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News and Reflections for the Year of Consecrated Life

News & Views

TJHC 150 JPEGThe CEO of the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC) said today that the release of the Royal Commission’s final report into institutional responses to child sexual abuse is an historic occasion which brings to an end one of this nation’s most important judicial inquiries.

“While the release of this report signals the end of the Commission, the work on implementing its latest set of recommendations and findings is only now just starting,” Mr Sullivan said.

1215 RCFinalReport 150The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has today released its final report, which includes a large number of recommendations, many of which will have a significant impact on the way the Catholic Church operates in Australia.

President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart, said the release of the final report is the culmination of almost five years of intense examination of the way in which many different institutions, including the Catholic Church, have historically failed children.

CRAL logo 150The Royal Commission has today released its Final Report. Sister Ruth Durick OSU, President of Catholic Religious Australia, has acknowledged the pain suffered by so many and said religious orders across Australia are committed to continuing the work of recent years to ensure a future in which the safety and protection of children and vulnerable adults is paramount.

1712RuthDurick 150As we come to the end of a year, we can look back on 2017 with joy for the graces received and with satisfaction. We might also experience regret and pain for incompleteness, for sufferings caused, for opportunities missed, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu.

In this season of Advent, we are called to patient waiting, a time of expectation, a time of hope. It is not just the incarnation of God into our history more than 2000 years ago, in the person of Jesus, that we celebrate. It is the ongoing incarnation which we experience in our daily lives, in our communities and relationships, in our world and in the cosmos that we anticipate, celebrate and embrace.

Monday, 11 December 2017 13:26

Catholic schools at the margins of society

1712ChristianZahra 150As a young student attending Catholic schools in the 1970s and 80s in the Latrobe Valley in country Victoria, there was always a presence in our classroom of the Catholic commitment to assisting people who were disadvantaged or at the margins of our society, writes Christian Zahra, Executive Director of the National Catholic Education Commission.

Catholic schools in the Valley – and indeed across Australia – had a long tradition of serving lower and middle income families and the schools I attended were full of kids from struggling, working class families who in today’s terms, would be described as ‘poor’ or ‘disadvantaged’. I personally knew many families who couldn’t afford the very modest fees charged by Catholic schools and were supported by the generosity of local church communities.

1712SrHilda 150Members of Religious Congregations were a joyful, engaging presence at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival, held in Sydney last week.

More than 19,000 young people from all across the country descended on Olympic Park and the Sydney Showgrounds for ACYF17, an initiative of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, which this year was hosted by the Archdiocese of Sydney.

 

1712SrChristine2 150As a woman from country Queensland, Sr Christine Henry, a Sister of Charity, recognised the need to support farmers struggling to survive the extremes of climate change, which were taking a toll on their livelihoods and families.

This vision and initiative grew into the Downs and West Community Support ministry, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, writes Sr Karan Varker RSC in the Global Sisters Report.

Monday, 04 December 2017 19:17

Faith groups seek nuclear weapons ban

1712ICANAustralia's Religious have joined other faith and community organisations in supporting an open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, calling for the Australian Government to sign a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.

Catholic Religious Australia and more than 50 other faith groups, including religious congregations, signed an open letter in solidarity with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICANW) in October, urging the Government to act.

1712SrAnneGardiner 150Out-going Senior Australian of the Year, Sr Anne Gardiner FDNSC, has been bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate by the Australian Catholic University in recognition of her outstanding contribution to society, especially to the people of the Tiwi Islands.

And Sr Anne has concluded her year in the same way she began it, by thanking the people of the Tiwi Islands and her Congregation, the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

Monday, 04 December 2017 17:23

Bring Manus detainees to Australia

1712refugees 150Catholic Religious Australia has called on the Australian Government to bring the asylum-seekers currently being detained on Manus Island to Australia and support them to become productive and contributing citizens of Australia.

CRA issued the call during the stand-off between the detainees, local authorities and the Australian Government after the government closed down the detention centre and sought to move the men to another location on the island.

Monday, 04 December 2017 17:04

Papal honour for Sr Mary Leahy RSJ

1712 Mary Leaheyrsj 150Sister of St Joseph, Mary Leahy, was among a group of six Catholics presented with Papal Honours for their outstanding contributions to the Church and wider community, The Catholic Weekly reports.

Sr Mary received the Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice for the dedication she has shown in ministering to seafarers through the Apostleship of the Sea (Stella Maris).

