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Matt Foxon inspired to make his home parish a place for youth to meet God

TWENTY-year-old Matt Foxon remembers well what it was like to be searching for answers and “hungry for purpose” in those awkward teenage years. And now, having been away on the journey of a lifetime, he’s throwing himself into helping young people in his own backyard find their way through those years. Matt’s taken on the role of youth ministry co-ordinator ... Read More »

God embraced Percy when mother could not

“GOD’S embrace” has made all the difference in Percy Pamo Lawrence’s life but, at 54, she still finds herself yearning for her mother’s hug. That’s something she missed so badly as a child when her mother Rosa left the family in the Philippines to search for work in London. Percy’s family was one of thousands struggling to make a go ... Read More »

For Fr Gary, gratitude fills the moment when missionary zeal takes a rest

COVID-19 has forced Fr Gary Walker, a man who once craved a life of adventure and excitement, to do something he’s never dreamed of doing – stop and rest. Even though the 76-year-old Columban missionary is retired, he’s used to being busy and he was intending to keep it that way. Sitting in a presbytery where he lives in Sandgate, ... Read More »

Paul Lucas’ life is about giving thanks to the God of all creation

PAUL Lucas remembers the first time he read Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home) – he danced around the house. He laughs loudly as his memory of that day comes back. “I was just over the moon,” he said of Pope Francis’ encyclical as the Church celebrates the document’s fifth anniversary through the Season of Creation (September 1-October ... Read More »

‘Their sorrow is my sorrow, and their happiness is my happiness’

HOMESICKNESS is not an issue for Fr John Panamthottam partly because he feels at home among Brisbane Catholics, and his favourite cricketer Virat Kholi possibly played a role too. Fr John arrived as a missionary from India to Brisbane archdiocese in August 2015 and during his first summer here, the Indian cricket team toured Australia for a One Day International ... Read More »

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