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John Hanley sings in the face of motor neurone disease

“MY name’s John Hanley, I’m 51 and I’ve got motor neurone disease …” was the matter-of-fact way the Brisbane Catholic introduced his first original song to the world last month. But, in his own words, he’s not about to let the disease define him, and singing is one of the ways he’s making sure of that. In introducing his song, ... Read More »

Focus on beauty becomes a new habit for Fr Joe McKay

A ROOM with a view was a life-changer for Franciscan Father Joe McKay. Being struck by the sheer beauty flooding that view one morning was what made the difference. In his 30s at the time, he was living in Wollongong, NSW, working for BHP as a chemical engineer, and enjoying the happy and fulfilled life of a young professional. But ... Read More »

Brisbane bishop says caring for creation at heart of faith

Creation forum

CATHOLICS in Brisbane have been reminded that caring for creation is a central part of their faith. Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell stressed the point when speaking at a Living Laudato Si’ forum hosted by Stafford parish last weekend. Bishop Howell was sharing his insights on the call to ecological conversion made by Pope Francis in his 2015 encyclical Laudato ... Read More »

Upcoming Brisbane forum invites local parishes to discuss ways of Living Laudato Si’ in practice

AGAINST the backdrop of a summer of unprecedented bushfires across Australia, Brisbane Catholics are preparing for a forum on the Church response to the broad range of today’s environmental and social justice issues in the light of faith. Our Lady Queen of Apostles Parish, Stafford, is hosting the forum – Care for Our Common World: Living Laudato Si’ … Think ... Read More »

Marie Downes has played for four decades but still not an organist

MARIE Downes has been playing the organ at Sacred Heart Church, Sandgate, for more than 45 years but she’s been keeping a secret from her fellow parishioners – she’s not an organist. “I’m not an organist … I’m a pianist,” Miss Downes said late last year as she prepared for a special celebration the Sandgate Brighton parish held to pay ... Read More »

Oscar Romero gives the answers to end Marina’s faith crisis

MARINA Castellanos’ friends and relatives were being kidnapped, tortured and murdered, and she was left asking “Where is God?” Her faith was shattered and it took a man who is now a saint to give her the answers she needed. The Brisbane grandmother was caught up in the middle of a civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s when ... Read More »

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