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Brisbane teachers educate children on Nauru

A GROUP of teachers from Brisbane archdiocese put up their hands to assist in the education of local, refugee and asylum-seeker children on the island of Nauru. It followed an invitation from the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Border Protection to the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) and Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) to help in the education of refugee and ... Read More »

Priceless Life supporters learn about lives saved

By Paul Dobbyn KRYSTINE as a pregnant 16-year-old was so naïve she had to Google “abortion” when a friend told her to procure one. The young Samoan woman, now 20, told a gathering at Woolloongabba’s Priceless Life Centre of succumbing to manifold pressures to have an abortion. “Afterwards, I remember sitting in that clinic and the counsellor on site told me ... Read More »

Sr Diaan works on a dream

By Paul Dobbyn LORETO Sister Diaan Stuart finds the prospect of opening a new school in East Timor at the start of June “both scary and exciting”. It is quite an admission for the past student of Loreto College, Coorparoo, who spent many years as a principal in various Australian schools run by her order. “But it’s all a bit ... Read More »

Serving up the secret recipes

By Emilie Ng DELICACIES devoured by hungry boys at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, are available for public tasting in a new cookbook produced by the Terrace Ladies Group. Terrace mums, dads and grandparents donated their best family recipes for The Terrace Cookbook, in honour of the school’s 140th anniversary this year. Members of the TLG gathered at the Terrace ... Read More »

Welcoming our newest Catholics

By Emilie Ng STEFFANIE Le and Simon Brown are among thousands of Catholics worldwide who will add another “birthday” celebration to their calendars from now on. Both Mrs Le and Mr Brown picked April 4, or this year’s Easter Vigil date, to celebrate their baptism date as new Catholics. They were among four newly baptised Catholics who entered into the ... Read More »

Good Friday prayers for Bali Nine duo

By Paul Dobbyn THE fate of Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran weighed heavily on the minds of participants in this year’s Good Friday Death Penalty Prayer Vigil at Graceville’s Christ the King Church. Brisbane archdiocese’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission executive officer Peter Arndt said people attending the Good Friday vigil “would be conscious of the enormous ... Read More »

Feasting on celebrations

By Emilie Ng BEENLEIGH’S Catholic community thanked their beloved patron, Ireland’s St Patrick, for watching over it for 60 years with the biggest feast day party the town has seen. Parishioners, past priests, members of the school community and archdiocesan clergy gathered at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Beenleigh on March 17, the Irish saint’s feast day, to celebrate 60 ... Read More »

Hitting international airwaves for Mary

By Emilie Ng CATHOLICS Teresa Gasparin and Josefina Romanelli called on the help of the Virgin Mary when they made their international radio debut last month. Miss Gasparin and Ms Romanelli are connected to the Brisbane Verbum Dei community, and were chosen to represent Australia in the international community’s special online radio program for the feast of the Annunciation. The ... Read More »

Q1 climb yields gold for Rosies’ street mission

By Paul Dobbyn NEW Zealander Jordon Milroy was born with cerebral palsy, but that didn’t stop him joining 1098 people climbing 77 floors to the top of the Gold Coast’s Q1 to raise nearly $88,000 for Rosies. Rosies volunteer Daniel Lato said it had been “a positive experience for everyone” to see 25-year-old Mr Milroy reach the top of Q1 ... Read More »

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