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Spring 2018

14 August 2018


Magazine

Finding a home in the church

20 August 2018 | Thea Kurniawan

Noel ChandramoghanOriginally from Malaysia, Noel Chandramoghan is a minister at 24:7 Youth Ministry in Perth, and Youth Minister at Holy Rosary Parish, Nedlands. He says that the Church can be a great place for young Catholic migrants to find kindred spirits, and feel more at home in a new country.


People with a mission for others

20 August 2018 | Michele Frankeni

Vinnies Youth rep Maddie SmisVinnies has always been at the forefront of the Catholic Church’s mission on the ground. We speak to two NSW Vinnies members who are working in different ways to widen Vinnies’ mission beyond the traditional model of vouchers for food, utilities and help with rents.


Mission-focused care

20 August 2018 | Louise Frankeni

Tara PetersFor many who work at St John of God Health Care, it is far more than a job, or indeed, simply care-giving.


25 years of Australian Catholics

18 September 2018 | Michael McVeigh

In 1993, the Australian Jesuits partnered with Vinnies, the Pontifical Mission Society and the Australian Catholic Health Care Association to launch a new magazine for the Catholic community.


The value of personal connections

21 August 2018 | Michele Frankeni

prof jonesResearch into pastoral care aims to provide evidence about its importance to the health and wellbeing of the sick and aged.


Journeying with the Catholic Church

21 August 2018 | Michael McVeigh

25 year anniversary illustrationAustralian Catholics has been an important part of the Catholic Church life over its 25-year history. Here are some memorable moments in that journey.


The gift of accompaniment

21 August 2018 | Mark Green

illustrationA number of Australian state governments have recently debated, and voted on, euthanasia legislation. Catholic health care organisations like Calvary Health are sharing their experiences of accompanying people through palliative care to urge politicians and community leaders to reconsider their approach to death.


Meeting the challenges facing Catholic Schools

21 August 2018 | Clare Deignan

framing paper cover Australian Catholics spoke to the NCEC’s Senior Education Officer of Faith Formation & Religious Education John McGrath about the purpose of the framing paper 'Religious education in Australian Catholic schools' and how it will help Catholic schools shape future generations.


Involving families in sacramental education

21 August 2018 | Michele Frankeni

Gabrielle at faith formation eveningFirst Communion education at a suburban Melbourne parish is just the start to life‑long sacramental learning.


Women pioneer new models of Church

20 August 2018 | Francine Crimmins

Mary Anne from the Wilcannia-Forbes DioceseThe diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes, north-west NSW, relies on the lay people and more accurately, the women, to run the show.


Bonded by faith and culture

20 August 2018 | Ann Maria Sabu

KeralaOne of our young writers, Ann Maria Sabu, is a member of the Syro‑Malabar St Alphonsa Cathedral Parish in Melbourne’s north. She writes about her experiences of Church, and speaks to some of her fellow parishioners about what the Church means to them.


A changing church

21 August 2018 | Bob Dixon

Bob Dixon explores what the Australian Catholic Church looks like today, a quarter of a century after the first edition of Australian Catholics was published.


Bringing people together to make a difference

21 August 2018 | John Warhurst

photo courtesy jssCatholic Social Services Australia has shown how the Church can make a difference by drawing on the experience and passion of dedicated individuals at all levels of society.


Relationships in the Catholic Church

21 August 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

In this Explorations, we look at the relationships between the people in the pews and the leaders in the Catholic Church.


The saint who watched the door

21 August 2018 | Peter Fleming

St Alphonsus Rodriguez is proof that there are many paths to holiness, and that there is holiness in many paths.


My spiritual landscape

21 August 2018 | Ann Rennie

spring flower in meadowHow we see ourselves in relation to God is shaped by our background, our community, our experiences and our desires.


A letter to an old rocker

21 August 2018 | Michael McGirr

bruce springsteenDear Bruce Springsteen, Many of your songs tell stories of struggling people and celebrate their dignity.


A field guide to your local parish

21 August 2018 | Kate Moriarty

home truthsThe post-Mass morning tea provides the amateur enthusiast a unique opportunity to examine Australian Catholics in their natural environment. Grab a cup of Earl Grey and a Scotch Finger biscuit and see how many you can identify.


A confirmation memory

21 August 2018 | Tatiasna Kurniawan

In a homily I once heard, the priest spoke about how our church only ever overflowed two days a year – Christmas and Easter. But sacraments like confirmation definitely provide a third opportunity.


What young people want

21 August 2018 | Luke Bogoni

Luke BogoniStarting out his career as a teacher, Luke Bogoni remembered how boring he’d found RE class. So he asked his students what they wanted out of the class, and was surprised by their response.


A mission that endures

20 August 2018 | Suzanne Greenwood

cabrini nursesCatholic Health Australia was one of the original sponsors of Australian Catholics magazine. This year it celebrates its 40th anniversary. Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Greenwood reflects on how Catholic health has changed over the years.


Recipe: Crumbed pork chops with cauliflower mash

21 August 2018 | Brendon D'Souza

In my family, Sunday lunch starts once we’ve all arrived home from Church and can extend to early hours of the evening. Here’s a favourite recipe featuring crispy pan-fried pork served on light and creamy cauliflower mash.


Young Journalist Award winners 2018

22 August 2018 |

Voices of hopeMore than 700 students entered this year's Young Journalist Award and found there is 'hope for the future'.


Changing the Tasmanian view of pregnancy and infant loss

22 August 2018 |

The winner of the Intermediate Section of the 2018 Young Journalist Award looked at the Tasmanian Bears of Hope Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support program.


A wheel inspiration – Liesl Tesch

22 August 2018 | Phoebe Sheridan

St Joseph's College student Phoebe Sheridan was runner-up in the Intermediate Section with her profile of Paralympian and politician Liesl Tesch.


Soccer, sleepout, action

22 August 2018 | Ryan Murdoch

Ryan Murdoch won the Young Journalist Award Junior Section with his profile of The Gap Parish priest.


Shaun Spence: an everyday inspiration

22 August 2018 | Holly Burfitt

The Young Journalist Award Junior Section runner-up was Holly Burfitt for her profile of rugby league commentator and community engagement manager, Shaun Spence.


Voice of hope

22 August 2018 | Debora Belay

Debora Belay received an honourable mention in the Intermediate section of the Young Journalist Award for her profile of a former refugee, who now works at Mercy Community Health.


Gippsland young veterans

22 August 2018 | Georgia Vahland

Georgia Vahland received an honourable mention in the Young Journalist Award Junior section for her article on a Gippsland young veterans program.


The church as a sanctuary

20 August 2018 | Brenna Dempsey

Brenna DempseyThe Church can mean different things at different points in our lives. A recent Catholic school graduate reflects on a trip to Europe where she discovered something new about the faith she’d grown up with.


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