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News & Views

CRA and members of Religious congregations across Australia reflect on current issues in our world and our Church.

1712RuthDurick 150As we come to the end of a year, we can look back on 2017 with joy for the graces received and with satisfaction. We might also experience regret and pain for incompleteness, for sufferings caused, for opportunities missed, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu.

In this season of Advent, we are called to patient waiting, a time of expectation, a time of hope. It is not just the incarnation of God into our history more than 2000 years ago, in the person of Jesus, that we celebrate. It is the ongoing incarnation which we experience in our daily lives, in our communities and relationships, in our world and in the cosmos that we anticipate, celebrate and embrace.

Monday, 11 December 2017 13:26

Catholic schools at the margins of society

1712ChristianZahra 150As a young student attending Catholic schools in the 1970s and 80s in the Latrobe Valley in country Victoria, there was always a presence in our classroom of the Catholic commitment to assisting people who were disadvantaged or at the margins of our society, writes Christian Zahra, Executive Director of the National Catholic Education Commission.

Catholic schools in the Valley – and indeed across Australia – had a long tradition of serving lower and middle income families and the schools I attended were full of kids from struggling, working class families who in today’s terms, would be described as ‘poor’ or ‘disadvantaged’. I personally knew many families who couldn’t afford the very modest fees charged by Catholic schools and were supported by the generosity of local church communities.

1712SrHilda 150Members of Religious Congregations were a joyful, engaging presence at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival, held in Sydney last week.

More than 19,000 young people from all across the country descended on Olympic Park and the Sydney Showgrounds for ACYF17, an initiative of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, which this year was hosted by the Archdiocese of Sydney.

 

Monday, 04 December 2017 19:17

Faith groups seek nuclear weapons ban

1712ICANAustralia's Religious have joined other faith and community organisations in supporting an open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, calling for the Australian Government to sign a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.

Catholic Religious Australia and more than 50 other faith groups, including religious congregations, signed an open letter in solidarity with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICANW) in October, urging the Government to act.

1712SrAnneGardiner 150Out-going Senior Australian of the Year, Sr Anne Gardiner FDNSC, has been bestowed with an Honorary Doctorate by the Australian Catholic University in recognition of her outstanding contribution to society, especially to the people of the Tiwi Islands.

And Sr Anne has concluded her year in the same way she began it, by thanking the people of the Tiwi Islands and her Congregation, the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

Monday, 04 December 2017 17:23

Bring Manus detainees to Australia

1712refugees 150Catholic Religious Australia has called on the Australian Government to bring the asylum-seekers currently being detained on Manus Island to Australia and support them to become productive and contributing citizens of Australia.

CRA issued the call during the stand-off between the detainees, local authorities and the Australian Government after the government closed down the detention centre and sought to move the men to another location on the island.

Monday, 04 December 2017 17:04

Papal honour for Sr Mary Leahy RSJ

1712 Mary Leaheyrsj 150Sister of St Joseph, Mary Leahy, was among a group of six Catholics presented with Papal Honours for their outstanding contributions to the Church and wider community, The Catholic Weekly reports.

Sr Mary received the Croce Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice for the dedication she has shown in ministering to seafarers through the Apostleship of the Sea (Stella Maris).

refugee detention

Catholic Religious Australia deplores the present situation on Manus Island and calls on the Australian Government to take responsibility for these men. Their current plight is the result of Australian Government policy and responsibility cannot be handed over to Papua New Guinea. We have an on-going obligation to find appropriate solutions for all of the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island.

2020 seminar Sr Clare CondonBishops, leaders of religious congregations and Catholic lay leaders from across Australia have come together in Sydney in the lead up to the historic Plenary Council in 2020, as reported by BBI- The Australian Institute of Theological Education (BBI-TAITE).

Sr Clare Condon sgs2Today our world community needs a prophetic person, a community perhaps, who will articulate an authentic Gospel way of life with freshness and relevance for the needs and aspirations of this 21st century, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon sgs.

Sr Ruth Durick osu 2017 webThe story of Jesus does not relate to awards or grades of pay, to bonuses or penalties; it relates to a ‘living wage’ – what a person needs in order to live with dignity in society, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu.

elderly friendsOur challenge as we age is to maintain the integrity and shape of our life in a way that is consistent with our character, writes Josephite Sister Maryellen Thomas rsj.

