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Laughter is key – talented musician’s past fuels her faith-driven future, helping people twice her age

AFTER career changes and even a time of voluntary ministry, reliant on God’s providence to make ends meet, Helena Montegrande has found her niche.  The 39-year-old Petrie parishioner “finds great joy” in working with people almost twice her age.  “I just love it,” Helena said of full time work within Italian welfare.  “I love bringing a smile to their faces ... Read More »

Remembering Rex Scambary, the softly-spoken Kiwi raconteur who travelled the world

REX Scambary, one of the legion of New Zealand journalists who made a powerful contribution to Australian media, has died in Melbourne aged 89. From 1958 to 1984, Rex worked with the Australian Information Service  under its various titles.  The Commonwealth’s overseas information agency provided journalists as media officers to all major Australian diplomatic posts. The genial Mr Scambary served ... Read More »

Intentional parenting in the way of God, how nine brothers and sisters become ‘the best of friends’

PERHAPS it’s the formula of the absence of a television screen, one stereo in the living room and school-related computer access only. Perhaps it’s the fervent commitment to Catholic traditions and the pursuit of prayerfully following the will of God.  Or it could well be the unwavering dedication to the nine children within their household and the further four entrusted ... Read More »

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