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All Townsville Catholic schools have switched to solar with Vatican officials asking for global roll-out

solar schools project

SOLAR projects powering dozens of Queensland Catholic schools have so impressed Vatican officials that they believe the projects could be duplicated across the globe offering massive power savings, as well as demonstrating the Church’s environmental commitment. All 31 schools in the Diocese of Townsville have now switched to power from solar panels as part of a pioneering environmental project, reducing annual ... Read More »

Cutting through the clutter: Making sense of hoarding

clutter or hoarding

IN Brisbane, 45,000 households are in a state of squalor – no better than pigsties – yet this is not because their occupants are lazy or slothful, rather they suffer from hoarding disorder. Hoarders collect and save so many possessions – often junk – which can be piled from floor to ceiling and can render entire rooms unusable.  In extreme ... Read More »

Midwifery student has dream to see more indigenous midwives

Stephanie Archibald

WHEN Stephanie Archibald had her two children, the midwives who attended the birth were so wonderful she was inspired to switch her studies to become one herself. Ms Archibald, a Bigambul woman, whose traditional country straddles the inland border between Queensland and New South Wales, changed from studying forensic science at QUT, to a three-year Bachelor of Midwifery degree at Australian ... Read More »

Cairns Bishop says saving the Great Barrier Reef “dramatically obvious”

Great Barrier Reef

CAIRNS Bishop James Foley has said it’s time for the Church to revise and extend a powerful 2004 pastoral letter signed by Queensland’s bishops calling for action to save the Great Barrier Reef. Bishop Foley has spoken out about stewardship of the reef as experts report the reef is reeling from its worst environmental crisis in recorded history, and warn ... Read More »

Australia’s first soldier to die in Vietnam has been brought home

Digger laid to rest

KEVIN Conway, the first Australian soldier to die in combat in Vietnam, has at last been brought home and given a Catholic burial. The remains of Warrant Officer Conway were among those of 35 Australian soldiers repatriated last month from various Asian burial sites. About 400 mourners joined Conway’s niece Kathy Woodford and family members Wayne, Julie and Len Strandquist to bury a favourite ... Read More »

Military and police chaplain Deacon Graeme Ramsden calls it a day

Deacon Graeme Ramsden

DEACON Graeme Ramsden is a straight-talking man of faith who understands a life of discipline and sacrifice. Aged 70, Deacon Ramsden retired recently after distinguished careers as a soldier and a chaplain to the military and the police.  He has an easy-going manner, enjoys a joke and is a good listener – just the attributes of a chaplain who has ... Read More »

Donna Lynch: Called to the airwaves

Donna Lynch

DONNA Lynch always wanted to work in radio, although growing up in the Snowy Mountains she could not have imagined where her passion and trailblazing spirit would lead her. “As a girl I would talk into the garden hose, pretending it was a microphone,” she said with a grin. “My school reports would always say ‘Donna talks too much in ... Read More »

Dad having heart surgery today with no insurance cover receives miracle from Medibank

Mahoney family

Updated June 9, 2016 “THANK you, thank you everyone,” was the cry from Chris Mahoney, a Brisbane father of four, just before he gowned-up to undergo robotic heart surgery. “Isn’t it funny how seemingly unrelated events can come together to deliver a truly miraculous outcome,” he said. Medibank Private will now cover the majority of the cost of Mr Mahoney’s life-saving ... Read More »

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