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Catholic teachers shine in Queensland

OUTSTANDING Queensland Teachers are set to be recognised at the 2015 Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Teaching Awards for their special contributions to their vocation, including two Catholics. The excellence awards cover four categories, Beginning to Teach, Teaching, Leadership Teaching and Learning, and Outstanding contribution, and ensures educators are acknowledged for their specific achievements. Paul Baker of St Teresa’s Catholic ... Read More »

Synod report ‘clear and compassionate’, Archbishop Coleridge says

Synod mother

ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge said the Synod of Bishops had provided Pope Francis with a “clear and compassionate” report summarising more than two years of discussion on the Church’s approach to modern families. Archbishop Coleridge has returned to Brisbane after almost a month in Rome, where he was among more than 270 bishops discussing issues including the role of divorced and ... Read More »

Belarus to Brisbane and back

Sr Anastasia Badeeff

SR Anastasia Badeeff is expecting a chilly welcome when she returns home this week.  She is a Sister of St Elisabeth’s Convent, Minsk, Belarus, a country of about 10 million people that borders Poland and Russia, and the climate there is a little different to that in Australia. “Belarus is a beautiful country with many forest and lakes,” she said.  ... Read More »

Talisha’s taking the high road

By Emilie Ng IPSWICH’S rising netball star hasn’t graduated yet but she’s already planning a future helping indigenous people overcome shame and mental illnesses.  Talisha Thompson, a proud Aboriginal Year 12 student from St Peter Claver College, Riverview, and one of Queensland’s top indigenous netball players, has dreams of being a psychologist to help indigenous people. “My mum always said, ... Read More »

Rosies scores hot deal for homeless

A Young woman’s sharing of hugs to raise money for a Queensland Catholic charity moved an Australian packaging company to donate a year’s supply of coffee cups to the homeless. Jacqui Green gave out hugs while blindfolded at various Gold Coast locations for one week, with plans to raise $1000 to buy biodegradable hot cups for Catholic charity, Rosies. Rosies ... Read More »

Dementia-friendly talks

CENTACARE Brisbane is hoping a conference on dementia-friendly communities will help sufferers in their day-to-day lives. About 80 care professionals, dementia sufferers and carers from throughout south-east Queensland attended the one-day conference on October 12. Centacare Community Services senior director Jenny Clark said the idea for the conference came from Enoggera service manager Anne Donaghy who was looking for ways ... Read More »

Teachers strike over wages

CATHOLIC school teachers were due to have stopped work during the week as negotiations over increased wages and workload pressures remained at a stalemate. More than 6300 Catholic school union members in 177 schools across Queensland were to stop work for two hours on Thursday (October 22) between 11am and 1pm. The strike was organised through the Independent Education Union ... Read More »

Call for task force on refugees

CATHOLIC Religious Australia and the leaders of various faith groups have called on federal politicians to join them in establishing a task group “to change the political and public narrative regarding asylum seekers and refugees”. More than 50 leaders from various faiths met with MPs and senators at Parliament House in Canberra on October 15 to discuss the issue. The ... Read More »

Words matter

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge said a “whole new language is needed” to continue the work from the synod on the family, which ends in Rome this weekend. And Archbishop Coleridge believes a national synod could be the next step in a search for a new pastoral approach. While saying “there is no groundswell of support for the change of Church ... Read More »

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