Each year CRA holds a National Assembly which all congregational leaders are invited to attend. The main focus of this annual conference is to gather religious leaders for sharing, support and networking. The event also provides an opportunity to inform leaders on current trends and concerns of relevance to them.
2015 National Assembly, Brisbane, 22 June (Monday) - 25 June (Thursday) 2015
The 2015 National Assembly, "Live with Gratitude, Hope and Passion: Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life", featured renowned speaker Sister Carol Zinn ssj, a Sister of St Joseph from Philadelphia and the Past President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).
Sr Carol's sessions over the three days were an exploration of the following:
- the meaning of consecrated life as lived by women and men religious in the Church and world today.
- the wider understandings of ‘consecrated life’ in the contexts of: (a) the baptismal call to holiness and mission and (b) the sacramental understanding that all creation is holy and that life is sacred.
- our emerging commitments and what we are being called to as a result of our reflections and conversations for individual Congregations and Institutes and for CRA as a whole.
Please keep visiting this page for downloadable talks/sessions from the 2015 CRA National Assembly.
Previous National Assemblies
Each assembly is organised around a topical theme. Some of the themes that have been featured over the past few years include:
- Living on the Fault Lines - Leading in a Climate of Change (2014)
- Leadership Beyond... (2013)
- Charism Beyond Borders (2012)
- 'See I am doing a new thing': the changing face of religious life and the challenges (2011)
- Commitment to ecology and the following of Jesus (2010)
- Australian Religious in a multi-faith society (2009)
- Our multicultural Australian Church (2008)
- Being neighbours in the Pacific (2007)
The assemblies include expert speakers and workshop presentations which aim to inform, challenge and inspire those attending. The annual gathering is an invaluable opportunity for leaders to focus on a particular topic in-depth and to propose projects and initiatives for the following two years.
Some of the outcomes of previous conferences have been the development of a program for newly arrived overseas Religious, which introduces them to the Australian church and culture. Other initiatives include a series of multi-faith talks throughout regional Australia, a canon law course for religious leaders, and establishing an ecology sub-committee to promote caring for creation and sustainable solutions among congregations and the wider community.