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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, 13 December 2011 16:11

Reflections on everyday Australian life

Fr Chris Gleeson sj with Michael McGirrAuthor Michael McGirr recently launched The Front Page, a new book by Father Chris Gleeson sj connecting everyday Australian life and Ignatian spirituality.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 10:38

Celebrating Advent and Christmas

Jacaranda in bloomAdvent and Christmas are the seasons that herald a new beginning in the Christian cycle of time, writes Sister Carmel Pilcher rsj.

Thursday, 08 December 2011 16:29

Award for Josephite Sister Josephine

Sister Josephine Mitchell with Premier Barry O'FarrellSister Josephine Mitchell rsj, Director of Mary MacKillop East Timor Mission was one of four final finalists in the NSW Senior Australian of the Year for 2012.

Thursday, 08 December 2011 15:44

Kimberley community mourns Japulu

Fr Kevin with community memberPallottine priest, Father Kevin McKelson, who died recently in Melbourne aged 85, is remembered for his remarkable legacy in Aboriginal linguistics during his 52 years in the Kimberley.

Friday, 25 November 2011 08:14

Honour for Father Chris Riley

Father Chris RileySalesian priest and Youth off the Streets founder, Father Chris Riley has been named NSW Australian of the Year for 2012.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 18:18

Welcoming overseas Religious to Australia

Welcome to Australia program Nov 2011Religious women and men from 12 countries recently took part in Catholic Religious Australia’s (CRA) Welcome to Australia program introducing them to the local culture.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 18:11

Responding to change with courage

Sr Anne DerwinMission continues to call Religious Institutes across Australia. That call to Mission has seen some Congregations in recent weeks announcing new structures for their own lives and for their ministries, writes CRA National President Sister Anne Derwin rsj.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:36

New era for Sisters of Mercy

Mercy CrossOn December 12, 2011, the 180th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Mercy by Venerable Catherine McAuley in Ireland, 14 of the 17 Australian Mercy congregations, along with their Sisters from the Autonomous Region of Papua New Guinea (PNG), will come together as one new institute to be known as Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Friday, 18 November 2011 15:42

Education honour for Christian Brother

Br Tony Whelan cfcBrother Tony Whelan cfc, Director of the Catholic Schools Office in the Diocese of Broken Bay for the past 12 years was recently made a Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL).

Friday, 18 November 2011 13:45

A good brew gathers Mercy family

Mercy Sister A Good Cup of Tea eventAustralian Mercy Sisters, associates and friends gathered in towns and cities across the country for a 'Good Cup of Tea' event in remembrance of the 170th anniversary of the death of Catherine McAuley.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011 16:33

Centenary celebrations for CCI

Sister Anne Derwin rsjIt is my pleasure, on behalf of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA), to congratulate Catholic Church Insurances (CCI) on the occasion of their 100th anniversary on 22 November, writes CRA President, Sister Anne Derwin rsj.

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 11:39

New direction for Good Samaritan Education

Good Samaritan Education logo The Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict will launch Good Samaritan Education during a liturgy at St Scholastica’s Chapel, Glebe, in Sydney this Sunday, November 13, the Feast of all Benedictine Saints.

Monday, 31 October 2011 12:25

Mercy call for Cambodian communities

Cambodian children Mercy Sister Denise Coghlan, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Cambodia Director is calling on Australians to assist the more than 1.2 million Cambodians affected by devastating floods that have continued unabated since August this year.

Monday, 31 October 2011 12:19

Putting it all on God

Melbourne Cup Tuesday, 1 November happens to be All Saints Day as well as Melbourne Cup Day.  The overlap of these two holidays prompts us to reflect a little on what we have bet our own lives on, says acting Jesuit Provincial Father Michael Ryan SJ.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011 15:36

Commemorating the spirit of Assisi

Franciscan Frair Paul Smith"No matter which is our faith tradition, we are all called to discover creative ways to seek dialogue, build peace and harmony and work for justice in our own day,” says Franciscan Friar Paul Smith on the 25th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace. 

Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:50

Spirit of Assisi Concert, Sydney, 29 October

Spirit of AssisiThe Franciscan Friars of the Province of the Holy Spirit invite you to an evening of instrumental and choral music and reflections on peace to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace.

Thursday, 20 October 2011 15:56

Lessons from nature

Nature teaches us many qualities and values, such as patience and tolerance, allowing growth to take its natural course, providing the right conditions, and not being discouraged when things do not turn out according to our expectations, writes Father Frank Bertagnolli sdb.

Thursday, 20 October 2011 14:20

The modern meaning of mission

The term ‘mission’ has a long history with a variety of meanings.  With October, Mission Month, Columban priest Father Sean Dwan sss discusses the word’s origins and the role of the modern missionary.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011 17:45

Pathways October edition

The October edition of Pathways celebrates the first anniversary of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, features Anti-Poverty Week and Mission Month stories, and lots more.

Br Terry Kavenagh osbThe monks of St Benedict’s Monastery, Arcadia, are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their arrival in the quiet and rural corner of what is now the Diocese of Broken Bay.

Thursday, 13 October 2011 14:15

Living the compassion of St Mary MacKillop

Sr Anne Derwin rsjMay St Mary of the Cross MacKillop warm the hearts of politicians, decision-makers and all of us to reach out and embrace all people seeking a life where they can live in freedom and peace, writes Sister Anne Derwin rsj on the first anniversary of the canonisation.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011 15:28

Wonderful WYD for Father Nestor

Fr Nesor SinagaWYD 2011 in Madrid is over but it leaves me with a wonderful experience which I will probably never forget for the rest of my life, writes Capuchin Friar, Father Nestor Sinaga.

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 17:57

Jesuit novice visits Pakistan

Jesuit novice Ramesh RichardsSecond year novice Ramesh Richards recounts his recent experience in Pakistan where the Jesuits are helping communities to rebuild after the recent floods.

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 15:24

Good Sams set new directions

The Sisters of the Good Samaritan elected a new leadership team and discerned a new vision statement for the next six years during their 25th general chapter last week.

Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:57

Good Sams gather for 25th general chapter

Sister Clare Condon sgsFrom September 25 until October 2, 190 Sisters of the Good Samaritan from across Australia, Kiribati, the Philippines, Japan and Timor Leste are gathering in Sydney for their twenty-fifth general chapter, a significant event in the life of a religious congregation.

Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:06

ABC program on poet Peter Steele sj

Father Peter Steele sjThis Sunday, 2 October at 7.10am, Encounter on ABC Radio National pays tribute to Jesuit Peter Steele, a distinguished poet, priest, scholar and educator. The program is repeated on Wednesday, 5 October at 7pm.

Thursday, 29 September 2011 12:56

Recommending 'Red Dog'

The Josephite Ecology Group recommends the Australian film, Red Dog, especially if you watch it with your ‘care of creation’ eyes!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 16:47

Pride of Australia award for WA Sister

Sister Theresa Morellini rsjSister Theresa Morellini rsj, a member of the Warmun Aboriginal community leadership team in the Kimberley region, was awarded a Pride of Australia medal in the Community Spirit category.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 15:13

Discovering the sense of the sacred

Bishop William MorrisReverend Bill Morris, Emeritus Bishop of Toowomba, spoke on 'discovering the sense of the sacred' when he delivered the John Wallis Memorial Lecture in Melbourne recently, reports Anne Rennie. 

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 12:37

OLSH Sisters celebrate centenary

One hundred years to the day after the founding of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart’s (OLSH) Australian Province, the Congregation’s Australian-born Superior General, Sister Mary Fyfe, spoke of the strength of her fellow Religious women at a centenary dinner in Sydney's Kensington.

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