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News & Views

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

It has been a very busy and meaningful period for the Sisters of St Joseph across Australia. The Sisters have recently received authorisation for the merger of the sisters of St Joseph of Whanganui with the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, and have seen the transfer of the governance of Mary Mackillop College to the Archdiocese of Brisbane, among many other momentous events.

Friday, 22 March 2013 12:52

An Australian servant of God in India

Victorian woman, Dr Sister Mary Glowrey will be declared a Servant of God in India next week - the beginning of the diocesan phase of the process for possible Beatification.

Producer Noel Debien speaks with CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe on the hopes of religious men and women for the papacy of Francis and other issues faced by religious, which was broadcast on Radio National's Religion and Ethics Report on Wednesday afternoon, 20 March.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 19:58

A distinctive path of service

Leadership is service and can never be viewed in terms of the concept of “promotion” sought after in most fields of society. A truly Christian concept of leadership sees it as exercised not only by those in positions of authority, but by every member of the group, writes CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc.

The new Ballarat home of the Loreto Province Archives opens its doors, reports Robin Scott in the Ballarat Diocesan E-News.

In an interview on ABC News aired on Thursday evening, 14 March, CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe was among the voices of Australian Catholics expressing their hopes for the new papacy, together with Jesuits Fr Paul Coleman and Port Pirie Bishop Greg O’Kelly sj.

Thursday, 14 March 2013 09:22

Australian religious welcome new Pope

President of Catholic Religious Australia, Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc, welcomes the appointment  of Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio SJ -a Jesuit who has taken on the name "Francis" for his papacy. 

The feast of St Joseph on 19 March this year will celebrate the fusion of the Sisters of St Joseph Goulburn with the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart and usher in a change to the internal organisation of the congregation, writes Sister Anne Derwin rsj.

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.

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