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This 93-year-old dynamo is still busy with God’s ‘housekeeping’

NINETY-three-year-old Dorothy Russell landed in hospital after a fall at home recently, and her parish felt the pain. With Dorothy laid up and the parish priest away, there was no-one to open the church for Mass on Saturday. That was the first sign of how much the Darra-Jindalee parish, in Brisbane’s west, relies on Dorothy. And it soon dawned on ... Read More »

Young Kamilaroi woman Shaunah Downton wants to end post-natal depression among her people

SHAUNAH Downton isn’t your average graduating senior.  The 18-year-old was awarded early entry to study midwifery at Australian Catholic University, Banyo, following a school-based traineeship with Metro North Hospital and Health Service. From the Kamilaroi people in Mungindi, overlapping NSW and Queensland borders but with a NSW postcode, Shaunah was named Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the ... Read More »

From guiding planes to guiding the dying, St Francis is Larry Cox’s role model

LARRY Cox has helped air travellers to safe landings at busy airports and sat as a guide at the bedside of hospital patients on the toughest journeys of their lives. When he retired as manager of the communications centre and flight watch area at Brisbane Airport more than 20 years ago, he launched into something completely different. He became a ... Read More »

How one experience at a nightclub brought Jonathan Hohl back to Christ

A NEW Year’s Eve in the nightclubs of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley was enough for Jonathan Hohl to do something the next day that would change his life. He went to Mass. It’s not something that he was used to doing but he felt compelled to go on that day, and he’s been going every Sunday since. That was three years ... Read More »

Prayer helps Fr Rob Galea deal with depression, anxiety, and stress

TWO days before, he was in America and it’s a reasonable guess where he’ll be this time next year. The Maltese-born priest, who’s called Australia home since 2007, hit the evangelisation ground running, now engaged with an estimated 1.6 million people across the globe per year.  His podcast listeners and YouTube subscribers could well tip that figure to hundreds of ... Read More »

‘I fell in love with Mary poking Jesus in the back’: Meet Hayden Kennedy, a full-time sacristan

POLISHING chalices, lighting candles, organising vestments for priests are all part of a regular day for Hayden Kennedy but that’s not all he does. Hayden is a full-time sacristan at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane. At 24, he’s young for the role although he’s not the youngest on the cathedral’s team of sacristans. Another three young men on the team ... Read More »

This couple voluntarily lived in the slums of India for 14 years

TWO young people, fresh out of uni, meet in Brisbane, fall in love, get married and set off for India with wild dreams of making the world a better place. A couple of decades on, they’re back in Brisbane – older, greyer, but as passionate as ever about their dreams. Cathy and Mark Delaney have a different story in married ... Read More »

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