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Teachers broaden horizons on US tour

Gaining knowledge: Members of QELI’s recent benchmarking study tour become acquainted with Pasadena High School’s bulldog mascot.

By Paul Dobbyn CALIFORNIA’S Echo Horizon School, with its 10 per cent population of deaf and hard of hearing children, provided a valuable learning experience for 23 Catholic education leaders from across Queensland and New South Wales. The leaders visited the Los Angeles Apple Distinguished school in May as part of a five-phase program organised by Brisbane-based Queensland Education Leadership Institute ... Read More »

Christian Brothers’ message gains new audience

Means of mission: At the launch of the website are, from left, Br Peter Clinch, Br Ted Magee, Dr Bill Sultmann, Br Bernard Gartland, Br Bob Chambers and Br Chris Meehl.

EDMUND Ignatius Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers, got an unusual present on his feast day this year – a new website. Christian Brothers Oceania Province director of mission Dr Bill Sultmann said the website had been launched on May 5, the founder’s feast day, “as a way of telling and re-telling the order’s story both in its breadth and ... Read More »

Friend of poorest

By Emilie Ng REGGAE priest and founder of Jamaica’s fastest-growing religious order, the Missionaries of the Poor, is coming to Brisbane next month. Fr Richard Ho Lung, sometimes considered the male equivalent of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, is scheduled to speak at various events in Brisbane and the Gold Coast between July 8 and 14. The champion for the ... Read More »

Fr Liam farewelled

By Paul Dobbyn DIVINE Word Missionaries Father Liam Horsfall’s extraordinary commitment was celebrated recently when he retired after 15 years as chaplain to St Patrick’s College Shorncliffe. Congregation provincial Fr Henry Adler celebrated a Mass to mark the occasion. It was held at the same time as the college’s Edmund Rice Feast Day Mass. Fr Horsfall, 87, concelebrated with some old ... Read More »

Conceiving precious fight

Dedicated to life: At the cutting of Cherish Life Queensland’s anniversary cake are (from left) Atherton Tablelands president Carol O’Connell; Bundaberg president Barry Kirby; Townsville president Michael Punshon; Emerald president Margaret Smith; Redcliffe/Northern Suburbs president Julie Borger; Toowoomba president Dr Donna Purcell; state president Teresa Martin; Wendy Cumming, of Mackay; Gold Coast vice-president Fiona Hunter; and Noelle Melrose, of Rockhampton. Representatives from Cairns, Gladstone, Gympie, Nambour and Warwick were unable to attend.

By Paul Dobbyn AS Cherish Life Queensland celebrates its 45th birthday, president Teresa Martin has called the organisation “a credit to the foresight of its founders”. “The organisation’s founders held their first meeting in 1969, aware that the ongoing legalisation of the contraceptive pill would lead to a push to legalise abortion,” Ms Martin said. “The following year they formed ... Read More »

Award nominations open

Recognition: 2014 Community Leader of the Year award winner Pam Radcliffe receiving her award from Catholic Church Insurance state manager Hugh Easton.

By Emilie Ng NOMINATIONS are open for The Catholic Leader’s 2015 Community Leader Awards showcasing excellence in Catholic leadership in schools, parishes and ministries. The annual national award allows Catholics to nominate themselves or another Catholic who has worked tirelessly for the Church and the wider community. Winner of the 2014 Community Leader of the Year award, St Mary’s Catholic ... Read More »

Helping marriages grow

Spiritual team: Madonna and Luke McLindon, pictured with their children Edward and Clare, believe retreat getaways have improved the spiritual life in their marriage.

By Emilie Ng BOOKING a couples’ retreat is Luke and Madonna McLindon’s secret to a peaceful and faithful marriage. The Brisbane Catholic parents to seven children said retreat getaways were “like fertiliser” to the spiritual life in their marriage. “All living things need sustenance, and if marriage were likened to a plant, it’s one thing to keep a plant alive, ... Read More »

Following JPII’s footsteps

Poland pilgrimage: World Youth Day 2016 Brisbane liaison Zach Woodward invites pilgrims to come with him to Krakow next year.

SAINT John Paul II will be at the heart of Brisbane’s World Youth Day pilgrimage to Krakow that will be officially launched this week. WYD 2016 Brisbane liaison Zach Woodward said pilgrims would walk the footsteps of St  John Paul II, the WYD founder, to experience the week’s theme, Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Mr ... Read More »

Peace prayers

THE Dalai Lama’s historic appearance in Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral will be remembered for his unassuming humanity and passionate advocacy of world peace. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge welcomed the 79-year-old spiritual leader. “I greet you not as a stranger to this city or to this cathedral but beyond all the politics and all the protests, I welcome you as a ... Read More »

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