Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | Q&A - FA­THER JOE DUFFY Maroochydo­re’s Stella Maris Catholic Church parish priest

Fa­ther Joe Duffy is the parish priest at Maroochydo­re’s Stella Maris Catholic Church. He ruled Bris­bane air­waves as a for­mer talk­back ra­dio star, con­quered a bout of po­lio and has been the head of the Maroochydo­re parish for 28 years.

Hun­dreds con­gre­gate from across the Sun­shine Coast to at­tend his ser­mons and he has been a much-loved mem­ber of the Bud­erim, Coolum and Siena parishes.

1 Favourite time of day and why?

When I wake in the morn­ing. I’m a morn­ing per­son. I look for­ward to each day of my life be­ing dif­fer­ent. I’m not keen about rou­tines. I guess my usual morn­ing prayer is: God, sur­prise me to­day.

2 What ex­cites you?

I don’t be­lieve I get ex­cited about any­thing in par­tic­u­lar. I think I’m in­clined to roll with the flow most of the time.

3 Favourite sport? Player or spectator?

Any kind of sport with an un­pre­dictable outcome. I’ve been shar­ing house with two In­dian priests and they’re mad-keen cricket fans (one sided, I dare say). I’ve never watched so much cricket be­fore in my life.

4 Best child­hood memory?

Going to Red­cliffe each year for school hol­i­days. We had a house on the beach­front. My brothers had sail­ing boats: moths, sharpies and cats. We sailed, flew kites and built gi­ant sand castles.

5 Where were you born?

In a small hos­pi­tal in Kalinga, a Bris­bane sub­urb. I think it was called Dalkeith. I was born in 1941 dur­ing World War II.

6 Where would you like to hol­i­day?

I’ve been just about ev­ery­where in the world.

The Kam­chatka Penin­sula, in the Rus­sian far east, in­ter­ests me.

I nearly got there once but the ship sailed into ice. It’s wild coun­try – alive with gey­sers, vol­ca­noes and spectacula­r scenery.

7 Cats or dogs? Do you have a pet?

I was the el­dest of a six-boy family. Our par­ents told us we didn’t need pets. We had each other.

8 Who are your heroes?

I never wanted to be a hero, my­self, so I guess that heroes don’t get my imag­i­na­tion all that much.

9 Dream job?

I’m do­ing it. Be­ing a priest is never bor­ing.

10 What will you be do­ing in 10 years?

I’m 77 and still work­ing. I hope I’m or­gan­ised enough to re­tire by then. 11 What’s the best thing about liv­ing on the Sun­shine Coast?

The sea breeze.

If you can find a place to live in Aus­tralia that gets a sea breeze, then you’ve got it made.

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