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Featured Ministry

CRA’s members – more than 180 congregations of Sisters, Brothers and Religious Priests – are involved in a range of ministries in Australia and overseas. Their ministries include working in parishes, with asylum seekers and refugees, indigenous Australians, caring for creation, aged care, supporting victims of domestic violence, prison ministries, with people with a mental illness, homeless people, and in a range of ministries with people on the margins of society. Some of those ministries are highlighted here.

1018SrMaureenDonnellyrsjWhen most of us want to retire, a Josephite sister from Sydney chooses to work in remote Western Australia to meet the needs of others doing it tough, Eternity reports.

Sr Maureen Donnelly, aged 70, works in the community of Halls Creek in the Kimberley region, a 30-hour drive from Perth.

0918 SrMaureenAndrewsMFIC 150Today I thought the season of glad songs had finally arrived, but no, after a few sprinkles the dark clouds disappeared and once again there were sunny skies, writes Sr Maureen Andrews MFIC in The Columban e-Bulletin.

As you drive along the dusty roads a common sight is herds of cattle with the drovers who have been on the road for months. Nowadays they bring horse floats and sleep in them overnight. It is an effort to find what is beautiful in life however it is there if you look ever so carefully you can find it in the land you love.

0818HomelessnessJSS 150Many young people who have contact with the youth justice system have experienced insecure or unsafe housing, or homelessness. Jesuit Social Services’ Media Relations Manager Kathryn Kernohan writes that this Homelessness Week, it’s time to focus on housing for vulnerable young people to ultimately prevent crime.

More than 116,000 Australians are homeless on any given night. Homelessness Week (August 6 – 13) is a valuable opportunity to shine a light homelessness, and advocate for solutions at local, state and Federal levels.

0818SrMaryFarrellysmTeachingstudents 150On the outer Barcoo where the churches are few, And men of religion are scanty…” said Banjo Paterson in the late 1800s - an observation which still rings true today, writes Marist Sister Mary Farrelly of her ministry in outback Queensland.

Some months ago the little town of Yaraka, situated a couple of hours south of Longreach, celebrated 100 years since the arrival of the railway,” Sr Mary writes in a reflection on the Marist Sisters website.

0718Loretoworkprogram 150The Empowered to Work program aims to help refugees and people seeking asylum, learn the skills and knowledge required for successful entry into the Australian workforce, thanks to a partnership of Mary Ward International Australia, the Asylum Resource Centre and the Jesuit Refugee Service.

The EWP is but one of the cohesive programs operated by the House of Welcome in western Sydney that is dedicated to making the disenfranchised feel empowered and welcome, evolving into a one-stop centre for asylum seekers and refugees, providing "holistic support that nurtures hope, advocates for justice and promotes self-reliance, whilst acknowledging the dignity and the rights of each individual".

0517StDimpnaIcon 150A new community dedicated to St Dimpna and aiming to provide a place of welcome and hospitality for survivors of sexual abuse, will hold monthly gatherings at St Patrick’s Church in the Rocks beginning this May, The Catholic Weekly reports.

Parish Priest Fr Michael Whelan SM said the Community will be a place of spiritual nourishment for those who have suffered sexual abuse and feel uncomfortable attending Mass.

0418Friarsvan 150On Friday and Saturday evenings, the Friar’s Van, a ministry of the Capuchin Friars of Australia, heads out in Central Sydney to give hot drinks and sweets to those experiencing different forms of poverty, hardship and homelessness, XT3.com reports.

There are usually two friars and around five young volunteers each night they serve in the St Mary's Cathedral vicinity. The van is parked about 50 metres from another van organised by another group distributing food, and after collecting their food, the people head down to the Friars’ Van for their hot drink of coffee, tea or chocolate and for some sweets.

0318Majellan 150The Redemptorists have launched a year-long party to celebrate the 70th anniversary of their much-loved family publication, The Majellan.

Since 1949, The Majellan has been a much-loved Catholic magazine for mothers and families. It covers articles of importance to families, including how to raise children.


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.

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.

