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Gemma Sisia: “I wanted to build a free private school in Africa”

Gemma Sisia and Dorice Livingston

TANZANIAN children line up in the thousands for a rigorous test to get them inside the School of St Jude. The school’s founder, Armidale-born Gemma Sisia, rounds up the number of children who took the test last year to 7000. Last November, shortly after Gemma turned 44, the School of St Jude said goodbye to their first graduating Year 12 ... Read More »

Confessions of a prejudiced Protestant

Eucharist

I was born and raised a Protestant (Pentecostal variety). I was taught the Bible at church, I read it at home and memorised it at my Christian school. For this I have no regrets. I am thankful for of my scriptural knowledge; it really has been ‘a lamp to my feet and a light to my path’ (Psalm 119:105). What ... Read More »

Married and ordained: The journey to becoming a permanent deacon

Ortiz Family

They’re married men who feel called to serve the Catholic Church as members of the clergy. Meet three Brisbane men training to become permanents deacons, and the wives praying by their side. Taking a leap of faith  IVAN and Liliana Ortiz are wrestling with nine-month-old son Jacob in a side chapel at St Finbarr’s, Ashgrove. The church is the new home ... Read More »

What will be Brisbane’s monuments of mercy?

Monuments of mercy

POPE Francis has asked Catholic dioceses around the world to set up a permanent memorial of the Year of Mercy. It’s a new and sizeable challenge, but also offers a unique opportunity to meet the needs we see around us.  How could the Archdiocese of Brisbane best respond to the Holy Father’s request?  Pope Francis said the idea came to ... Read More »

Why I gave up Facebook for Lent

Starry Night Wallpaper

HOW often do we encounter things that deeply move us? It seems like those moments only come once in a while. And for the rest of the time we just sit around idly, fidgeting while we wait for the next big thing to come around and take a hold of us. I find that, while waiting, I get lost too ... Read More »

What it’s like to be an adoptive parent

Adoptive parents

WHEN we first moved into our local suburb, the sight of my wife and children walking down the main street would cause quite a few heads to turn. It is not every day that you see a redhead walking hand-in-hand with two Korean children. In this country, at least, adoption remains very rare although the comments are always positive and ... Read More »

Sisters are simply living the Josephite life

Josephite Sisters

A SEARCH of Mary MacKillop on the Internet today highlights just how far the saint’s influence has spread. Dioceses have her as their patron, schools and child care centres and ministries carry her name, and the work of the sisters extends across the globe. And yet, with an average age of 78 many Catholics may question “What is the future ... Read More »

Priest writes letter to PM over asylum seekers debate

Refugees are people

A SENIOR priest who works closely with asylum seekers in detention has called on the Prime Minister to end their incarceration. Darwin diocese vicar general Fr Malcolm Fyfe has described harrowing conditions inside the Wickham Point detention centre on the outskirts of Darwin. The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart priest’s plea to the Prime Minister has the backing of Darwin ... Read More »

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