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09 August 2017


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Q and A: Ignite Youth

13 August 2017 |

Katelyn Swinsburg is dance coordinator for Ignite Conference in September. We asked her how being involved in Ignite Youth has changed her life.


Sowing seeds in a welcoming land

09 August 2017 | Francesca Tomasiello

Our team of young editors was given the opportunity to speak with refugee poet Abe Nouk during their week at Australian Catholics magazine. Francesca Tomasiello writes about the experience.


Celebrities who brought communities together

09 August 2017 | Morgan Triskelidis

Celebrity culture’s not always ideal, but sometimes I’ve found myself drawn into causes after they’ve been highlighted by someone famous.


Alfred Smith – Faith and politics

09 August 2017 | Peter Fleming

Peter Fleming looks at a politician who managed to make his faith come to life through his work. 


Saints for all seasons: St Katharine Drexel

09 August 2017 | Peter Fleming

A life of privilege beckoned, but it wasn’t what this wealthy heiress desired.


The struggles of teens

09 August 2017 | Michele Gierck

In Being 14, author Madonna King explores what it’s like to be a teenage girl in today’s world.


A connection beyond words 

09 August 2017 | Max Cumming

Music can be a way to discover yourself, connect with others, and feel part of a community. What is it about music that brings people together? 

 


The value of diversity

13 August 2017 | Madeleine Hamilton

The mood was subdued at the gates of our small Catholic primary school one afternoon in June this year. Ten per cent of our school’s students have an autism diagnosis, and for their parents who had read Pauline Hanson’s comments to the Senate that day, those familiar feelings — dismay at the ignorance and lack of empathy of some people, worry for the future, and defiant pride in their diverse children — had been activated yet again.


The parish of the highway

09 August 2017 | Beth Doherty

For the last two years, a large motor home has become a beacon of hope for the Catholic community of Maitland-Newcastle Diocese, as the mobile base of Fr Richard Shortall SJ. 


My perfect island

09 August 2017 | Morgan Triskelidis

Sometimes it can feel like there are two versions of ourselves – one we create on social media, and one we live with in real life. But how can we create real connections with other people if we really don’t know the person we’re connecting with?


A welcoming island

09 August 2017 | Clare Deignan

Schools across Australia joined together in June to make a stand for refugees. From 9–23 June, Catholic schools across Australia participated in the National Week of Prayer and Action in solidarity with asylum seekers, reminding those in detention that they are not forgotten and that Australians do care.


The solitary connection we need

09 August 2017 | Hamish McGlinchey

In a world that seems ever more connected in so many different ways, there seem to be more lonely people than ever before. What can help people find comfort in their lives, to give them purpose, to help them through adversity?


Communities in the Church

09 August 2017 | Andrew Hamilton SJ

Human beings have always been in two minds about connecting with one another. We long for connection, but when we do connect we often fight and destroy one another. As a result people have always dreamed of islands where they and their close friends can be safe and have surrounded their castles with moats to shut others out 


Getting there

16 August 2017 | Anthony Flack

Anthony Flack, a Year 10 student at O’Loughlin Catholic College in Casuarina, NT, remembers one of the most important times of his life, and how family and faith helped him through it.


Walking with others

16 August 2017 | Emma Bayliss

Some words of wisdom to carry with you, to remind you that we’re not alone in our journey. 


The places we call ‘home’

16 August 2017 | Miriam Stewart

No matter where we’re from, where we go or who we’re with, we all experience the feeling of community in one form or another. Ingrained in our basic human nature is the desire to seek connections, the desire to be accepted, the desire to belong. But what makes these connections so unique? What defines our sense of community, and how can it change? To find out, Miriam Stewart spoke with three fellow students from St Scholastica’s College in Sydney, all of whom have grown up in very different environments. 


My family’s story

16 August 2017 | Morgan Triskelidis

Our own stories can connect us to the wider world in surprising ways. 


Becoming a church for mission

09 August 2017 | Frank Brennan SJ

What will the Church look like in 2030? Fr Frank Brennan looks at the leadership of Pope Francis, and where the Church might be heading into the future. 


Unguarded moments: In the shelter of each other

09 August 2017 | Ann Rennie

Social justice aims to pull down the walls of them and us because this is not who we are as a human family. We are all in this together. 


Walking with God in nature

09 August 2017 | Peter Saunders

As Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote, ‘the world is charged with the grandeur of God’. But we sometimes need to get out of the city to really feel it.


Sports and community

09 August 2017 |

In what ways do sports help build community? Steve Boscacci looks at some examples from his favourite sports. 


Home truths: Beyond help

09 August 2017 | Kate Moriarty

I’ve got this. Don’t worry. I’ve totally got this. I’ll brave anything this day throws at me. Just so long as I don’t have to ask anyone for help.


Quiz: What’s my role?

16 August 2017 | Steven Boscacci

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Whether it’s in sports, or academic or scientific pursuits, a great team has a role for people of all mindsets. Have a go at this quiz and see what role might best suit you.


Strawberry Breakfast Trifle

04 August 2017 |

Celebrity culture’s not always ideal, but sometimes I’ve found myself drawn into causes after they’ve been highlighted by someone famous. 


2017 Young Journalist Award 

09 August 2017 |

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Young Journalist Award! 


YJA 2017 Intermediate Section Winner: A light for a nation 

09 August 2017 | Noelle Ramirez

Picture this: Seeing a beautiful, bright, red-orange glow, only to find it disappear from your very eyes, leaving you in complete and utter darkness. Now, imagine every night of your life, with only a dim flicker of a dangerous kerosene lamp lighting your way. 


YJA 2017 Junior Section Runner-Up: Sr Mary, friend to all 

09 August 2017 | Hannah Dowling

Sister Mary mightn’t be famous, or a person you’re hanging for an autograph from, but she might be one of the most amazing people you will ever meet. 


YJA 2017 Intermediate Section Runner-Up: A man who practices what he preaches

09 August 2017 | Shaun Saldana

On Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing North, is a beautiful church called St James the Apostle. Depending on the time, in this church, you can meet the most just, compassionate person I have met in my 12 years of life (besides my parents of course). 


YJA 2017 Junior Section Winner: New Beginning 

09 August 2017 | Sarah Sona

My story started in Iraq, in a little village called Qaraqosh where I was born in 2004. Life was peaceful. 


What is there to lose?

09 August 2017 | Francesca Tomasiello

There is this idea that going to church every Sunday is no longer practical for young people. But my recent experience at my friend’s church showed me something I didn’t expect. 


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