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Love of God in full bloom

BILL Coombes has made it onto national television twice because of the beauty of his orchids – once was after one of Brisbane’s floods had wiped out his whole collection, about 600 plants. The late Colin Campbell visited Bill’s backyard at Fairfield twice for ABC’s Gardening Australia, first to tell the story of his loss and then to return and ... Read More »

Long-serving St Stephen’s Cathedral sacristans looking forward to going back to work

A COUPLE of the more familiar faces are starting to reappear around Brisbane’s St Stephen’s Cathedral. As health authorities begin to ease COVID-19 restrictions for public gatherings, long-time sacristans Lloyd Eikenloff and Bob Cracknell have started to return. Regular visitors to weekday Masses at the cathedral would be used to seeing the men serving at the altar. Each of them ... Read More »

‘I fell in love with Mary poking Jesus in the back’: Meet Hayden Kennedy, a full-time sacristan

POLISHING chalices, lighting candles, organising vestments for priests are all part of a regular day for Hayden Kennedy but that’s not all he does. Hayden is a full-time sacristan at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane. At 24, he’s young for the role although he’s not the youngest on the cathedral’s team of sacristans. Another three young men on the team ... Read More »

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