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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-Bill-Burt-svdThe amazing growth of the Church in eastern Indonesia, has largely sprung from the seeds planted long ago by pioneer missionaries from the Society of the Divine Word and the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, writes Fr Bill Burt svd.

Sunday, 30 November 2014 21:42

My hopes for the Year of Consecrated Life

ycl150What can we do in this ‘moment of time’ in the life-long journey which is consecrated life? My hopes for the Year of Consecrated Life are related to these four areas: our global context, our Australia and Pacific context, each congregation or institute's context and in the context of each consecrated woman or man, writes Mercy Sister Annette Schneider. 

Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:34

Salesian Sisters celebrated 60 years

SalesianSisters2014smallSalesian Sisters celebrated sixty years of their ministry in the South Pacific region with a special Eucharist on Saturday 22nd November.

Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:17

Centenary celebrations for the Pauline family

society st paulThe centenary celebration of the Society of St Paul will come to a close on November 27 in Rome with a solemn thanksgiving Mass celebrated by the Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, following a special audience with Pope Francis, reports The Catholic Leader.

FCJ prayer150The Faithful Companions of Jesus' Mission and Identity Team has released a beautiful pamphlet "Prayer to launch the Year of Consecrated Life" to help foster a renewed understanding of religious vocation for all -laypersons, professed religious or priests.

Thursday, 20 November 2014 08:55

Launch of book on women religious

perfect charity book150Morning Star Publishing invites everyone to the book launch of "Perfect Charity", a book of stories on women religious living the spirit of Vatican II, on 28 November 2014, Friday, 5-7pm at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 08:17

Wrapping the world in prayer for peace

cross candles150On the first Sunday of Advent, as the Year of Consecrated Life begins, Benedictines in Australia will pray for peace at First Vespers on this day. Join them in making November 29 a universal day of prayer of peace.

Fr Erasmus Norviewu-Mortty svdChristianity in Africa is growing fast, but this growth, together with unique cultural factors, presents both challenges and opportunities if the African people are to transform a ‘Sunday Christianity’ into an ongoing personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a Mission Day gathering of Divine Word Missionaries has heard.

Monday, 17 November 2014 20:49

Pallottines seek to light fuse

Pallottine family logo150Detonating dynamite can be compared to one facet of being a religious today. Your gift may be lighting the fuse, holding the stick steady, seeing to its careful storage. Together, we can make the gospel something that destabilizes our fears and calls us to new intimacy with God and neighbour, writes Pallottine Brother Lindsay Rust.

Monday, 17 November 2014 18:30

On creativity, destruction and mercy

Sr Clare Condon sgs150Walter Kasper, in his book Mercy, gives us a clue about what we Christians need to cultivate in our lives, in the Church and in civil society, if anything is to change for the better, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 11:47

Exhibition of hope and love

mercy exhibitionA new exhibition in Brisbane that explores themes of social justice through artworks by refugee artists, a joint initiative of the Mercy Heritage Centre and Mercy Community Services, will run until March 2015 in Brisbane.

Bishop Mark Edwards omi 150Pope Francis has appointed Father Mark Stuart Edwards omi as one of two new Auxiliary Bishops of Melbourne along with Monsignor Terence Curtin, according to a media release from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

Thursday, 06 November 2014 09:46

Josephites begin a new story

sosj logo 150The Sisters of St Joseph recently held their first Stewardship Conference to dialogue on Josephite culture and values, transition times, workforce planning and create a new paradigm for stewardship.

png pastoral planThe bishops of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands revealed a roadmap for pastoral planning to guide the the transformation of their societies, reports the Catholic News Agency.

olol cocathedralOur Lady of Lebanon in Sydney's Harris Park was elevated to co-cathedral status, joining St Maroun's Cathedral as the seat of the Maronite Church in Australia, reports The Catholic Weekly.

Sr Manuela-Scheiba-osb150Twenty-eight members of the Benedictine family in Australia came together in Sydney recently for a three-week study program on the Rule of St Benedict, conducted by German monastic scholar, Sister Manuela Scheiba osb, reports The Good Oil, the e-magazine of the Good Samaritan Sisters.

