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News & Views

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

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:40

A fine farewell

Sister Eleanor Collis rsm and Sister Violet Kearns rsm leave St Mary's Parish Nathalia and receive a lovely farewell from the residents grateful for the more than 14 years of Mercy presence in Nathalia in country Victoria.

The new leadership team of the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters reflects the diversity of its Province with Sister Sarita Kurikattil ssps from India as the new Provincial Leader for the congregation, with the rest of her team coming from India, Slovakia, Indonesia and Australia. 

Holy Family Services (HFS), a multicultural care provider offering aged care and child care established by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, has been awarded the highest possible rating for food safety, knowledge and quality. 

Monday, 13 May 2013 12:06

Ministry and presence as leadership

This Eastertide, CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc reflects on the example of Jesus’ leadership that contrasts sharply with the focus on the person, the drive to command a following, and often self serving. She leads us to ponder the ways that we lead others.

In a speech to over 800 Superiors of female religious congregations who were visiting Rome for the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) assembly, the Pope emphasised that the vocation of women religious is not that of a 'single life' but one of spiritual motherhood.

The amazing grace of mission is that it involves participating in the work of the Trinity, making us partners in mission with God, visiting missiologist, Professor Stephen Bevans SVD has told a mission conference in Sydney.

The Sisters of Mercy have transferred the running of Mater Brisbane health services and All Hallows' School to a new Church entity, Mercy Partners.

From April 19-21, 2013, Catholic Religious Australia organised a weekend gathering of temporary professed religious from around Australia at Palloti College Millgrove, Victoria, writes Salesian Sister Faye Abogaleh.

Thursday, 09 May 2013 10:41

Good Shepherd's 150 Years

Province Leader Sr Anne Manning sees the 150th birthday of the Good Shepherd Sisters on 21 June as a time for looking back and a time for looking forward, inviting us to celebrate this blessed occasion with the community.

Keen to be an online missionary through social networks, but don't know where or how to start? The recent release of the eBook “Word Made Flesh and “Shared” Among Us” offers testimonies and resources from Catholic Media Professionals from around Australia, writes the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference Communications Office.

The Divine Word Missionaries have farewelled the group of young asylum seekers who had been living at the Janssen Spirituality Centre in Boronia, after the federal government chose not to renew the contract for their care. Director of the JSC, Fr Nick de Groot (pictured, left) says the government’s decision not to renew the contract, and to remove the young men was a shock.

In a series of videos, Independent Commissioner for the Melbourne Response Jeffrey Gleeson SC explains that every person who complains to the Independent Commissioner about clerical sexual abuse is informed of their right to complain to the police and is encouraged to do so. He talks about victims' reporting to the police, the Melbourne Response's approach to helping victims and discusses the relationship between the Melbourne Response, the Compensation Panel and Carelink.

Archbishop Denis Hart, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has welcomed the appointment by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, of Fr. Antoine Tarabay olm (Lebanese Maronite Order) as Bishop of the Diocese of St. Maroun (Maronites) in Australia.

For missionaries or volunteers who lived and worked in a different culture, returning to their home environment can be more difficult, even traumatic, than the initial departure. Father Henry Adler svd hopes that the Trans-Mission support network will provide a sacred space for returnees to unpack and explore their past experiences for home and for the journey ahead.

Catholic Religious Australia’s 2013 National Assembly entitled "Leadership Beyond ..." will explore leadership beyond various boundaries, including those of this time and of current ways of thinking.  It will be marked by a process-oriented and collaborative forum directly addressing aspects of religious leadership linked to authenticity, transition and continuity.

Monday, 15 April 2013 17:23

Growing the Sisters of Mercy partnership

Jesuit Refugee Service is building on its relationship with the Sisters of Mercy through a series of workshops aimed at identifying further ways in which they might collaborate with JRS’s pastoral work among refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.

We will need to find imaginative ways to reconcile with people damaged, to build bridges with those estranged from the Church through this scandal and to reinvigorate the life of the Church so people experience belonging rather than a feeling of being set apart, writes Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council. 

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 13:59

IT tests prayer ritual

A Benedictine monk dedicated to an ancient art of reflective Scripture reading says the practice is being challenged by the fast-paced and very visual reading habits propagated by information technology.

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 13:12

Josephites celebrate unity

The Josephites and numerous friends gathered on 19 March in a joyous celebration marking the fusion or merging of the Sisters of St Joseph Goulburn and the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, writes Sr Anne Derwin in the Mary MacKillop newsletter.

Speakers of global renown, heads of organisations and leading practitioners with expertise across ministries will converge in Sydney from April 29 to May 1 to empower participants with a vision of mission that is scriptural and theological, enabling, encouraging and inspiring. It is a chance to creatively re-imagine their contribution to strive for justice, truth, peace, freedom, reconciliation.

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.

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