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News & Views

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

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.

Sr Elizabeth Dodds rscSister Elizabeth Dodds rsc has received the Australian Catholic University’s highest honour, Doctor of the University, at a ceremony in Sydney.

Sheree LimbrickSr Ruth Durick osu, President of Catholic Religious Australia and Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Vice-President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference welcomed Ms Sheree Limbrick on her appointment as Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Professional Standards Limited (CPS).

Dr John Giacon cfcANU academic and Christian Brother Dr John Giacon has won the Patji-Dawes award, Australia's premier award for language teaching.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 10:17

Religious enrich mentoring program

Sr Monica and Sr Noelene CMP launchTwo members of women religious, Marist Sister Noelene Simmons and Mercy Sister Maria Lawton, are mentors in the Australian Catholic Women’s Mentoring Program launched on 20 May 2017 at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney.

mohmv2017Australia’s mission conference held on 15-17 May 2017 concluded with Father Frank Brennan stressing the need for the Church to be more open, adaptable and inclusive.

francis sullivan150In a national redress scheme, compensation to victims who have been abused in Catholic institutions will come from the institutions where the abuse occurred, not from the taxpayer, explains Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council.

Thursday, 11 May 2017 10:35

New media for Sisters of Charity

Sister Clare Nolan rsc YouTubeThe Sisters of Charity of Australia have unveiled their new website through a YouTube message by Sister Clare Nolan rsc who invites everyone to explore this new media for the congregation.

Sr Ruth Durick osu 150We are invited to find the incarnate God in our midst: in our encounters, our challenges to hope and our call to be with the marginalised, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 12:37

Countering Islamophobia

Fr Patrick McInerney sscIslam is often in the news usually for all the wrong reasons. Columban Father Patrick McInerney offers helpful suggestions to those who want to foster peace and mutual understanding.

Sr Clare Condon and Arch HartThe vision, commitment and work of Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon was recognised and acknowledged by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia on May 6 in Sydney.

2017 National Assembly coverPlease note the deadline for the CRA National Assembly registration is on Friday 28 April 2017. Contact the CRA office if you miss this deadline.

Monday, 24 April 2017 13:09

Engaging in science-religion dialogue

Sr Clare Condon sgs2Science and religion are separate and distinct disciplines, but surely we must learn from the engagement of one discipline with the other, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 11:23

The power of the Easter season

prodigal son painting by BurnandAn encounter with the Risen Christ can bring peace and reconciliation. Columban Fr Barry Cairns shares an Easter story of his parish pastoral council reaching out to forgive an apostate.

Monday, 10 April 2017 21:06

Journeying into newness

Sr Ruth Durick osu 150The reading of the scriptures in Holy Week can lull us into a sense of déjà vu: We have heard this before; we have been here before, writes CRA President Sister Ruth Durick osu. How might we hear it differently this time?

lismore flood 2017The Bishop of Lismore Gregory Homeming ocd has launched an appeal to help those who have suffered in the recent floods on the North Coast of NSW. 

francis sullivan150In an exclusive interview with America magazine, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC) Francis Sullivan reflects on what contributed to the abuse of minors by priests and religious in Australia, and what he thinks the Royal Commission that has been investigating this abuse might say in its report at the year’s end.

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