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Finding silence in the secular setting

Silence in the secular

SATURDAY-morning breakfast writing club was the closest encounter I have had to a “religious experience” at university.  What made this so special was not what people said, rather, what they did not say – four hours spent with people respecting each others’ silence.  The purpose of the silence was for each individual to contribute, albeit in a small, possibly miniscule ... Read More »

Memories of a beloved teacher

cakes

OUR memories are selective. We know so very little about how the computer that is our brain functions.  Why does one memory get stored and not others?  Why does it surface just at specific moments of our lives from somewhere deep inside? My school days were happy days. I remember Year 3 in particular.  Our teacher was Miss Arthur.  In ... Read More »

Timor Leste veteran returns to confront his past

Timor Leste troops

VETERAN Nick Hodge admitted feeling trepidation as he prepared to return to Timor Leste. “(It’s) going back to places that weren’t that nice. I’ve been up and down, gone off the rails, but it’s something I want to do,” he said. Mr Hodge, a veteran of multiple deployments with both the army and the Australian Federal Police, is one of ... Read More »

Sisters of Mercy make mobile app for Jubilee year

Mercy app

JUST three months ago the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy launched their Mercy-ing app, supporting action and contemplation in daily life, and it has had more than 2000 downloads. An institute spokesman said the path of Mercy invited people to attain balance of their lives through prayer and the app was assisting people towards this goal in Australia, New ... Read More »

Refugees hang ten on Aussie beach

Refugee learns to surf

MORE than 100 migrant and refugees from southern Brisbane suburbs were greeted with blue skies, sunshine and warm smiles for the annual Infant Saviour St Vincent de Paul Society conference beach picnic. Conference president Dot Farley said the day, in its 14th year, was a huge success. Burleigh Heads Vincentian Hans Van Mosseveld said the picnic was a collaborative effort ... Read More »

Aged care residents receive visits for Year of Mercy

Year of Mercy visits

RESIDENTS at Regis Aged Care, Salisbury, are experiencing the spirit of the Year of Mercy thanks to visits from Year 5 and 6 students from St Pius X Catholic Primary School. Assistant principal for religious education Kelly Short said the students were developing a hands-on understanding of how to provide Christian service for their local community. “By putting social justice ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge names seven Brisbane parishes pilgrimage sites for Year of Mercy

Holy Doors

PILGRIMAGE hotspots during the Year of Mercy have increased in the Brisbane archdiocese with seven new sites opening Holy Doors to the public. The Catholic Churches in Red Hill, Clear Island Waters, Annerley, Ipswich and Nambour have been nominated as pilgrimage sites of Mercy for the jubilee year, which Pope Francis launched on December 8. The Pauline Fathers, who run ... Read More »

Locking in love for the Year of Mercy

Catholic love lock

MARRIAGE is on the horizon for Adam Burns and there’s a third person he’d like to publicly thank before tying the knot. Mr Burns will place a heart-shaped padlock on Brisbane’s newest love-lock sculpture situated outside St Stephen’s Cathedral with fiancé Jade Henkes as a sign of their love for each other and the third person in their relationship – ... Read More »

Prayer group leader remember as spiritual grandfather

Fr Vince Hurley

THE former Australian spiritual leader for the Pope’s personal prayer group Jesuit Father Charles Vincent Hurley has died in Brisbane, aged 85. Between 1993 and 2013, Fr Hurley was the national director for the Apostleship of Prayer, an international prayer network that receives prayer intentions directly from the Pope. He died of a heart attack at 9.45am on Tuesday, December ... Read More »

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