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News & Views

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

fr maurizio pettena cs 150Scalabrinian Father Maurizio Pettena, Director of the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO), celebrates ACMRO's story and reaffirms the greater challenge today to welcome the stranger in our world.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 08:56

Good Sams living the present with passion

Liz-with-women-at-St-TeresaA new short film which captures the contemporary life and mission of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan was launched recently as part of celebrations for the Feast of St Benedict on July 11, focusing on the passion for religious life in this special Year of Consecrated Life.

Sr Anne Derwin rsj150Sister Anne Derwin rsj, past CRA President from 2010 to 2012, was apponted Trustee of St John of God Health Care (SJGHC), reports The Record.

francis sullivan150What we are seeing in Perth and with the Christian Brothers are Church institutions actively getting on with the job of instigating new policies, putting in place protections and not sitting on their hands waiting for reform to be thrust upon it, writes Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council.

Monday, 13 July 2015 21:04

All flowing together

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015At the recent National Assembly, similar messages from many sources were flowing together in which we were impelled to respond. May we do so with glad hearts, writes CRA President Berneice Loch rsm.

Safeguarding ProjectIn a media release, the Archdiocese of Perth announced the launch of the Safeguarding Project on 5 July 2015, the first diocesan project of its kind in Australia to protect children and prevent further abuse.

Margaret Somerville150Euthanasia is not an incremental change to current end-of-life practices, but a radical and massive shift in our society’s and civilisation’s foundational values, says internationally renowned Australian ethicist, Margaret Somerville.

Sr Carol Sr Berneice 150Religious life is a radical response to God’s love - a life lived in and through the Church for the life of the world. “What is the radical response to the Gospel that is needed in Australia in 2015?” asked Dr Carol Zinn ssj at the recent National Assembly of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA). 

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 12:16

Sister shares her wisdom

Sr Carol Zinn ssj 2“Religious life still remains a radical response to the Gospel in a particular historical cultural context,” said Sister Carol Zinn ssj while in Brisbane recently undertaking a series of lectures, reports The Catholic Leader.

Monday, 22 June 2015 22:31

140 years of Loreto in Australia

Loreto girl150As Loreto Sisters celebrate 140 years in Australia, the sacrifices made by the pioneering Loreto Sisters in leaving behind family, friends and other loved ones to enter the unknown are still being felt today by Loreto women and men touched by her profound legacy.

BBI logiExperienced and emerging Church leaders will benefit from a three-day program on Church governance and leadership from the Broken Bay Institute available in Sydney (12-14 August) and Brisbane (19-21 August).

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015We don’t always find it easy to put aside our very human instinct to exhibit or even defend our own patch in order to listen to the unique contribution of other groups. Yet this is what we are called to do if our lamps are to shine brightly for the good of all God’s people, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.

Monday, 15 June 2015 11:48

Reflections on the Solomon Islands

Fr Peter Murnane op150After several years in the Solomon Islands, Dominican friar Peter Murnane reflects on the people, the effects of the Second World War, recent civil conflict, the Australian intervention in Regional Assistance Mission, Solomon Islands (RAMSI) and challenges of development.

Perth historical books 150Two recently released books about Archbishop Patrick Clune cssr and Bishop Martin Griver recall stories of faith, empire and social justice during the challenging early years of the local community in Perth and the Church in the 19th and 20th centuries. Both books are available for sale from the Archdiocese of Perth.

Thursday, 11 June 2015 11:19

Seminars for the Year of Consecrated Life

BBI logiThe Broken Bay Institute (BBI) is offering the seminar "Wake Up the World" in Sydney and Brisbane in August 2015 - a day of discernment and discussion dedicated to religious men and women in this Year of Consecrated Life.

Good Sams Kiribati 1Two Kiribati women, Tuata Terawete and Juniko Toaua, were professed as Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict during a ceremony on 6 June at St Thomas Aquinas Church in Springwood, NSW.

Sr Susan Daily ibvmReligious sisters were among the recipients of the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for this year's Queen's Birthday Honours, which highlighted education, the arts and community service of these three women in their own quiet, tireless way.

Displaced Rohingya people in Rakhine State 2012At the recent Catholic Mission conference "Mission: One Heart, Many Voices", a gathering of religious and lay colleagues signed an open letter calling for compassion for the Rohingyas after being deeply moved by the keynote address of Mercy Sister Maryanne Loughry who spoke on refugees and forced migration, reports just Mercy.

Sr Carol Zinn ssj 150The immediate Past President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and renowned speaker, Dr Carol Zinn ssj, will be in Queensland for a lecture series "Living with gratitude, hope and passion" in venues across Brisbane, Townsville and religious institutes organised by CRA Queensland from 28 June - 2 July 2015.

Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc 150Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc, past President of Catholic Religious Australia, has commenced as an Executive Officer of the National Committee of Professional Standards (NCPS).

Bp Paul Bird cssr150Bishop Paul Bird cssr of the Diocese of Ballarat has written to all local parishes in the central Victorian regional town calling on all Catholics to keep in their thoughts and prayers the survivors of child sexual abuse who will be giving evidence at the Commission hearing over the coming three weeks.

Sr Carol Zinn ssj 150The John Wallis Memorial Lectures in June 2015 will feature Sister Carol Zinn, President of the Leaders Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the United States, who will speak on environmental sustainability and justice.

Fr Tim Norton svd150It is important to understand the difference between multicultural and intercultural, says former Australian Provincial of the Divine Word Missionaries, Fr Tim Norton svd, who returned to Australia recently to lead a series of workshops on interculturality.

Monday, 11 May 2015 11:47

iBlessing for saint's trail

MacKillop trail app150A new digital walking trail following the footsteps of Australia’s first saint was launched in Mary MacKillop plaza last month as part of Australian Heritage Week, writes Jenny Brinkworth.

Year of Mercy 150During a news conference at the Vatican on 5 May, Archbishop Fisichella unveiled the official prayer, logo, calendar of events and other details of the special holy year, which will be celebrated from 8 December 2015 until 20 November 2016, reports Carol Glatz.

Prof-Stephen-Bevans-svd150Renowned missiologist, academic and speaker, Fr Stephen Bevans svd will return to Australia in May as a keynote speaker at the 2015 Mission: one heart many voices conference in Sydney from May 18-20. 

Caritas staff NepalCaritas Australia, the international aid and development agency of the Catholic Church, has three staff members currently in Kathmandu who are working with Caritas Nepal in the immediate aftermath of the 7.9 magnitude earthquake.

Thursday, 23 April 2015 10:05

Religious called to ‘Wake up the world’

religious parramatta croppedReligious in the Diocese of Parramatta recently came together in fellowship and joy, and were reminded that amidst all the changes to religious life, the call remains the same - go to the poor and live community in authenticity, writes Mercy Sister Ailsa Mackinnon.

Thursday, 23 April 2015 09:19

A future for religious life?

Sr Grace Condon sgs2Religious life will survive into the future as people continue to search for ways to seek God and help their neighbour, but what it will look like is uncertain, said Sister Clare Condon, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, at a Sydney forum to mark the Year of Consecrated Life.

Sr Grace Ellul smCongregation Leader of the Marist Sisters in Asia Pacific, Sister Grace Ellul, has been elected as the 14th Superior General of the Marist Sisters.

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