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Collector gives religious collection stamp of approval

Stamp collector

MAX Lennox is proud of his impressive collection of great religious art works – including The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, and The Elevation of the Cross by Peter Paul Rubens. “While some of the greatest artists applied their talents to canvas, I have those wonderful canvases reproduced on stamps,” he said. Mr Lennox has amassed tens of thousands ... Read More »

Queensland’s top teachers will crack six figure annual salaries

Teachers

EXPERIENCED classroom teachers in Catholic schools across Queensland are set to receive a salary boost above $100,000. “This is a very significant achievement, and has the potential to keep the most talented teachers in the classroom,” Independent Education Union Queensland branch secretary Terry Burke said. “From July 1, 2018 very experienced teachers will receive $100,972 – and that is agreed.”  ... Read More »

Rosies to offer friendship to Bayside’s homeless and marginalised

Rosies on the Bayside

CATHOLIC charity Rosies is busy training volunteers for a new branch opening soon on Brisbane’s bayside. The new branch will provide a mobile street van service and support for the area’s homeless, poor and struggling. “We are very excited about this initiative. There’s a need, as there is in every community,” Rosies volunteers and outreach programs co-ordinator Cathy Lindsay said. ... Read More »

Dedicated teachers shaping lives for the future

BCE awards

SIX outstanding educators have been acknowledged for their innovation and leadership at the annual Brisbane Catholic Education Excellence in Teaching Awards. With more than 35 finalists representing 14 schools, family, friends, sponsors and special guests gathered at Victoria Park Golf Club to witness Brisbane archdiocese vicar general Monsignor Peter Meneely and BCE executive director Pam Betts present the awards and ... Read More »

University program gives hope to women with mental illness

Jane Sullivan and Gordana Stanojevic

MENTAL illness left Jane Sullivan in isolation for nearly a decade until a Catholic university education program helped her find her voice. Ten years ago, Ms Sullivan was diagnosed with schizophrenia, a serious mental illness that made her extremely tired and unable to commit to long-term activities including work and study. “All up until that time period of being 38, I’d ... Read More »

Friend of ‘the Battler’s God’ puts his pen down

Br John Vernard

MARIST Brother John Venard (Smith), who has written more than 1000 Sacred Space columns for The Catholic Leader, has called it a day. Having released his seventh and final book – Finally, The Battler’s God – three years ago, Br Venard has decided it was time to retire from writing his weekly The Catholic Leader column. “I’m 88 this year,” he ... Read More »

Rising Mass attendance drives Sunnybank church upgrade

New Sunnybank church

MASS attendance has caused a major challenge for Sunnybank parish priest Fr Dan Ryan – and for all the right reasons. Increasing numbers of Catholics at the six weekend Masses at Our Lady of Lourdes, Sunnybank, convinced Fr Ryan to sign the papers for a major church expansion this year. The new church project, which will cost up to $2.3 ... Read More »

Heart patient whose insurer wouldn’t cover surgery now in recovery, thanking God

Chris Mahoney

HEART patient Chris Mahoney is recovering after successful robotic heart surgery in Melbourne. “I only know I thank God for all of the thoughts and prayers that have been offered up for me,” the Brisbane father of four said. Mr Mahoney, from St Mary MacKillop Parish, Birkdale, is recovering after surgery for a prolapsing mitral valve – which was preventing sufficient oxygen ... Read More »

What these 11-year-old children write about Eucharistic Adoration will melt your heart

Children in Eucharistic Adoration

TWO Catholic teachers with a devotion to Eucharistic adoration have introduced young children to the Real Presence of Christ with heart-warming responses. Acting assistant principal for religious education at St Finbarr’s Primary School, Ashgrove, Luke Thomsen and fellow staff member Naimh Healy organised Eucharistic adoration sessions for 187 students aged four to 11 during Corpus Christi week. The adoration initiative is ... Read More »

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