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.
In Sydney for the next few months as part of the leadership team for the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary (SMSM), Sr Julienne reveals why Bangladesh tugs at her heart.
Missionary of the Sacred Heart Father Adrian Meaney, Director of the MSC Mission Office Australia, shares his experience of spending the holidays in Nauru as he struggled to understand the policy of refugee detention. He also provides a brief overview of the MSC ministry to Nauru from the late 1800s.
The Missionary Sisters of Christ the King serve to keep spirituality and Polish culture alive in Australian Polish communities, which comprise the largest number of post war refugees from one ethnic group that has ever arrived in Australia. Yet they are also sisters to all they meet on the road, recognising that Christ lives in all people.
Fifty years ago, along with changes ushered in by the second Vatican council, a Redemptorist tradition of putting Christ back into Christmas cards began. The Redemptorists, along with the Sisters of Mercy and other CRA member congregations listed here offer gift ideas that make for more meaningful Christmas presents, transform lives and bring hope to the communities they serve.
Fr Henry Adler svd is passionate about mission as prophetic dialogue - the commitment to people who are faith seekers, poor and marginalised, and those from different cultures and of different religions and ideologies, writes Debra Vermeer.
Sister Naomie-Ruth Vanakulasingham ‘s community of Benedictine nuns give to the church through the fullness of prayer. Yet her monastic life has found an unlikely pairing in the use of digital technology, says Dan McAloon of the Broken Bay Institute.
Edwina Hall speaks to Sister Mary Carroll rgs about her vocation and her ministry among women in prison. Sr Mary also throws some light on prevailing attitudes about women in prison and the challenges to the Australian church in prison ministry.
Robin Williams writes about Christian Brother Bill Tynan who counts the people in Railaco Kraic in East Timor as family. Br Bill paints a humbling picture of life in East Timor, talks about the relationships in East Timor and Australia that have contributed greatly to his life and work.