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News & Views

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

Br Julian McDonald cfcVocation ministry is about helping others to discern their gifts, to make decisions about how to develop and express those gifts and to do so in ways that they know to be true to themselves, writes Christian Brother Julian McDonald.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 22:52

Shining the light in dark places

Sr Ruth Durick osu 150If we have learnt anything as a society in recent years, surely we have learnt the evil of secrecy and how it is used to cover up behaviours which, in the open, would be completely unacceptable, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016 11:06

Tears of compassion replace tear gas

Sr Leone Wittmack rsc 150In the wake of the exposé of the Don Dale Correctional Facility, we have the opportunity to advocate for a better future, writes Sister Leone Wittmack rsc to the Northern Territory CatholicCare community in a message that also speaks to those of us outraged by this injustice.

bbi econference mercyMercy Sister Veronica Lawson will speak at this year's eConference on Tuesday, 20th of September 2016, hosted by the Broken Bay Institute (BBI) in partnership with the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC).

Monday, 08 August 2016 08:42

Historic Lay Carmelite Assembly

Historic Lay Carmelite AssemblyThe 2016 Lay Carmelite Assembly at Jamberoo Abbey NSW was historic, electing two members of the Lay Carmelite Council instead of being appointed by the Friars' Council, reports the Carmelite Communications Newsletter.

Friday, 05 August 2016 09:03

Eco-theologian to visit Australia

Fr Sean McDonagh sscIrish Columban Fr Sean McDonagh ssc, a world known eco-theologian is visiting Australia in early November, reports e-Connections.

Sr Bernadette Wallis mssSister Bernadette Wallis mss has launched "The Silent Book", a tribute to her family and the disappearing Australian-Irish Sign Language, as well as to the broader deaf community and its families, reports Catholic Social Services Victoria.

carmelitesPope Francis has issued a series of new rulings for contemplative women religious dealing with formation, assets, prayer life, authority and autonomy.

Friday, 22 July 2016 12:18

We've come a long way

francis sullivan150The evidence from the case study into The Sisters of the Good Samaritan Mater Dei School was impressive, demonstrating how far the Catholic school system has come from the days when children were abused by deceitful and manipulative clerics and others, writes Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council.

Friday, 22 July 2016 09:13

Fasting and feasting

Fr Patrick McInerney sscColumban Fr Patrick McInerney writes about his experience of Ramadan, touched by the goodness, generosity and hospitality of Muslims amid the racist and Islamophobic attitudes that we currently encounter.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 09:38

New Salesian delegate for the Pacific

Fr Petelo Pau sdbFr. Patelo Vito Pau sdb has been elected as the first Delegate of the Salesians in the Pacific, which covers communities in Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand.

Monday, 11 July 2016 23:55

Called by the God who goes before us

Sr Anne Boyd Sr Elaine Wainwright 150Around 150 participants to the 2016 National Assembly of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) were actively engaged in sessions on shaping an ecological mindset led by Brigidine Sister Anne Boyd and biblical scholar Sister Elaine Wainwright rsm in Leura NSW on 21-23 June.

Sunday, 10 July 2016 21:46

A just future beckons us

Sr Ruth Durick osu 150During the CRA National Assembly, we were led through an ecological reading of scripture to look ahead, to see what is emerging ahead of us, to let the future arise and to take responsibility for the universe’s unfolding, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu.

Friday, 08 July 2016 11:56

Do we need women deacons?

Sr Mary McDonald sgsWhy ordain women as deacons to stand forever on the first rung of the hierarchical clerical ladder, asks Good Samaritan Sister Mary McDonald.

calvary health dvd 1Calvary Care, the health care organisation established by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, has produced an educational DVD on end of life care.

kiribati 25 annivThe Sisters of the Good Samaritan marked 25 years of presence and ministry in Kiribati with a joy-filled Mass and traditional community celebration, reports The Good Oil.

Sr Ruth Durick osu 150The current Australian Provincial of the Ursulines of the Roman Union, Ruth Durick osu, was elected as the new President of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) at the recent CRA National Assembly held in the Blue Mountains on 21-23 June 2016.

Marcelle Mogg 150Marcelle Mogg, CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), urges support for the much needed Rural Community Resilience Programme proposed to take over tailored community mental health services for struggling rural communities that will be defunded from July 1.

francis sullivan150Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, writes about the openness and resolve by religious leaders at the CRA National Assembly to embrace more change and for even more rigorous professional standards and formation.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 13:02

Signifying God's presence in history

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015Mysticism marks our fundamental identity as Religious, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.

Sr Cecilia Wiltshire pbvmReligious were among those in the list of recipients in The Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List in recognition of their service to education, winemaking, tourism, community life and social welfare programs.

Sr Tess Ward fdnsc 150Sister Tess Ward fdnsc had her face painted traditionally to mark that she belongs to the land in the Aboriginal Community of Wadeye and honoured her as a champion of bilingual education, reports the ABC News' Northern Territory bureau.

Monday, 06 June 2016 10:34

New leadership team for Brigidines

Brigidine logoThe Brigidines have a new congregational leadership team elected at the recent congregational forum in Ireland last month led by Sister Cathy O’Connor csb.

PopeFrancis150Pope Francis has issued a motu proprio establishing norms or causes to merit the removal of Bishops who fail to act on sex abuse, reports Vatican Radio.

Fr Bob Kisala SVDThe leadership of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) in Rome has found the Australian Province to be young and vibrant, with hope for the future, and focused on its role serving multi-ethnic parishes, indigenous communities, intercultural living, formation, and inter-faith dialogue.

PopeFrancis150Pope Francis has ruled that diocesan bishops must consult with the Vatican before establishing a diocesan religious order, reports UCANews.

Friday, 20 May 2016 11:23

So, what's next?

francis sullivan150After nearly three-and-a-half years into the Royal Commission’s inquiry, the overriding narrative of how institutions dealt with the sexual abuse of children is fairly obvious, says Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council (TJHC).

Bishop Long van NguyenThe Franciscans and Vietnamese community are proud of Bishop Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen's appointment as Bishop of Parramatta, recognising that he is a bishop for all: belonging to every group, every community, every culture and background in the Diocese, reports Catholic Outlook.

Monday, 16 May 2016 20:33

Think global, act local

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015I am writing from the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) Plenary meeting in Rome where I find myself in awe at being one of 870 leaders of congregations of women. In all this diversity there is great strength, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.

thinking on bench150The CEO of the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council, Mr Francis Sullivan, has recently given his support to the call for a national “truth telling” process to be part of redress for survivors of child sexual abuse, reports The Record.

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