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News & Views

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

Thursday, 23 April 2015 10:05

Religious called to ‘Wake up the world’

religious parramatta croppedReligious in the Diocese of Parramatta recently came together in fellowship and joy, and were reminded that amidst all the changes to religious life, the call remains the same - go to the poor and live community in authenticity, writes Mercy Sister Ailsa Mackinnon.

Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:19

A future for religious life?

Sr Grace Condon sgs2Religious life will survive into the future as people continue to search for ways to seek God and help their neighbour, but what it will look like is uncertain, said Sister Clare Condon, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, at a Sydney forum to mark the Year of Consecrated Life.

Sr Grace Ellul smCongregation Leader of the Marist Sisters in Asia Pacific, Sister Grace Ellul, has been elected as the 14th Superior General of the Marist Sisters.

MOHMV2015 logo150Executives and leaders from around Australia will descend upon Sydney’s SMC Conference and Function Centre in May for Australia’s premier Catholic conference on mission, ‘Mission: one heart many voices 2015’, which will run in Sydney from 18-20 May.

francis sullivan150Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, calls on the government to introduce a compensation scheme for victims of child sexual abuse in the wake of the Royal Commission hearings into St Joseph's Orphanage Neerkol in in ABC Brisbane's radio program "Drive" with Rebecca Levingston.

francis sullivan150Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council met with 45 members of the Scalabrinian Missionaries at their Provincial Assembly in Sydney on Tuesday, 14th of April, according to a media release.

Monday, 13 April 2015 12:21

TJHC consults on national entity

tjhc logo150The creation of a new national Catholic Church entity that has responsibility for administering a set of standards for the safeguarding of children and vulnerable people was the topic of a forum held in Adelaide last month by the Truth, Justice and Healing Council.

Monday, 13 April 2015 11:50

Passionist nuns celebrate 200 years

passionist sisters 150The Passionist Sisters of St Paul of the Cross celebrated the bicentenary of their foundation in Adelaide by paying tribute to their foundress Maria Maddalena Frescobaldi – a married woman and mother who began a community with four young converted prostitutes for a life driven by the passion of Jesus and the sorrows of Mary.

Fr Noel Connolly ssc150The upcoming Mission Conference aims to give those out “on the streets” and perhaps “bruised, hurting and dirty” a scriptural and theological vision that will unite, encourage, sustain and enable them in their various vocations, writes Columban Father Noel Connolly, Chair of CRA's Australian Mission Network.

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 11:38

MWIA secures TIME Magazine advertisements

MWIA TIMEMary Ward International Australia (MWIA) will be featuring two advertisements in TIME Magazine - one of the first charities to be featured in this publication, reports the Loreto Networker.

Sophie s Story coverThis digital edition of "Sophie's Story" shows the founder of the Society of Sacred Heart is a woman for today, reports the Sacred Heart Circle.

Cyclone Pam Act for PeaceCaritas Oceania agencies, including Caritas Australia and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, are helping to lead a joint response in Vanuatu with the Catholic Church. Caritas' current Project Compassion Lenten appeal helps vulnerable Pacific communities, such as Vanuatu, build back stronger and prepare for future disasters.

MOHMV2015 logo150With Pope Francis soon to issue an encyclical on the environment, Australia’s premier conference on mission will adopt a very green hue when it begins in Sydney in May, according to a Catholic Mission media release.

Sunday, 22 March 2015 19:26

Mary Aikenhead is declared Venerable

Mary AikenheadMary Aikenhead, founder of the Religious Sisters of Charity in 1815 to provide services to “the suffering poor”, has been declared Venerable by Pope Francis, reaching the second of four steps in the Catholic Church’s canonisation process, according to a media release.

Fr John Andersen and Sr Charo rsjFather John Andersen, a Sydney priest based in Peru reports on the arrival of Sister Charo Zurita rsj, the first Sister of St Joseph in the Vicariate of Iquitos who will soon make her life commitment as a Sister of St Joseph together with Sister Jenny Mori.

