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Q&A with Anne-Marie Westby

Anne-Marie Westby classroom

Anne-Marie Westby is a Year 2 teacher at St Ita’s Primary School, Dutton Park, and since September she has taken on the responsibility as the Summer Surf Girl representative at Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club, North Stradbroke Island, raising vital funds.  Q. Did you always want to go into teaching?  A: No, I think originally I wanted to be ... Read More »

Confessions of a prejudiced Protestant


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 »

Ten questions about Amoris Laetitia with Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Restoring marriage

What is God’s plan for the family, how does the Church support couples in crisis, and what should be the role of priests regarding failing marriages?  Archbishop Mark Coleridge has answered 10 questions about the apostolic exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”). 1. Pope Francis writes eloquently about how forming a family means being part of God’s dream, joining ... Read More »

What is love?

Couple praying

WHEN my husband and I first started dating, we sat down and had a hard conversation, setting ground rules and getting on the same page for our expectations of the relationship. As much as the conversation made me sweat, it was one of the best things we ever did because it helped to set a foundation to build upon. The ... Read More »

Q&A with Senator Joanna Lindgren

Senator Joanna Lindgren

Senator Joanna Lindgren, the first Queensland LNP indigenous woman in the Senate, is the great-niece of the late, Senator Neville Bonner, who was the first indigenous Australian to sit in any parliament. She is a Catholic who attended St Mark’s Catholic Primary School, Inala; Brigidine College, Indooroopilly; and St Peter Claver College, Riverview. She has been a member of the ... Read More »

Euthanasia “will never be a free choice”: HOPE founder Paul Russell

Improve palliative care

ON March 31, Australia’s Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley confirmed she did not support euthanasia. Ms Ley was speaking at an event in Brisbane organised by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. A short report on said: “I am the Health Minister and I do not support euthanasia,” Ms Ley told a CEDA event. “I, however, recognise that we should ... 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 »

Immigration Department’s $6 million asylum seeker movie is at odds with Pope Francis’ Good Friday act

Asylum seekers

POPE Francis humbly washed the feet of people seeking asylum during Holy Week while a taxpayer-funded film, commissioned by the Federal Government to deter asylum seeking, made a Good Friday debut on Afghanistan’s television screens. The 90-minute $5.97 million film project, titled Journey, dramatises the passage of people from Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan as they endeavour to seek asylum in Australia via Indonesia by boat. ... Read More »

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