Siblings on faith journey find what they’re looking for

Kevin Donahoe (left), Fr Josh Whitehead and Jacinta Elks (The Catholic Leader)

When Sunshine Coast siblings Jacinta Elks and Kevin Donahoe were tapped on the shoulder by a priest to be part of something new in their parish, it was just what they’d been looking for. Source: The Catholic Leader.

The siblings were searching for something more when a priest parish invited them to become involved in a new program for the Caloundra parish.

Fr Josh was new to the parish and he took on the task of introducing Alpha, a 12-week program offering the chance to explore questions of life, faith and God in groups gathering for a meal, a video and conversation.

“Kev and I lost our mum three years ago – and she died of a brain tumour – but she was a truly holy person, and losing her has kind of been the catalyst for our faith to really take off, I think,” Jacinta said.

“She really role-modelled a Catholic way to die, which was incredibly powerful for all of us.”

Their whole Alpha experience has been “remarkable”.

Ms Elks said taking part in the pilot program “was personally really powerful and we were super keen to then have other people experience the same”.

They had no hesitation then to agree to be leaders when others were invited to try Alpha after the pilot run.


Parish’s Alpha program leads siblings through unlikely faith journey together (By Peter Bugden, The Catholic Leader

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