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Faith leads Susan all the way from Leeds

SUSAN Angus-MacInnes, crying and clutching red poppies in the middle of a field in France, was discovering a piece of a family tree with roots in Ireland, England, Wales and Australia. At the time, Susan was a senior teacher at St Kieran’s Primary School at Brighton on Brisbane’s northside, and she was on holidays with her husband Mac. After her ... Read More »

Columban Father Warren Kinne reflects on 50 years as a priest and his travels on the road proclaiming Jesus

COLUMBAN Father Warren Kinne remembers fondly his early years as a missionary, zipping between villages on a Honda motorbike. “In the early 70s we would have been some of the first missionaries to seriously get into bikes,” Fr Kinne, celebrating 50 years of priesthood, said. The 74-year-old Columban who grew up in Bundaberg, chuckled as he reflected on his far-flung ... Read More »

Fr Thomas Ismoyo wants to Pay It Forward in holy orders for the love of God

PAY It Forward, a movie that made $9.6 million in the United States on its opening weekend in 2000, holds meaning for Fr Thomas Ismoyo that cannot be measured in dollars. It describes how he lives his life as a priest. Fr Thomas, an Indonesian priest living in Brisbane while he studies at the Queensland University of Technology, celebrates his ... Read More »

Dr Donna Purcell looks back on Cherish Life’s 50 years of pro-life work

DONNA Purcell’s been fighting the good fight longer than most in the pro-life movement in Queensland and she’s not about to give up now. As Cherish Life celebrates the pro-life movement’s 50th anniversary in the state, Dr Purcell is just as determined as she was when she joined as a medical student at the University of Queensland almost 45 years ... Read More »

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 »

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