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Goodbye, Father Green

By Clare Burns FATHER Emmanuel Green had many names. Big Ray (Raymond) to his family, Big One to Louise his long-time carer, Father Green or Father Emmanuel to the parish of St Clare’s, Box Hill North, where I first met him nearly 30 years ago, Cha Green to his Vietnamese friends but to many he was simply known as Father. ... Read More »

Remembering Eva

Eva Pangestuís life was remembered at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Sunnybank, on December 4. Her sister Stefanilia Pangestu and husband Ben Baker read the eulogy. EVA Pangestu was born in Madiun, Indonesia, 30 years ago. In our family, we four sisters shared a close bond with Eva, the eldest sibling. Since she was young, Eva was always very ... Read More »

Gympie farewells country music legend

A Thanksgiving Mass of Fabian Webb, member of the Webb Brothers country music group, was held at St Patrickís Church, Gympie on November 20.  This is an abridged version of his eulogy prepared and delivered by his son, Anthony. FABIAN Paul Webb was the fifth child born to William Slator and Hilda Madeline Webb, on the July 16, 1930. The ... Read More »

A life full of faith devoted to others

CJ Leyden Joy

Cynthia Joy Leyden September 14, 1927 – September 11, 2013 CYNTHIA “Joy” and Hillary Loy Harland were born in Roma on September 14, 1927, to local hotelier Jack Harland and his wife Isabel. Mum’s immediate family consisted of her twin, another set of twin girls – May and Jo – and her brother Mackie. At the age of four, Mum learnt ... Read More »

Sound of bullets whistling past can awaken a dormant faith

Owen CusackFebruary 1, 1921 – August 2, 2014 OWEN Cusack lived his life by two principal values – faith and social justice. His eldest son remembered these values in a eulogy at a packed requiem Mass at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Laidley, on August 6. The Mass was concelebrated by five priests, led by parish priest Fr Malachy Onuoha. Owen’s ... Read More »

Finding inspiration in Kellie’s courage and grace

Kellie Van Meurs 1974- 2014 Kellie died on Sunday, July 20. Her funeral was at Our Lady of the Rosary, Kenmore, on Thursday, July 31. This is an an edited version of the eulogy delivered by her husband Mark Van Meurs. THEY say “you don’t know what you’ve got till it is gone”, “they” had never met Kellie. Kellie shared with us ... Read More »

Patricia Bergin’s life dedicated to faith and family

Patricia Ann Bergin|Born: Brisbane, January 2, 1937Died: Brisbane, June 2, 2014 PATRICIA was born the eldest of seven children to Jack and Patricia Blunt. She had a happy childhood growing up on dairy farms and sheep and cattle stations around western Queensland and northern NSW. Eventually her family settled in Toowoomba where she completed her schooling with excellent results, despite ... Read More »

Therese D’Arcy ‘drank deeply from life’

By Mary Clarke THE afternoon requiem Mass for Thérèse Catherine D’Arcy at the Giovanni Chapel at Marycrest, Kangaroo Point, on July 13, was a beautiful place to farewell a gracious and dignified lady. Good Samaritan Sister Bernardina Sontrop gently welcomed the congregation to the Mass of Farewell and reminded them of Thérèse’s entry into eternal life. Patsy McCarthy (nee Donovan), ... Read More »

Catholic Woman’s League leader mourned


MAUREEN Gilmartin, who received a papal medal for distinguished service in Catholic women’s organisations, died on May 20 aged 83. She received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in 1985 in Wandoan, where she was the first president of the town’s Catholic Women’s League branch from 1963. Ms Gilmartin held various positions with Wandoan CWL, was Toowoomba CWL diocesan president and ... Read More »

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