Sr Jenny Seal olsh and Carmen BalalesThe Pastoral Framework for the Sacramental Catechesis of Children is helping to bring families, schools and parishes closer together, according to coordinators Carmen Balales and Sister Jenny Seal olsh.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 10:12

Kindness is always seen and heard

Sr Mary OShannessy fcj 150What is it like for people to deal with severely impaired vision and for those losing their eyesight? Sister Mary O’Shannessy fcj writes about her work in Vision Australia and invites us into compassion and accompaniment.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 11:16

Loreto Sisters Ministries in action

loreto ministries videoWatch a short video highlighting the work of the Loreto Sisters as they reach out to Australian communities and to young people in Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

aboriginal student sgs rural outreachThe first female Aboriginal student sponsored by the Good Samaritan Sisters’ Rural Outreach program has graduated after completing Year 12 at Nagle Catholic College in Geraldton, Western Australia.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 13:44

Love thy neighbour

Loreto sister timor2Education provides the pathway out of poverty and the impact the Loreto Sisters are having in Timor-Leste and many others will remain in my heart forever, writes Elouise Hahn as she reflects on her deeply moving experience in East Timor.

Monday, 14 November 2016 14:21

New chapter begins for Dominican education

Dominican new PJPA new entity which will assume stewardship of seven Dominican schools located in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney has been unveiled.

erea jp framework150Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) has launched a framework for educating for justice and peace entitled, "With Head, Heart, Hands and Feet" to be implemented in its schools and organisations.

ursulines toowoomba150The Ursuline Sisters have transferred ownership and governance of St Ursula’s College to Toowoomba diocese, reports The Catholic Leader.

Bethlehem 75thBethlehem has lived through many changes of service and name but what remains constant is the sense of compassion when one enters. Sister Bernadette Fitzgerald lcm fondly reflects upon the spirit of the Sisters and staff who have “been Bethlehem people” and their legacy of loving care.

kids helpline logoThe Lasallian welfare agency yourtown has released a new report, showing its Kids Helpline service is proving to be highly effective at helping children and young people improve their emotional wellbeing.

Monday, 16 May 2016 20:58

Kiribati commitment

kiribati port pirieThe Catholic Education Office of the Diocese of Port Pirie and the Good Sams have established a partnership agreement enabling staff from diocesan schools to engage in a two-way outreach experience in Kiribati, reports The Witness.

Friday, 13 May 2016 12:44

Partnering for mercy: Arrupe Place

Arrupe PlaceThe expansion of Arrupe Place in Western Sydney demonstrates the collaboration between the Mercy Sisters of Parramatta, Sisters of Charity and Good Sams who bring their own traditions of wisdom and service to the work of Jesuit Refugee Service, as the ministry continues to draw not only on other religious congregations but different sectors of the Catholic community.

exodus communityExodus House volunteers reach out to one of the Victoria's most disadvantaged areas and welcome people for friendship and material, emotional and spiritual support.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 12:01

Sharing Memories from PNG

PNG Lasallian eventDe La Salle Brothers from the Philippines have joined with fellow Brothers from Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea to mark a milestone in the 70-year history of the Lasallian Mission in Papua New Guinea, writes Michael Kenny.

Indigenous Middle SwanDrawing upon the inspiration of our Founder, St John Baptist De La Salle, La Salle College Middle Swan has developed an innovative boarding program over the past ten years, targeted specifically at Indigenous students from remote communities in Western Australia, writes Michael Kenny.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 10:18

Encounter with dignity

web PNG prisonMercy Sister Sally Bradley accompanied the Papua New Guinea Sisters in their ministry while on visitation and reflected upon her deeply moving experience of mercy and dignity at the Bihute Jail in Goroka PNG.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 11:13

Sister Sally's mission of hope

Sr Sally Duigan olsh xmasA South Australian nun is battling poverty and a crippling AIDS crisis to bring life and hope to children of South Africa. Sister Sally Duigan olsh says she’s simply living out her congregation’s charism of love and compassion. Jessica Braithwaite reports from Ofcolaco, Limpopo.

arrupe place awardThe Australian Psychological Society (APS) has presented the 2015 Community Wellbeing Award to Arrupe Place in recognition of the support services they provide for people seeking asylum living in the community.

schools package ssjg 150A new $41,000 education resource package aligned with the Australian Curriculum was launched in Broome last week, giving schools throughout the country increased access to one of the best collections on the social history of the Kimberley - the Relationships Exhibition of the Sisters of St John of God Heritage Centre in Broome.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 09:36

Language lifeline for women

sophia centre 150English classes for refugee women have been running for more than 14 years from SOPHIA, an ecumenical, feminist spirituality centre in Adelaide built by the Dominican Sisters, which recently launched a book detailing their students' stories, writes Rebecca DiGirolamo.

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