Alice House blessing 150The Divine Word Missionaries have confirmed their deep commitment to mission in Central Australia by purchasing a property in Alice Springs which will not only be a dwelling for confreres and visitors, but a house of spirituality and Indigenous theology for the whole community.

The house, named the Logos Spirituality Centre, was blessed by the SVD Superior General, Fr Heinz Kuluke, during his visit to the red centre last month in the presence of local community members and other Religious working in Alice Springs.

Monday, 04 December 2017 12:38

'Kiribati is going underwater'

1712 eriKiribati 150“My country is in peril from rising seas so I am here to appeal for urgent climate action, otherwise we will lose our homes. Kiribati is going under water,” writes Eri Aram for Caritas Australia.

Eri, a 28-year old father of three from Kiribati, was in Australia recently to tell the story of his country. He then attended the UN climate summit in Germany to ensure his people are given a voice in determining future climate policy.

refugee detention

Catholic Religious Australia deplores the present situation on Manus Island and calls on the Australian Government to take responsibility for these men. Their current plight is the result of Australian Government policy and responsibility cannot be handed over to Papua New Guinea. We have an on-going obligation to find appropriate solutions for all of the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island.

2020 seminar Sr Clare CondonBishops, leaders of religious congregations and Catholic lay leaders from across Australia have come together in Sydney in the lead up to the historic Plenary Council in 2020, as reported by BBI- The Australian Institute of Theological Education (BBI-TAITE).

Sr Clare Condon sgs2Today our world community needs a prophetic person, a community perhaps, who will articulate an authentic Gospel way of life with freshness and relevance for the needs and aspirations of this 21st century, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon sgs.

Aus climate petition 2017Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists and Hindus have been pounding the nation’s pavements collecting signatures for what may be one of the largest grassroots, multi-electorate climate petitions in our nation’s history, according to a media release by Caritas Australia.

Sr Ruth Durick osu 2017 webThe story of Jesus does not relate to awards or grades of pay, to bonuses or penalties; it relates to a ‘living wage’ – what a person needs in order to live with dignity in society, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:44

A fortunate ministry in the Top End

Sr Leone at CatholicCareNTSister Leone Wittmack's ministry in the Northern Territory entails going out to the margins of Australia in some of the remotest areas of the country, walking in partnership with the people and offering much-needed services.

elderly friendsOur challenge as we age is to maintain the integrity and shape of our life in a way that is consistent with our character, writes Josephite Sister Maryellen Thomas rsj.

UN IDP 2017 posterUN International Day of Peace on 21 September is a good time to read, reflect and act on Pope Francis' message, “Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace”.

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 21:38

New leadership for Institute of Sisters of Mercy

new ismapng leadership team 2017Delegates to the Chapter of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) have elected a new leadership team to guide the Institute for the next six years.

meeting top viewRegister for the AICD Company Directors Course™ designed for professional development for members of Church ministry and agency boards, trustees and senior organisational leaders through the Broken Bay Institute-The Australian Institute of Theological Education (BBI-TAITE).

Dr Robyn MIller 150Members of Catholic Professional Standards Limited (CPS) today announced the appointment of Professor The Hon Michael Lavarch AO and Dr Robyn Miller PhD as Directors of the Company.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 19:19

Discernment

Sr Paula Volchek csfn 150What does following Jesus mean? For Sister Paula Volchek csfn, it happily feels like a dance - carefully listening to the music and dancing to the call of Jesus. 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 19:03

A new beginning for two congregations

olnp and rsc merge 150Last month, Our Lady's Nurses of the Poor came under the aegis of the Congregational Leader and Council of the Sisters of Charity of Australia. Sister Gaye Reynolds rsc writes about the eucharistic celebration to mark this event.

Monday, 21 August 2017 21:23

Called to ‘make noise’ 

Sr Ruth Durick osu 2017 webPope Francis has called religious women and men to ‘make noise’; a disturbing, desperate quiet is not what is needed at this time, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu.

Fr Tony Herbert sjWhat is the most important contribution a person can make to those living on the margins of society? This is one of the central questions in Jesuit priest Fr Tony Herbert SJ’s new book, Disturbing the Dust, which has been published by Jesuit Mission.

season of creation 2017 cvrDownload the Catholic Season of Creation, a liturgical resource for celebrating creation during the Sundays of September.

Thursday, 27 July 2017 11:04

Palms Australia seeks volunteers for 2018

palms01 150Catholic Bishops and congregations in countries such as Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste are asking our assistance to strengthen the capacity of their dioceses, schools, clinics and other organisations by asking for volunteers through Palms Australia.

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