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Can the tango help young Catholics have a better marriage?

WHEN Pope Francis told young lovers in his apostolic exhortation on love to dance towards immense hope, he probably didn’t mean do the tango. But Ben Smith, the director of Life, Marriage and Family for Hobart archdiocese, thinks a dose of social dancing can be effective in teaching young people about the sanctity of marriage. That’s why he’s invited Katrina ... Read More »

Cairns Bishop James Foley to retire after 27 years of faith leadership

CAIRNS Bishop James Foley is to step down due to ailing health after 27 years, and is expected to cease duties early next year. “I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s (disease) earlier this year … and I submitted my resignation,” 71-year-old Bishop Foley told The Catholic Leader. One of Australia’s longest-serving current bishops, Bishop Foley has written a letter to Cairns ... Read More »

Marist Fathers farewelled in Gladstone after 118 years

Marist Fathers farewelled in Gladstone

GLADSTONE parish said farewell to the last Marist Fathers who served the parish for 118 years at celebrations on November 23 and 24. Since 1901, there had been a succession of priests who ministered to the people of the city and the outlying towns and communities.  Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy said the presence of the Marist Fathers in the diocese ... Read More »

Real-world problems used as focus for learning

SCIENCE, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at St Mary’s College, Toowoomba, uses real-world problems to spark curiosity and teach. This is reinforced through integrated learning in the classroom whilst also providing extra-curricular opportunities for boys.  This includes a timetabled STEM class for Year 9s where they concentrate on solving real-world issues throughout Term 3, before competing in the international First ... Read More »

St Benedict’s named an eco winner in Townsville

GOING green goes gold as St Benedict’s Catholic School, Shaw, is presented with the 2019 Townsville Catholic Education Sustainability Award.  The award recognised the contribution of schools to sustainable practices in curriculum, school grounds, management of resources and community involvement. Townsville Catholic Education director of learning and teaching Peter Stower said St Benedict’s demonstrated a strong focus on environmental issues, ... Read More »

Catholic principal’s Melbourne Cup win a slice of joy for Aussie battlers

take and vow and Warwick principal Kort Goodman

AGAINST all odds, the Melbourne Cup did not pass into the hands of media moguls or foreign princes, but a bunch of Aussie battlers from drought-torn places like Gympie and Warwick. Among them was Assumption College, Warwick, principal Kort Goodman. “(It was) an amazing feeling and really quite surreal; we were obviously initially ecstatic but then really pinching ourselves,” Mr ... Read More »

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