Sr Jean Wojcik csfnDespite events that could bring us to the brink of despair, our task as Christians and religious is to spread this hope to others, writes Sister Jean Wojcik csfn as she shares her throughts on the recent CLRI(NSW) Conference.

Monday, 16 March 2015 15:41

MWIA unveils new website

MWIA websiteMary Ward International Australia (MWIA), a charity established by the Loreto Sisters to address the needs of the disadvantaged in Australia and in developing countries, unveils a new website, according to a media release.

Monday, 16 March 2015 10:03

New community ministries for Good Sams

logo-goodsamsFor six Good Samaritan Sisters, 2015 marks the beginning of a new chapter in their community living, each responding to a call to be part of one of two new Good Samaritan intentional communities – one focusing on prayer and the other focusing on asylum seekers and refugees.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 08:26

What makes the difference

Sr Genevieve Ryan rsj 150Like pianists playing Bach who bring their own unique touch to the same piece of music, vowed religious simply play their commitment with a different touch. Their call is to make the religious dimension of their life uniquely important and central - that no other life commitment is possible for them, writes Sister Genevieve Ryan rsj.

Mary DelahuntyThe Loreto family in Ballarat invites you to where it all began for Loreto in Australia as they celebrate their 140th anniversary on the 29th Loreto Federation on 17-19 April 2015.

Thursday, 05 March 2015 15:20

Religious feature on weekly radio talk show

Journey-Podcasts150The Journey, a weekly Catholic radio program from the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong, offers a variety of talk shows including Gospel Reflections with Sister Hilda Scott osb and Father Michael Fallon msc and stories from Fr Dave Callaghan from the Missionaries of God’s Love. You can tune in every week or listen to podcasts delivered to your inbox. 

John Wallis foundationDo you have a project in mind to reach out to people who are doing it tough, isolated from the community or disadvantaged for whatever reason? The 2015 John Wallis Foundation Small Grants Program is inviting applications from individuals or organisations to help projects that support socially or geographically isolated individuals and groups.

MOHMV2015 logo150The upcoming Mission One Heart, Many Voices (MOHMV) conference, organised in partnership between Catholic Mission and Catholic Religious Australia, has received generous support and enthusiasm of sponsors, organisations, ministries and agencies. Here are the latest updates on topics, presenters and exhibitions in store at the conference.

SVD-orientation-groupThe first months of 2015 have seen the Australian Province of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) preparing new missionaries for their ministry in Australia with two orientation and acculturation courses getting underway– one in Victoria and one in Central Australia, reports In the Word, the SVD e-newletter.

Sr Ruth Durick osu Bishop Brady 150The Pastoral Letter from the Australian Bishops, "Wake Up the World, Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life," calls on the Australian Church to acknowledge the work, witness and inspiration of religious sisters, brothers and priests, recognising them as "catalysts for renewal; exploring new frontiers and possibilities."

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 21:06

Catholic Religious Australia now on Facebook

ycl150Connect with Catholic Religious Australia on Facebook where you can find links to articles and resources for the Year of Consecrated Life, comment on the content and share them with others in your network.

Friday, 20 February 2015 10:50

Nuns celebrate historic veneration

Mother Margherita De Brincat150The Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a Maltese order of nuns in Adelaide, is rejoicing in the primary step towards canonisation of their foundress Mother Margherita De Brincat of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – the first potential saint from the island of Gozo.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 01:31

Trusting the God of surprises

Sr Rosemary Grundy pbvm150Presentation Sister Rosemary Grundy sees her life as one that is constantly upended, ready to discover the face of God in new circumstances and ready to be called out of her comfort zone. Her latest surprise arrives in the form of her new role as CRA Executive Director.

CathNews logo150CathNews, Australia’s Catholic daily online news service, celebrates the Year of Consecrated Life with a photo competition and a series of panel discussions on religious life, “Evenings for the Year of Consecrated Life.”

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015Each congregation has its own particular blessing and gift to the Church; each of us needs to take up the work of putting our story out there to communicate the special gifts of being a Religious, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.

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