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.
Marist 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.
The 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.
Catholic 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.
Mums’ 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.
Marist 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.
The 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.
Two 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.
The Janssen Spirituality Centre in Boronia, Victoria, is enjoying a rebirth as a place for contemplative living and prayer, thanks to the collaborative efforts of members of the Divine Word Missionaries and the Holy Spirit Sisters.