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The Marriage Debate with Peter Pellicaan

Pellicaan wedding

ON January 9, 2010, I looked into the eyes of my beloved and vowed to take her as my wife,’to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part’. Seven years and car full of children later, there can be no doubt that those ... Read More »

Holiness is an adventure

Dominican choir

“BUT are they being formed for the real world?” This was a question apparently posed to one of our friars by a parishioner after Mass a few weeks ago. We are “they” – the student friars studying theology and philosophy, undertaking various forms of pastoral work and generally undergoing the Dominican order’s process of formation. This question provoked rather a ... Read More »

Nanango celebrates golden jubilee of former farm boy

Fr Pat Cassidy

FR Pat Cassidy’s days of milking cows are long gone, but the farm boy in him was remembered when he returned to his home town of Nanango recently for a special celebration of his priesthood. Fr Cassidy, who is parish priest at Gympie, is celebrating his 50th anniversary of ordination. He was ordained by Brisbane Archbishop Patrick O’Donnell on July ... Read More »

Ignite Conference 2017: Reflections of a Small Group Leader

small groups

Over the past five years, I’ve had the pleasure of being a small group leader at Ignite Conference. I’ve seen many faces and had the chance to share many people’s experiences. A few years ago, I was a small group leader for a group of year 12 guys. There were about 13 or so and for the first few sessions ... Read More »

Brisbane couple delighted to serve Catholic Church as a family

Steven and Eloise Bird with their two sons

STEVEN Bird stands out in more ways than one. His signature fiery locks, strapping physique and broad smile are known to all in Sunnybank parish where he and wife Eloise married and now serve, together, as youth ministers. The 30-year-old has held the role since 2006 and also is well placed in his sixth year as campus minister at St ... Read More »

The heart of what we seek

Dominicans prostrate for First Professions

BROTHER Christian and I made our first profession a few weeks ago, during Mass on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. At the very beginning of the Rite of Profession, having thrown ourselves prostrate, cruciform on the floor – with noses pressed firmly into the carpet before our eyes – the provincial asked a very simple question: “What do ... Read More »

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 »

St Rita’s girls spend winter break building toilets for Cambodians

SRC LaValla Helpers

MANY students use the school holidays to sleep in and binge-watch television, but 16 St Rita’s College girls spent their winter break building toilet blocks for a remote community in Cambodia. Stepping onto the plane on June 16, the Year 11 students, accompanied by three staff members, including principal Dale Morrow, abandoned the comforts of their families and homes and ... Read More »

Grow old on your own terms with St Vincent’s Care Services

BEING an older Australian isn’t the same today as it was 20 years ago — seniors are living longer, more active lives and want the option to age in their own home and community. This desire can easily be made a reality with in-home support services. St Vincent’s Care Services — a leading provider of aged care and retirement services— ... Read More »

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