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.
Michael O’Connor writes about the Living Waters Christian Meditation Centre, founded by Sister Carmel Moore of the Sisters of Saint Joseph Lochinvar as the home of the universal meditation community in Newcastle, where one can learn to find stillness and simplicity in a world of chaos and complexity.
The Hutt St Centre and the Daughters of Charity will celebrate sixty years of ministry in Adelaide, where it has offered welcome and hope for the homeless. The Centre has become a leader and model of frontline service in Australia as well as overseas where many organisations are replicating their work, writes the Centre's chief executive officer Ian Cox.
McAuley Care has launched a Mother’s Day Appeal seeking community support to maintain its growing services, reminding the community that 70 women this Mother’s Day will not be with their families because they have been killed as a consequence of family violence.
The Solomon Islands, now in a state of emergency, seem to be moving from one disaster to the next. On the 3rd of April, a second cyclone wrought significant damage to the already battered capital of Honiara. Salesian Father Ambrose Pereira sdb sends updates on his community's efforts to respond to the humanitarian need and makes an appeal for our help. A podcast from the Lowy Institute on the disaster is also offered below.