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Always open to the Holy Spirit

HELPING people “fall in love with Jesus” – how’s that for a job description? There probably should be more words around that but that’s at the heart of what Mike Humphrys has been doing in Brisbane archdiocese for the past 24 years. His job title when he retired at the end of last year was associate director with Evangelisation Brisbane ... Read More »

Love in the time of COVID, placing Christ at the centre of all those 1.5 metres

MY six months of “pastoral placement” at a university in Sydney last year were something of a mitigated disappointment. I had been looking forward to daily engagements with students, lively discussions and a healthy dose of pub-related socialization. COVID put an end to most of those dreams. Students studied online, social engagements were almost non-existent, and the university forbade us ... Read More »

The difference between hope and optimism was born on Christmas day

A SEMINARIAN I know recently sent me a message that ended with the words – “Don’t lose optimism!” Being a Dominican, the innate “sed contra” that dwells within me could not help but respond – “Optimism is the belief that things will keep getting better and better; it is not the same thing as the infused Christian virtue of hope”. ... Read More »

Gratitude is overflowing as Fr John Chalmers retires from Centacare

Fr John Chalmers

“GRATITUDE” was a word Centacare chief Peter Selwood used as he prepared to farewell the “much loved” Fr John Chalmers and “gratitude” is what fills Fr John as he heads into retirement. November 27 was Fr John’s last day as Mission an Formation director at Centacare Brisbane, and with 47 years of priesthood under his belt he pondered what it ... Read More »

Love of God in full bloom

BILL Coombes has made it onto national television twice because of the beauty of his orchids – once was after one of Brisbane’s floods had wiped out his whole collection, about 600 plants. The late Colin Campbell visited Bill’s backyard at Fairfield twice for ABC’s Gardening Australia, first to tell the story of his loss and then to return and ... Read More »

Leading children to ‘know Jesus’

ONE of the things Carole Danby’s looking forward to most after many years in children’s ministry is having oodles of time to play. She can’t wait for all the fun she’ll have in the spare room she’s turning into a special place where she’ll tell stories and play games with her three grandsons, and hopefully help them to know the ... Read More »

Parish’s Alpha program leads siblings through unlikely faith journey together

Donahoe siblings with Fr Josh Whitehead from Caloundra parish

JACINTA Elks and younger brother Kevin Donahoe had no idea when one of their priests tapped them on the shoulder to be part of something new in their parish that he was offering them just what they’d been looking for. They were “cradle Catholics” searching for something more when associate pastor Fr Josh Whitehead invited them to become involved in ... Read More »

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