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Who we are

Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) is the public name of the Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes (ACLRI). It is the peak body for leaders of Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life resident in Australia.

The membership comprises more than 130 congregations of Sisters, Brothers and Priests living and working in all states and territories.

Established by the authority of the Holy See in Rome, CRA promotes, supports and represents religious life in the Australian Church and in the wider community.   It facilitates coordination and cooperation of Religious with Church bodies and with other authorities.

By combined effort, it works to achieve more fully the purpose of each institute or congregation, while respecting the autonomy, nature and spirit of each. It deals with issues which are common to all and works to establish coordination and cooperation with Episcopal conferences and with individual bishops.

CRA’s mission is to promote and support the contemplative and prophetic service of Religious in Australian society.

Our values are being attentive to the Spirit, inclusive and prophetic.