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Capuchins share their spirit with youth

CAPUCHIN Franciscans shared their love of Jesus Christ and the spirit of their life in the way of St Francis with about 80 young people in the Royal National Park, NSW, recently. The young people from NSW, Victoria and Queensland participated in the first National Capuchin Franciscan Youth Fest from June 26-29. The youth fest featured international Capuchin speakers Bishop ... Read More »

God taking the lead in the dance of life

THE first time God inspired me with the sense of a calling to the religious life, I was about 16 years old. I had been reading a small book and through it God spoke – though I could not picture how that would become a reality. Rather, I had my eyes set on a career in dance, and pursued this ... Read More »

Vocations are calls to centre life on Christ and build up God’s kingdom

A VOCATION to the priesthood, consecrated life or marriage is a call to centre one’s life on Christ and build up his kingdom, Pope Francis said. “The more we unite ourselves to Jesus through prayer, sacred Scripture, the Eucharist, the sacraments celebrated and lived in the Church and in fraternity, the more there will grow in us the joy of ... Read More »

Called to live a full life

CATHOLIC educators in Queensland are using Catholic Education Week (July 27-August 2) as an opportunity to follow Christ’s challenge to live life to the full. This year’s Catholic Education Week theme is “Come, live life in all its fullness”. Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Mike Byrne said the 2014 theme confirmed the nature of Catholic education today. “Reflecting this ... Read More »

University-led program is a game changer in tackling binge drinking

BINGE drinking and alcohol-fuelled violence remain key concerns for Australian culture. The most recent statistics show that 37 per cent of Australians are affected by alcohol-related violence. The Queensland Government has targeted binge drinking with plans to develop new education material on alcohol and drugs aimed at students in Years 7-12. “Game On: Know Alcohol”, or “GO:KA”, is an evidence-based ... Read More »

Architect to explore debate about design of Red Hill’s landmark church

By Paul Dobbyn JUBILEE Parish associate pastor Fr James O’Donoghue expects plenty of discussion to be sparked by a July 27 talk on the architecture of Red Hill’s St Brigid’s Church. Heritage expert and architect Robert Riddell will give the talk as part of an open-house day for the church’s centenary celebrations. Fr O’Donoghue said the architect’s talk would consider ... Read More »

Celebrating ‘the Big Church on the Hill’

By Paul Dobbyn HOW closely related are the designs of Red Hill’s iconic St Brigid’s Church and the famous Cathedral of Sainte Cecile at Albi in France’s south? Heritage expert and architect Robert Riddell will discuss the vexed issue at a lecture in the church on July 27 at 11.45am. Mr Riddell’s talk, sure to generate much lively discussion, is ... Read More »

A life devoted to faith and St Brigid’s

By Paul Dobbyn JOAN McAuliffe is unambiguous about her fierce love for Red Hill’s, St Brigid’s Church. “I love every brick in St Brigid’s,” she said, “the whole 150,000 or so of them.” Talking with the feisty 88-year-old, you discover her love of the Catholic faith is equally strong as she mentions her devotion to Our Lady and the praying of ... Read More »

‘St Dominic’s sons’ having a rich time

DROPPING in to the Glebe parish you might spot Dominican Brother Thomas Azzi at the altar. But he’s not a priest, not yet. Br Thomas is practising the rubrics of the Mass with another priest for his ordination later this year. Br Thomas is one of four young Dominicans being ordained in Australia this year: two priests and two deacons. ... Read More »

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