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This 93-year-old dynamo is still busy with God’s ‘housekeeping’

NINETY-three-year-old Dorothy Russell landed in hospital after a fall at home recently, and her parish felt the pain. With Dorothy laid up and the parish priest away, there was no-one to open the church for Mass on Saturday. That was the first sign of how much the Darra-Jindalee parish, in Brisbane’s west, relies on Dorothy. And it soon dawned on ... Read More »

‘I learned how to pray the Rosary before I knew how to read and write’

KNEELING in the mud to pray the Rosary as a preschooler in the Philippines was a forerunner of things to come for Teresita Wilson. She was leading the way then and, at 68, she’s leading still on Brisbane’s bayside. Teresita vividly recalls the first day her love of the Rosary became public. She and her family lived across the road ... Read More »

From guiding planes to guiding the dying, St Francis is Larry Cox’s role model

LARRY Cox has helped air travellers to safe landings at busy airports and sat as a guide at the bedside of hospital patients on the toughest journeys of their lives. When he retired as manager of the communications centre and flight watch area at Brisbane Airport more than 20 years ago, he launched into something completely different. He became a ... Read More »

Fiji Archbishop Peter Loy Chong calls for ‘a synod on the ocean’

AN Oceania synod – it should be the next step for the Church, according to Archbishop Peter Loy Chong of Suva. “The Amazon and its forests are important, but we must not forget how significant the ocean is in the web of life,” Archbishop Loy Chong said, while attending the recent Synod on the Amazon in Rome. “Marine life is ... Read More »

How one experience at a nightclub brought Jonathan Hohl back to Christ

A NEW Year’s Eve in the nightclubs of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley was enough for Jonathan Hohl to do something the next day that would change his life. He went to Mass. It’s not something that he was used to doing but he felt compelled to go on that day, and he’s been going every Sunday since. That was three years ... Read More »

Visiting priest from drought devastated region says ‘thanks’

Brisbane visit: Fr Jayanthi Maddala (left), of Blackall/Tambo parish, is with Bracken Ridge parish priest Fr Gerry Hefferan in St Joseph’s Church, Bracken Ridge.

A PRIEST took time away from his parish in the heart of drought-ravaged country Queensland recently to visit Brisbane and say “Thank you”. Fr Jayanthi Maddala, who ministers in the Central West Queensland parish of Blackall/Tambo in Rockhampton diocese, visited the Parish of St Joseph and St Anthony at Bracken Ridge in Brisbane’s northern suburbs to thank the community there ... Read More »

‘I fell in love with Mary poking Jesus in the back’: Meet Hayden Kennedy, a full-time sacristan

POLISHING chalices, lighting candles, organising vestments for priests are all part of a regular day for Hayden Kennedy but that’s not all he does. Hayden is a full-time sacristan at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane. At 24, he’s young for the role although he’s not the youngest on the cathedral’s team of sacristans. Another three young men on the team ... Read More »

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