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Dominicans have been on earth for 800 years

Order of Preachers

In 1215 the Magna Carta was signed at Runnymede and in Rome the Fourth Lateran Council declared that no new religious order was to be founded unless it accepted an already approved rule. This meant that St Dominic, who was in Rome hoping for approval of his new order, had to travel back empty-handed to his Brothers in Toulouse, France.  ... Read More »

The day I put on my habit was the day I “put on Christ”

Sr Teresa Rose

NO matter how long I have followed Christ in religious life, I am officially called a Sister of St Paul de Chartres only from the day I took the religious habit – to “put on Christ”. After almost one year of formation in the postulancy, I received my religious habit on July 25 last year in Saigon novitiate in Vietnam, ... Read More »

My journey on a convent crawl

Convent crawl

THE first question I ever asked a religious sister was, “What kind of face-wash do you use?”  I was 14, and flabbergasted that anyone could look so luminous without make-up.  The sister in question laughingly responded that a bar of soap was the sole product of her skin-care regime.  Every nun I’ve met has looked at least 10 years younger ... Read More »

A funeral is a ritual for healing

funeral

WHEN considering the type of funeral for yourself or a loved one it is important to understand the purpose of a funeral.   Some will express a wish for a Church service with a procession to the cemetery or crematorium, perhaps a Church service with no attendance at the Cemetery or Crematorium, or either a service of Crematorium Chapel or graveside. ... Read More »

Showing dignity and love

Holy Cross Funerals

HOLY Cross Funerals began its operation in 1999 as an outreach of the Catholic parish of Holy Cross, Redcliffe City and remains an important apostolic work of Holy Cross Parish. Holy Cross Funerals manager Philip Novella and his staff assist families at the death of their loved ones, to ensure that the funeral rites are conducted with dignity and love. ... Read More »

Centacare helping when people need us the most

Centacare helps the needy

SUNSHINE Coast’s most vulnerable receive unending care by Brisbane’s most trusted support service, Centacare. Centacare’s Suncoast Cooloola Outreach Prevention and Education (SCOPE) recently helped a mother and her three children at risk of serious domestic violence. The agency helped the family escape to a refuge with only the clothes on their backs.  The woman had been through the Family Law ... Read More »

Centacare provides ways to help and creating hope for 50 years

Centacare helping for 50 years

CENTACARE has been providing support services to the people of South East Queensland for more than 50 years. The agency’s strong Catholic ethos means Centacare are committed to the entire community, regardless of religion, circumstance, ethnicity, economic situation, age, gender or ability. Clients can find Centacare services in every corner of South East Queensland.  With a workforce of more than ... Read More »

Vulnerable Catholic, woman of mercy

Venerable Catherine McAuley

OVER the centuries many women and men have been remarkable witnesses to God’s mercy. Because of their faith in God, their untiring, preferential commitment to God’s most vulnerable ones, and their courage in the face of cruel, uninformed criticism, they continue to serve us as models of full-hearted Gospel living.  One such person is the Irish woman Catherine McAuley (1778-1841) ... Read More »

Missionary doctor regrets that she didn’t do enough

Mary Glowrey

SR Mary Glowrey was the world’s first missionary religious sister who was also a medical doctor. Born in 1887, in Birregurra, Victoria, Mary completed her secondary education in Melbourne, on a scholarship, matriculating at 14 years of age. She won an exhibition to the University of Melbourne and graduated in 1910 with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.  ... Read More »

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