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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.

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.

Monday, 21 September 2015 22:30

Mater Dei goes solar

Mater-Dei-solar-150Mater Dei School for children with special needs in Camden, NSW, is the latest in a growing number of Good Samaritan Education schools to embrace solar power so as to reduce their electricity costs and their carbon footprint.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 08:28

Healing through ministry

Sr Angela NamaikaOn her visit to Australia, Sister Angelique Namaika calls attention to the plight of women who are victims of violence and sexual slavery in war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and talks about her work helping them overcome trauma and rebuild their lives.

good shepherd sisters logoRhonda Cumberland and Adam Mooney, CEOs of Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and Good Shepherd Microfinance respectively, were called on to give evidence at the public hearings for the Royal Commission into Family Violence, affirming the organisation's leadership in assisting vulnerable women and girls.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 14:02

"If it is God's work it will continue..."

Sr Maureen Sexton rsm and grp

Mercy Sisters Maureen Sexton and Catherine Corbett set up a ministry for West Papuan refugees which later grew into the Mercy Works Kiunga Program (MWKP) and handed over to lay administrators. Sister Barbara Broad writes on the project's legacy and the community's loving farewell to the Mercy Sisters in the Kiunga Diocese.

Friars Van150A generous benefactor gave Sydney's Capuchin Franciscans an upgraded "Friars' Van", allowing them to expand their ministry of distributing hot drinks and food, as well as listening, interacting and giving dignity to those battling to survive.

Cabrini Malvern nurses 150Mother Cabrini’s spirit of compassion and care, and the work of the founding Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, lives on in the people who have now been entrusted at Cabrini Health to care for those in need, writes Fiona Basile.

LSP appealThe love for the elderly by the Little Sisters of the Poor is captivating for both Catholic and non-Catholic visitors to witness as they continue the inspiration of their founder St Jeanne Jugan who encouraged them to ‘make the elderly happy’. Today they need help to build more independent living units to keep caring for its residents as a family, writes Christine Diamond.

Thursday, 30 April 2015 11:34

Sr Diaan works on a dream

Sr Diaan Stuart ibvmLoreto Sister Diaan Stuart will soon open the Loreto Garaic-uai School, which has taken her on a nine-year journey travelling around schools in East Timor and educating the teaching community in a more modern approach to education, writes Paul Dobbyn.

Monday, 27 April 2015 11:03

Royal Commission into family violence

domesticviolence-150x150As Australians continue to count the cost, including 31 women killed so far in 2015, McAuley Community Services for Women is preparing its submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence in partnership with the Sisters of Mercy.

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 14:02

Caring for kids who need nurturing

Sr Frances Flemming rsj2Josephite Sister Frances Flemming, chaplain at Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre in Airds ministers to detainees aged 12 to 16 years and considers her role as being a bit like grandma, writes Elizabeth Scully.

Monday, 16 March 2015 10:30

A truly welcoming experience

Marist Youth FestivalDaniel Giles reflects on his own experience of the Marist Community, which welcomed him warmly, in contrast to his painful experiences of engaging with others as a person with autism. This community inspired him to receive the sacraments of Confirmation and the First Eucharist and to live out God’s love to others.

Friday, 20 February 2015 15:41

Peace flourishes in Kilburn

Kilburn smallerAt the Mercy House of Welcome in Adelaide, a Jewish couple teaches English to Muslim asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Iran, Sudan, Burma, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, working as volunteers with Catholic Sisters and Christian volunteers in supporting Muslim asylum seekers fleeing persecution.

Saturday, 07 February 2015 16:43

Tui Motu InterIslands

Tui Motu Editors SistersTui Motu is an independent Catholic monthly magazine produced in New Zealand for the world. The editorship rests now with Sister Ann Gilroy rsj and Sister Elizabeth Mackie op.

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 11:45

Mamre - building a brighter future for all

mamre-sistersA new chapter has begun in the life of historic Mamre House at Orchard Hills with the ministry of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta now integrated into CatholicCare Social Services Diocese of Parramatta, reports Catholic Outlook.

Monday, 17 November 2014 18:41

What are Marist Brothers doing in Hanoi?

Br Geoff Kelly fmsMarist Brother Geoffrey Kelly's "New Horizons Project" in Hanoi offers English classes and will soon offer vocational training for young unemployed and English classes to blind Vietnamese. Br Barry Lamb fms shares why Australian Marist Brothers are celebrating this outreach.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 11:29

Growing from the rooftops

Rooftop Garden150The St Canice’s Rooftop Garden Project is the brainchild of St Canice’s parishioner Rob Caslick, who runs a weekly organic soup kitchen as part of the parish’s outreach for local people in need. In partnership with Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS), the garden is all set to flourish and benefit asylum seekers and people who come to the soup kitchen for fresh meals.

francis sullivan150Catholic welfare organisations delivering social services, health and education are still respected and highly regarded by the community and the non-government and government partners they work with despite the sex abuse crisis in the Church, says Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council.

Monday, 20 October 2014 22:19

“We’re Kingdom, not Church!”

Mums CottageMums’ Cottage is a wonderful example of ecumenism at work for the benefit of all God’s people - a place offering respite, mentoring, counselling, advocacy, disability support, wellbeing strategies, education classes and leisure days.

Sr Teresia Tinanisolo smsmMarist Missionary Sister Teresia Tinanisolo visited Brisbane to alert people to a dark side to Jamaica’s beautiful beaches and rollicking reggae music, writes Paul Dobbyn.

Monday, 13 October 2014 09:37

Of the poor, for the poor

salesian missionsThe Australian Salesian Mission Office supports the work of Salesians working in the frontline of poverty alleviation and disaster response. Its Missions Newsletter 2014 reports on mission work around the world and projects supported by Australian fundraising.

Sr Anne Quinn smsm visitTwo Marist Missionary Sisters are deeply moving Australians with stories of guns, drugs and violent crimes in Jamaica on a six-week tour of the country, revealing the plight of the many young families to whom they offer spiritual and practical support, according to a media release from Catholic Mission.

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