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News & Views

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

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:45

Sisters bid fond farewell to Queanbeyan

After 134 years of service, particularly in education and pastoral care, the Good Samaritan Sisters have said a fond farewell to the community of Queanbeyan in NSW.

In a media statement, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart rejected Christian Brother Barry Coldrey’s claims that his concerns of a convicted paedophile working at Monash University's Mannix College were ignored by senior clergy members, including Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart.

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 09:28

Books showcasing religious leadership

Two books were launched separately – one co-written by Josephite Sister Alice Sullivan as a resource book for conducting parish programs and another by Heather O’Connor who reveals how nuns have transformed the lives of generations of Ballarat women through their work in education and social justice.

The Royal Commission will yield disclosures from the past that will be examined through the eyes of the present, writes Patrician Brother Aengus Kavanagh. It should be a time of honest and balanced scrutiny that must serve the healing and justice for victims, ensuring it never happens again.

Monday, 11 February 2013 17:24

All rounded approach to leadership

Sister Leone Wittmack rsc who recently commenced work as Catholic Religious Australia’s new Executive Director brings to her role many years of management skills as well as a range of life experiences and creative interests. Her discipline, passion and creativity reaffirm the importance of personal development to leadership skills and religious vocation.

Monday, 11 February 2013 13:27

Custodian of Church’s history retires

After two decades of preserving the heritage of the Archdiocese of Perth, archivist and Presentation Sister Frances Stibi is retiring—with a few other interesting stories of her own, reports The Record.

The upcoming conference "Mission: one heart, many voices" offers an opportunity to celebrate, show and learn 'best practices' in carrying out mission in all its diversity and richness. Fr Noel Connolly ssc urges us to spread the word about this event among religious and laypeople, as registrations open through the website.

Mercy Sister Sally Bradley shares the reflections of the leadership team of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea on the progress of the year-old Institute. Their insights reveal an emerging community with long years of combined experience in ministries doing what they do best: the works of hospitality, compassion and justice.

Monday, 04 February 2013 12:39

Sion Sisters return Stations of the Cross

Sr Angela Bayliss and Sr Margaret Rush of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion have returned the original Stations of the Cross to Sion House that today houses the offices of the Diocese of Sale. The stations were removed when the congregation left Warragul in 1972.

Monday, 04 February 2013 12:30

Champion of interfaith dialogue honoured

A Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Sion, Dr Marianne Dacy has been made a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant contribution to interfaith dialogue.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:30

New Provincial for Australian Oblates

Fr Leo Mifsud omi, newly elected Provincial of the Australian Province and Hong Kong Delegation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate will be officially installed in January 2013, reports the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

The conference "Mission: one heart, many voices" will be held in Sydney from 29 April to 1 May 2013, featuring speakers such as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr Jose Ramos Horta, leading missiologist Fr Stephen Bevans svd and expert theologian on migration Dr Gemma Tulud Cruz to help empower participants with a richer sense of mission.

Among the list of recipients for Australia Day honours this year are Australian religious, recognised for their contributions to interfaith dialogue, education and community service: Dr Marianne Dacey nds, Fr Tyson Doneley msc and Sr Berneice Loch rsm.

The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, the order founded by St Mary of the Cross MacKillop have been delighted by the official recognition of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop as second patron of Australia. 

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 21:06

The family is holy ground

The story of the family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is a recurring narrative from Advent up to the Feast of the Holy Family. Sister Grace Roclawska csfn reflects on the Holy Family as a reminder of our call to holiness, towards a deeper communion with God and one another.

Monday, 10 December 2012 20:25

Sharing mission across many sectors

Columban Father Noel Connolly gives an update on the 40 workshop leaders and topics that will be covered in this year's conference, "Mission: one heart, many voices", and provides a conference brochure for distribution.

Sister Angela Ryan csb, Executive Officer at the National Committee for Professional Standards, talks about her work with victims of sexual abuse in a video interview at the 'Facing the Truth' website. She discusses her involvement in the process, her experiences of meeting the victims and the stages of help given to them.

A new Congregational Leader and Council for the Missionary Sisters of Service begin their work on Saturday, 8 December 2012, with the 12th General Chapter of this Australian Congregation having established a sense of direction within an understanding of the reality of the times.

Monday, 03 December 2012 16:16

On the service of charity

In a letter to Presidents of the Episcopal Conferences and Assemblies, the President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum Cardinal Robert Sarah introduced the November 2012 apostolic letter issued Motu Proprio by Pope Benedict XVI entitled "On The Service of Charity" and urged for its study in every national Episcopal Conference.

Thursday, 29 November 2012 00:24

CRA President calls for greater openness

An ABC news story telecast on Wednesday evening, 28 November, showed CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc saying that the Church is set to make significant changes in the way it handles its response to the issue of sexual abuse through the introduction of people from outside the church to handle claims of abuse.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012 12:07

MGL sisters celebrate Jubilee year

Sisters of the Missionaries of God's Love (MGL) celebrated their jubilee year and marked 25 years since their founding in a mass in Canberra,  reports Catholic Communications of the Sydney Archdiocese.

A media statement calling for legislative change in mandatory and police reporting for cases of child abuse and a flowchart detailing the two major recommendations in the reporting process are now at Facing the Truth website.

Thursday, 22 November 2012 10:43

CRA Staff Announcements


In the November edition of Pathways e-newsletter, CRA announced the departure of Executive Director Sister Veronica McCluskie sgs and CRA Secretary Ms Jane Hawkins by the end of the year. 

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 16:35

An update on Mission: One heart, many voices


The Mission Conference to be held in Sydney on April 2013 offers a scriptural and theological vision of mission, enriched by the variety of voices exploring the complexity of mission. Fr Noel Connolly ssc describes the themes, workshops, and speakers on issues such as migration, refugees, education, and Muslim dialogue.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 16:30

FCJ foundress returns to Paris

Ann Rennie writes about the recent relocation of the mortal remains of the Venerable Marie Madeleine de Bengy de Bonnault d’Houët, the foundress of the Society of the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ from Kent to Paris, an event that joyfully united FCJ communities all over the world.  

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 16:23

Iraq to gain from sisters' ACU stint

Paul Dobbyn writes about two religious sisters from Iraq studying at Brisbane’s Australian Catholic University and highlights the contributions of CRA Queensland, the Holy Spirit Sisters and the Missionary Franciscan Sisters towards developing Catholic education in the war torn capital of Kurdistan.

Sr Myree Harris rsj of the Coalition of Appropriate Supported Accomodation (CASA) has scored a victory in her 20-year advocacy of reform standards and regulations on boarding houses. The result of her dedication is new legislation which offers more protection and better living conditions for the poor, elderly, frail and disabled tenants of assisted boarding houses, reports Catholic Communications Sydney.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 16:14

At the hinge of history

Drawing from her personal experiences as co-chair of the National Committee for Professional Standards and her family’s own encounter with child sexual abuse, Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc reflects on this dark cloud hanging over the Church, the work towards healing, and the God-given opportunity for rebirth and purification towards a more humble, open church.

Monday, 29 October 2012 13:56

Merger among Sisters of St Joseph

The Sisters of St Joseph of Goulburn have received authorisation to merge with the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, fulfilling a process that began several years ago among various Josephite congregations towards greater unity. 

Thursday, 25 October 2012 10:51

Ordination of Ballarat Bishop Paul Bird cssr

In a packed St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in the presence of thirty bishops and over one hundred priests from across Australia, representatives from across the Diocese of Ballarat - laity, priests and religious, Archbishop Denis Hart ordained Redemptorist Fr. Paul Bird as the Eighth Bishop of Ballarat. 

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