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.
Cabrini 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.
Mater 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.
Asylum 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.
Luke 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.
Two 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.
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.