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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 »

Bon voyage Tamara

Farewell: Members of the Nerang parish will pray for parishioner Tamara Gillies as she continues her vocational formation with the Verbum Dei Missionary Sisters.

By Robin Williams NERANG woman Tamara Gillies has embarked on the next step in her journey to consecrated life with the Verbum Dei Missionary Sisters. The 28-year-old left Australia on June 5 to spend the next two years of her religious formation in a novitiate in San Francisco. Verbum Dei Missionary Sisters are celibate women consecrated to God by public ... Read More »

Witness to hope

The Dalai Lama in St Stephen’s Cathedral on June 11.

By Paul Dobbyn THE Dalai Lama, during an historic talk in Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral yesterday (June 11), gave an amusing impression of shivering in the cold as he visited St Francis’ birthplace in Assisi. “It was so cold there,” the slightly stooped 79-year-old said, wrapping his yellow monk’s cloak around himself to the delight of the packed gathering, “so ... Read More »

Praying for priests

By Emilie Ng SUNNYBANK parishioner Yvan Maurice takes part in a relay once a year, but instead of holding a baton in his hands, he holds his powerful Rosary beads. The faithful Catholic organised Brisbane’s slot in the sixth worldwide, 24-hour Rosary Relay for Priests on Friday, June 12, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. At the front ... Read More »

Key to society’s future


By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has outlined the Church’s teachings on the nature of marriage in a radio interview. He said society had always seen this relationship as central to its future. Archbishop Coleridge said other forms of relationships could be “wondrous”, he said one of the difficulties with same-sex marriage was “it tends to collapse a couple of ... Read More »

Feeling for the homeless

By Emilie Ng JACOBA Brasch remembers searching for her brother among the bushes of Brisbane city’s Botanic Gardens less than 20 years ago. She eventually found him sleeping on a bench. Her brother was homeless, forced with “little choice” to sleep rough on Brisbane’s streets. “His life was such that he ended up with little choice, he thought, but to ... Read More »

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