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Orange Sky duo named among other Queenslanders on Australia Day honours list

QUEENSLANDERS Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett, former Young Australians of the Year who were behind mobile homeless hygiene service Orange Sky Laundry, were among the many Catholics announced in the Australia Day honours list this year. Both Mr Marchesi and Mr Patchett, who first featured in The Catholic Leader in 2014, were named as recipients of the Medal of the ... Read More »

Catholics gear up for bushfire collections on Australia Day

CATHOLIC parishes across Australia are preparing to dig deep with special bushfire collections at Masses over the Australia Day weekend.  The national Church action is in support of the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal, and to aid efforts connecting people in need with people who can help. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge announced the collection on January 7, saying: ... Read More »

Australian Catholic religious and laity populate Australia Day honours list

DOZENS of Catholics received Australia Day awards last week for outstanding contributions to their fields of excellence. The awards honour Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or for meritorious service. Among the many recognised for their dedication to community were Catholic teachers, priests, women religious, health care workers and social service workers. Bishop Emeritus Eugene Hurley, who led the ... Read More »

Margie Miller’s ‘fun’ path to an Australian Day honour

Margie Miller

THERE was an old lady who swallowed a fly, and then there’s Margie Miller. Unlike the dame in the popular nursery rhyme, it wasn’t a fly or a spider or even a bird that slipped down Margie’s throat. “I used to sing in the parish choir before I swallowed a bone,” Margie explains. “I was eating a stew and I ... Read More »

Nurse who lost her son to leukaemia and literacy educator among Queensland Catholics in Australia Day honours list

Dr Rod Campbell and Margaret Miller

MARGARET Miller’s mission to stop young children dying of leukaemia and her dedication to the Warwick community has landed the Catholic parishioner an Australia Day honour. The former nurse helped start the Warwick branch of the Leukaemia Foundation when her son Robin died of the blood cancer. Mrs Miller said Robin was sick between March and December of 1979 from ... Read More »

Our Lady of the Southern Cross College on Dalby’s Australia Day list

Australia Day Honours

OUR Lady of the Southern Cross College staff and students figured prominently in Dalby’s Australia Day awards. A teacher and two students won awards. Katherine Black, a teacher at the college since 2009, won the Senior Sports Coach Award for her achievements in women’s cricket. She has coached the Queensland Country women’s cricket team in 2015 and 2016, with the ... Read More »

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