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Eight appointed to new ecumenical council in Brisbane

Building bridges

A QUEST for human unity is one of the lofty goals that will guide a new Church council aimed at bridging relations with groups from other faiths and beliefs.Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has appointed an eight-member Council for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations to build respect and co-operation across communities in south-east Queensland. “We carry an overwhelming message of hope,” chairman ... Read More »

Parishioners take the Good News into wider community

faith display

ON a windy Sunday afternoon along the foreshore of Brisbane’s bayside suburb of Wynnum, a procession of the faithful walking behind a crossbearer, playing guitars, beating drums and singing songs of thanks to the Lord.It is quite a spectacle for onlookers – the families of picnickers on their blankets and those out stretching their legs along the esplanade walking track.The ... Read More »

Brisbane Catholic Tamsin Jackson was in Ecuador when its worst earthquake struck. This is why she decided to stay.

Tamsin Jackson

TAMSIN Jackson ran for her life when Ecuador’s worst earthquake in decades struck on April 16.  But the young Brisbane Catholic woman has returned to the disaster-stricken coast where she was staying, as a volunteer helping survivors recover their lives. Ms Jackson, 24, had been travelling through South America since November last year, and was visiting the tourist town of ... Read More »

Young cancer survivor Chelsea Stutchbury names debut single after chemotherapy drug

Chelsea and Taylor feature

VINCRISTINE. It is the name of a chemotherapy drug, and it is also the title of a debut single from 18-year-old singer and cancer survivor Chelsea Stutchbury. In 2014, Chelsea was halfway through her final-year studies at Bundaberg’s Shalom College when she was diagnosed with lymphoma. During the next few months she was forced to undergo three intensive rounds of ... Read More »

War veteran and husband of translator who helped decode the German Enigma Code at Bletchley Park turns 104

Neville Davis and family feature

NEVILLE Davis is a dedicated family man, whose service and parish commitment has been a life-sustaining force.  The remarkable man also celebrated his 104th birthday last week. “We all love him, he’s a great father,” daughter Hilary O’Reilly, 54, who is one of Neville’s five children, and second youngest daughter, said. Neville has 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. “He is ... Read More »

Army of support lands in Fiji to rebuild communities battered by Cyclone Winston

Combat engineers lending helping hand

BRISBANE-based army engineers have returned from cyclone-ravaged Fiji after a crucial role in the humanitarian and recovery effort operation, Fiji Assist. More than 200 engineers from the Australian Army 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment (2CER) have completed a six-week deployment during which they helped rebuild entire, battered communities. According to the regiment’s chaplain Jesuit Father Bryan Pipins, the Fiji mission was ... Read More »

“We have to move now”: Islanders watch as their home disappears in the sea

Pais Taehu and Ursula Rakova

ALMOST 6000 islanders to Australia’s north face forced evacuation as they watch their low-lying Pacific homelands disappear under rising seas. Their plight amounts to just a drop in the ocean, and yet these island people take solace from Pope Francis’ call for action on climate change and the environment, and for the dignity of displaced persons. The communities of four ... Read More »

Country girl set to lead one of Brisbane’s top residential colleges

THÉRÈSE Eddy will rely on her rural background and the strength of her own life experience to lead one of The University of Queensland’s premier residential colleges. Thérèse is the new head of college and chief executive officer of Duchesne College, which was founded by Archbishop James Duhig in 1937 to provide a safe and welcoming home for young Catholic ... Read More »

New veterans’ rehabilitation program in Timor to combat “health crisis” and increased suicide rates with spirituality

Timor Awakening

HUNDREDS of Australian veterans are expected to travel to Timor Leste as part of a unique rehabilitation program with spirituality at its core. The 12-month program, called Timor Awakening, is taking aim at a “health crisis” amongst young Australian veterans, who suffer from a frightening suicide rate. RSL Queensland has sponsored the program, which will provide holistic health care for ... Read More »

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