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All Hallows’ principal to take on state leadership

DR Lee-Anne Perry will go from heading All Hallows’ School, Brisbane, to leading the Queensland Catholic education sector in the coming months. Her appointment follows the decision in June 2014 by the current Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Mike Byrne to retire in June 2015. All Hallows’ principal since 1999, Dr Perry said she was “deeply honoured to accept ... Read More »

Child protection

prisoner's hands through fence

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Romero Centre’s Rebecca Lim has first-hand experience of the mental suffering of children in detention. “For example, we’ve had a four-year-old girl staying here in day care while her mother studies English,” Ms Lim said. “The little girl showed clear signs of trauma from her experiences – for about a year she wouldn’t talk to us. ... Read More »

“Left field” may be only hope for Bali Nine duo

By Paul Dobbyn “THE only hope for Myuran and Andrew, and it’s not much of a hope, is for something to come out of the left field.” Thus Brisbane lawyer Bob Myers summarised the situation of condemned Bali Nine duo Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, who were facing the death penalty in Indonesia for drug smuggling. “Basically we’re at the ... Read More »

St Agatha’s soldiers on

By Emilie Ng TOOGOOLAWAH’S faithful but small congregation won’t let their size get in the way of celebrating this year’s centenary in a big way. Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge has already confirmed a visit to the St Agatha’s community, part of the Esk parish, to celebrate its centenary Mass on September 20. Local historian and St Agatha’s parishioner Veronica Grieve has ... Read More »

Mum pressured to end son’s life

By Paul Dobbyn HOW does an expectant mother feel when an obstetrician tells her the child in her womb is a “lethal baby”? Courageous Brisbane woman Sarah Rossic will speak of this experience to the large crowd expected to gather for the February 21 Rally for Life in Queen’s Park in Brisbane CBD. She will join speakers Victorian MP Bernie ... Read More »

Building plans for God’s house

By Paul Dobbyn “A BASIC bible on any work done on Church buildings done in Australia” is how Liturgy Brisbane director Fr Tom Elich describes a new resource being launched at a Melbourne symposium on Church architecture. Fr Elich, a member of the National Liturgical Architecture and Art Board, was on the drafting committee of the document And When Churches Are ... Read More »

Finding answers for frozen embryos

By Emilie Ng “CONCERNED Catholic” Dr Catherine Althaus-Kaefer has joined theologians and bioethicists worldwide in raising ideas about the sensitive moral issue of frozen embryos. The associate professor for the University of Victoria, in British Columba, Canada, visited Brisbane’s Faith on Tap on February 9 to raise her ideas on issues “proposed by the phenomenon of the plight of the ... Read More »

Inspired by India


Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge recently visited India to meet with leaders of two religious congregations with priests ministering in Brisbane archdiocese. This is a reflection he wrote about his journey. I DOUBT that I will ever get used to India.  I’d been there before, a few years back, but my recent visit was so full of surprises that it felt ... Read More »

‘Big family’ welcomes students

Assumption College Warwick

COMMUNITY spirit is a major strength for Warwick’s only Catholic secondary school Assumption College, and a legacy Year 12 leader Greg Hoffman is proud to continue in 2015. Greg was one of almost 60 Year 12 students commissioned during a school Mass at St Mary’s Church, Warwick, on Monday, February 9. The school leader said Assumption College was “like a ... Read More »

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