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Why Greg Shakovskoy left Perth to seek God in Brisbane

Greg Shakovskoy

IF the Shakovskoys were around in Jesus’ time they may have had half the seats at the Last Supper. When Jesus was gathering his disciples with the call “Come, follow me”, he had Peter and Andrew from one family and James and John from another taking up the invitation, but the Shakovskoy family has responded in double the numbers. Thirty-eight ... Read More »

Fiona’s story – Vinnies helps restore hope

Fiona’s story

“One day I spiralled into an alcohol-induced psychosis. I called ‘000’ and told them I was afraid I was going to harm myself and that my children needed to be taken into care.” These are Fiona’s words. The words of a woman in crisis. And there’s countless words like them told daily to volunteer members of St Vincent de Paul ... Read More »

How Aunty Ruth Hegarty built herself a better future

Aunty Ruth Hegarty

AUNTY Ruth Hegarty loves telling stories.  The 86-year old respected Aboriginal elder, author, advocate for indigenous justice and holder of an honorary doctorate from Australian Catholic University has recently published two children’s books with five more stories due this month.  These books break away from her previous work that includes an award-winning memoir “Is that you Ruthie?” that detailed life ... Read More »

Camera ‘weapon’ of choice for West Papuan activist

West Papuan man Wensislaus Fatubun

A YOUNG West Papuan currently in Australia is shooting video rather than bullets in his battle to fight the intimidation, torture and massacres that are regular occurrences in his homeland.  Wensislaus Fatubun is a filmmaker and self-declared “video activist” intent on documenting the plight of his countrymen under Indonesian occupation. But the documentaries he makes put his own life at ... Read More »

Life changes course with one Melbourne Cup bet

Fr Dave O'Connor

THERE aren’t many priests who can say a horse race helped dictate their vocational journey. But Fr Dave O’Connor counts the 1989 Melbourne Cup as one of those moments that steered his priestly life in a new direction. Fr Dave was then based in Perth as the Navy chaplain, continuing a journey that had bounced from regional Queensland through Sydney ... Read More »

Belarus to Brisbane and back

Sr Anastasia Badeeff

SR Anastasia Badeeff is expecting a chilly welcome when she returns home this week.  She is a Sister of St Elisabeth’s Convent, Minsk, Belarus, a country of about 10 million people that borders Poland and Russia, and the climate there is a little different to that in Australia. “Belarus is a beautiful country with many forest and lakes,” she said.  ... Read More »

Journeying in faith

FATHER John Sherman is no stranger to doubt.  Despite being the first Queenslander to join the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Australia, getting to the seminary was no easy feat. “I went down to the seminary to go into the novitiate (at Sorrento, Victoria) and lost all desire to go,” he said.  “I could’ve run the whole way back ... Read More »

At home with the dying

GENIA Miszkowycz stared down at the boisterous red-headed girl tugging on her nurse’s uniform, but no words came to mind. It was lunchtime on the palliative care ward, and amidst the sounds of construction, nurse Genia heard a mother taking her last breath. She was the mum of the red-headed girl. “She tugged on my uniform and she says, ‘Don’t ... Read More »

Shaping the future

By Emilie Ng LEADING a school ties Upper Coomera’s first Catholic school principal to a 70-hour working  week, but the arduous slog is nothing but a dream come true. “There’s no job more satisfying than teaching, of being able to make a difference and investing in the future,” principal Dora Luxton said. Working as principal for the Gold Coast’s first ... Read More »

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