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Presentation Sister Carmel Hodgkinson has given a lifetime of service to God’s children

Sr Carmel Hodgkinson

SHE danced before taking a step. That’s what Presentation Sister Carmel (Jean Marie) Hodgkinson knows about her early years. “My parents said I’d hold onto the bar near the radio and bounce, up and down, to the beat,” the sprightly 76-year-old said from Holy Spirit Home, Carseldine, in Brisbane’s north. “I’ve got rhythm, I’ve always had it.” The toe-tapping sister ... 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 »

‘Joseph’ was a sign for this Brisbane Josephite Sister

Sr Annette Arnold

FOR a young Annette Arnold growing up in Rockhampton in central Queensland, the name “Joseph” was to be key in the unfolding of her life. The eighth in a family of 10 children, she grew up in the cathedral parish of St Joseph. “The significance of that has not been lost on me – my grandfather was Joseph, my father James Joseph and ... Read More »

Belarus to Brisbane and back

Sr Anastasia Badeeff

SR Anastasia Badeeff is expecting a chilly welcome when she returns home this week.  She is a Sister of St Elisabeth’s Convent, Minsk, Belarus, a country of about 10 million people that borders Poland and Russia, and the climate there is a little different to that in Australia. “Belarus is a beautiful country with many forest and lakes,” she said.  ... Read More »

Considering vocations

Huge crowds at youth and vocations expo

YOUNG Catholics hitting a wall with their life vocation fired questions at priests and nuns outside St Stephen’s Cathedral last week. More than 200 young people wandered through the Youth and Vocations Expo, run by St Stephen’s Young Adult Ministry and Vocation Brisbane on Sunday, August 2. The annual event marked the beginning of National Vocations Week, held this year ... Read More »

Sister shares her wisdom

Sister Zinn's wisdom

By Paul Dobbyn SISTER Carol Zinn is sure that “2000-plus years out from the first group of early Christians one thing has not changed”. “Religious life still remains as a radical response to the Gospel in a particular historical cultural context,” the Sister of St Joseph said in Brisbane recently while undertaking a series of lectures.  “What does change is ... Read More »

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