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Queensland-born Columban Father Warren Kinne on being a priest in communist China

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COLUMBAN Father Warren Kinne knows first hand the art of “playing the game”. For two decades, Fr Kinne, 71, born and bred in Bundaberg, Queensland, was a missionary in communist China, learning to tread lightly, sometimes testing the boundaries of authority and control, and eventually watching his mission flourish in unimagined ways. Now returned to Australia, with a new mission ... Read More »

Love and marriage: Dating Dr Ryan Messmore

Dr Ryan Messmore

RYAN Messmore is about to find out what happens when you broadcast your love life to the world. The Catholic theologian and popular speaker living in Brisbane has written a book about his four-year courtship and marriage with his wife Karin Messmore. Dr Messmore, who was born to a devout Methodist family in Maryland, United States, as one of triplets ... Read More »

The heavenly prize Helen Mahoney finds in India

Helen Mahoney

HE prayed he wouldn’t get Daisy. Inside Mithra, a rehabilitation centre for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities from India’s poorest quarters, a line of young Catholic schoolboys await the names of who they are to feed that day. The boys, 15 years old, are on an immersion trip to see the mission that Brisbane-born Sr Mary Theodore ... Read More »

Step by step: Meet Eduardo Cruz, a young Brisbane lawyer addicted to the Camino

Eduardo Cruz

YOUNG Brisbane Catholic Eduardo Cruz can’t get enough of trekking across Spain – it’s a spiritual thing. Since 2013, he’s walked about 1250km and cycled about 470km on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a pilgrimage following the way of the apostle St James through Spain. It’s been challenging, at times gruelling and sometimes full of beauty and reward. There ... Read More »

Fr Sean McDonagh, a missionary for creation

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“ARE you not worried if there’s going to be any flowers left here?” It’s a question Fr Sean McDonagh asks people, young and old, when he takes them down to The Burren, in County Clare, Ireland, to wonder at the beauty of nature in his homeland. It’s also a question he’d love everyone to be asking themselves. Fr McDonagh, a ... Read More »

Meet Australia’s dinosaur hunter, Doug Miller

DOUG Miller was bitten by the dinosaur bug 12 years ago. Now the parishioner from St Anthony’s and St Luke’s, Alexandra Hills-Capalaba, spends more and more time digging, sifting and preparing fossils for all of us to enjoy. His travels take him to the heart of dinosaur country in Winton, western Queensland, and he has just returned from a second ... Read More »

The worldwide outreach helping same-sex attracted people find the Courage to be chaste

Fr Phillip Bochanski

SAME-sex attracted Americans rejoiced the day the United States Supreme Court legalised gay marriage. Well, not all of them. Some, according to Fr Phillip Bochanski, the executive director of an international Catholic ministry for same-sex attracted people, were, and are, looking for chastity. As a chaplain for Courage, Fr Bochanski has journeyed with same-sex attracted men and women for seven ... Read More »

Meet the Petrie couple helping to feed and educate a village in Africa

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WHEN Sue Fyfe compiled a scrapbook to mark the arrival of her latest grandchild, she was acutely aware that many of the photographs she was including pointed to the potential for a bright future for little Lincoln. He was surrounded by loving parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles; able to access the best in modern health care; with the necessary resources available ... Read More »

Don’t major in minor things: A businessman’s key to success

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AT the age of 30, I applied for a marketing position.  Nothing strange about that, except the newspaper advertisement stated that unless you were over 40 you would not have the maturity for the job and that therefore anyone under 40 need not bother to apply.  As on many other occasions in my life, my wife Pattie encouraged me to ... Read More »

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