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News & Views

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

Rev-Fisher-with-Janice-KennedyPope Francis has appointed a Dominican friar, the Most Rev Anthony Fisher op as the new Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, according to a media release on 18 September.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:34

Lay Carmelites - a growing family

lay carmelites logoFour Lay Carmelites from Wentworthville, Rockhampton and Central Coast communities are preparing to make their Solemn Profession this year, according to news reports from the Carmelites of Australia and East Timor.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:12

New Visitor (Provincial) for De La Salle Brothers

Br David Hawke fscBrother David Hawke has been appointed as Brother Visitor of the District of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea, effective 8 September, according to a news report on the congregation's website.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 08:12

Parramatta diocese honours religious service

papal-diocesan-awards-2014Religious in the Diocese of Parramatta were among those awarded papal honours for their outstanding contribution to the church and community in Western Sydney, reports Catholic Outlook.

Josephites Timor awardThe Sisters of St Joseph were among those who were awarded an “Ordem de Timor” medal, along with 26 other non-Timorese people and groups who fought for Timor-Leste’s independence, reports the Mary MacKillop E-News.

Monday, 08 September 2014 11:46

Religious wall of honour

Qld religious exhibition2Queensland's religious men and women and their tireless efforts to educate the state’s young people for more than 150 years have been celebrated in an historical display in Brisbane, reports The Catholic Leader.

Thursday, 04 September 2014 15:23

Christian Brothers Royal Commission update

Christian Brothers logo 150The Christian Brothers have released a second update on the commitments made at the conclusion of the Royal Commission public hearing in Perth to assist victims of abuse within the Order’s orphanages and farm schools in West Australia, reports the eNewsletter of the Truth Justice and Healing Council.

 

GoodSam BallaratThomas Carr College celebrated the official Opening of the Good Samaritan Campus, which was named in honour of the Good Samaritan Sisters who have been an integral part of the history of the parish and local community of Coragulac, reports the Ballarat Diocese's e-newsletter.

St Teresa of Avila 150Carmelites worldwide are preparing for the fifth centenary of the birth of St Teresa of Jesus, founder of the Discalced Carmelites, on 28 March 2015, with Carmelites in Australasia and the Pacific region setting up a  a website for this historic occasion.

Monday, 18 August 2014 19:59

Becoming people of peace

Sr Berneice Loch rsm 150If we are to take any wisdom from the violence we are witnessing, it has to include the need to recommit ourselves to peace in ourselves, in our local communities, in our country and in our world, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.

Monday, 18 August 2014 11:00

Ancient texts come alive

Friar Campion Murray ofmFriar Campion Murray recently completed a labour of love which has brought twelve ancient texts of Franciscan writings alive into the English language - a culmination of his work for the past two or three decades translating original writings on Franciscan life and spirituality.

Christian Brothers logo 150The Christian Brothers Congregation Leadership Team released a letter last month announcing the new leadership team in Oceania headed by Province Leader, Brother Peter Clinch.

Monday, 18 August 2014 10:19

Australian logo winner

franciscan jpic logo 150The Franciscan Order’s Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, based in Rome, has selected an Australian artist and designer as the winner of the logo competition for its official publications. The winner was selected from numerous submissions from across the globe.

2014 Bible conf cropdThe Diocese of Broken Bay will host a Bible Conference, “The Gospel of John – Joy Made Complete”, on 12-13 September 2014, featuring Salesian Father Francis Moloney, Presentation Sister Mary Coloe and Bishop David Walker.

acrt logoThe Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce, which includes CRA's Justice Coordinator Sr Suzette Clarke rsc, recently released a report describing the Abbot government's treatment of children in onshore and offshore immigration detention centres as "state sanctioned child abuse" and makes recommendations to improve the wellbeing of children in detention.

happy religiousThe celebration of National Vocations Awareness Week on 3-10 August offers spiritual resources and diverse, heartwarming stories featuring Australian religious.

pres sisters qld leadersQueensland's Presentation Sisters elected a new leadership team and set their focus for mission for the next five years at their recent chapter meeting, reports The Catholic Leader.

Sr Philomene Tiernan rscjSister Philomene Tiernan rscj of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus community, a teacher and director of boarding at Catholic School Kincoppal-Rose Bay, was among the Australians killed on board flight MH-17, reports Cath News.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 22:31

Special time for Carmelites

Carmelites in CanberraThe Carmelite nuns are celebrating their 40th year in Canberra, giving them cause to reflect on the development of the monastery over the years and the difference the nuns and their prayers have made to thousands of lives in that time, reports the E-News service of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulbourn.

Assembly 1A profound experience of communion and hope emerged from the recent CRA National Assembly in Melbourne, with Congregational Leaders from Australia and the Pacific region experiencing a sense of being heard by the wider Church, writes Giselle Lapitan.

happy religiousParticipants at the recent CRA National Assembly received copies of the English translation of the Pope's message to religious in preparation for the year dedicated to Consecrated Life through Cardinal João Bráz de Aviz and his Secretary Fr Donato Cauzzo mi.

Monday, 14 July 2014 10:47

Catholic Digital Media Conference

cdmc 2014Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. YouTube. They’re not just places to watch funny videos of kids and animals. The Internet is also a place to discuss, share our faith and even evangelise. Catholic Digital Media Conference (CDMC) Sydney will offer insights into how we can use the Internet to share the message of the Gospel.

Sunday, 13 July 2014 22:59

Hope evident in us

Sr Berneice Loch rsm 150We are called to humility and to renewal as we attempt to address the wrongs done in the name of the Church and set directions which will ensure a better future for all, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm OAM.

Sr Jan Barnett rsj 150The diminishment of humanity and the cry of children at this time are not so very different from the challenges that confronted Mary MacKillop whose feast will be celebrated next month. Sr Jan Barnett rsj asks, "What is our call today as those entrusted with her legacy?"

Loreto MWIAThe new Sydney office of the Loreto Province and Mary Ward International Australia (MWIA) reaffirms the strong commitment of the Loreto Sisters to empower women through education.

smsm 150annivThe Marist Missionary Sisters marked 150 years of their presence in Samoa last month with 8 days of celebrations, singing God's praises for faithfully bringing about his own plan of salvation for Samoa through the Congregation.

the sisters of charity hobartAs part of their 175th anniversary celebration, the Sisters of Charity recently celebrated in Hobart, as reported in the Archdiocese of Hobart's News website.

Fr Richard Leonard sj150The peak body for US Catholic publishing houses, the Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP), has announced that the books of two Australian Jesuit authors have been awarded top prizes in their annual Excellence in Publishing Awards.

Sr Annette Sr Berneice at CRA Assembly 150Sister Berneice Loch rsm OAM has been elected as the new President of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) at the 2014 CRA National Assembly held in Melbourne on 23-27 June 2014.

sacred heart graphicA reflection guide from The Religious of the Sacred Heart (RSCJ) on the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus provides a brief history of the Feast of the Sacred Heart to be celebrated this year on 27 June, with some thoughts from Australian theologian Mary Brennan rscj and questions for reflection.

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