MaroniteArchbishopDamacusSamirNassar 150The Maronite Archbishop of Damascus, Samir Nassar, recently spoke to international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) about life in war-torn Syria and his account allows us to imagine the daily suffering of the people, reports the Melbourne Archdiocese website.

Monday, 27 October 2014 08:57

Confronting bigotry

Fr Aloysius Mowe sj150I never thought I would say these words, but take actor Ben Affleck as your model: stand up for the truth, and confront bigotry and ignorance wherever you find them. writes Jesuit Refugee Service Australia Director, Father Aloysius Mowe sj.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:19

Finding God in the pain of the world

Sr Berneice Loch rsm 150We are first and foremost “God-seekers” and it is our responsibility and our privilege to find ways to speak of God that can express compassion and bring hope in the face of totally needless suffering, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:57

Hearing their voices

Loreto girl child graphic croppedLoreto Sister Libby Rogerson cites the statistics that show violence frequently accompanies girls in adolescence. She advocates for education as the way to overcome discrimination, violence against women and the barriers that limit their freedom and potential.

Monday, 20 October 2014 21:44

Our common pilgrim journey

Fr Patrick McInerney ssc headshotChristians and Muslims have shared histories, both in the geographic sense that we have lived together for centuries; and also in the sense that our religions, including our sacred texts, have been used for spiritual as well as for hegemonic purposes. Moreover, we share a common origin and destiny in God, writes Columban Father Patrick McInerney.

Monday, 20 October 2014 18:06

Little Sisters of Jesus celebrate 75 years

Little Sister MagdeleineLast month, the Little Sisters of Jesus celebrated 75 years of their community's foundation, which had been established originally as a presence to the Muslim world by Little Sister Magdeleine. The Sisters have been in Australia since 1956, living a semi nomadic life among Aboriginal people and driven by a passion for unity and peace.

Friday, 17 October 2014 11:38

New Norcia Benedictines on SBS

Rosendo Salvado osb150The New Norcia Benedictines recently appeared in a televised story by SBS featuring the Camino Salvado pilgrimage and the contributions of Dom Rosendo Salvado osb who founded and led the New Norcia mission.

Fr Jo Dirks sssA new Provincial Council of the Blessed Sacrament Congregation Province of the Holy Spirit has been elected, with Fr Jo Dirks sss as the new Provincial Leader.

Friday, 17 October 2014 08:55

Merriwa farewells "Our Sisters"

merriwa sosjThe Catholic community and townspeople of Merriwa formally farewelled the Sisters of St Joseph who arrived in 1885, grateful for the Sisters' work in education and pastoral care that have shaped and influenced the townspeople.

Monday, 13 October 2014 13:54

Centenary of MSC priests in South Australia

msc logoThis month, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart are celebrating 100 years of faithful service in the Adelaide Archdiocese, with their contributions to the archdiocese marked by celebrations from Tuesday, October 21.

Friday, 10 October 2014 14:00

Faith invigorated at Ignite Conference 2014

religious at ignite150Brisbane's Ignite Conference has become a place of hope not only to young Catholics, but also to religious men and women and lay Catholics, both young and old, reports The Catholic Leader.

Christian Brothers logo 150The Christian Brothers Oceania Province is establishing a professional chair at the Mount Saint Mary Campus of The Australian Catholic University to celebrate 150 years of Catholic education this year, reports The Southern Cross.

Prof-Stephen-Bevans-svd150Renowned US missiologist, Fr Stephen Bevans svd will return to Australia in May 2015 as keynote speaker for the Mission: One Heart Many Voices conference, reports the e-newsletter of the Divine Word Missionaries.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 14:20

The gift of religious leadership

Archbishop Anthony Fisher op 150In pointing to his Dominican habit, Archbishop Fisher has drawn attention to the life of religious and the gift their consecrated lives bring to the Church. His appointment comes as a happy coincidence to Australian religious men and women as the Year of Consecrated Life begins on 29 November 2014, writes Giselle Lapitan.

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