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Toni Janke is making a difference ‘one family at a time’ by getting out of the way and letting God work

HOW’S this for a job description – “My job is to get out of the way, and let God do His work”? That’s what it boils down to for Toni Janke in her role as Indigenous Services co-ordinator within Centacare Family and Relationship Services’ Brisbane Metropolitan Region. Day to day she’s supporting people in crisis, sometimes facing the toughest time ... Read More »

Intentional parenting in the way of God, how nine brothers and sisters become ‘the best of friends’

PERHAPS it’s the formula of the absence of a television screen, one stereo in the living room and school-related computer access only. Perhaps it’s the fervent commitment to Catholic traditions and the pursuit of prayerfully following the will of God.  Or it could well be the unwavering dedication to the nine children within their household and the further four entrusted ... Read More »

Young people want their violent fathers to make amends, new study finds

abusive fathers

CHILDREN of fathers who use violence want their dads to understand the significant impact that it has on their lives. A new study by a University of Melbourne researcher Dr Katie Lamb has led to children recording their stories, so they can be replayed to their fathers to get the message through. Dr Lamb (pictured), a criminologist and now a ... Read More »

Catholic architect Sidney Rofe strives for ‘a transcendental experience’ in his designs

Sidney Rofe and family

“CONNECTION” is an ideal architect Sidney Rofe aims for professionally and personally. His mother Mary Rofe, however, remembers “a very quiet boy” who largely preferred his own company. Born in Maryborough, the eldest of eight, Sidney “was happiest with blocks … paper and something to draw with”, she said. The family lived in Townsville and later, Rockhampton, immersed and well ... Read More »

Kickboxing champion continues his fight to live but family hope to relocate to Iran

Masoud and Fatemeh

FORMER kickboxing champion Masoud Abdollah Pouri marked his 37th birthday recently – inside an aged-care nursing home in Brisbane’s northern suburbs. The one-time member of Iran’s elite Thai kickboxing team has a hypoxic brain injury. He cannot speak, is unable to move most of his body, and is in the constant care of his mother Fatemeh and younger brother Edris. ... Read More »

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