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Midwifery student has dream to see more indigenous midwives

Stephanie Archibald

WHEN Stephanie Archibald had her two children, the midwives who attended the birth were so wonderful she was inspired to switch her studies to become one herself. Ms Archibald, a Bigambul woman, whose traditional country straddles the inland border between Queensland and New South Wales, changed from studying forensic science at QUT, to a three-year Bachelor of Midwifery degree at Australian ... Read More »

Donna Lynch: Called to the airwaves

Donna Lynch

DONNA Lynch always wanted to work in radio, although growing up in the Snowy Mountains she could not have imagined where her passion and trailblazing spirit would lead her. “As a girl I would talk into the garden hose, pretending it was a microphone,” she said with a grin. “My school reports would always say ‘Donna talks too much in ... Read More »

What it means to have the “right” to my beliefs

Unborn baby

THERE is much talk these days of the individual’s right to – well almost everything. And a lot of that talk is becoming increasingly shrill, as if by being bombastic, rudezzz and offensive makes the assertion of ”my rights” even more certain.   Objectively assessed however, there are no “rights” in play; it is usually an expression of a particular personal ... Read More »

Domestic violence knows no boundaries

Domestic violence

THE books were kept in the linen cupboard. A collection of novels grouped together near the towels and bedsheets. It seemed an unusual place for this bunch of treasured books, most in excellent condition. The woman with the books in the linen cupboard lived alone. But she couldn’t bring herself to place her books in the open. For years, she ... Read More »

Pro-life groups push to stop bill to try and legalise abortion up to nine months

Pro-life supporter

LABOR defector Rob Pyne has set in motion a bill to try to decriminalise abortion in Queensland. Mr Pyne has tabled his first private member’s bill in State Parliament, which would legalise abortion for women up to nine months pregnant. “Currently abortion is a crime in Queensland under the criminal code. This would eliminate those elements of the code that ... Read More »

This retired couple’s work in a Brisbane cafe is helping care for pro-life and pro-family groups

Joan Armstrong Majorie and Neville Williams

RETIREES dream of getting away from the daily grind, but not married couple Marjorie and Neville Williams.The long-time supporters of the country’s largest Catholic women’s peak body, the Catholic Women’s League, are the “heart and soul” of a coffee shop dedicated to fund the Brisbane archdiocese’s branch’s work.Mrs Williams has served up some of the city’s best sandwiches for the ... Read More »

My journey on a convent crawl

Convent crawl

THE first question I ever asked a religious sister was, “What kind of face-wash do you use?”  I was 14, and flabbergasted that anyone could look so luminous without make-up.  The sister in question laughingly responded that a bar of soap was the sole product of her skin-care regime.  Every nun I’ve met has looked at least 10 years younger ... Read More »

Women employees thanked during global event

International women's day

PLEDGE for Parity was the theme of International Women’s Day 2016, marked at morning teas and network events across the Archdiocese of Brisbane on March 8. The Archdiocese has a Workplace Gender Equality Focus Group which gives voices to identified women’s issues and reports annually on progressing meaningful change. About 85 per cent of the archdiocesan workforce are women. Human ... Read More »

Mother key to eliminating India’s slums

Joe Paul and a Bangalore woman

LITTERED throughout the streets of India’s Silicon Valley, children belonging to nobody scavenge through piles of rubbish to thwart death. By day, the children make a few rupees by offering pickings from the mountains of solid waste to retailers. At night, they dip their hands into the same meal licked up by the local feral dogs, before laying their heads ... Read More »

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