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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 »

How one experience at a nightclub brought Jonathan Hohl back to Christ

A NEW Year’s Eve in the nightclubs of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley was enough for Jonathan Hohl to do something the next day that would change his life. He went to Mass. It’s not something that he was used to doing but he felt compelled to go on that day, and he’s been going every Sunday since. That was three years ... Read More »

You can only know the answer to ‘Who am I’ by discovering who God is

St John Vianney

OUR society seems to be going through an identity crisis. When it comes to the questions that shape our lives – “Who am I?”, “What am I doing here?” –  many people have come to the conclusion that the answer is either too difficult to discover or too hard to accept. And so, instead, we have started making it up. ... Read More »

What participants said about Brisbane Assembly

BRISBANE Assembly brought together Catholics from across the archdiocese and beyond to listen and discern together on the issues of the Church today. This is what some participants said about the event, which marks the journey towards the Plenary Council 2020. “Impressive. It hasn’t disappointed (me) at all. You wonder how it can be sustained in the face of the ... Read More »

Prayer helps Fr Rob Galea deal with depression, anxiety, and stress

TWO days before, he was in America and it’s a reasonable guess where he’ll be this time next year. The Maltese-born priest, who’s called Australia home since 2007, hit the evangelisation ground running, now engaged with an estimated 1.6 million people across the globe per year.  His podcast listeners and YouTube subscribers could well tip that figure to hundreds of ... Read More »

‘I fell in love with Mary poking Jesus in the back’: Meet Hayden Kennedy, a full-time sacristan

POLISHING chalices, lighting candles, organising vestments for priests are all part of a regular day for Hayden Kennedy but that’s not all he does. Hayden is a full-time sacristan at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane. At 24, he’s young for the role although he’s not the youngest on the cathedral’s team of sacristans. Another three young men on the team ... Read More »

This couple voluntarily lived in the slums of India for 14 years

TWO young people, fresh out of uni, meet in Brisbane, fall in love, get married and set off for India with wild dreams of making the world a better place. A couple of decades on, they’re back in Brisbane – older, greyer, but as passionate as ever about their dreams. Cathy and Mark Delaney have a different story in married ... Read More »

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