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Featured Ministry

CRA’s members – more than 180 congregations of Sisters, Brothers and Religious Priests – are involved in a range of ministries in Australia and overseas. Their ministries include working in parishes, with asylum seekers and refugees, indigenous Australians, caring for creation, aged care, supporting victims of domestic violence, prison ministries, with people with a mental illness, homeless people, and in a range of ministries with people on the margins of society. Some of those ministries are highlighted here.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 04:38

Finding hope when it hurts

It is often said that in life, pain is the best teacher with its capacity to cultivate wisdom and hope. In the case of Mercy Sister Rebecca McCabe, the truism may be literal. Her hard-earned lessons are contained in the soon to be launched “The Pain Book” which she co-authored with two other experts in the field of pain management.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 11:21

Euphrasie’s spirit going strong

A recent education symposium in Perth showed that the loving arms of Our Lady of the Missions founder Sister Euphrasie Barbier rndm still span the world.

The opening of St Pauls Books & Gifts Centre in Parramatta demonstrates the commitment of the Society of St Paul to carry out the vision of their founder, Father James Alberione, who had foreseen the pivotal role of communications in spreading the Gospel message through all possible forms of media. 

Monday, 17 June 2013 12:18

Congregation opens heart to Dubbo

In May 2013, Dubbo played host to the Josephite Rural Conference which was participated in by CRA Director, Sister Leone Wittmack rsc who facilitated a drumming session. The Daily Liberal reports on the variety of ways the Josephite Sisters serve in rural ministries.

Friday, 10 May 2013 15:58

A cathedral that welcomes all

Two Dominican Sisters, Sr Beth Egan and Sr Geraldine Maher, answered the call for offering pastoral care with an ecumenical spirit at the Cathedral Chaplaincy of the Anglican Christ Church Cathedral. They offer solace, prayers and an encounter of faith to all who enter this sanctuary, writes Shirley McHugh in Aurora magazine.

Friday, 10 May 2013 14:15

Good Shepherd goes to the people

If someone had told Noelene White, when she joined the Good Shepherd Sisters forty-two years ago, that she would end up doing pastoral work on the streets of Sydney's infamous Kings Cross, she might well have fled out of the Abbotsford convent gates.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 11:59

Clarity of vision in pastoral care

Sister Mary O’Shannessy fcj is still a woman on a mission. Some years ago, she established the DAISY Project which produces digital audio material for vision impaired people. Now, she is determined to bring back home visits, a fundamental aspect of pastoral care in the ministry to the disabled that moves from service towards relationship.

“You can’t really know your future or our present if you don’t know your history," said Mercy Sister Joan Smith rsm. And the Mercy Heritage Center in Perth helps students from Mercy schools appreciate their heritage and entrusts them to continue the legacy of the Mercy charism.

In Sydney for the next few months as part of the leadership team for the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary (SMSM), Sr Julienne reveals why Bangladesh tugs at her heart.

Monday, 04 February 2013 13:00

Solidarity in Nauru

Missionary of the Sacred Heart Father Adrian Meaney, Director of the MSC Mission Office Australia, shares his experience of spending the holidays in Nauru as he struggled to understand the policy of refugee detention. He also provides a brief overview of the MSC ministry to Nauru from the late 1800s.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 21:27

Serving hearts in exile

The Missionary Sisters of Christ the King serve to keep spirituality and Polish culture alive in Australian Polish communities, which comprise the largest number of post war refugees from one ethnic group that has ever arrived in Australia. Yet they are also sisters to all they meet on the road, recognising that Christ lives in all people.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 11:02

Christmas from the heart

Fifty years ago, along with changes ushered in by the second Vatican council, a Redemptorist tradition of putting Christ back into Christmas cards began. The Redemptorists, along with the Sisters of Mercy and other CRA member congregations listed here offer gift ideas that make for more meaningful Christmas presents, transform lives and bring hope to the communities they serve.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 23:50

Mission: a life of grace and adventure

Fr Henry Adler svd is passionate about mission as prophetic dialogue - the commitment to people who are faith seekers, poor and marginalised, and those from different cultures and of different religions and ideologies, writes Debra Vermeer.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 13:05

Solitude and the pre-dawn prayer

Sister Naomie-Ruth Vanakulasingham ‘s community of Benedictine nuns give to the church through the fullness of prayer. Yet her monastic life has found an unlikely pairing in the use of digital technology, says Dan McAloon of the Broken Bay Institute. 

