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News & Views

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

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. 

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 13:07

Women's voices in canon law

Josephite Sister Maria Casey’s election as President of the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand highlights the importance of women’s voices, in a field where the majority of canon lawyers are priests.

Bishop Greg O’Kelly sj of the Port Pirie Diocese, talks about the consolations and desolations of being a bishop in one of the poorest dioceses in Australia in an interview by American Jesuit Jim McDermott in the Jesuit Post. In this excerpt, Bishop O'Kelly talks in detail about the bishop as the human and caring face of the church, one that is not proud or arrogant, one that is conscious of the hurt and evil that has happened through church personnel, yet still reaches out in the spirit of love and service for all people.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:41

In the likeness of God

The jubilee celebrations for Vatican II overshadow the golden jubilee of the canonisation of Fr Peter Julian Eymard, whose insight into the Eucharist, that the self-giving of Christ transforms the believer into His likeness, found its way in Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy and the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, writes Fr Graeme Duro sss.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:24

Towards uncharted territory

Religious congregations should move beyond the language and narrative of their respective charisms toward a common framework that will facilitate a new way of doing mission, said Dr Michele Connolly rsj.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 23:01

Issues in Catholic education

Catholic Religious Australia’s representatives to the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC), Brother Julian Casey fms and Sister Rosemary Lewins op, shared their reflections in a memo to members of Catholic Religious Australia in early October, highlighting the challenges to Catholic education amid shrinking state budgets.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 17:06

Abbots ask what attracts vocations

Cistercian Father Michael Casey, an expert on monastic spirituality from Tarrawarra Abbey in Australia, was one of the main speakers at a gathering of Benedictine abbots focusing on the changing demographics of Benedictine vocations, religious formation and a range of other issues, reports The Catholic Leader.

Thursday, 11 October 2012 09:27

We begin the Year of Faith

The 11th of October, not only marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, but also the start of the "Year of Faith" announced last year by Pope Benedict XVI.

A news report from the Sydney Archdiocese says that Sister Maria Casey rsj former Postulator for St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, has offered her help and support for the case for elevating Suzanne Aubert, founder of New Zealand's Sisters of Compassion, to sainthood.

Thursday, 04 October 2012 13:43

A commitment to grace

Sr Maryanne Confoy rsc, one of the keynote speakers in the upcoming eConference "Vatican II- An Event of Grace" says that this Year of Grace draws nourishment from Vatican II, which was "a movement towards freedom, truth and the revelation that God's love is for all people and that it is an an inclusive, all embracing love." 

Tuesday, 02 October 2012 12:05

Vatican II: An Event of Grace eConference

Sr Maryanne Confoy rsc, and Bishop Michael Putney serve as keynote speakers for this e-Conference organised by the Broken Bay Institute in partnership with the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference. Register and participate in this free, live broadcast via video and internet streaming on 10 October at 1030am.

Australian Provincial Father Joachim Rego cp was elected last week as the new Superior General of the Passionists during the congregation's 46th General Chapter in Rome. His election becomes doubly significant this year, as Passionists celebrate their 125th year in Australia.

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