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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 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.

Friday, 13 June 2014 14:18

Awaken the world to joy

Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc 150There are searching questions that we all need to answer with honesty in the depths of our own hearts as we prepare for the year dedicated to the celebration of Consecrated Life in the Church, writes CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc. 

Friday, 13 June 2014 11:56

New Passionist venture for Adelaide

Passionists english centre 150A new initiative aimed at enhancing the mission of the Passionists is being launched this month with the support of the Christian Brothers and two Adelaide Catholic schools.

Fr Bruce Duncan cssr150The Abbott government has deeply shocked many Australians for the cavalier way it reneged on its many promises not to cut welfare and other programs, and not to increase taxes.

Partners-in-MissionA broad-based group of religious and lay people has joined forces to form ‘Partners in Mission’, aimed at working together to support mission in both prayerful and practical ways.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:34

On making commitments

Sr Clare Condon sgs150Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon, says her congregation’s recent assembly highlighted for her the power of a single voice and the importance of networking together.

leadership team rndm 2014The Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions elected a new Congregation Leadership Team at their General Chapter in early 2014, with Sister Josephine Kane of New Zealand as the new Congregation Leader, reports the congregation website.

Br Peter Dowling cfcBrother Peter Dowling cfc from Melbourne was elected Deputy Congregation Leader, along with some Brothers of the Oceania Province into the Christian Brothers' Congregation Leadership Team, according to the Edmund Rice Oceania website.

Faith at Work exhibitionA photographic exhibition from the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER), entitled Faith at Work, showcases works from Australian photographer Oliver Strewe, depicting the varied ministries of the Catholic Church, including Australian religious men and women at work.

CRAL logo 150Catholic Religious Australia’s upcoming National Assembly will feature a global perspective on religious life and its direction under Pope Francis, hearing from speakers who are best informed about the path ahead for consecrated life.

Monday, 19 May 2014 10:30

48th World Communications Day

stirring hearts logoWorld Communications Day 2014 will be celebrated on the 25th of May with the theme "Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter".  The Catholic Church in Australia celebrates with Stirring Hearts, a web resource presenting digital stories of twelve individuals on their journey of faith.

Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:06

Faith formators propose directions

Marist faith formators 1Fifty Faith Formators from Marist Schools across Australia gathered recently to reflect on the specific role of Faith Formators in Marist Schools today and drew strength from each other, from the availability of Marist programs and from their own prayer lives.

ssps125yrs-logo-smallThe Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters in Australia and Fiji are celebrating the 125th jubilee of their congregation, which was founded in Holland by St Arnold Janssen, the founder of the Society of the Divine Word, and established in Australia at the end of World War II.

francis sullivan150The firm and decisive response, such as Brother Julian McDonald’s on behalf of the Christian Brothers indicate the Catholic Church is prepared to listen and importantly act and change, writes Francis Sulivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council.

Sr Annette anniversary celebrationsThe Diocese of Parramatta hosted one of the many 175th anniversary celebrations of the Sisters of Charity, which took place in the beautiful ‘new’ St Patrick’s Cathedral on the very spot where Sr M Xavier Williams, one of the original ‘five’, created history by becoming the first religious woman to be professed in the colony of NSW, reports Catholic Outlook.

Sr Denise Coghlan at workDenise Coghlan, an Australian Mercy Sister currently with Jesuit Refugee Service Cambodia recently appeared on SBS Dateline's "The Cambodian Solution?" discussing the prospect of an Australian offshore refugee detention centre in the country

Sr Hilda Scott osbMembers of Australian religious communities are featured in a celebration of personal encounters with Christ in Stirring Hearts, a web resource from the Australian Catholic Church to mark the 48th World Communications Day on 25 May 2014.

Dominican federation 2014Members of the National Council of the Australian Federation of Dominican Sisters gathered in New Zealand to formally celebrate the inclusion of the New Zealand Sisters in the newly formed Federation of Dominican Sisters in Oceania, according to the Dominican Family Matters newsletter.

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