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News & Views

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

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.

MOHMV2015 logo150Executives and leaders from around Australia will descend upon Sydney’s SMC Conference and Function Centre in May for Australia’s premier Catholic conference on mission, ‘Mission: one heart many voices 2015’, which will run in Sydney from 18-20 May.

francis sullivan150Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, calls on the government to introduce a compensation scheme for victims of child sexual abuse in the wake of the Royal Commission hearings into St Joseph's Orphanage Neerkol in in ABC Brisbane's radio program "Drive" with Rebecca Levingston.

francis sullivan150Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council met with 45 members of the Scalabrinian Missionaries at their Provincial Assembly in Sydney on Tuesday, 14th of April, according to a media release.

Monday, 13 April 2015 12:21

TJHC consults on national entity

tjhc logo150The creation of a new national Catholic Church entity that has responsibility for administering a set of standards for the safeguarding of children and vulnerable people was the topic of a forum held in Adelaide last month by the Truth, Justice and Healing Council.

Monday, 13 April 2015 11:50

Passionist nuns celebrate 200 years

passionist sisters 150The Passionist Sisters of St Paul of the Cross celebrated the bicentenary of their foundation in Adelaide by paying tribute to their foundress Maria Maddalena Frescobaldi – a married woman and mother who began a community with four young converted prostitutes for a life driven by the passion of Jesus and the sorrows of Mary.

Fr Noel Connolly ssc150The upcoming Mission Conference aims to give those out “on the streets” and perhaps “bruised, hurting and dirty” a scriptural and theological vision that will unite, encourage, sustain and enable them in their various vocations, writes Columban Father Noel Connolly, Chair of CRA's Australian Mission Network.

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 11:38

MWIA secures TIME Magazine advertisements

MWIA TIMEMary Ward International Australia (MWIA) will be featuring two advertisements in TIME Magazine - one of the first charities to be featured in this publication, reports the Loreto Networker.

Sophie s Story coverThis digital edition of "Sophie's Story" shows the founder of the Society of Sacred Heart is a woman for today, reports the Sacred Heart Circle.

Cyclone Pam Act for PeaceCaritas Oceania agencies, including Caritas Australia and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, are helping to lead a joint response in Vanuatu with the Catholic Church. Caritas' current Project Compassion Lenten appeal helps vulnerable Pacific communities, such as Vanuatu, build back stronger and prepare for future disasters.

MOHMV2015 logo150With Pope Francis soon to issue an encyclical on the environment, Australia’s premier conference on mission will adopt a very green hue when it begins in Sydney in May, according to a Catholic Mission media release.

Sunday, 22 March 2015 19:26

Mary Aikenhead is declared Venerable

Mary AikenheadMary Aikenhead, founder of the Religious Sisters of Charity in 1815 to provide services to “the suffering poor”, has been declared Venerable by Pope Francis, reaching the second of four steps in the Catholic Church’s canonisation process, according to a media release.

Fr John Andersen and Sr Charo rsjFather John Andersen, a Sydney priest based in Peru reports on the arrival of Sister Charo Zurita rsj, the first Sister of St Joseph in the Vicariate of Iquitos who will soon make her life commitment as a Sister of St Joseph together with Sister Jenny Mori.

Sr Jean Wojcik csfnDespite events that could bring us to the brink of despair, our task as Christians and religious is to spread this hope to others, writes Sister Jean Wojcik csfn as she shares her throughts on the recent CLRI(NSW) Conference.

Monday, 16 March 2015 15:41

MWIA unveils new website

MWIA websiteMary Ward International Australia (MWIA), a charity established by the Loreto Sisters to address the needs of the disadvantaged in Australia and in developing countries, unveils a new website, according to a media release.

Monday, 16 March 2015 10:03

New community ministries for Good Sams

logo-goodsamsFor six Good Samaritan Sisters, 2015 marks the beginning of a new chapter in their community living, each responding to a call to be part of one of two new Good Samaritan intentional communities – one focusing on prayer and the other focusing on asylum seekers and refugees.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 08:26

What makes the difference

Sr Genevieve Ryan rsj 150Like pianists playing Bach who bring their own unique touch to the same piece of music, vowed religious simply play their commitment with a different touch. Their call is to make the religious dimension of their life uniquely important and central - that no other life commitment is possible for them, writes Sister Genevieve Ryan rsj.

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