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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.

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.

Janssen-Centre2014The 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.

Friday, 12 September 2014 12:16

The treasure that is Maryknoll

maryknoll viewsThe Church in Tasmania has an unassuming treasure in Maryknoll, which offers spiritual talks, retreats and recollection days with glorious views to Blackman's Bay.

Monday, 18 August 2014 12:41

Pwakayini - A special place

Pwakayini 150The Pwakayini Program aims to live up to its name and give Tiwi children in the Northern Territory a chance to play, grow and learn together with their families.

Sunday, 13 July 2014 17:11

Channelling stillness and simplicity

Anne and Sr Carmel Moore rsjMichael 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. 

Friday, 13 June 2014 12:32

History of helping the homeless

Hutt St logoThe 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.

Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:26

An evolving ministry

Sr Elaine Morzone mficSister Elaine Morzone mfic writes about her work as Spirituality and Mission Development Officer and reveals the richness and diversity of parish groups in the Diocese of Toowoomba in Queensland.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:20

McAuley services needed now more than ever

McCauley Care 2014McAuley 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.

Solomon Islands cyclones appealThe 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.

Monday, 17 March 2014 14:39

Putting faith in the workplace

Fr James Grant sscA casino might seem an unlikely workplace for a man of the cloth but not for Father James Grant ssc from Chaplains Without Borders, writes Jenny Brinkworth.

Cabrini health150Cabrini Health, an outreach of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Cabrini Sisters) with a vision to respond to the “cry of the poor and excluded”, has established a new pro bono health outreach to remote Aboriginal communities on Cape York Peninsula, reports Health Matters.

Friday, 24 January 2014 11:38

First sod turned for new Mater hospital

Mater SpringfieldMater Health Services celebrated the turning of the first sod for Mater Private Hospital Springfield with a groundbreaking ceremony at the planned health precinct to meet the growing demands of the Southeast Queensland region.

Sunday, 15 December 2013 13:29

Mercy house of welcome

houseofwelcome150Asylum seekers on bridging visas now have a place of refuge, learning and enrichment at the newly-opened Mercy House of Welcome in Adelaide, where more help is needed to keep up with growing demand, particularly in teaching English as a second language.

Friday, 15 November 2013 11:40

"Religion with its sleeves rolled up"

josephites jubilee150Luke Evans, a teacher at St Joseph’s Campus, All Saints College, Lochinvar shares a significant encounter with the Sisters of St Joseph whose work in education and parish ministry has inspired many in the Diocese of Maitland Newcastle and played a pivotal role in his family's Christian life.

silentwitness150Two Sisters from the Diocese of Maitland Newcastle initiate a creative expression of solidarity and advocate for a peaceful outcome for asylum seekers, drawing both locals and non-locals to join in, writes Tracy Edstein.

Divine Word Missionaries who arrive in Australia from overseas countries soon find themselves plunged into an acculturation program that aims not to strip them of their own culture, but to immerse them in the Australian culture, while confirming them in their own.

Monday, 19 August 2013 12:02

Students hear about Sudan and East Timor

Marist Brother Frank McIntosh and Deng Chuor, a Sudanese trainee priest and former refugee, spoke to students at Catholic College Sale about life in Sudan and East Timor. Deng's inspiring story of survival through civil war and starvation highlights the inspiring witness of religious men and women to a loving God, which motivated Deng to pay them forward and do the same for Sudanese children.

The feast of the Assumption this year coincided with the Japanese commemoration of the nation’s surrender in World War II. Father Keith Humphries msc ministers to Japanese Catholics at the Mikokoro Center in Nagoya and describes the significance of this feast that links death and eternal life for Japanese believers.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 04:38

Finding hope when it hurts

It is often said that in life, pain is the best teacher with its capacity to cultivate wisdom and hope. In the case of Mercy Sister Rebecca McCabe, the truism may be literal. Her hard-earned lessons are contained in the soon to be launched “The Pain Book” which she co-authored with two other experts in the field of pain management.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 11:21

Euphrasie’s spirit going strong

A recent education symposium in Perth showed that the loving arms of Our Lady of the Missions founder Sister Euphrasie Barbier rndm still span the world.

The opening of St Pauls Books & Gifts Centre in Parramatta demonstrates the commitment of the Society of St Paul to carry out the vision of their founder, Father James Alberione, who had foreseen the pivotal role of communications in spreading the Gospel message through all possible forms of media. 

Monday, 17 June 2013 12:18

Congregation opens heart to Dubbo

In May 2013, Dubbo played host to the Josephite Rural Conference which was participated in by CRA Director, Sister Leone Wittmack rsc who facilitated a drumming session. The Daily Liberal reports on the variety of ways the Josephite Sisters serve in rural ministries.

Friday, 10 May 2013 15:58

A cathedral that welcomes all

Two Dominican Sisters, Sr Beth Egan and Sr Geraldine Maher, answered the call for offering pastoral care with an ecumenical spirit at the Cathedral Chaplaincy of the Anglican Christ Church Cathedral. They offer solace, prayers and an encounter of faith to all who enter this sanctuary, writes Shirley McHugh in Aurora magazine.

Friday, 10 May 2013 14:15

Good Shepherd goes to the people

If someone had told Noelene White, when she joined the Good Shepherd Sisters forty-two years ago, that she would end up doing pastoral work on the streets of Sydney's infamous Kings Cross, she might well have fled out of the Abbotsford convent gates.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 11:59

Clarity of vision in pastoral care

Sister Mary O’Shannessy fcj is still a woman on a mission. Some years ago, she established the DAISY Project which produces digital audio material for vision impaired people. Now, she is determined to bring back home visits, a fundamental aspect of pastoral care in the ministry to the disabled that moves from service towards relationship.

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