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News & Views

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


A news report from the Sydney Archdiocese says that Sister Maria Casey rsj former Postulator for St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, has offered her help and support for the case for elevating Suzanne Aubert, founder of New Zealand's Sisters of Compassion, to sainthood.

Thursday, 04 October 2012 13:43

A commitment to grace

Sr Maryanne Confoy rsc, one of the keynote speakers in the upcoming eConference "Vatican II- An Event of Grace" says that this Year of Grace draws nourishment from Vatican II, which was "a movement towards freedom, truth and the revelation that God's love is for all people and that it is an an inclusive, all embracing love." 

Tuesday, 02 October 2012 12:05

Vatican II: An Event of Grace eConference

Sr Maryanne Confoy rsc, and Bishop Michael Putney serve as keynote speakers for this e-Conference organised by the Broken Bay Institute in partnership with the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference. Register and participate in this free, live broadcast via video and internet streaming on 10 October at 1030am.


Australian Provincial Father Joachim Rego cp was elected last week as the new Superior General of the Passionists during the congregation's 46th General Chapter in Rome. His election becomes doubly significant this year, as Passionists celebrate their 125th year in Australia.


Geelong-born Columban priest, Father Kevin O’Neill has been elected as the new Superior General of the Missionary Society of St Columban. Father O’Neill was elected at the Society’s thirteenth General Assembly which was held in Los Angeles from August 24 to September 21. 

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 08:45

New President for Canon Law Society


Sister Maria Casey rsj has been elected as the new President of the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand during the Society's recent conference from 10-13 September in Auckland, New Zealand. She also has the distinction of being the first woman to hold this role.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:34

Xavier relic’s mission to the margins

Australian Provincial Fr Steve Curtin said the Australian Jesuits were hoping the visit of the relic would encourage people to learn more about St Francis’ role in bringing the faith to so many thousands of people across Asia, and inspire them to reach out to people on the margins in our own world today.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 13:02

A season for starting afresh


In this season of new growth, Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc urges us to respond to the world’s need for authentically loving and committed people who genuinely reflect the face of Jesus, and are keenly interested in the powerless.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012 09:42

Recognition for a life of chaplaincy

Passionist Father Gerald Quinn's dedication and commitment as chaplain to Hobart health facilities has been recognised by Spritual Care Australia, the professional association for practitioners in chaplaincy, pastoral care and spiritual services in today's multi-faith Australia.

Thursday, 30 August 2012 14:15

Upcoming national conference on mission

CRA's Australian Mission Network is organising a national conference that will explore the call of leadership and participation in God's mission in Australia and globally, to be held on 29 April-1 May 2013. 

Sr Angela Mary Doyle rsm was recognised for her lifetime contribution to the advancement of Catholic health and aged care in Australia. Sr Angela became the third recipient of the Sr Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award at the Catholic Health Australia (CHA) awards dinner in Perth on 21 August 2012.

Every person who seeks to live from a belief in the goodness of humanity has a vocation, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon in The Good Oil.

The tale of Justus Lipsius is a tragic tale of a great scholar who had lost hope, his faith and his charity. Near despair on his deathbed, he scribbled “Omnia cadunt”: Everything is falling apart. Salesian Father Frank Freeman hopes that this is not our own story being told in these troubled times.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 16:49

'We are the gift to one another'


It was a profoundly inspiring moment at the CRA National Assembly when lay partners acknowledged the positive influence of religious men and women that motivated them to work as partners in mission.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 16:17

Spiritual energy

Mercy Sister Ruth Egar, retiring after seven years as the Archbishop's Delegate for Religious in Adelaide, says that handing over the responsibility for many Catholic institutions to the laity has enabled the religious to minister more strongly to others who ‘live on the edge’ of society.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 15:51

Leading with a rich Redemptorist heritage


When the papal nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto met with Fr Paul Bird cssr to inform him of his appointment as the new Bishop of Ballarat, he started by saying, “I have some news that will change your life!” Pathways catches up with Fr Paul to find out how his religious roots will play a part in this life-changing role.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 15:42

Building the future we want

On the day the heads of states signed the final document of commitment at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, two Brazilian fishermen and environmental activists, Almir Nogueira and Jõao Luiz Telles, went missing from their homes. And for Sr Rosemary Grundy pbvm, this story goes to the heart of the outcome of the summit.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012 15:27

Why Religious life?

What makes religious life an attractive vocation? The answer lies in the clarity and confidence of one’s religious identity and the joy found in mission with others towards a common purpose, writes Sister Annette Cunliffe, rsc.

Fr Paul Bird cssr, the congregational leader of The Redemptorists, has been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the 8th Bishop of Ballarat in Victoria. The announcement came the evening before the feast day of St Alphonsus Liguori, the founder of The Redemptorists.

Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:51

2012 National Vocations Awareness Week

The 2012 National Vocations Awareness Week is a week long celebration held on 5-12 August, offering an opportunity for all Australian dioceses,  parishes, schools, religious communities, youth and campus ministers, and other Catholic organisations, to reflect on the 'call to holiness' that arises from our Baptism and to foster a Vocations Culture across Australia.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:21

Our deepest longing for a better world

“I want to say something about charism and where it springs from, and how we allow it to guide us in a world that is unrecognizable from the one we grew up in,” said Christian Brother Philip Pinto.

“As Religious, what borders or boundaries am I called to breach and how faithful am I to my call?”, asks Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc.

Fr Kevin Saunders op has been re-elected as the Provincial for the Dominican Province of the Assumption.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:26

A space for old and new stories

The Good Shepherd Chapel in Abbotsford, Melbourne reopened in July following two years of restoration works. The Chapel was designed by architect Mr Thomas A. Kelly, modelled on that of the mother house of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Angers, France.

Thursday, 12 July 2012 23:32

A gathering of voices and charisms

The recent 2012 CRA National Assembly exceeded the expectations of Sister Marion Gambin rsj, who chaired the Planning Committee that put the event together. The success of this event hints at the stories soon to be shared.

Thursday, 12 July 2012 15:02

The prophets in our midst

A prophet in our life is someone on our side who delivers some message for our good, a 'godsend'. Our distrust disables them and prevents us from hearing a vital message. Passionist Father Brian Gleeson CP shows us the perils of being one and points out the prophets in our daily life.

It was not only about revisiting the idea of charism and mission at the 36th National Assembly of Catholic Religious Australia, but the spotlight also turned to the new leadership of the CRA Council with Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc at the helm.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012 00:49

Queen's Birthday honours for educator

Sister Heather McClymont rsm was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to the community through the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia.

Sunday, 17 June 2012 22:51

A mission to the margins

In her last message as CRA President, Sister Anne Derwin rsj hopes that the upcoming National Assembly will inspire religious congregations in their mission to work for the cause of outsiders and the excluded.

Sunday, 17 June 2012 22:38

Preparing the Jesuits of tomorrow

Father Mark Raper SJ, the President of the Jesuit Conference of Asia Pacific reflects on recently released demographics which indicate that Jesuit vocations are increasing in Asia Pacific and declining in the West, and what this means in the formation of new candidates for the demanding mission given to them today.

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