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News & Views

CRA and members of Religious congregations across Australia reflect on current issues in our world and our Church.

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 00:57

Marist Brothers to be ministers at the margins

marist brothersMarist Brothers of Australia, Melanesia and the Pacific are heeding a call for their ministry to spread to people on the margins of society, moving into new areas of ministry outside their traditional school roles.

Sr Margaret Randall rsmTo commence the Year of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis wrote an Apostolic Letter to consecrated women and men. Within the context of this letter, Sr Margaret Randall rsm reflects on questions and comments regarding ageing that were raised at a meeting of Sisters of Mercy in Sydney, exploring topics such as community life, ageism, loss and suffering, residential care, prophetic witness, reminiscence, and spirituality throughout life.

Josephite 150 anniv logo 150pxThe Sisters of St Joseph are celebrating their sesquicentenary this year and will commence their celebrations next month in Penola, the place where St Mary MacKillop and Father Julian Tenison Woods founded the Order on March 19 1866.

iraq sisters scholars150The scholarships provided by the Holy Spirit Sisters and Catholic Religious Australia Queensland (CRAQld) have been acknowledged in the establishment of Iraq’s first Catholic university which opened on 8 December 2015, the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Pope Francis 150Respond to the crisis of vocations with intensified prayer, not despair or a lax admissions process, Pope Francis told women and men religious during closing events for the Year of Consecrated Life, reports Catholic News Service (CNS).

ausflag150Religious women and men were among those recognised in this year's Australia Day honours list for their generous service in the fields of education, aged care, health care and Indigenous languages.

mercy sisters fremantleExactly 170 years later, a large number of Mercy Sisters and their friends, remembered the arrival of the first Sisters of Mercy in Australia by retracing their river journey, reports The Record.

Friday, 22 January 2016 11:51

"Spotlight" movie a must-see for Catholics

spotlight posterSpotlight is an occasion for holy, righteous anger and every adult Catholic should see it. The time to look away has gone, writes Fr Richard Leonard sj. Why go and see this film? Because victims of child sexual abuse and their families deserve it.

timor leste seminarian appealCatholic Mission launched its first campaign of the 2016 Year of Mercy, a direct mail appeal with a focus on Timor-Leste, with the campaign highlighting the efforts of promising young seminarians who are answering God’s call to guide the people of Timor-Leste towards true independence.

last cab to darwin posterThe jury of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting has awarded its annual prize to Jeremy Sim’s Last Cab to Darwin, a deeply humane story of love and the dignity of life, writes Fr Leonard Leonard sj.

marist brothers vocation 2To help appreciate and better promote the vocation of religious brothers, the Vatican last month released a 50-page reflection on the importance of their life and mission of evangelization, fraternity and sacrifice, reports the Catholic News Service (CNS).

peace posterPope Francis' message for the 2016 World Day of Peace, marked annually on the 1st of January, emphasised that peace is the fruit of a culture of solidarity, mercy and compassion.

CRA Yr of Mercy logo 150Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) proudly unveils a logo to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy which began on the 8th of December 2015 and will conclude on the 20th of November 2016.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 12:29

The ultimate Christmas gift

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015As the world seems more angry, hatefilled and less tolerant, this Christmas the greatest gift any of us can give is the love of God, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.

redemptorists crestOn 26 November, Redemptorists of Australia, New Zealand and Samoa celebrated the establishment of the Province of Oceania, created to refocus the Redemptorist mission in the region.

Monday, 14 December 2015 15:55

A new beginning for Marist Sisters

Marist sisters ausOn December 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the inaugural day of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Marist Sisters all over the world marked a new period in their history as they became one congregation made up of 13 units. Australian sisters celebrated this new beginning with a ceremony for the Design for Life for the Unit of Australia.

mss 2015 chapterThe recent Missionary Sisters of Service Chapter gathering adopted a new way of governance, where lay people could be elected into the Governing Body and saw the election of three lay members into the new MSS Governing Body, reports the newsletter Highways and Byways.

rrr mission conference‘Review, Reimagine, Renew: Mission making a difference in a changing world’ is a national conference in Melbourne early next year that aims to provide valuable opportunities for reflection and spiritual development, and to build capacity in our Catholic community and beyond to manage change for the common good.

Mercy logo for YOM 150In a media release, the Sisters of Mercy worldwide are invited to enter into a year-long, reflection process as The Year of Mercy is welcomed with a symbolic opening of a local door of Mercy.

Fr Stephen Hackett mscFr Stephen Hackett, a priest of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, has been appointed the new General Secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

ofm sosj 1The recent launch of the Franciscan Community Development Program- Timor-Leste, a partnership between Mary MacKillop International (MMI) and the Franciscan Friars’ Province of the Holy Spirit illustrates the collaborative relationship bound by shared values between religious congregations at the local level.

augustinians logo 150The Augustinians recently marked the 30th anniversary of the arrival of the first friars in Korea - two Australian and two English priests, one of whom still serves in Korea today.

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015As the Year of Consecrated Life draws to a close, it is fitting to reflect on its major themes and our journey over the past twelve months, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm, as she highlights the strong bond that religious Institutes have with each other and reaffirms that more can be achieved by working together. 

Sr Anne Gardiner and TiwiAmong religious women and men who are recognised for their service to the disadvantaged, the work of Sisters Nora Hanrahan olsh, Annette Shears pbvm and Anne Gardiner olsh were recently highlighted for their dedication to migrants and refugees, the people of Kiribati and Tiwi Islands.

Dominican Melb 800The Dominican family worldwide ushered in the Jubilee of the 800th anniversary of the the Order of Preachers on the weekend of 7 November 2015.

Fr Mark Hanns msc 150An article by Adelaide priest Fr Mark Hanns msc offering a reinterpretation on current teaching of the Church on marriage breakdown has been published in the British Catholic weekly newspaper, The Tablet.

Friday, 13 November 2015 13:24

Pope's family synod and child sexual abuse

pope synod150Two members of the Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC) had the opportunity to speak to the Pope's Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome last month, reports the TJHC eNewsletter.

Sr Carmen  Sr GuilherminaIn the wake of last month's Synod of Bishops, Sister Carmen Sammut msola who heads the umbrella group for some 600,000 global Catholic women religious has said that women are called to carry forth the pastoral work that the official church is sometimes not able to do, reports the National Catholic Reporter.

Steve-Bevans-150About 150 participants gathered in Melbourne in October for the International Mission Symposium – an event aimed at celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s decree on Mission, Ad Gentes.

Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:12

And the greatest of these is love

Fr Andy Hamilton 150Traditionally, for Catholics, November is a time for remembering the dead, those “who have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith”. Fr Andrew Hamilton sj reflects on endings and beginnings.

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