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Professor Paul Carding

The Assembly of Catholic Professionals welcomed guest speaker, Professor Paul Carding from Australian Catholic University.

Six key skills used by the world’s greatest classical actors

Shakespeare wrote some of the most powerful and persuasive speeches in the English language. Classical actors need to perfect a number of key oratory skills to ensure that these speeches are performed with maximum impact. These same skills are available to everyone to enable them to do presentations of the highest quality and effectiveness.

Paul Carding is Professor of Speech Pathology at Australian Catholic University. For over 20 years Paul was voice consultant to the Royal Shakespeare Company in UK . He is a world expert in the human voice (and its uses and abuses).

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ACP members polish their presentation skills

The Assembly of Catholic Professionals was delighted to welcome Prof Paul Carding as the guest speaker in August 2017.

Prof Carding is an expert in the human voice and has more than 25 years of senior clinical experience in Speech Pathology.

During his luncheon presentation, Prof Carding highlighted six areas professionals can refine, drawn from his years of research and experience as a former voice consultant to the Royal Shakespeare Company, UK.


Annual Catholic Campaign benefits from regular giving.

The Catholic Campaign will be launched in every parish across the Archdiocese of Brisbane on Sunday 10 September 2017. This year, Archbishop Coleridge encourages us to remain faithful, advance the good works of the Church, and consider giving a regular gift.

Barbara and her husband John give a regular gift to Centacare. Centacare’s pastoral ministries are especially grateful for the raised funds from the Annual Catholic Campaign and helps them assist people experiencing debilitating social challenges.

“We have seen the brokenness of society and, as the Church, we must be at the coalface of this brokenness,” says Barbara.

Ministries in need

This year’s Campaign will fund support of four critical ministries, including Centacare, which serves our most vulnerable neighbours. It also supports the care of elderly, retired and unwell priests, seminarians’ education at Holy Spirit Seminary, and the Mary MacKillop School Access Fund, which provides Catholic school bursaries for children whose families are experiencing severe financial hardship.

Every gift is important

Have you thought about giving a gift to this year’s Campaign? It is truly your heart’s attitude rather than the size of your gift that matters.

Mary Macuga, Director of the Catholic Foundation hears from donors with big hearts. “Donors often say, ‘It’s not much, but I want to give something’.

“This humble thought is what the Campaign is all about. It reminds me of the widow’s mite because she gave so much to serve others, and give thanks to God.”

Regular giving

Each monthly gift is put straight to work, to make a difference in the lives of people in need. Regular gifts also help ministries reduce their admin costs and plan ahead, to help even more people in need. Please consider making a regular gift today, in an amount that is meaningful to you. You can make a one-off or regular gift through your parish, online at www.catholiccampaign.com.au or call the Catholic Foundation on 07 3324 3200.

However you support the Campaign, one thing is clear: your gift will be the answer to someone’s prayer.


Supporting our seminarians: our future shepherds of service

Seminarians today face challenges that priests of yesteryear could never have imagined. Once ordained, they lead our faith communities in a more secular, global and technologically driven world.

Our future priests will be of service to more complex and diverse communities than in the past. Parish priests now commonly minister to multiple congregations with growing multicultural communities and deal with complicated moral and ethical dilemmas.

Knowing all this, today’s seminarians continue to choose the path to priesthood.

Our seminarians feel blessed to be supported by parishioners across the Archdiocese of Brisbane. One of the second-year seminarians tells of his formation.

“When the seminary first opened, seminarians of the time lived a more monastic existence. Young priests of the day emerged from their formation ready and able to engage with their parishioners and the world .”

“Now, it’s our turn to be formed and today’s priests need to be trained differently in the midst of all the uncertainty in our world.”


“My call to come to Holy Spirit Seminary is undoubtedly a precious gift from God Himself – a gift that I must always treasure.”


“I am looking forward to continuing my spiritual growth and becoming an effective shepherd: learning to consolidate a strong prayer life, balancing my studies at the seminary and at university, developing as a person and a future ordained minister and keeping abreast with the digital world so I can stay relevant as a priest to my future parishioners.”

You can help support our next generation of Catholic leaders at Holy Spirit Seminary. Your financial gifts will help provide accommodation, classrooms, and facilities that contribute to their formation and education. It will equip them with the skills, knowledge, and spirituality to be shepherds to our communities.


Your gift brings relief to those who depend on the good works of the Church.

