Prize-winning stories

A few weeks ago the newspaper I work for won six awards at this years’ Australian Catholic Press Association conference. Three of them were for stories I wrote last year, which was nice. In December I visited Forbes, Parkes and Condobolin in central west New South Wales and met kids, parents, teachers, and priests who…

One woman lighting the way through the pandemic

Rita Di Napoli lives in Sydney and during last year’s lockdown was inspired by its churches to launch her own fragrant candle-making and card-printing business. She kindly gave me a couple of candles to sample and they really are beautiful. Read the whole story at The Catholic Weekly and find Rita’s work and inspiration over…

Unveiling a desire for God

I was intrigued when I set out to interview four Sydney Catholics who choose to wear veils or scarves as head coverings at Mass and or/make them. I love donning a hat or cap whenever I leave the house but veiling for church settings (though I’m seeing it more frequently among young people) is quite…

Taking light and hope into prisons

Fran Schubert, Deacon Mike Williams, Fr Greg Walsh CM and Geraldine Bowes are prison chaplains for the Diocese of Bathurst. They shared with The Catholic Weekly the highs and lows of their role and why they love it so much. I really enjoyed chatting with them and one of the prison’s govenors, who told me the chaplain…