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Help in tough times

By Paul Dobbyn GOLD Coast man Karl Stuart spent five years making bullet-proof vests for the police and military, but nothing could protect him from becoming homeless. The 44-year-old’s fall through society’s cracks started about two-and-a-half years ago when he had to vacate a flat he had rented for about eight years. “The place was sold and I had to move ... Read More »

Miracle girl

By Emilie Ng PARENTS of an eight-year-old girl who almost died last December received an “an unexpected blessing” from a Catholic high school last month. Lourdes Hill College, Hawthorne L’Arche and Disability Outreach service group captain Laura Ricca read Gabby Caldwell’s profile on the Developing Foundation website and was inspired to make a difference. “For us, taking an hour out of ... Read More »

Speaker tells of road to faith

By Emilie Ng CONVERTING to Catholicism was never a task on speaker and producer Matthew Arnold’s bucket list. Mr Arnold was invited to speak at the inaugural Vallicella Dinner fundraising event for the Brisbane Oratory and gave a talk at Annerley-Ekibin parish on May 26. “The idea that I can fly literally halfway around the world and meet people and address ... Read More »

Medal for pro-abortionist

A PRO-abortionist’s acceptance of a Miraculous Medal at this year’s Walk for Little Feet has left Cherish Life Queensland president Teresa Martin filled with hope. The young woman was among about 40 protesters blocking the passage of marchers as they approached Queensland’s Parliament House on May 24. Ms Martin was with more than 100 people taking part in the annual ... Read More »

Oratory to fund two seminarians by end of year

By Emilie Ng SUPPORTERS for the Brisbane Oratory raised $30,000 at the inaugural Vallicella Dinner on Saturday, May 24. The money will go towards sending two more men to study in the Toronto Oratory seminary. Seven men have already made inquiries to join the Oratory community in Brisbane, with two men close to finalising an application to study in the ... Read More »

Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated expecting ‘blockbuster’ speech from archbishop

Archbishop Hickey

By Paul Dobbyn  PERTH’S Emeritus Archbishop Barry Hickey is expected to deliver a “blockbuster” of a speech on Saturday night, June 7, at the annual Pregnancy Crisis Incorporated fundraising dinner at the Marymac Community Centre, Annerley.  PCI president Patti Camp said, based on information received so far, Archbishop Hickey in his address would take a very strong stance on modern ... Read More »

175 years of faithful dedication

By Emilie Ng AUSTRALIA’S first women religious took “an enormous risk” to journey to Australia 175 years ago. This year, the Sisters of Charity of Australia honour that risk and the 175 years of  “love, tenderness, and concern of Christ for the poor” at Masses throughout the country. The Sisters of Charity of Australia walk in the footsteps of five Irish ... Read More »

Ray’s asbestosis fight ends

By Paul Dobbyn EARLY in 2011, critically ill asbestosis sufferer Ray Colbert was in a coma in Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital and not expected to live. “But when I got to Heaven’s door they said: ‘It’s not your turn yet. You’ve still got work to do’,” Mr Colbert told The Catholic Leader in an interview about a year later. He and ... Read More »

Deacon Uzuegbu ‘convinced’ priesthood is for him

By Emilie Ng DEACON Leonard Uzuegbu has been listening to God’s voice calling him to the priesthood for the past 10 years. The Nigerian-born deacon, who has been assisting at Masses at St Stephen’s Cathedral, will be ordained a priest on June 27. He began discerning the priesthood after leaving high school in 1996 when he began working as a ... Read More »

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