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Fr Rob Galea is reaching out to students and teachers in his own faith-inspiring way

HE’S been front-and-centre for thousands of young people, ready and willing to unpack the depth of the Word of God, rarely standing still to do so. He’s filmed popular YouTube videos using drones and up-close-and-personal accounts of his dynamic ministry here and abroad as a priest of Sandhurst diocese, Victoria, leader of the Stronger Youth movement, musician, author and self-confessed ... Read More »

Responding to God’s gentle voice, Sr Teresa makes her first profession as a Verbum Dei Missionary

WITH conviction her life belongs to God, Teresa Gasparin embraced her profession of temporal (or first) vows as a Verbum Dei Missionary Sister on August 4 at the Isle of Wight, England. The Catholic Leader traced the former Stanthorpe parishioner’s journey towards formal discernment just over two years ago, as she farewelled close family and a supportive parish community, to ... Read More »

Brisbane man German Silva giving thanks to God for the gift of his friend St Oscar Romero

“A DREAM fulfilled” was how Brisbane’s German Silva described the canonisation of his friend and spiritual father St Oscar Romero last Sunday in St Peter’s Square, Rome. The Sunnybank parishioner expressed intense emotion and connectedness to his Salvadoran hometown, its people and their irreplaceable spiritual leader. Mr Silva was among an estimated 70,000 people in Rome to witness the historic ... Read More »

Brisbane man to remember ‘spiritual father’ Archbishop Oscar Romero at canonisation

WHEN Brisbane’s German Silva attends this weekend’s canonisation of El Salvador’s first saint Archbishop Oscar Romero, in Rome, he will remember “a spiritual father” who offered “many key messages” throughout their five-year friendship. As a teenage catechist, Mr Silva was influenced by Archbishop Romero’s humility. “I’ll never forget Monsignor Romero said catechists must respect the teachings of the Church, as ... Read More »

Emptiness leads to the fullness of God at Brisbane’s Ignite Conference in 2018

THEY filled travel bags, buses and cars, excitedly waiting for Brisbane archdiocese’s national Catholic youth event, Ignite conference, to begin on the first Thursday of the September school holidays. The arrival of up to 1500 young people was akin to the anticipation before a sold-out performance of an international artist. But this was no performance, and front and centre was ... Read More »

Youth outreach to go far beyond Brisbane for Ignite Conference in 2019

THE “dream to expand” Ignite Youth has become a reality. This weekend at Ignite Conference in Brisbane archdiocese, more than 1500 participants and supporters welcomed the announcement of a second conference to align with Ignite Youth’s national “flagship event”. From 2019, Ignite Conference will expand into Sydney archdiocese, answering the need to house a “bursting at the seams” crowd. “We’re ... Read More »

Brisbane author Roger L’Huillier forever changed by God’s grace and mercy

ROGER L’Huillier can’t be forgiven for forgetting his wedding anniversary. His forward-thinking wife Joan was clever enough to coincide their November 4, 1967, nuptials with Roger’s birthday. “Joan picked the date so that I’d have no excuses in remembering our anniversary,” the Brisbane Catholic and author of two faith-based books said. Born in Melbourne, Roger reflected on his good fortune ... Read More »

Brisbane entertainer sees God’s hand in his good fortune

Fortunata Isgro

HIS name literally means “fortunate” and 35 year-old entertainer Fortunato Isgro sees himself as exactly that. In reality however, Brisbane-based Fortunato can’t actually “see” himself with the same type of 20-20-vision that most take for granted. Fortunato was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa, or RP, a rare condition where the eye’s normal retina function is compromised, deteriorates and sometimes causes blindness. ... Read More »

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