CRA’s National Council is the decision-making body of the ACLRI (Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes).
Representatives are elected by State Conferences of Leaders of Religious Institutes. Other members are elected by the leaders at CRA’s annual National Assembly. The Council also invites an Anglican representative. The president of the National Council is elected by leaders at the National Assembly.
The officers of the Council are the President, Vice-President and Treasurer. These form the Executive of CRA and also comprise the finance committee. The Council normally meets four times per year.
The members of the National Council 2018-20 are:
Sr Monica Cavanagh rsj as President
* Br Peter Carroll fms
* Sr Eveline Crotty rsm
* Sr Patty Fawkner sgs
* Br David Hawke fsc
* Sr Mary-Clare Holland op
* Sr Anne Lane pbvm
* Fr Tom McDonough cp
* Sr Clare Nolan rsc
* Br Paul O'Keeffe fsp
* Sr Noreen Reynolds op
* Fr Brian Vale ssc
* Sr Lucy Van Kessel pbvm
* Sr Stancea Vichie mss
Under the direction of the President, the Council is responsible for a range of roles. These include organising the National Assembly, liaising with Church, government and community bodies, and facilitating a range of services (formation, transition planning and temporal administration) for Religious leaders.
The council endeavours to develop solidarity among Religious and promotes dialogue on spiritual and faith dimensions of Australian society. National Council members also speak on social concerns of our time through media releases and public statements.
CRA members and members of the National Council are represented on a range of Church and Religious committees and networks. The include the Advisory Council for Anglican Religious Life in Australia (ACARLA), Australian Catholic Council for Clergy Life and Ministry, Catholic Alliance for International Development, Catholic Health Australia, Catholic Mission National Council, Catholic Social Services Australia, National Catholic Education Commission and the National Committee for Professional Standards.
Twice a year, the CRA’s National Council Executive attends the meetings of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and meets annually with the Bishops Commission for Church Ministry.