The Holy Spirit Seminary safeguards the future of the priesthood for years to come. To help support this vital ministry, prayerfully give to this year’s Annual Catholic Campaign.

Because of your generosity, our most vulnerable neighbours are cared for in their greatest hour of need. Children from disadvantaged families experience the life-changing gift of a Catholic education, and elderly and sick priests receive support for their health, housing and living needs.

Please prayerfully consider giving a regular gift. Most of all, however you choose to give, your gift will be the answer to someone’s prayer. You can give a gift online or call the Catholic Foundation team on 3324 3200.


A new dream through a Catholic education

Martha used to have nightmares. Now, through the MacKillop Fund, she has a new dream thanks to her nurturing Catholic education.

In the quiet of the night, Martha’s dreams are filled with horrors most of us will never know. She sees a man with a gun. She hears his shouts and threats and can even smell the cigarette smoke on his clothes. Sadly, these aren’t simply nightmares, they are memories.

Her mother tells us: “Before we came to Australia, our family lived in a war-torn country and lived in constant fear for our safety. I wanted to protect Martha from the outside world but she was with me one day when a man burst into our home, terrorised our family and tied me up.”

Her family escaped their homeland and made the brave decision to move to Australia to start a new life. Martha’s parents believe that a spiritual, social, emotional and academic education will nurture her wholeness and well-being. But they simply don’t have the means to send her to a Catholic school.

With your support

Because of your support, the Mary MacKillop Brisbane Catholic School Bursary Fund can give students like Martha the gift of a Catholic education. This is something we often take for granted.

Martha’s new dream

Martha’s teacher sees Martha’s eyes light up each time they start class. “Martha has the ability and, more importantly, the work ethic to benefit from the opportunities available to her through a Catholic education. I know that she will blossom with the support of a Mary MacKillop Fund bursary.

For Martha, going to school has a therapeutic effect. She loves learning and finds comfort in being a part of her class.

“I am so happy when her teachers say that she is a vibrant and enthusiastic member of the class. “I just want her to have the best chance of a
healthy and happy future. We know her new school Catholic community will help her become whole again and she will start to have happy dreams.”


Your gift brings relief to those who depend on the good works of the Church.

The MacKillop Fund changes the lives of children from disadvantaged families with the gift of a Catholic education bursary. It is one of the vital ministries that relies on the Annual Catholic Campaign.

Through the generosity of parishioners across the Archdiocese, our most vulnerable neighbours are cared for when they are in greatest need through Centacare, the Priests Foundation gives our elderly and sick priests comfort, knowing their health, housing and living needs will be met in their retirement, and the future of the priesthood is safeguarded for years to come through the Holy Spirit Seminary.

You can learn more about the MacKillop School Access Fund including how to submit an application for the next round of bursaries.

You can give a gift online or call the Catholic Foundation team on 3324 3200.


Pastoral support gives hope and changes lives

Dementia steals individuals away from their loved ones, one memory at a time. With rates of dementia are on a dramatic increase, the need for pastoral support services for both the sufferer and their family has never been greater, as Joan and her husband Peter know all too well.

“We don’t have children; it’s pretty much the two of us,” said Joan.

“Over the past 47 years, we’ve enjoyed the same sorts of things, like discussing books and movies. But Peter’s term memory is disappearing.”

Centacare’s pastoral support services

Joan can’t put a value on the pastoral support she receives through Centacare. “I don’t know what I’d do without them – the Centacare team is a God send.”

Centacare supports some of the most vulnerable people in our community, often reaching out and connecting them with services when they are in greatest need or have nowhere else to turn.

Ann Donaghy works with families like the Jenkins every day. “Over 70% of people diagnosed with dementia live in the community, so it’s everyone’s moral duty to understand how we can offer pastoral support to people affected, and their loved ones, to give them the dignity and quality of life they deserve,” she said.

“Caring for someone can be fulfilling. But it can also be stressful and leave people feeling emotionally and physically spent. We give carers a chance to take time for themselves and recharge, it’s beneficial for both the carer and the person receiving care.”


Your gift brings relief to those who depend on the good works of the Church.

Centacare serves our most vulnerable neighbours when they are in greatest need. It is one of the vital ministries that relies on the Annual Catholic Campaign.

