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Why I am praying in Hong Kong for 12 months

bible

“BUT what will you do there?’ It is a question I had to answer on an almost daily basis in the weeks before leaving for my novitiate. I can’t tell you how tempting it was to reply: “nothing”. Of course, I did not thereby wish to imply that our novitiate was to consist of us simply sitting on the edge ... Read More »

Young newlyweds see Catholic Church as powerful force for good in Australia

McAlpines

“TORRENTIAL” but inconsequential rain greeted Nick McAlpine as he awaited Caroline Woods before their June 4 nuptials in Brisbane this year.  Nick “only had eyes” for his “beautiful bride”, Caroline for the man who makes her heart “sing”, their union soon sealed by the God who inspires shared and active faith.  The striking duo first met through mutual friends in ... Read More »

Gender pay gap: Have Catholic organisations forgotten St John Paul II’s letter to women?

Gender pay gap

RECENTLY I became aware of a woman with two decades of experience at a senior level in industry, who regularly volunteers for a Catholic-based organisation, and has helped raise more than $50,000 for them.  At a networking event the organisation’s chairman jumped tables to say he had “a great opportunity” for her.  This “great opportunity” turned out to be working ... Read More »

Memories of a beloved teacher

cakes

OUR memories are selective. We know so very little about how the computer that is our brain functions.  Why does one memory get stored and not others?  Why does it surface just at specific moments of our lives from somewhere deep inside? My school days were happy days. I remember Year 3 in particular.  Our teacher was Miss Arthur.  In ... Read More »

God’s love leads to new path for Deacon Cavicchiolo

Deacon Mark Cavicchiolo

I WAS born in 1968 in Canberra to loving parents, my siblings and I all went through the Catholic schooling system.   I had a happy childhood and through a love of fishing and the outdoors I gained an appreciation of God’s creation – however, without thinking about God.   Although I received the sacraments while at school I never ... Read More »

Faber tapping a rich tradition

Faber Centre of Ignatian Spirituality

SPONSORED BY FABER CENTRE OF IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY The Faber Centre of Ignatian Spirituality has just completed 10 years in Brisbane. Faber is named after St Peter Faber (1506-46), one of the first companions of St Ignatius at the University of Paris (1528-34) and the first among them to be ordained a priest. The Faber Centre of Ignatian Spirituality under its ... Read More »

Pilgrimage is a spiritual journey

Harvest Journeys

SPONSORED BY HARVEST JOURNEYS A PILGRIMAGE journey can lift the heart, evoke emotions that are beyond words, give us peace that “the world cannot give” (John 14:27).   “Whether it’s immersing in the healing waters of Lourdes, ‘praying with your feet’ along the Camino de Santiago, joining with thousands of pilgrims in St Peter’s Square, touching the rock of Calvary ... Read More »

Chapel for Mary MacKillop oasis of tranquility in Sydney

Mary MacKillop Chapel

SPONSORED BY MARY MACKILLOP PLACE MARY MacKillop Place is first and foremost a sacred place, a place of pilgrimage. The chapel, built in honour of St Mary MacKillop was blessed and opened on January 19, 1914.  On January 28 of that year, Mary’s remains were transferred from Sydney’s Gore Hill Cemetery to the chapel where she rests today. People come ... Read More »

Find God in the mountains

The Archer Mountain

SPONSORED BY THE ARCHER MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY THE Archer Mountain Community is a community of people comprised of Christian Brothers and lay people, some of whom live on the property and others who gather each month for spiritual nourishment and visioning of the community’s outreach and mission in our world.  The community is set within the beautiful Stanley River Valley, bordered ... Read More »

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