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‘Abortion Rethink’ campaign launches in response to proposed bill

Dr Katrina Neal

THE Australian Family Association has launched a public campaign urging Queenslanders to pressure their state MP’s not to support a proposed abortion bill. The AFA said newly commissioned polling showed more voters were opposed to decriminalising abortion than were in favour and used the campaign to announce the results. The poll was a response to a proposal for a private ... Read More »

Sippy Downs student rewarded for sacrifice and hard work

Scholarship winner

ALYSSA Murray nursed several sleepless nights to receive the perfect grades that led to an OP1 score and a scholarship to help her through university. The Siena Catholic College graduate and last year’s college captain was one of 10 Queensland students to receive the coveted TJ Ryan Memorial Medal and Scholarship this year. Ms Murray is the only Catholic student to ... Read More »

Why Brisbane’s Lord Mayor is planning to sleep under the Story Bridge in June

Sleepout in Brisbane

LORD Mayor Graham Quirk’s first orders as the returning leader for Brisbane city included a call for all bosses to sleep under the Story Bridge in June. Mr Quirk will “fight homelessness in his sleep” under the iconic bridge for the St Vincent de Paul Society’s annual homelessness fundraiser, CEO Sleepout, on June 23. The newly sworn-in Lord Mayor invited ... Read More »

Parents: Government funding for Catholic schools could help our child with Dyslexia

Helping children with disabilities

PARENTS of a child with dyslexia want the prospect of extra funding for Catholic schools to go towards learning support for their son and others like him rather than lowering fees. Matthew and Eloise Campbell said they had paid thousands of dollars into specialist treatment for their nine-year-old son with dyslexia attending St Joachim’s primary school, Holland Park, because the ... Read More »

A bishop for the people

Bishop Raymond Benjamin

BISHOP Raymond Benjamin, Townsville’s fourth Bishop, was laid to rest in the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Townsville on March 17. The cathedral congregation joined Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Townsville diocesan administrator Fr Mick Lowcock and many other bishops and priests to farewell Bishop Benjamin, 91, who died earlier this month. Fr Orm Rush, on behalf of the priests of the ... Read More »

Nothing old school about Brisbane Catholic Education’s new leader

Dr Doug Ashleigh

DR Doug Ashleigh has decades of experience as a Catholic teacher, principal and administrator, but there’s nothing old school about this senior educator. Dr Ashleigh recently moved with his family from Sydney to take on the challenging role of deputy executive director at Brisbane Catholic Education. He has spent much of the past decade at the leading edge of digital ... Read More »

Aussie heroes name new van after Catholic schools

Orange Sky Laundry's new van

THE operators of Australia’s growing fleet of orange laundry vans have welcomed a new addition purchased with donations from Brisbane Catholic schools. About 95 Catholic schools in Brisbane raised $81,064 to help founders of Australia’s first mobile laundry service for the homeless set up a new van.  Initiated by the Brisbane Archdiocesan Catholic Primary Principals’ Association, schools sold sweet and savoury treats, ... Read More »

Townsville pastor Bishop Ray Benjamin dies

Bishop Emeritus Raymond Benjamin

TOWNSVILLE’S fourth bishop has died, aged 91. Bishop Emeritus Raymond Benjamin, who served as the fourth bishop of Townsville between 1984 and 2000, is mourned by Catholics in the northern Queensland diocese as a “leader before his times”. Bishop Benjamin turned 91 on February 24. Townsville diocesan administrator Fr Mick Lowcock described Bishop Benjamin as a “real pastor” of Townsville. “Many saw ... Read More »

Living mercy each day

Anita Covington

ANITA Covington is a Queenslander through and through, a little bit Irish and Mercy to her bootstraps, and she’ll be celebrating all three this Christmas. Born in the North Queensland sugar-cane town of Ingham, her father was Irish and earlier this year she won the Mercy Week Mission Award at Mater Hospital Brisbane. Anita is not one for speaking out ... Read More »

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