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News & Views

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

Friday, 10 October 2014 14:00

Faith invigorated at Ignite Conference 2014

religious at ignite150Brisbane's Ignite Conference has become a place of hope not only to young Catholics, but also to religious men and women and lay Catholics, both young and old, reports The Catholic Leader.

Christian Brothers logo 150The Christian Brothers Oceania Province is establishing a professional chair at the Mount Saint Mary Campus of The Australian Catholic University to celebrate 150 years of Catholic education this year, reports The Southern Cross.

Prof-Stephen-Bevans-svd150Renowned US missiologist, Fr Stephen Bevans svd will return to Australia in May 2015 as keynote speaker for the Mission: One Heart Many Voices conference, reports the e-newsletter of the Divine Word Missionaries.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 14:20

The gift of religious leadership

Archbishop Anthony Fisher op 150In pointing to his Dominican habit, Archbishop Fisher has drawn attention to the life of religious and the gift their consecrated lives bring to the Church. His appointment comes as a happy coincidence to Australian religious men and women as the Year of Consecrated Life begins on 29 November 2014, writes Giselle Lapitan.

Monday, 22 September 2014 19:09

Where have all the Sisters gone?

Fr Jo Dirks sssFr Jo Dirks sss reflects on the phase of diminishment and ageing among religious sisters, brothers and priests and he looks to the analysis and reflections of Sister Sandra Schneiders ihm, the eminent American theologian and biblical scholar, to learn how to respond to the challenges of religious life today.

Monday, 22 September 2014 11:11

Joyful in religious diversity

Sr Berneice Loch rsm 150CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm reflects on the upcoming Year of Consecrated Life and asks for ways for Australian religious to meaningfully celebrate the diversity that has arisen among the congregations of Priests, Brothers and Sisters and other forms of consecrated life.

RedeemSquare150Religious working in the Diocese of Wollongong are among the contributing authors in this year’s “Redeem - Daily Advent and Christmas Reflections 2014”, a booklet of daily spiritual reflections published by the diocese.

Monday, 22 September 2014 09:59

Nuns’ pioneering spirit celebrated

st aug schoolAlmost 60 years ago, a group of Dominican sisters made their way along the roads of North Adelaide to Salisbury and set up St Augustine’s Memorial School. While much of the school has changed today, the pioneering spirit of the Dominican Sisters endures, with this heritage celebrated at various 60th anniversary events on October 2014.

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.

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