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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“You can’t really know your future or our present if you don’t know your history," said Mercy Sister Joan Smith rsm. And the Mercy Heritage Center in Perth helps students from Mercy schools appreciate their heritage and entrusts them to continue the legacy of the Mercy charism.