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News & Views

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

ssps125yrs-logo-smallThe Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters in Australia and Fiji are celebrating the 125th jubilee of their congregation, which was founded in Holland by St Arnold Janssen, the founder of the Society of the Divine Word, and established in Australia at the end of World War II.

francis sullivan150The firm and decisive response, such as Brother Julian McDonald’s on behalf of the Christian Brothers indicate the Catholic Church is prepared to listen and importantly act and change, writes Francis Sulivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council.

Sr Annette anniversary celebrationsThe Diocese of Parramatta hosted one of the many 175th anniversary celebrations of the Sisters of Charity, which took place in the beautiful ‘new’ St Patrick’s Cathedral on the very spot where Sr M Xavier Williams, one of the original ‘five’, created history by becoming the first religious woman to be professed in the colony of NSW, reports Catholic Outlook.

Sr Denise Coghlan at workDenise Coghlan, an Australian Mercy Sister currently with Jesuit Refugee Service Cambodia recently appeared on SBS Dateline's "The Cambodian Solution?" discussing the prospect of an Australian offshore refugee detention centre in the country

Sr Hilda Scott osbMembers of Australian religious communities are featured in a celebration of personal encounters with Christ in Stirring Hearts, a web resource from the Australian Catholic Church to mark the 48th World Communications Day on 25 May 2014.

Dominican federation 2014Members of the National Council of the Australian Federation of Dominican Sisters gathered in New Zealand to formally celebrate the inclusion of the New Zealand Sisters in the newly formed Federation of Dominican Sisters in Oceania, according to the Dominican Family Matters newsletter.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 09:33

Perth Hearing begins

francis sullivan150The horrifying stories coming out of the hearing into Christian Brothers' institutions will lead many to feel shame and doubt. Yet we must remain committed to fully engage with the Royal Commission and unravel the very best of the Church to assist the very worst of the Church, writes Francis Sullivan of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council.

Sr Clare Condon sgs150Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon reflects on the significant anniversaries this year of the Sisters of Charity, Mercy Sisters and her own congregation, recalling their shared experience and the varied ways they responded to the greatest need of the times. In a sociocultural landscape greatly changed from over a century ago, Sr Clare asks, "Who has a claim on our courage, compassion and commitment today in Australia?"

Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc 150CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc reflects on the complexity of feelings and action, the flickering light and shadows cast upon our individual and collective faith. Easter reminds us that all shall be illumined and transformed by the power of God’s love through our participation in mission.

Schoenstatt Sisters AnnivThe Schoenstatt Sisters in Western Australia have commenced a new initiative to mark the 100-year anniversary of the movement’s founding by aiming to have friends of Schoenstatt walk 13,959 km before the October 18 anniversary – the distance between the Mt Richon Shrine and the movement’s hometown in Germany.

Monday, 14 April 2014 13:54

When the boats come in

Fr Aloysius Mowe sj150Making an issue of a non-issue, that of asylum seekers' illegal entry, is one of the big lies being told by this government, a lie that has contributed to the hardened attitudes of the public. Another reality is that there is no queue of people waiting in line for refugee status, writes Father Aloysious Mowe sj, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia.

Bishop Columba Macbeth Green osppePope Francis has appointed the Reverend Columba Macbeth-Green osppe, current Vicar Provincial of the Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit (Pauline Fathers) and Rector of the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Queensland, as the seventh Bishop of the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes, according to a media release from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 14:50

Sister Helen named to state's honour roll

Sr Helen Monkivitch rsmMercy Sister Helen Monkivitch has been recognised for a lifetime of leadership, generosity and innovation after being inducted into the 2014 Victorian Honour Roll of Women.

francis sullivan150Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, which coordinates the Catholic Church’s engagement with the royal commission and develops a reform agenda around the handling of child sexual abuse, talks to Michelle Grattan in a podcast interview.

Sr Mary OShannassy sgsCoordinator of CatholicCare’s prison chaplaincy, Sr Mary O’Shannassy sgs, received the inaugural Inspiring Woman award on 6 March at CatholicCare Melbourne’s International Women’s Day evening, reports Kairos Catholic Journal.

Columbans logo150At the recent International Leadership Meeting of the Columbans in the Philippines, Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle thanked them for their missionary work at a special mass which was concelebrated by Australian Fr Kevin O'Neill, (Superior General) and Fr Patrick O'Donoghue, (Director of the Columbans in the Philippines), reports Ellen Teague.

Monday, 07 April 2014 08:48

Merging of Sisters of St Joseph

Sr Monica Cavanagh rsj 2The Sisters of St Joseph Perthville have received authorisation from the Congregation of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in Rome, to proceed with ‘fusion’, or merger, with the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, according to a media release.

Fr Michael Mason cssrRedemptorist Father Michael Mason cssr was awarded the Archbishop Adrian Doyle Award for Pastoral Research in recognition of his outstanding contribution to pastoral research in Australia.

Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc 150At the recent launch of Vaughan Publishing in Sydney, CRA President and Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Charity, Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc, delivered a paper on authentic leadership as prophetic vocation.

OLSH leadership 2014A simple ceremony saw the handover of leadership to the new Provincial and leadership team of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, reports Unity magazine.

Fr Dave Austin osaFr David Austin osa was elected as the next Prior Provincial for the next four years of the Order of Saint Augustine (Augustinians) in the Province of Australasia and Delegation of Korea.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 12:04

On the path of conversion and love

Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc 150Christ’s love breaks down walls, eliminates distances and treats every person with respect for their dignity. This is the love we need in our world today and one in which we are called to share, writes CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc.

Sr Mary Waskowiak rsmMercy Sister Mary Waskowiak, former president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) was recently in Australia for the annual event of the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes (CLRI (NSW)). Anne Walsh had the chance to chat with Sr Mary who candidly shared her thoughts on leadership development, mentoring and an imagined conversation between Pope Francis and Catherine McAuley.

Monday, 17 March 2014 14:53

Church sharpening its migration message

refugees forever 150The Australian Catholic Church will make clearer its position on asylum seekers and migration in a bid to rouse among everyday Catholics a sense of biblical solidarity with those seeking refuge and a more compassionate response to global forced migration, reports Rebecca DiGirolamo.

boat from Aurora150Last year, a local initiative in the Diocese of Maitland Newcastle made a stand in solidarity with asylum seekers, leading to the formation of a local advocacy group 'I am a boat person'. Sisters Jenny Gerathy op and Annie Laurie rsj invite people to join them during the six weeks of Lent to send a message that Australia's treatment of refugees and asylum seekers is unacceptable.

candles150The Brisbane Catholic Justice and Peace Commission have urged everyone in the archdiocese to take part in Catholic Religious Australia's “National Lament” for Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers, reports The Catholic Leader.

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. 

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