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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 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.

Monday, 22 September 2014 19:09

Where have all the Sisters gone?

Fr Jo Dirks sssFr Jo Dirks sss reflects on the phase of diminishment and ageing among religious sisters, brothers and priests and he looks to the analysis and reflections of Sister Sandra Schneiders ihm, the eminent American theologian and biblical scholar, to learn how to respond to the challenges of religious life today.

Monday, 22 September 2014 11:11

Joyful in religious diversity

Sr Berneice Loch rsm 150CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm reflects on the upcoming Year of Consecrated Life and asks for ways for Australian religious to meaningfully celebrate the diversity that has arisen among the congregations of Priests, Brothers and Sisters and other forms of consecrated life.

RedeemSquare150Religious working in the Diocese of Wollongong are among the contributing authors in this year’s “Redeem - Daily Advent and Christmas Reflections 2014”, a booklet of daily spiritual reflections published by the diocese.

Monday, 22 September 2014 09:59

Nuns’ pioneering spirit celebrated

st aug schoolAlmost 60 years ago, a group of Dominican sisters made their way along the roads of North Adelaide to Salisbury and set up St Augustine’s Memorial School. While much of the school has changed today, the pioneering spirit of the Dominican Sisters endures, with this heritage celebrated at various 60th anniversary events on October 2014.

Rev-Fisher-with-Janice-KennedyPope Francis has appointed a Dominican friar, the Most Rev Anthony Fisher op as the new Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, according to a media release on 18 September.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:34

Lay Carmelites - a growing family

lay carmelites logoFour Lay Carmelites from Wentworthville, Rockhampton and Central Coast communities are preparing to make their Solemn Profession this year, according to news reports from the Carmelites of Australia and East Timor.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:12

New Visitor (Provincial) for De La Salle Brothers

Br David Hawke fscBrother David Hawke has been appointed as Brother Visitor of the District of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea, effective 8 September, according to a news report on the congregation's website.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 08:12

Parramatta diocese honours religious service

papal-diocesan-awards-2014Religious in the Diocese of Parramatta were among those awarded papal honours for their outstanding contribution to the church and community in Western Sydney, reports Catholic Outlook.

Josephites Timor awardThe Sisters of St Joseph were among those who were awarded an “Ordem de Timor” medal, along with 26 other non-Timorese people and groups who fought for Timor-Leste’s independence, reports the Mary MacKillop E-News.

Monday, 08 September 2014 11:46

Religious wall of honour

Qld religious exhibition2Queensland's religious men and women and their tireless efforts to educate the state’s young people for more than 150 years have been celebrated in an historical display in Brisbane, reports The Catholic Leader.

Thursday, 04 September 2014 15:23

Christian Brothers Royal Commission update

Christian Brothers logo 150The Christian Brothers have released a second update on the commitments made at the conclusion of the Royal Commission public hearing in Perth to assist victims of abuse within the Order’s orphanages and farm schools in West Australia, reports the eNewsletter of the Truth Justice and Healing Council.


GoodSam BallaratThomas Carr College celebrated the official Opening of the Good Samaritan Campus, which was named in honour of the Good Samaritan Sisters who have been an integral part of the history of the parish and local community of Coragulac, reports the Ballarat Diocese's e-newsletter.

St Teresa of Avila 150Carmelites worldwide are preparing for the fifth centenary of the birth of St Teresa of Jesus, founder of the Discalced Carmelites, on 28 March 2015, with Carmelites in Australasia and the Pacific region setting up a  a website for this historic occasion.

Monday, 18 August 2014 19:59

Becoming people of peace

Sr Berneice Loch rsm 150If we are to take any wisdom from the violence we are witnessing, it has to include the need to recommit ourselves to peace in ourselves, in our local communities, in our country and in our world, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.

Monday, 18 August 2014 11:00

Ancient texts come alive

Friar Campion Murray ofmFriar Campion Murray recently completed a labour of love which has brought twelve ancient texts of Franciscan writings alive into the English language - a culmination of his work for the past two or three decades translating original writings on Franciscan life and spirituality.

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