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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 August 2012 15:42

Building the future we want

On the day the heads of states signed the final document of commitment at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, two Brazilian fishermen and environmental activists, Almir Nogueira and Jõao Luiz Telles, went missing from their homes. And for Sr Rosemary Grundy pbvm, this story goes to the heart of the outcome of the summit.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 15:27

Why Religious life?

What makes religious life an attractive vocation? The answer lies in the clarity and confidence of one’s religious identity and the joy found in mission with others towards a common purpose, writes Sister Annette Cunliffe, rsc.

Fr Paul Bird cssr, the congregational leader of The Redemptorists, has been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the 8th Bishop of Ballarat in Victoria. The announcement came the evening before the feast day of St Alphonsus Liguori, the founder of The Redemptorists.

Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:51

2012 National Vocations Awareness Week

The 2012 National Vocations Awareness Week is a week long celebration held on 5-12 August, offering an opportunity for all Australian dioceses,  parishes, schools, religious communities, youth and campus ministers, and other Catholic organisations, to reflect on the 'call to holiness' that arises from our Baptism and to foster a Vocations Culture across Australia.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:21

Our deepest longing for a better world

“I want to say something about charism and where it springs from, and how we allow it to guide us in a world that is unrecognizable from the one we grew up in,” said Christian Brother Philip Pinto.

“As Religious, what borders or boundaries am I called to breach and how faithful am I to my call?”, asks Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc.

Fr Kevin Saunders op has been re-elected as the Provincial for the Dominican Province of the Assumption.

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.

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