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.
A 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.
English 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.
On 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.
Rhonda 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.
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.
A 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.
Mother 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.