Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) is the peak body for leaders of Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life resident in Australia. Our membership comprises more than 180 congregations of Sisters, Brothers and Religious Priests living and working in all states and territories.

News & Views

  • God with us

    Sr Berneice Loch rsm 150In a season characterised by shopping and material concerns, CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm reflects on the significance of the Incarnation - God becoming man - on our ecological consciousness.

  • Missioning of two new Trustees of Mary Aikenhead Ministries

    Mary Aikenhead trustees 2014The Congregational Leader and Council of the Sisters of Charity of Australia recently held a missioning ceremony for two new Trustees of Mary Aikenhead Ministries, the last official act of Sister Annette Cunliffe and her Council, before the new leadership team of Sister Clare Nolan and her Council commence their term.

  • Transition of leadership on special Institute Feast

    Missionary Franciscan Sisters mficAt a celebration of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters, the outgoing Leadership Team was thanked and farewelled and the incoming Leadership Team of Sisters Catherine White (Leader), Patricia Treacy (Assistant Leader), and Elaine Morzone (Councillor) were welcomed.


Gospel Reflection

  • We are graced

    Sr Veronica Lawson3 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-Fourth Sunday of Advent Year B, 21 December 2014 (Luke 1:26-38)

    As we approach the celebration of the birth of Jesus, let us pause to wonder at the goodness of God at work in our own lives and in those who incarnate the grace of God for us. Let us name them, and give thanks.


Media Releases

  • Australia withdraws from regional leadership

    caritas logo150Caritas Australia, the international aid and development agency of the Catholic Church, believes that the decision to cut Australian aid represents a significant turning away from six decades of Australia playing a constructive leadership role in our region and on the world stage.


Caring for Creation

  • Religions: Get on board with ecological crisis

    helping the world“The majority of religious people have not really taken on board the magnitude of the ecological crisis and the urgency with which it must be addressed,” says well-known eco-missionary, Columban Fr Sean McDonagh in a media release from the Columban Mission Institute Centre for Peace, Ecology and Justice.


Featured Ministries

  • The challenging path to success: one refugee’s story

    Raneem with Sr Lorraine Phelan rsmThe Friends of Mercy Works Gathering held at Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College was a time to thank partners, donors and volunteers sharing in the mission. It was also an opportunity to hear Raneem Alqysie talk about her journey with her family as refugees fleeing Iraq to her new life in Sydney, with an education enriched by the Mercy Connect program.


Year of Consecrated Life

  • New life emerging

    planting hands 150My take on religious life, after living it for over 45 years, is so different from those early days where I was one of many, doing what many did, writes Sister Marie McAlister rsj.



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Annandale, NSW 2038

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Annandale, NSW 2038

Phone: (02) 9557 2695

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