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News & Views

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

Marist Centre Brisbane150A new Marist Centre in Brisbane will support and reinvigorate the mission of Marist Brothers and their ministries across Queensland and New South Wales, reports the Catholic Leader.

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 12:07

Good Sams to leave Whyalla

goodsamslogoThe Sisters of the Good Samaritan are leaving Whyalla in South Australia after 71 years of faithful service, reports The Witness, the publication of the Diocese of Port Pirie.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013 12:06

Coeliacs in the Church rejoice

Carmelites altar bread150Carmelite nuns in Nedlands, Western Australia have been making low-gluten communion hosts since early 2013, making coeliac disease sufferers receive Holy Communion without fear for their health.

Fr Henry Adler SVD has been appointed as the Provincial-Elect of the Australian Province of the Divine Word Missionaries, according to the latest issue of the congregation's In The Word newsletter.

St John of God Sister Isobel Moran was given the Sr Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award for her enduring contribution to the Catholic health and aged care community in Australia. according to a media release from Catholic Health Australia (CHA).

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:59

Lessons in leadership

Good Samaritan Sister, Patty Fawkner, is greatly excited by compelling principles of leadership emerging from two divergent areas – that of cosmology and community organising.

Sunday, 18 August 2013 17:29

New vision calls for a return to roots

Speaking on the 50th anniversary celebrations of Catholic Religious Australia Queensland (CRAQld), the Christian Brothers' congregation leader Philip Pinto offered a perplexing message: religious life in its traditional sense is dying and "this is a good thing." Paul Dobbyn spoke with Br Philip in Brisbane and learned more about the congregation's future vision of religious life.

Sunday, 18 August 2013 15:44

Come and hear their stories

JRS pastoral care worker Sr Dorothy Bayliss has written to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd inviting him to visit Christmas Island, and "just sit for a couple of hours and hear the asylum seekers’ stories."

The Feast of Mary MacKillop is an opportunity for all of us to engage in reflection and prayer for the wisdom and courage to make our vote count and for our politicians to be accountable, writes CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc.

The 175th anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of Charity in Australia kicked off on 15 August with a ceremony at Government House which saw the launch of the commemorative book, "Impelled by Christ's Love 175 Years Serving in Australia."

CRA joins over 60 Australian non-government organisations in a statement calling for the government to act on the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers, especially of building regional cooperation on refugee protection, and abandon punitive deterrence-based measures currently in place.

Thursday, 01 August 2013 13:19

The wisdom of St Benedict for leaders

Is the achievement of leadership in any sphere about warfare and a battle? Is this the only way people can become leaders in our society, asks Good Samaritan Sister, Clare Condon.

Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:58

Learning from our past for a better future

A recent study indicates that 63 per cent of callers to the Adults Surviving Child Abuse helpline said a family member abused them while eight percent were abused in religious settings. This is no defense for the Church and it must continue to work hard together with the Royal Commission to ensure all children within religious organizations are safe, writes CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council Francis Sullivan.

The recent CRA National Assembly provided an opportunity for leaders of religious congregations to contemplate and dialogue on their own leadership experiences and learn how to be 'edgewalkers' - leaders who can create the conditions in their organisations to make changes possible and adapt to these times of uncertainty and upheaval. 

The Divine Word Missionaries will say a fond farewell to St Cecilia’s Parish, Hamilton in Brisbane in early August, after almost 20 years of pastoring to a community that is renowned for its warmth and for the long-term commitment of its members to parish life.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 03:19

An invitation to walk the edge

At the 2013 National Assembly, members of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) were invited to recognise that leadership is not confined to those in positions of authority, rather there is a “collective ethic of responsibility for leadership” and often those “on the margins” can lead us to new truths, writes Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc. 

The Archivist team at Calvary Health Care, led  by Sister Juliana Coulson lcm, visited the Josephite Mission and History Centre in Tasmania to learn ways of telling the story of the Little Company of Mary Congregation.

Monday, 15 July 2013 23:12

Friars fight to keep radio show on air

The advertisement-free radio show, Gate of Heaven, produced by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, runs entirely on donations and now finds itself struggling to keep itself on air, writes Matthew Biddle. 

Monday, 15 July 2013 17:18

The education tree

Like a breath of the Holy Spirit, there in that lonely place, the symbol of Catholic education was given to me. In front of me was a tree, tall, strong, alive and its branches and leaves so full of vitality that they danced and swayed to the tune of the wind, writes Mercy Sister Justina Bedford. 

The Marist Fathers will leave the Burnie/Wynyard Parish at the end of 2013, after more than 50 years of service in the Parish and at Marist Regional College.

The Josephites and the Australian Catholic University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines their partnership in honouring the legacy of Saint Mary MacKillop, reports the latest Mary MacKillop E-News.

Monday, 08 July 2013 14:59

Back to Slovenia

When Franciscan friar Father Janez Tretjak leaves Adelaide next month after 33 years as the Slovenian Catholic chaplain, it will mark the end of a chapter for one of the Archdiocese’s most vibrant multicultural communities, Jenny Brinkworth reports.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 11:06

Passionist pupils head to Adelaide

The Passionist Glen Osmond Monastery is preparing its largest intake of young men from across the Asia-Pacific region for religious life since the international novitiate was formed in Adelaide three years ago.

The Federal Government’s recent legislation to remove Australia’s mainland from the migration zone has placed Australia in breach of international law, says Fr Aloysious Mowe SJ. Oliver White of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia discusses the recent excision policy which excludes the Australian mainland from the migration zone to limit migration.

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 15:19

New book on Mary MacKillop's letters

Josephite Sister Sheila McCreanor has produced a fifth collection of Mary McKillop's letters written during the period 1866 and 1870 are collated in a new book "Mary Mackillop and Her Early Companions" which was recently launched in Penola, from a news report on the website of the Sisters of Saint Joseph.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 12:40

A fine farewell

Sister Eleanor Collis rsm and Sister Violet Kearns rsm leave St Mary's Parish Nathalia and receive a lovely farewell from the residents grateful for the more than 14 years of Mercy presence in Nathalia in country Victoria.

The new leadership team of the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters reflects the diversity of its Province with Sister Sarita Kurikattil ssps from India as the new Provincial Leader for the congregation, with the rest of her team coming from India, Slovakia, Indonesia and Australia. 

Holy Family Services (HFS), a multicultural care provider offering aged care and child care established by the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, has been awarded the highest possible rating for food safety, knowledge and quality. 

Monday, 13 May 2013 12:06

Ministry and presence as leadership

This Eastertide, CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc reflects on the example of Jesus’ leadership that contrasts sharply with the focus on the person, the drive to command a following, and often self serving. She leads us to ponder the ways that we lead others.

In a speech to over 800 Superiors of female religious congregations who were visiting Rome for the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) assembly, the Pope emphasised that the vocation of women religious is not that of a 'single life' but one of spiritual motherhood.

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