Through the generosity of parishioners across the Archdiocese, our elderly and sick priests are comforted, knowing their health, housing and living needs will be met in their retirement through the Priests Foundation, the lives of children from disadvantaged families are changed with a gift of a Catholic education through the MacKillop Fund, and the future of the priesthood is safeguarded for years to come through the Holy Spirit Seminary.

You can give a gift online or call the Catholic Foundation team on 3324 3200

Learn more about Centacare’s dementia friendly conference in September.


“The Priests Foundation is like my walking stick, helping me stay on my feet.”

“The Priests Foundation is like my walking stick, helping me stay on my feet. During the first five years of my retirement, I was still very active in the parishes. It’s only in the last few years that I’ve gradually been limited in what I can do,” says Father Denis Long.

A parish is a priest’s family and just like a parent, a priest makes a life-long commitment to loving and caring for his parish family. Father Denis Long considers his years as a parish priest. “It was a privilege to walk the journey of life with people in times of joy and sadness and during times of sickness, dying and death.”

But like a parent, priests never fully retire. Not truly. And when the time comes because of age or illness to leave their parish, the uncertainty of knowing their place in the world can be frightening and isolating.

The Priests Foundation keeps priests on their feet.

For elderly, retired and unwell priests without means, the Priests Foundation is there. It gives them comfort and security, knowing they won’t be left alone when they are at their most fragile.

Like many of our other priests, Father Denis still keeps mentally active. But he admits that at 80 years of age, his body is starting to fail him. “I had a TIA (small stroke), and have been under the care of a number of specialists. At my age, I’m can’t drive. The Priests Foundation kindly provides vouchers for me to use when I can’t catch the bus.”

Our ageing priests need our support

The Priests Foundation now needs our help to care for retired priests today and also into the future.

As high numbers of priests near their retirement from full-time ministry, there is an increasing demand for welfare assistance, medical expenses, living expenses, health insurance premiums, and for accommodation and related costs.

“We do not know what the future will bring; in time, I may end up needing a higher level of care. But I feel comforted knowing the Priests Foundation will be there to look after me,” says Father Denis.


Your gift brings relief to those who depend on the good works of the Church.

The Priests Foundation looks after elderly and sick priests health, housing and living needs in their retirement. It is one of the vital ministries that relies on the Annual Catholic Campaign.

Through the generosity of parishioners across the Archdiocese, our most vulnerable neighbours are cared for when they are in greatest need through Centacare, the lives of children from disadvantaged families are changed with the gift of a Catholic education through the MacKillop Fund and the future of the priesthood is safeguarded for years to come through the Holy Spirit Seminary.

You can give a gift online or call the Catholic Foundation team on 3324 3200.


Xavier Catholic College Bursary Fund Giving Form

Thank you for supporting the Xavier Catholic College Bursary Fund

Gifts over $2 are tax deductible.


Colin McDonald, QC

Colin McDonald, QC is a defence barrister, human rights advocate and art lover. His presentation to the ACP on 25 May 2017 brought together all of these passions in a compelling conversation with his good friend and colleague, Russell Thirgood.

Colin gives a thought-provoking discussion as he weaves together reflections on his career that spans more than 40 years, his ongoing pursuit of justice for indigenous Australians and refugees, and the roles religion and spirituality have played in his life. Watch the full video and hear his thoughts on one of his most recent cases, defending Scott Rush, Titus Ani, and working with other surviving members of the infamous Bali Nine.


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Date: 25 May 2017
Speaker: Colin McDonald in conversation with Russell Thirgood.

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Colin McDonald, QC

Colin McDonald speaks at the Assembly of Catholic Professionals luncheon.

Date: 25 May 2017
Speaker: Colin McDonald in conversation with Russell Thirgood.

A special note:

Colin’s experiences working in Indonesia and the plight of the Rush Family and Titus Ani has touched the hearts of many members, who have enquired about how they can help. In response, if you wish to contribute to Scott Rush and his family or assist with Titus Ani’s legal expenses the details are below.

  1. Tax-deductible donation to the Rush Family to relieve their financial hardship: BSB: 064-786; Acc NO: 521390103; A/c Name: Charitable Works Fund; Reference: RUSH – Your Surname
  2. Tax-deductible donation to Titus Ani’s legal expenses. BSB: 084004; Acc NO: 834324204; Acc name: LawRight; Reference: TITUS – Your Surname

This is a copy of Colin McDonald’s presentation. You can see photos of the event here.

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