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News & Views

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

PopeFrancis150Pope Francis has ordered a revision of what he called outdated Vatican norms on the relations between religious orders and local bishops, in order to promote greater appreciation of the orders' distinctive missions,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

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. 

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