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News & Views

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

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.

Saturday, 07 February 2015 15:09

New leadership team for Marist Sisters

Sr Grace Ellul smThis year's celebration of the World Day for Consecrated Life on the 2nd of February takes on a deeper meaning for the Marist Sisters in Asia Pacific as they welcomed their new Regional Leadership Team, headed by Sister Grace Ellul sm.

Pope Francis 150In a letter to the Presidents of Episcopal Conferences and Superiors of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Pope Francis asks for their complete co-operation with the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors to ensure that the Church is rid of "the scourge" of the sexual abuse of children, reports Vatican Radio.

Friday, 30 January 2015 11:14

Putting people first

francis sullivan150It is now incumbent on all institutions, including the Catholic Church, to reassess the process and procedures we adopt when engaging with survivors of child sex abuse who come forward with allegations, writes Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC) ahead of the responses to the Royal Commission's Consultation Paper: Redress & Civil Litigation.

ausflag150Among recipients of Australia Day 2015 honours were Religious who were awarded medals of the Order of Australia (OAM) for their contributions to the Catholic Church, refugee support and resettlement, and education.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 11:09

135 years of RSCJ in New Zealand

rscj logo 15019 January marked the 135th anniversary of the arrival of the first Religious of the Sacred Heart in Aotearoa New Zealand, and thus the beginning of the RSCJ presence in what is now the Australia New Zealand Province, reports the Sacred Heart Circle e-newsletter.

Monday, 19 January 2015 14:32

Missionary Sisters of Service book launched

bruny island bookThe connection between the Missionary Sisters of Service and Bruny Island was celebrated in the book "The Bruny Island Connection" by Sister Carmel Hall mss launched at the congregation's celebration of its 70th anniversary in a pilgrimage to the island.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 22:38

Peace is purpose within the mended mind

Fr Frank Freeman sdbPeace is conceived in recognition of human fragility and born in a change of attitude. Peace demands a mentality and a spirit which, before turning to others, must permeate the one who wishes to bring peace, writes Salesian Father Frank Freeman sdb in his editorial in the December 2014 edition of The Salesian Bulletin that resonates in this New Year, beyond Christmas.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 21:12

On being a Redemptorist and a Bishop

Bp Paul Bird cssr150Ballarat Bishop Paul Bird cssr sees himself as something of a grandfather as he reflects on being a Redemptorist and a Bishop. 

Mary Aikenhead trustees 2014The Congregational Leader and Council of the Sisters of Charity of Australia recently held a missioning ceremony for two new Trustees of Mary Aikenhead Ministries, the last official act of Sister Annette Cunliffe and her Council, before the new leadership team of Sister Clare Nolan and her Council commence their term.

Missionary Franciscan Sisters mficAt a celebration of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters, the outgoing Leadership Team was thanked and farewelled and the incoming Leadership Team of Sisters Catherine White (Leader), Patricia Treacy (Assistant Leader), and Elaine Morzone (Councillor) were welcomed.

Monday, 15 December 2014 13:34

God with us

Sr Berneice Loch rsm 150In a season characterised by shopping and material concerns, CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm reflects on the significance of the Incarnation - God becoming man - on our ecological consciousness.

Sr-Elizabeth-Delaney-sgsGood Samaritan Sister Elizabeth Delaney has been appointed General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), an ecumenical organisation that brings together a number of Australia’s Christian churches in dialogue and practical cooperation.

Sr Ann Stevens sjc150From Pascoe Vale to Freetown, medical doctor Sister Ann Stevens sjc is coordinating the relief efforts of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny in Sierra Leone. The need continues to grow as even those who don't have the disease are adversely affected, writes Sister Josephine O'Kelly sjc. 

Monday, 15 December 2014 11:30

Lasallians welcome new leader

Br David Hawke fscThe new leader of the De La Salle Brothers, Brother David Hawke fsc, looks forward to building upon what is already in place as the work of the District expands to include Pakistan.

Monday, 15 December 2014 10:25

Amazing grace

Fr Adrian Meaney msc 150As a parish priest in Alice Springs many Christmases ago, Father Adrian Meaney msc experienced a moment of intimate grace. He looks back at this memory and reminds us to let our hearts be open to the cry of the poor who need the most basic of services such as water, sanitation, or health or educational facilities.

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