UN IDP 2017 posterUN International Day of Peace on 21 September is a good time to read, reflect and act on Pope Francis' message, “Nonviolence: a Style of Politics for Peace”.

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 21:38

New leadership for Institute of Sisters of Mercy

new ismapng leadership team 2017Delegates to the Chapter of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) have elected a new leadership team to guide the Institute for the next six years.

meeting top viewRegister for the AICD Company Directors Course™ designed for professional development for members of Church ministry and agency boards, trustees and senior organisational leaders through the Broken Bay Institute-The Australian Institute of Theological Education (BBI-TAITE).

Dr Robyn MIller 150Members of Catholic Professional Standards Limited (CPS) today announced the appointment of Professor The Hon Michael Lavarch AO and Dr Robyn Miller PhD as Directors of the Company.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 19:03

A new beginning for two congregations

olnp and rsc merge 150Last month, Our Lady's Nurses of the Poor came under the aegis of the Congregational Leader and Council of the Sisters of Charity of Australia. Sister Gaye Reynolds rsc writes about the eucharistic celebration to mark this event.

Monday, 21 August 2017 21:23

Called to ‘make noise’ 

Sr Ruth Durick osu 2017 webPope Francis has called religious women and men to ‘make noise’; a disturbing, desperate quiet is not what is needed at this time, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu.
Thursday, 27 July 2017 11:04

Palms Australia seeks volunteers for 2018

palms01 150Catholic Bishops and congregations in countries such as Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste are asking our assistance to strengthen the capacity of their dioceses, schools, clinics and other organisations by asking for volunteers through Palms Australia.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 20:32

The Lasallian Global Women's Symposium 2017

de la salle womenWith 56% of the world's Lasallians being female partners, the importance of women to the De La Salle mission was celebrated in the Lasallian Global Women's Symposium 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand in mid July.

LCM leadership 2017 smFour Australian Sisters of the Little Company of Mary (LCM) were elected to key leadership positions with Sr Bernadette Fitzgerald lcm as Congregational Leader. 

Monday, 10 July 2017 22:19

How will we be prophetic?

Sr Ruth Durick osu 2017 webThe call to be be prophetic is to recognise the spaces which are opening up in the darkness, to step into that space and to respond with healing and love, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu.

Sr Anne Gardiner olshOur identity as humans is in who we are, not what we are. Who we are is only possible through our spoken languages and our lived cultures, writes Sister Anne Gardiner olsh for Aurora magazine for NIDOC Week.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 22:23

A prophetic life disturbs and transforms

Sr Mary Sujita snd and Fr Chris Monaghan cp 150Sister of Notre Dame Mary Sujita snd urged participants at the 2017 Catholic Religious Australia National Assembly to be ‘foot-washer leaders’ and reclaim the ‘prophetic sting’ that bears witness to God’s justice and compassion, writes Giselle Lapitan.

Fr William Matthews sdbSalesian Father William Matthews, a Myanmar-born priest who migrated to Australia at the age of 23 has been elected the new Salesian Provincial of Australia-Pacific, according to Don Bosco Now, the news blog for the Salesians in Australia and the Pacific.

flowers apologyThe Provincial of the Vincentians, Fr Gregory Brett cm, formally apologises to victims of sex abuse at St Stanislaus Boarding School, Australia's oldest Catholic boys' boarding school ran by the Vincentians.

Order of Australia QueensPresentation Sister Elvera Sesta and Mercy Sister Betty Schonfeldt were among 891 Australians in the Queen's Birthday 2017 Honours List.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 21:27

Building bridges across the divide

Sr Ruth Durick osu 150At this time in our history we are called to affirm our mission for reconciliation and embody our distinct congregational charism towards mission and evangelisation, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 20:59

Catholic women religious take on the media

Session group activity 150Seventeen enthusiastic religious women belonging to seven different congregations participated in a media camp for the Conference of Women Religious of the Archdiocese of Port Moresby on 10-11 June 2017.

Friday, 09 June 2017 11:40

New SVD app delivers mission-on-the-go

svd appThe Divine Word Missionaries Australian Province is reaching out further into the digital world with a new-look website and the launch of an App designed to deliver Mission news right to your phone or other mobile device.

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