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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, 17 July 2012 14:26

A space for old and new stories

The Good Shepherd Chapel in Abbotsford, Melbourne reopened in July following two years of restoration works. The Chapel was designed by architect Mr Thomas A. Kelly, modelled on that of the mother house of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Angers, France.

Thursday, 12 July 2012 23:32

A gathering of voices and charisms

The recent 2012 CRA National Assembly exceeded the expectations of Sister Marion Gambin rsj, who chaired the Planning Committee that put the event together. The success of this event hints at the stories soon to be shared.

Thursday, 12 July 2012 15:02

The prophets in our midst

A prophet in our life is someone on our side who delivers some message for our good, a 'godsend'. Our distrust disables them and prevents us from hearing a vital message. Passionist Father Brian Gleeson CP shows us the perils of being one and points out the prophets in our daily life.

It was not only about revisiting the idea of charism and mission at the 36th National Assembly of Catholic Religious Australia, but the spotlight also turned to the new leadership of the CRA Council with Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc at the helm.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 00:49

Queen's Birthday honours for educator

Sister Heather McClymont rsm was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to the community through the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia.

Sunday, 17 June 2012 22:51

A mission to the margins

In her last message as CRA President, Sister Anne Derwin rsj hopes that the upcoming National Assembly will inspire religious congregations in their mission to work for the cause of outsiders and the excluded.

Sunday, 17 June 2012 22:38

Preparing the Jesuits of tomorrow

Father Mark Raper SJ, the President of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific reflects on recently released demographics which indicate that Jesuit vocations are increasing in Asia Pacific and declining in the West, and what this means in the formation of new candidates for the demanding mission given to them today.

Sunday, 17 June 2012 22:21

Living for others

The generosity of religious men and women, especially those who have given up their lives for others, shows us that the meaning of life is to become a loving, caring person, writes Passionist Father Brian Gleeson.

Sunday, 17 June 2012 21:44

A new ministry of welcome

The Divine Word Missionaries have welcomed the first group of asylum seekers into their communities at Boronia in Melbourne and at Marsfield in Sydney, as part of a new ministry aimed at fulfilling the mission to “Welcome the Stranger” in our midst.

Thursday, 17 May 2012 11:17

Double celebration for Tassie Josephites

Sr Anne Derwin rsj and Sr Jill Dance rsjOn 24 May, the Sisters of St Joseph Tasmania celebrated 125 years since their arrival on the apple isle and their recent union with the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:58

Sharing our sacred stories

Br Damian Price cfcInstead of ‘circling the wagons’ and keeping each other out, we should be gathering together and sharing our stories, writes Christian Brother Damien Price cfc.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 16:44

Waking up to the Year of Grace

Year of Grace logo As the Year of Grace begins on Sunday, 27 May, Sister Louise Gannon rsj talks about her experience of grace and her hopes for the year ahead.

Sr Anne Derwin rsj CRA’s National President, Sister Anne Derwin rsj has sent a letter of support to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the United States acknowledging their incredible witness to Christ and faithfulness to the gospel way of life.

Monday, 30 April 2012 15:31

Mary Ward Justice Lectures in May

Fr Daniel GroodyTheologian, author and film-maker, Father Daniel Groody csc will be speaking on 'Globalisation and the Movement of Peoples' at a series of Mary Ward International Australia (MWIA) lectures being held in Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney during May.

Sisters of St Joseph logo Sisters Anne Derwin and Jill Dance rsj have announced the fusion of the Sisters of St Joseph Tasmania with the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart.   

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:15

Series of talks on Ignatian spirituality

From 7pm-8.30pm, 1 May, Father John O’Reilly sj will be talking on his experience of giving the Ignatian spiritual exercises at Canisius Centre of Ignatian Spirituality in Sydney’s Pymble.

Sr Veronica McCluskieAt CRA’s National Assembly in June, congregational leaders will be exploring how they are responding to the mission and call of Jesus by collaborating with each other, with lay people and other organisations.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012 10:06

Reflecting on Dawkins versus Pell

Sr Clare Condon sgsThere are many theologians within the Catholic tradition who provide us with both the language and understanding to bring together the scientific understanding of the universe and the spiritual dimensions of our lives, writes Sister Clare Condon SGS.

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 16:53

Sister of Nazareth makes her final vows

Sr Christine Ramada csfnThe Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth recently celebrated Sister Christine Marie Ramada’s final profession during Mass in the Polish War Memorial Chapel at Marayong in Sydney’s west.

Thursday, 22 March 2012 11:55

In the footsteps of De La Salle

St Jean the Baptist De La Salle The De La Salle Brothers recently celebrated the 90th birthdays of four of their fold, all whom have made major contributions to education in Australia and New Zealand, reports Laura Meli.

Divine Word Missionaries logoAt their recent Assembly and Chapter meeting, members of the Society of the Divine Word AUS Province resolved to renew and deepen their current ministerial commitments as well as strike out in new areas, particularly in support of asylum seekers and refugees.

Thursday, 22 March 2012 11:34

Columban honoured for inter-faith role

Columban priest, Father Patrick McInerneyColumban Father, Reverend Dr Patrick McInerney has been honoured by the Australian Catholic University (ACU) for his role in promoting dialogue, understanding, respect and collaboration between Christians and followers of other religions.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012 16:56

My Female Faith Hero: Catholic Sisters

Tony Blair, founder of the Faith Foundation Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair reflects on the willingness of women of faith to make new commitments, innovate, and take risks, illustrated by the inspiring work of  Catholic Sisters dealing with sexual trafficking.

Monday, 05 March 2012 14:55

Sisters mark school milestone

St Joseph's School, Uralla A group of Sisters of St Joseph recently joined with the community of St Joseph’s, Uralla in north-western NSW to celebrate 125 years of the parish school.

Monday, 05 March 2012 14:34

Mercy Sister new Vicar for Religious

Sr Ailsa Mackinnon rsmSister Ailsa Mackinnon rsm, executive director of Mercy Works Ltd, has been appointed to the position of Vicar for Religious in the NSW Diocese of Parramatta.

Monday, 05 March 2012 13:53

Papal honour for Dominican educator

Father John O’Neill op has been awarded Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, the Cross of Honour for Church and Pope for more than 55 years of service to Catholic education in Australia.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 15:30

Good Shepherd Province welcomes new leader

Sr Anne Manning, Provincial of Good Shepherd Australia New ZealandSister Anne Manning, founder of The Trading Circle became the new leader of the Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand Province at an inauguration Mass at the Good Shepherd Chapel, Abbotsford in Melbourne on 4 February.

Monday, 20 February 2012 11:46

Pakistan awards Australian Columban

Fr Robert McCullochAustralian born, Columban Father Robert McCulloch has been awarded the Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam, the highest civilian award that can be given to foreign nationals for services to health, education, and inter-faith relations.

First Professions for two AugustiniansThe beginning of 2012 has been a busy and joyful time for religious orders with one Final Profession and four First Professions celebrated in Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

Friday, 17 February 2012 17:25

Marist Brothers focus on their future

St Marcellin Champagnat, founder of the Marist BrothersOne hundred and eighty Marist Brothers from across Australia gathered at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill last month to discuss their future as they move towards forming a single new province in December this year.

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