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Brisbane conference to prove religion is relevant in public debate, with support from former PM


FORMER Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be among key speakers at a Brisbane conference aimed at fortifying the relevance of faith in the public square. Spirit in the City, hosted by the Queensland University of Technology chaplaincy, will draw speakers including Mr Abbott, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Mercy Sister Moira Debono and Christian educator Dr Ryan Messmore. Mr Abbott will address ... Read More »

Youth Leader: Run the good race with all your heart


SPONSORED BY VOCATION BRISBANE RUNNING Man – it seems another craze takes hold in the world.  I actually think this one is very funny. But consider the running man – my boo vocation.  Where are we running to – on the spot or toward something?   I pray that we continually run toward God with all our heart in answer ... Read More »

‘Joseph’ was a sign for this Brisbane Josephite Sister

Sr Annette Arnold

FOR a young Annette Arnold growing up in Rockhampton in central Queensland, the name “Joseph” was to be key in the unfolding of her life. The eighth in a family of 10 children, she grew up in the cathedral parish of St Joseph. “The significance of that has not been lost on me – my grandfather was Joseph, my father James Joseph and ... Read More »

Sister shares her wisdom

Sister Zinn's wisdom

By Paul Dobbyn SISTER Carol Zinn is sure that “2000-plus years out from the first group of early Christians one thing has not changed”. “Religious life still remains as a radical response to the Gospel in a particular historical cultural context,” the Sister of St Joseph said in Brisbane recently while undertaking a series of lectures.  “What does change is ... Read More »

Praying to aunty

Saintly connection: Paul and Genevieve Swan with four of their five children, Daniel, Caitlyn, Rebecca and Felicity holding the official invitation to the canonisation of their relative, Blessed Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghattas.

By Emilie Ng SLIPPING out of a driveway in Sydney, Paul Swan and his mother Joan make a reverent plea to the Virgin Mary. The pair is headed to visit John Swan, Joan’s husband and Paul’s father, who has been battling Parkinson’s disease for almost 13 years. With the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a special saintly relative ... Read More »

Vatican report calls United States women religious to continued dialogue

Religious report

A MASSIVE, detailed Vatican-ordered investigation of United States communities of women religious ended with a call to the women themselves to continue discerning how best to live the Gospel in fidelity to their orders’ founding ideals while facing steeply declining numbers and a rapidly aging membership. Although initially seen by many religious and lay Catholics as a punitive measure, the ... Read More »

Catholic Religious Australia elect new president

sr loch

MERCY Sister Berneice Loch is the new president of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA). She was elected at the 2014 CRA National Assembly in Melbourne from June 23-27. Sr Loch is leader of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. She received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2013. Notable among her leadership ... Read More »

Bride of Christ for Carmelites

Sr Catherine Ann Therese celebrates with a well-wisher

THE Carmelite community in Ormiston welcomed Sr Catherine Ann Therese as its newest definitive member on January 11. After more than six-and-a-half years of prayer and discernment, Sr Catherine Ann made her profession of solemn vows, entering into a full commitment to the Discalced Carmelite order. The former Broken Bay diocese youth minister was overjoyed about finally becoming a Bride ... Read More »

God’s Donkey lived for others

Sr Mary Theodor with disabled child at Mithra

AUSTRALIAN missionary Sister Mary Theodore’s story of being “God’s Donkey” will be released in a book by the University of South Australia’s Dr Peter Gale in February. The Brisbane-born, Australian-Lebanese died in her beloved city of Chennai, India, on December 7, 2012. Sr Mary Theodore joined the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in 1948, the year of her 21st birthday. When ... Read More »

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