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Uncovering the parish priest who changed the tastebuds of Stanthorpe

WHEN Ian Bonaccorso began researching the life and pastoral legacy of the first parish priest of Stanthorpe from its foundation in 1874, he reconnected not only with his familial roots but also credited the Holy Spirit as the “driving force” behind the project. “Stanthorpe’s very dear to me,” Ian, who was baptised Ignatius, said of the parish, now in Toowoomba ... Read More »

Oscar Romero gives the answers to end Marina’s faith crisis

MARINA Castellanos’ friends and relatives were being kidnapped, tortured and murdered, and she was left asking “Where is God?” Her faith was shattered and it took a man who is now a saint to give her the answers she needed. The Brisbane grandmother was caught up in the middle of a civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s when ... Read More »

Luke Thomsen’s learnt from the best Teacher

Luke Thomsen

LUKE Thomsen repeated his wish over in his head: “Make me the best teacher I could possibly be”.  The boy from Mackay was a long way from home.  He had climbed up to Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey in Catalonia while on World Youth Day 2011 in Spain to see the Black Madonna statue. He had been told it was ... Read More »

This 93-year-old dynamo is still busy with God’s ‘housekeeping’

NINETY-three-year-old Dorothy Russell landed in hospital after a fall at home recently, and her parish felt the pain. With Dorothy laid up and the parish priest away, there was no-one to open the church for Mass on Saturday. That was the first sign of how much the Darra-Jindalee parish, in Brisbane’s west, relies on Dorothy. And it soon dawned on ... Read More »

November is a reminder of our true citizenship as Christians – heaven

November is a spectacular month for the Church. We begin by venerating all the saints – the Church Triumphant. We immediately follow that celebration by beginning to pray for all departed souls – the Church Penitent. Given that these feasts follow immediately after one another, it might be an idea for those of us who are here in the Church ... Read More »

Young Kamilaroi woman Shaunah Downton wants to end post-natal depression among her people

SHAUNAH Downton isn’t your average graduating senior.  The 18-year-old was awarded early entry to study midwifery at Australian Catholic University, Banyo, following a school-based traineeship with Metro North Hospital and Health Service. From the Kamilaroi people in Mungindi, overlapping NSW and Queensland borders but with a NSW postcode, Shaunah was named Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the ... Read More »

From guiding planes to guiding the dying, St Francis is Larry Cox’s role model

LARRY Cox has helped air travellers to safe landings at busy airports and sat as a guide at the bedside of hospital patients on the toughest journeys of their lives. When he retired as manager of the communications centre and flight watch area at Brisbane Airport more than 20 years ago, he launched into something completely different. He became a ... Read More »

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