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For Fr Gary, gratitude fills the moment when missionary zeal takes a rest

COVID-19 has forced Fr Gary Walker, a man who once craved a life of adventure and excitement, to do something he’s never dreamed of doing – stop and rest. Even though the 76-year-old Columban missionary is retired, he’s used to being busy and he was intending to keep it that way. Sitting in a presbytery where he lives in Sandgate, ... Read More »

Paul Lucas’ life is about giving thanks to the God of all creation

PAUL Lucas remembers the first time he read Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home) – he danced around the house. He laughs loudly as his memory of that day comes back. “I was just over the moon,” he said of Pope Francis’ encyclical as the Church celebrates the document’s fifth anniversary through the Season of Creation (September 1-October ... Read More »

‘Their sorrow is my sorrow, and their happiness is my happiness’

HOMESICKNESS is not an issue for Fr John Panamthottam partly because he feels at home among Brisbane Catholics, and his favourite cricketer Virat Kholi possibly played a role too. Fr John arrived as a missionary from India to Brisbane archdiocese in August 2015 and during his first summer here, the Indian cricket team toured Australia for a One Day International ... Read More »

Francis has been faithful at the altar in Booval for 70 years and counting

FRANCIS Klein turned 84 two Sundays ago and, like most other Sundays of his life, he was celebrating at Sacred Heart Church, Booval. But for the odd weekend when he’s been away because of work, he’s been there for Mass, come what may. His parents moved to Booval in 1936, the year he was born, and replaced their original cottage ... Read More »

Terry Lees finds his letter from St Paul in Mount Isa

CHRISTIANS are familiar with St Paul’s Letters – to people like the Romans, the Corinthians, Ephesians, Galatians – a huge part of the New Testament, but what about the Letter to Terry? We can read through the Letters of St Paul as many times as we like but we won’t find the one to “Terry”. Even so, there’s a Terry ... Read More »

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