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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, 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.

“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.

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.

Monday, 04 February 2013 13:00

Solidarity in Nauru

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.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 21:27

Serving hearts in exile

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.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012 11:02

Christmas from the heart

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.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 23:50

Mission: a life of grace and adventure

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.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 13:05

Solitude and the pre-dawn prayer

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.