THIS IS ME
A REGULAR INSIGHT INTO SUNSHINE COAST PERSONALITIES
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.