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Religious life proves more rewarding than Olympic berth for Br Chris Pritchard

A SPORTS injury that blocked his road to the Rome Olympics, a Christian Brother who offered him a “free ticket to Heaven” and a persuasive aunt all played a part in Br Chris Pritchard’s vocation story that’s spanned 60 years. Br Chris, a key man at St Patrick’s College, Shorncliffe, was well on his way to representing Rhodesia (modern-day Zimbabwe) ... Read More »

New vicar for religious Sr Mel Williams sees great hope, not diminishment

MANY of us may look at religious life today and see dwindling numbers, ageing communities and an uncertain future but Sr Mel Williams sees much more. She sees with a spirit that is utterly positive and excited about what is happening here and now, and it’s a spirit that is infectious. It’s that spirit that she brings as Brisbane archdiocese’s ... Read More »

Couple celebrates 65 years of marriage on Easter Monday

“LOVE one another and be kind to one another” – that was the advice of Bryan Doyle, who celebrated 65 years of marriage with his wife Patricia (nee Devitt) on Easter Monday, April 11. The couple married at St Mary’s Church, Warwick in 1955 and had four children – Sandra, Vicki, Glen and Shane; eight grandchildren – Matthew, Nathan, Joel, ... Read More »

A raconteur with strong faith, Loretta Ryan talks faith, media and a candle at St Stephen’s Cathedral

RADIO personality Donna Lynch sits down with ABC Radio Brisbane’s Loretta Ryan to discuss faith, media and a story about lighting a candle at St Stephen’s Cathedral. Question: Loretta, welcome, and thank you for having a chat with us. Answer: Oh thank you Donna it’s lovely to have a chat. Question: Catholic school girl? Answer: Catholic school girl of course ... Read More »

Jesus went to the depths of our humanity so that we would know we are not alone

DURING my days at university I worked night shift at a geology laboratory, in order to keep myself in the semi-impoverished manner to which I had become accustomed. I would spend the early hours of the morning grinding coal samples and loading them into submersible metal canisters, which were then pumped with various elements from the periodic table at differing ... Read More »

The mayor who’s ‘a mate’ to all reflects on an Easter unlike any other

EASTER Sunday was unusual, in more ways than one, for newly elected Southern Downs Regional mayor Vic Pennisi. The St Joseph’s, Stanthorpe, parishioner would normally have attended Mass, like faith-filled others across the Granite Belt in Toowoomba diocese. He would’ve also spent time with family, taking a momentary break from his 16-year dedication as a local councillor. But Easter Sunday ... Read More »

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