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Josephite Sister humbled to receive Queen’s honour, sees it as a win for women religious and St Mary MacKillop

SR Margaret Cleary, a Brisbane girl who’s wandered far, is the latest in a long list of Catholic religious to be honoured by the Queen, but she’s so mindful of being “ordinary”.   Sr Margaret was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours recently “for service to the Catholic Church of Australia”.   It’s not an accolade she ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Couple celebrates 65 years of marriage on Easter Monday

“LOVE one another and be kind to one another” – that was the advice of Bryan Doyle, who celebrated 65 years of marriage with his wife Patricia (nee Devitt) on Easter Monday, April 11. The couple married at St Mary’s Church, Warwick in 1955 and had four children – Sandra, Vicki, Glen and Shane; eight grandchildren – Matthew, Nathan, Joel, ... Read More »

A raconteur with strong faith, Loretta Ryan talks faith, media and a candle at St Stephen’s Cathedral

RADIO personality Donna Lynch sits down with ABC Radio Brisbane’s Loretta Ryan to discuss faith, media and a story about lighting a candle at St Stephen’s Cathedral. Question: Loretta, welcome, and thank you for having a chat with us. Answer: Oh thank you Donna it’s lovely to have a chat. Question: Catholic school girl? Answer: Catholic school girl of course ... Read More »

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