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Veterans’ Care Association is caring for families in crisis

Veterans' Care Association

DEACON Gary Stone and his team from Veterans’ Care Association work around a lounge room table, in a Kelvin Grove house that doubles as an office and a drop-in centre. Deacon Stone is chaplain to the veteran and ex-services community, and since VCA was set up 18 months ago, there’s been a rapidly growing demand for their services, which include ... Read More »

War veteran took on top-secret missions but never hid Catholic faith

Lionel Veale

JUST 12 months after enlisting in the army, 22-year-old Lionel Veale was tapped on the shoulder by a brigadier recruiting for a new, mysterious company of men, willing to take on top-secret assignments. It was 1941, just months before Japan bombed Pearl Harbour and opened up a new, Second World War front in the Pacific. “Do you think you’d be ... Read More »

Australia’s first soldier to die in Vietnam has been brought home

Digger laid to rest

KEVIN Conway, the first Australian soldier to die in combat in Vietnam, has at last been brought home and given a Catholic burial. The remains of Warrant Officer Conway were among those of 35 Australian soldiers repatriated last month from various Asian burial sites. About 400 mourners joined Conway’s niece Kathy Woodford and family members Wayne, Julie and Len Strandquist to bury a favourite ... Read More »

A man of faith and honour

Karen Robinson

By Isaac Murphy ANZAC hero James Cameron was one of the lucky ones to make it through the First World War, but perhaps there was a saintly hand guarding him from the whistling bullets. “Lucky Jim”, as his fellow diggers called him had a close connection with a woman who would become Australia’s first saint. James was the cousin of ... Read More »

Faith on the frontline

Memories from war

By Emilie Ng ACROSS the sea, a young Australian venerates his finger-worn St Benedict’s medal, praying with reasonable doubt if he will ever return home from war-torn France. He rubs the medal with his left hand, all too aware that it will be the hand he depends on for the rest of his life. Private Edmond William Carmody Bourke enlisted ... Read More »

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