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Living out her charism – Mercy Sister Dolores Donnelly says she loved being a prisoner chaplain

MERCY Sister Dolores Donnelly recently retired after 20 years serving as one of a dedicated team of people who regularly visits the Capricornia Correctional Centre. She was part of the Catholic chaplains, an integral part a multi-denominational team of chaplains who seek to bring caring support to all affected by the destructive cycle of crime. “I really loved doing the ... 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 »

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