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National Assembly

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.

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.

Each assembly is organised around a topical theme.

The theme for the 2018 CRA National Assembly is, 'Religious in Australia: Evolving with Hope'.

To register, click here for a downloadable registration form:  pdf REGISTRATION FORM 2018 CRA National Assembly (120 KB)

For a downloadable PDF of the conference flyer, click here:  pdf 2018 CRA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY INVITATION (89 KB)

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Some of the themes that have been featured over the past few years include: 

 "Creating a future together – How will we be prophetic?", 2017 National Assembly, Melbourne, 20 (Tuesday)-22 (Thursday) June 2017

The gathering focused on this year's theme: "Creating a future together – How will we be prophetic?". The keynote speakers were Sister of Notre Dame Mary Sujita snd and Passionist Father Christopher Monaghan. Sr Sujita is a missionary and mass media educator and has spent most of her time serving the most marginalized people in North India, particularly rural poor women and girls. She has served two terms as Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Rome and now works as a speaker and facilitator in Chapers both nationally and internationally.

Fr Christopher is President of Yarra Theological Union (YTU) and since 1987 has been lecturing at YTU in both Old and New Testament. The major focus of his teaching throughout these years has been Matthew, Luke-Acts and the letters of Paul. During this period Chris has been engaged in adult education programs through schools, parishes and ministry to priests. Making the Bible in its richness accessible to people at all levels is his enduring passion.

Read the article on the 2017 National Assembly with a slideshow of photos from the three-day event, "Prophetic life disturbs and transforms".

pdf Creating a future together: How will we be prophetic? (Part 1) by Sr Mary Sujita snd (517 KB) pdf
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pdf Creating a future together: How will we be prophetic? (Part 2) by Sr Mary Sujita snd (532 KB)

document Creating a future together: How will we be prophetic? (Part 1: Powerpoint Presentation) (8.20 MB)

document Creating a future together: How will we be prophetic? (Part 2: Powerpoint Presentation) (9.43 MB)

pdf Statement of Male Religious to Female Religious (345 KB)

pdf Response to Male Religious Statement of Apology (310 KB)  


Previous National Assemblies (Archive)

 Click on the links for proceedings from previous National Assemblies: