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The amazing things that happen when you get out of your comfort zone

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COMFORT zones and I get along very well, so well in fact that they were once all I knew and anything outside of that was a massive no.  I liked the familiar, the predictable and the expected.   I learnt my limits, I knew how outgoing I could be without feeling self-conscious and I learnt how to take calculated risks.  ... Read More »

Why I don’t drink alcohol: A teenager’s perspective

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I AM 19 years old; I have never touched alcohol and I never will. So now that I have your attention, let me explain. Firstly I would just like to make one thing clear – I have absolutely nothing against alcohol or people who drink and in no way, shape or form am I saying that alcohol is bad.  In ... Read More »

Election 2016: What young people can do to influence Australian politics

LAUNCHING a career in politics isn’t the only way to turn influential ideas into policies and laws. National Civic Council Queensland president and father to five Luke McCormack  believes any professional young person has the capacity to influence Australia’s democratic process without becoming a candidate. “Society was built on institutions, and of course the political realm is one, unions are ... Read More »

How this young woman survives working in a male-dominated career

Gemma Hartwig knows all too well the challenges of being a young woman working in a trade. An 18-year-old diesel fitter, who attended Our Lady of the Southern Cross College, Dalby, is grateful for the opportunity to follow a Vocational Education Training pathway, which led to a trade apprenticeship. However, she told a VET Symposium 2016, organised by Queensland Catholic ... Read More »

Catholic Collective takes ‘risk’ in evangelising young people

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TERESA McGrath and Zach Woodward, from Brisbane archdiocese’s Youth Evangelisation Office, are familiar faces, but they asked not to have their photo taken for this story. The seemingly odd request was not out of a phobia, but at the core of their new offering, the Catholic Collective. Launched at the Powerhouse of Leaders on May 9, the Catholic Collective is a platform ... Read More »

Finding our purpose in our talents

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“WHAT is my purpose in life and what am I being called to do?” This is arguably the most prominent question on the majority of teenagers’ and young adults’ minds, at least it is amongst my friendship circles.  This is no small question and it requires a lot of reflection and prayer. For me, I’ve just finished Year 12 and ... Read More »

ACU encouraging students to have study adventure overseas

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STUDENTS get more than just a fun time overseas with employers and recruiters including these international experiences more and more on their checklists, associating them with personal growth, open-mindedness, intercultural skills, and independence. ACU Provost Professor Pauline Nugent said the ACU Rome Centre with The Catholic University of America is well placed to offer students a rich international experience, including ... Read More »

A teen’s guide to reaching Heaven

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OUR souls are skyward bound; we are all called to be saints, each and every one of us. Answering that call however, can be more than slightly challenging, especially for us teenagers in today’s secular society. Often I will find myself in complete and utter awe of the saints that have gone before us – to the point where I ... Read More »

Write for Australia’s best Catholic newspaper

  CALLING ALL YOUNG WRITERS! Got something to say about your generation? Want to explain what it means to be a young Catholic? Then maybe you’re meant to write for The Catholic Leader, voted Australia’s best Catholic newspaper. The Catholic Leader in Brisbane is looking for young Catholic teenagers to write a regular column on our yet-to-be-released new youth page. All you ... Read More »

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