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 18:30

Time out with Sr Mary Carroll

Edwina Hall speaks to Sister Mary Carroll rgs about her vocation and her ministry among women in prison. Sr Mary also throws some light on prevailing attitudes about women in prison and the challenges to the Australian church in prison ministry.

Monday, 20 August 2012 14:32

Sharing hope in East Timor

Robin Williams writes about Christian Brother Bill Tynan who counts the people in Railaco Kraic in East Timor as family. Br Bill paints a humbling picture of life in East Timor, talks about the relationships in East Timor and Australia that have contributed greatly to his life and work.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012 22:49

Helping save lives

Fr Gerard Mulholland svd had long been saving lives as a career, and his late vocation into priesthood only enriched his capacity to love and serve. Brenda Paul tells us of his journey, mentors and inspiration.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:19

Cattle have right of way

Columban missionary Father Tomas King, speaks about his journey with cattle herders and shows us a landscape in peril.

Monday, 18 June 2012 10:42

Working for seamless transitions

Salesian Sister Louise McKeogh’s ministry of helping young Indigenous people make smooth transitions in life has prepared her well for her role as Social Justice Coordinator for the Diocese of Parramatta.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 12:12

A gentle presence in Woorabinda

Sr Cecilia Prest and Charlie, WoorabindaTaking away an Indigenous community’s self-determination and choices will not lead to long term solutions, says Sister Cecilia Prest mfic, who has lived in the Central Queensland town of Woorabinda for the past nine years.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012 16:54

The art of a full life

Fr Paul McCormack mscFather Paul McCormack will never be bored. The Missionary of the Sacred Heart (MSC) priest is a teacher, musician, sports coach, and in more recent years has added painting and drawing to his portfolio.

Friday, 13 April 2012 11:01

Mum’s the word at Holmesville

Sr Helen-Anne Johnson rsjAt Mum’s Cottage in the Lake Macquarie suburb of Holmesville near Newcastle, Sister Helen-Anne Johnson rsj offers mothers support, mentoring, respite and friendship, writes Aurora editor Tracey Edstein.

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 17:09

A ministry of presence on Palm Island

Sr Lal Smith sgsIt’s nearly a year since Good Samaritan Sister Lal Smith began her new ministry among the Aboriginal people of Palm Island. As she looks back over the last 10 months, a memory that stands out is her first ferry trip to the Island from Townsville, writes Stephanie Thomas*.

Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:13

Dominican dreamer of big ideas

Sr Diana SantelbenDominican Sister Diana Santleben has big dreams and ideas, matched by large helpings of passion, persuasion, commitment and hard work for the many causes in which she is involved; most notably, refugees and ecology, writes Catherine Mahony*.

Sr Shirley SedawieSister of Our Lady of Sion Shirley Kathleen Rose Sedawie, OAM, who recently died was a remarkable leader in the field of Catholic-Jewish relations.

Monday, 20 February 2012 09:37

Working and praying for families

Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth children's centreThe Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth have a particular focus on ministering to families in their work in the Dioceses of Parramatta and Maitland-Newcastle and the Archdioceses of Brisbane and Perth.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012 11:55

Sister Rita’s ministry of story-telling

Sr Rita Hassett rsmStory-telling is at the heart of sharing faith and dreams, says Mercy Sister Rita Hassett, who until recently edited the Divine Word Missionaries’ (SVD) journal Society Matters.

Tuesday, 07 February 2012 15:44

OLSH Sister returns to South Sudan

Sr Rita GrunkeOne of the first things Daughter of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Sister Rita Grunke will do when she arrives back in South Sudan is find a village that needs a water well, writes The Catholic Leader’s Robin Williams.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 12:16

A nun’s new habit

Sr Carmel Wauchope sgsThe documentary, A Nun’s New Habit follows the story of Good Samaritan Sister Carmel Wauchope, who resides in the outback town of Whyalla and her ministry with refugees.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 11:06

Education enables reconciliation and hope

Dr Trish Madigan opDominican Sister, Dr Patricia Madigan, Director of the Centre for Interfaith Ministry, Education and Research (CIMER) shares some of the stories that have emerged from her study, ‘Three Generations of Women in Iraq’.

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