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Catholic couple from Brisbane Oratory parish didn’t want their nuptial Mass to end

AS Peter and Ellyn Gasparin approach their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple, the Brisbane duo well remember the impact of Fr Adrian Sharp’s wedding homily in St Brigid’s Church, Red Hill, last September.  They remember not only because the wedding was in a church they’ve long admired, surrounded by a loving contingent of family and friends, including almost ... Read More »

Love of baking and prayer make Capuchin a winner

THE oven timer dings, alerting Capuchin Franciscan Brother Andrew Corriente the chocolate layer cake he is baking needs to be checked. A quick test with a toothpick tells him the cake needs about five more minutes in the oven, more than enough time for him to soften the butter that will eventually become the buttercream icing that will top the ... Read More »

Uncovering the parish priest who changed the tastebuds of Stanthorpe

WHEN Ian Bonaccorso began researching the life and pastoral legacy of the first parish priest of Stanthorpe from its foundation in 1874, he reconnected not only with his familial roots but also credited the Holy Spirit as the “driving force” behind the project. “Stanthorpe’s very dear to me,” Ian, who was baptised Ignatius, said of the parish, now in Toowoomba ... Read More »

Oscar Romero gives the answers to end Marina’s faith crisis

MARINA Castellanos’ friends and relatives were being kidnapped, tortured and murdered, and she was left asking “Where is God?” Her faith was shattered and it took a man who is now a saint to give her the answers she needed. The Brisbane grandmother was caught up in the middle of a civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s when ... Read More »

Luke Thomsen’s learnt from the best Teacher

Luke Thomsen

LUKE Thomsen repeated his wish over in his head: “Make me the best teacher I could possibly be”.  The boy from Mackay was a long way from home.  He had climbed up to Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey in Catalonia while on World Youth Day 2011 in Spain to see the Black Madonna statue. He had been told it was ... Read More »

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 »

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