Sister Anne was speaking at the official launch of the new website held during the peak body’s National Council meeting at the CRA office in Sydney’s Annandale today, Monday, 22 August.
She said: “Across Australia and overseas, Australian Religious are running vital ministries with refugees and asylum seekers, Indigenous Australians, in health and aged care, with people who have been trafficked into this country, in pastoral care and parish work, and with a range of individuals and groups, often on the margins of society.”
She said the new site would enable CRA to more effectively report on those ministries and keep the Catholic and wider community up-to-date on the latest news and issues.
“In this era, when communication is vital, it’s great to have a contemporary and vibrant website that enables us to highlight the prophetic voice of Religious in Australia today.”
Sister Anne added that the extensive information contained on the site, which will be regularly updated, will be a valuable resource for CRA member and visitors alike.
Some of the main features of the new site include user-friendly navigation and a more dynamic and flexible home page. The home page includes the latest news and views, a featured ministry, a weekly Gospel reflection from Sister Veronica Lawson rsm, and some ‘wise words’ from the founders of Australia’s more than 180 congregations.
Developments from CRA’s Justice Network, established to give Australian Religious a more unified voice on social justice issues, will also be a major feature on the home page.
In conjunction with the new website, CRA has also introduced a new look for its monthly e-news, Pathways. As well as containing the latest news, the revamped online publication includes a number of new sections, highlighting ministries and personal stories from leaders and members. The founding stories of Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life will also be a focus.
The first edition of the new Pathways will be distributed on Wednesday, 24 August. You can subscribe to Pathways on the CRA website homepage at: www.catholicreligiousaustralia.org