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The Queensland bus service that keeps prisoners and families connected

Deacon Russ Nelson

THIRTY-two years ago Deacon Russ Nelson answered a notice in his parish bulletin searching for drivers to take visitors to prison once a month. “I said ‘yes’ and I’ve kept on doing it,” Deacon Nelson, the longest-serving driver still working for the charity Prison Transport Group, said. More than just a bus service, PTG is celebrating 40 years offering service ... Read More »

Year of Mercy: A rare look at Mass behind bars

Fr Tony Girvan saying Mass in prison

IN a simple prison chapel, chaplain Fr Tony Girvan celebrates Mass with inmates at Maryborough Correctional Centre for the final time during the Year of Mercy, delivering a missionary message “of revealing God’s love to all people”. “They are loved and we are called to preach the Gospel through the way we love each other,” Fr Girvan said. “For someone ... Read More »

A priest for our prisoners: Through the eyes of a prison chaplain

Fr Tony Girvan

SPONSORED BY CATHOLIC FOUNDATION (ARCHDIOCESE OF BRISBANE) FORMER parish priest at St Bernardine’s, Regents Park, Fr Tony Girvan, has always strived to be proactive about helping the poorest of the poor.  “I didn’t just want to talk about it and preach about it. I wanted to go out and do it,” he said. In the seminary and throughout his priesthood, ... Read More »

Sr Margaret’s biggest life lesson came from a brothel madam

Sr Margaret Robertson

A BROTHEL madam, a saint, special groups of liberated women and countless prisoners influence the way Sr Margaret Robertson follows Jesus Christ. As she looks back on why she took the decision more than 50 years ago as a young woman to join the Sisters of St Joseph she cannot forget the example of her loving parents either. It was ... Read More »

A decade as an addict

Rory Norris

RORY Norris promised to stop using heroin when he turned 30.  He never asked to be an addict, but addiction has no social boundaries – a kid from a private school in Brisbane born to a devout Catholic mum could still get caught in a drug-abuse trap. “I started smoking marijuana at school, and then got into harder drugs,” he ... Read More »

Prison problems set to hurt the community

prisoner's hands through fence

CONSECUTIVE Queensland governments have ignored evidence that the prison system is not working – and the community is at increased risk because of it. That’s the opinion of Catholic Prison Ministry coordinator Dave Martin after many years intensive experience with Queensland’s prison system. “Prisons are purportedly used for punishment, as a deterrent; to protect the community, and to rehabilitate,” he ... Read More »

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