old Fr O’Doherty remembered how, while still at school, he was introduced to the world of sailing by one of his schoolmates. Later it opened up the more challenging life of ocean racing. This was part of life giving lessons ... Read More »

Jan Heath’s extraordinary journey of renewed faith

By Sylvia Stuen-Parker IT took the insight of three strangers to spark Jan Heath’s journey of renewed Catholic faith. Despite her Catholic upbringing and Mercy Sisters’ education, Jan’s commitment to the Church soon faded due to her priorities as an 18-year-old. “There was travel, there was my job, there were boyfriends. Lots of things took away my focus from attending ... Read More »

Just Compassion

JUST COMPASSION: A PRIEST’S QUEST FOR HUMAN RIGHTS Fr Wally Dethlefs; Tafina Press, 2017.   Review of Just Compassion by Dr Ann Morgan Few people manage to integrate passion, integrity and ethical principles in their life and work in the manner demonstrated by Fr Wally Dethlefs. His book portrays these qualities in an unpretentious narrative that offers inspiration. There is ... Read More »

Strangers in a Strange Land

Front Cover of Strangers in a Strange Land by Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles J. Chaput

STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND: LIVING THE CATHOLIC FAITH IN A POST-CHRISTIAN WORLD Archbishop Charles J. Chaput; Henry Holt and Company, New York; 2017 Reviewed by CNS “WE are passing through a revolution of sorts in America,” says Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. Following such upheavals in the nation’s moral life as the “normalisation of pornography, premarital sex, divorce (and) ... Read More »

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