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News & Views

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

Saturday, 08 March 2014 11:19

A faith response to the Ukraine crisis

Bishop Peter Stasiuk cssrBishop Peter Stasiuk cssr, Eparch for Ukrainian Catholics in Australia and New Zealand, was recently in Melbourne and spoke about the crisis in the Ukraine in a faith context through a podcast produced by the Australian Redemptorists.

Sr Monica Cavanagh rsj150On 1 March 2014, the 15th successor to Mary MacKillop - Sister Monica Cavanagh rsj - formally took up office as Congregational Leader together with her Councillors and regional leaders.

Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc 150CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc has added her voice to the outcry surrounding the vote allowing euthanasia for babies and children in Belgium.

Redemptorists retreatRedemptorists Father Thomas Santa cssr and Father Paul Coury cssr from the Renewal Center, Arizona return to St Clement’s Retreat Centre, Galong, NSW to conduct a workshop on the Hesychia School focusing on the ancient art of Christian spiritual direction on 5–17 October 2014. 

Br Peter Bray fsc150Bethlehem University in Palestine, a joint initiative of the De La Salle Brothers and The Vatican, is a presence which is more needed today than ever in its work against fear, prejudice, injustice and isolation, says De La Salle Brother Peter Bray.

Sr Brenda Kennedy chf150Among those acknowledged by Bishop Anthony Fisher op for faithful dedication and service to the Parramatta Diocese in 2013 was Holy Faith Sister Brenda Kennedy who received a papal honour along with a number of religious men and women awarded the Diocesan Medal of Honour.

Sunday, 09 February 2014 11:48

Trusting in the 'slow work of God'

Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc 150God works within the hearts of all - religious and lay Catholics, Christians and committed people of other faiths or none who are the leaven within our society - even in those who seem  to be immune to religious inspiration, writes CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc.

Friday, 07 February 2014 14:18

A positive step Towards Healing

Br Peter Negus cfc150Despite recent criticism of the Towards Healing protocol, Christian Brother Peter Negus who represents his congregation at moderated meetings with clerical sexual abuse victims says that for the vast majority of victims he has encountered, the process has lived up to its name, reports The Record.

Friday, 07 February 2014 14:10

Commemorating an inspiring life

Rosendo Salvado osb150The Benedictine monks of New Norcia are planning to commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of their founder, Dom Rosendo Salvado, throughout 2014 with the first public event of the year - Ecumenical Vespers - to be held on 4 March 2014.

Friday, 07 February 2014 10:00

Religious criticise secrecy

Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc 150The Federal Government’s policy of secrecy on issues relating to asylum seekers has come under attack by Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) leaders, reports The Catholic Leader.

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 10:17

Vatican recognises Missionaries of God's Love

MGL logo150The Missionaries of God's Love congregation of Priests and Brothers (MGL) has been formally recognised by the Vatican and the inauguration of the MGL Religious Institutes of Diocesan rite will be held on Saturday, 8 February in Canberra, reports the Catholic Communications office of the Sydney Archdiocese.

Monday, 03 February 2014 10:05

Celebrating Don Bosco's feast day

Salesians Solomon 2014The Salesian family of the Solomon Islands marked the feast day of St John Bosco, celebrating a community dedicated to the education of disadvantaged youth. The event also prefaced the start of classes at Don Bosco Technical Institute Henderson, reports Fr Ambrose Pereira sdb.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 09:34

Religious receive Australia Day 2014 honours

ausflag150Australian religious were among those who received Australia Day honours for 2014: Good Samaritan Sister Pauline Marcella Coll, Dominican Father John Neill and Marist Father Kevin Kerley.

Rosendo Salvado osb150Throughout 2014, the Benedictine monks of New Norcia in Western Australia will commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of their founder, Dom Rosendo Salvado - missionary and advocate for Aboriginal people, abbot, bishop, educator, landholder and a major figure in the history of Western Australia.

boat refugees150Pope Francis' message for the 2014 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, celebrated on 19th January 2014 reminds us, "Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more."

Fr Brian McCoy sj150A special edition of the newsletter of the Australian Jesuits, Province Express, reports that the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Father Adolfo Nicolás, has appointed Father Brian McCoy to succeed Fr Steve Curtin as Provincial Superior of the Australian Province of the Society of Jesus.

MFIC logo150Last month, the Australian Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception celebrated 140 years since their foundation by Elizabeth Hayes.

Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:55

Tasmania farewells the Franciscans

franciscan farewellWest Tamar parishioners farewelled Father Allan Hartcher ofm and Sister Frances McShane mss on their retirement from long years of ministry in Tasmania. Fr Allan's departure also marked the end of 58 years of Franciscan presence in the Archdiocese of Hobart.

mater donation150A Gold Coast businessman inspired by the work of Mercy Sister Angela Mary Doyle, donated a million dollars to the Mater Hospital in Brisbane last month to benefit neonatal care, reports The Catholic Leader.

PopeFrancis150Pope Francis has ordered a revision of what he called outdated Vatican norms on the relations between religious orders and local bishops, in order to promote greater appreciation of the orders' distinctive missions, reports Catholic News Service (CNS).

Sunday, 15 December 2013 18:25

The source of our hope and joy

Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc 150In Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, he witnesses to the hope and joy that befit the seasons of Advent and Christmas. All Christians and especially religious men and women are called to be the agents of such hope, writes CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe.

Sunday, 15 December 2013 13:04

Nungalinya College celebrates 40 Years

Nungalinya College 150Nungalinya College in Darwin, a partnership of the Anglican, Catholic and Uniting Churches, recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with an Open Day that also launched its new Media Production Centre.

Sr Elizabeth Little fdnsc 150Sister Elizabeth Little fdnsc, has been appointed Provincial of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, commencing mid-January 2014.

Sr Monica Weedon fmdm150Sister Monica Weedon fmdm, recently elected into the General Leadership team, shares the important changes regarding the governance of the Australian community as it withdraws from Bendigo and Melbourne and comes under the care and governance of the Congregational Leadership Team in the UK.

Sr Monica Cavanagh rsj150At the 26th General Chapter of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart on November 2013, a new congregational leadership team was elected, headed by Sister Monica Cavanagh rsj.

new norcia exhibit150Twelve rare and precious illuminated manuscripts are on display at the New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery in a stunning new exhibition that runs until 17 March 2014, reports the New Norcia Benedictines' website.

Sr Marie Holt csb150In November the Parish of Ararat will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the first Brigidine Sisters’ foundation in the Diocese of Ballarat on 14 November 1888. Sister Maree Holt csb brings us back to the community's early years of establishment and growth.

Monday, 18 November 2013 14:36

100 Blessings for King Island

Sr Monica Shelverton pbvmThe Centenary of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church brought together the old and new elements of a vibrant community, celebrating the church’s rich history, the commitment of religious, priests and laity and its relationship with the wider Christian community in Tasmania.

nano nagle150The Presentation Sisters around the world and all those involved with them are celebrating the official announcement of the declaration of the Order’s founder, Nano Nagle, as Venerable.

Sr Anne Derwin rsj150The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart began their 26th General Chapter on 8 November 2013, a special ecclesial event that occurs only every six years. Sr Anne Derwin rsj writes about its significance in the life of the congregation.

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