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Hail Mary to the end

By Paul Dobbyn AUTHOR Michele Gierck is emphatic that accompanying her mother through Alzheimer’s to her eventual death “is not a sad story”. Reading the Melbourne author’s latest book, “Fraying: Mum, memory loss, the medical maze and me”, it’s easy to agree. “Touching”, “inspirational”, “heart-warming” and “informational” are words which come to mind, but definitely not “sad”. Michele was very ... Read More »

Pope Francis leads in evangelical imagination

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge POPE Francis has just completed two years in office and what a two years they have been. From the moment he appeared on the balcony of St Peter’s, he has shown himself to be a pope of surprises. Even to the people of his native Argentina, he’s been a surprise. An Argentinian bishop I met in ... Read More »

Led to Christ

By Emilie Ng WILL Nicol has thrown off many ugly crosses in his life, but there’s one he would eagerly clutch until he dies – the crucifix. And while the 25-year-old nor any human being will ever have a chance to touch Christ’s real cross, this year he walked in Jesus’ shoes, portraying the Son of God in the Stations ... Read More »

Service to the nation: 1915 to 2015

By Deacon Peter Devenish-Meares  I STAND here in the sacred grove adjacent to the Toowoomba Mothers’ War Memorial holding a fallen twig directly descended from a Lone Pine. Its parent pine was brought home by the 25th Infantry Battalion, 7th Brigade AIF about 98 years ago. As the cool breeze touches my face I am re-awakened to gratitude to all ... Read More »

Sr Diaan works on a dream

By Paul Dobbyn LORETO Sister Diaan Stuart finds the prospect of opening a new school in East Timor at the start of June “both scary and exciting”. It is quite an admission for the past student of Loreto College, Coorparoo, who spent many years as a principal in various Australian schools run by her order. “But it’s all a bit ... Read More »

Serving up the secret recipes

By Emilie Ng DELICACIES devoured by hungry boys at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace, are available for public tasting in a new cookbook produced by the Terrace Ladies Group. Terrace mums, dads and grandparents donated their best family recipes for The Terrace Cookbook, in honour of the school’s 140th anniversary this year. Members of the TLG gathered at the Terrace ... Read More »

Teaching to empower

By Emilie Ng MIKAELA McGreevy’s pinnacle moment in her young teaching career is leading an entire classroom to pronounce the word “touch” perfectly. The 20-year-old Queensland University of Technology student spent almost two weeks in a small Cambodian classroom with the De La Salle Brothers’ Lasallian Volunteers program earlier this year. In Po Thum, Cambodia, Mikaela taught young Cambodians “off ... Read More »

Welcoming our newest Catholics

By Emilie Ng STEFFANIE Le and Simon Brown are among thousands of Catholics worldwide who will add another “birthday” celebration to their calendars from now on. Both Mrs Le and Mr Brown picked April 4, or this year’s Easter Vigil date, to celebrate their baptism date as new Catholics. They were among four newly baptised Catholics who entered into the ... Read More »

Bend low

TO enter Christ’s empty tomb like the disciples and see that he has risen, Christians today also must “bend down”, Pope Francis said in his Easter message. “Love has triumphed over hatred. Life has conquered death. Light has dispelled the darkness,” he told tens of thousands pilgrims in St Peter’s Square on Easter Sunday (April 5). At the end of ... Read More »

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