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Mary Gavin, a woman with a passion for justice

Mary Gavin

This is a eulogy delivered by Wendy Cusack at the funeral Mass for her aunt Mary Gavin at St Bernard’s Church, Upper Mt Gravatt, on April 23. Ms Gavin died on April 16 in Brisbane.   MARY Catherine Bernadette Gavin was born in Stanthorpe on March 12, 1934, the first-born child of Winnie and Basil. In December 1939 the family ... Read More »

A life full of faith and achievement

Distinguished Liberal Senator Warwick Parer died suddenly on March 15 just a few weeks short of his 78th birthday. This is part of a eulogy delivered by his daughter Carolin Morahan at his Requiem Mass and State Funeral on March 21 at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, Coorparoo.  DAD was born in Wau in Papua New Guinea in 1936. ... Read More »

Farmer remembered as ‘an ordinary, decent bloke’

Martin John O’BrienJune 16, 1943 – December 24, 2013 Martin was killed in a tractor accident on his family farm on Christmas Eve. This is part of the eulogy delivered by his elder brother, Jim, at his funeral Mass concelebrated by eight priests on Wednesday, January 8, at the Sacred Heart Church, Murwillumbah. MARTIN was the second eldest of six ... Read More »

Barrister showed courage and zeal for social justice

Brisbane barrister Tony Macklin recently died of mesothelioma aged 62. His uncle Michael Macklin delivered this eulogy. TONY was born in Ayr in north Queensland in 1951. His first months were spent in what was quaintly called a “temporary dwelling” while his mum and dad, Tony and Sheila, with the help of a cousin, Roy, built their first dream home. ... Read More »

Life and death full of influence

Edward Ekari

This is the homily of Marist Father Michael Carroll at the Memorial Mass for Edward Ekari on Thursday, January 30, at St Joseph’s Church, Murgon. Edward died in a car accident on January 20. WE all take our life for granted so when someone is suddenly taken from us it challenges our sense of permanence. The news of Edward being ... Read More »

Fr Virgil at the forefront during a time of change

FATHER Virgil Pender died on November 9, 2013, at the age of 85 years, 62 of which were spent in the priesthood. Fr Virg was born into a close-knit Catholic community in Ipswich on November 27, 1927, to solicitor Michael Pender and his wife Bridget. He was named after St Virgil on whose feast day he was born and was ... Read More »

A pilgrim at peace with God


Jennifer (Jenny) Anne Moloney (nee Healy) Born:  September 27, 1939, Port Moresby, New Guinea Born to Eternal Life: November 13, 2013, Longreach AFTER  Jenny was born in Port Moresby, parents Michael James Joseph Healy and Mary (Molly) Josephine (nee McGrath), she was placed in a bathtub which sat in a canoe and floated down the Fly River to the family ... Read More »

One of Brisbane’s ‘great priests’

Fr Jack Rosenskjar.

This is the homily of Fr Ray Kearney at the funeral Mass of Fr Jack Rosenskjar, Brisbane archdiocese’s oldest priest, at St Stephen’s Cathedral on October 22. IN this funeral liturgy we will pay our respects to Fr Jack Rosenskjar. We will hand him back to God and we will proclaim our faith. Like all of us, Jack Rosenskjar’s origin ... Read More »

A legacy of care and compassion

A legacy of care and compassion

ST JOHN the Baptist Primary School, Gladstone held a memorial service on September 10 for principal Paul Daglish who died after battling cancer. Mr Daglish was principal at the school for three years. Acting principal Jakki Graham spoke at the memorial service and highlighted Mr Daglish’s dedication to the school. “We were blessed to have Mr Daglish as both our ... Read More »

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