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News & Views

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

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 16:35

An update on Mission: One heart, many voices


The Mission Conference to be held in Sydney on April 2013 offers a scriptural and theological vision of mission, enriched by the variety of voices exploring the complexity of mission. Fr Noel Connolly ssc describes the themes, workshops, and speakers on issues such as migration, refugees, education, and Muslim dialogue.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 16:30

FCJ foundress returns to Paris

Ann Rennie writes about the recent relocation of the mortal remains of the Venerable Marie Madeleine de Bengy de Bonnault d’Houët, the foundress of the Society of the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ from Kent to Paris, an event that joyfully united FCJ communities all over the world.  

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 16:23

Iraq to gain from sisters' ACU stint

Paul Dobbyn writes about two religious sisters from Iraq studying at Brisbane’s Australian Catholic University and highlights the contributions of CRA Queensland, the Holy Spirit Sisters and the Missionary Franciscan Sisters towards developing Catholic education in the war torn capital of Kurdistan.

Sr Myree Harris rsj of the Coalition of Appropriate Supported Accomodation (CASA) has scored a victory in her 20-year advocacy of reform standards and regulations on boarding houses. The result of her dedication is new legislation which offers more protection and better living conditions for the poor, elderly, frail and disabled tenants of assisted boarding houses, reports Catholic Communications Sydney.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 16:14

At the hinge of history

Drawing from her personal experiences as co-chair of the National Committee for Professional Standards and her family’s own encounter with child sexual abuse, Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc reflects on this dark cloud hanging over the Church, the work towards healing, and the God-given opportunity for rebirth and purification towards a more humble, open church.

Monday, 29 October 2012 13:56

Merger among Sisters of St Joseph

The Sisters of St Joseph of Goulburn have received authorisation to merge with the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, fulfilling a process that began several years ago among various Josephite congregations towards greater unity. 

Thursday, 25 October 2012 10:51

Ordination of Ballarat Bishop Paul Bird cssr

In a packed St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in the presence of thirty bishops and over one hundred priests from across Australia, representatives from across the Diocese of Ballarat - laity, priests and religious, Archbishop Denis Hart ordained Redemptorist Fr. Paul Bird as the Eighth Bishop of Ballarat. 

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 13:07

Women's voices in canon law

Josephite Sister Maria Casey’s election as President of the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand highlights the importance of women’s voices, in a field where the majority of canon lawyers are priests.

Bishop Greg O’Kelly sj of the Port Pirie Diocese, talks about the consolations and desolations of being a bishop in one of the poorest dioceses in Australia in an interview by American Jesuit Jim McDermott in the Jesuit Post. In this excerpt, Bishop O'Kelly talks in detail about the bishop as the human and caring face of the church, one that is not proud or arrogant, one that is conscious of the hurt and evil that has happened through church personnel, yet still reaches out in the spirit of love and service for all people.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:41

In the likeness of God

The jubilee celebrations for Vatican II overshadow the golden jubilee of the canonisation of Fr Peter Julian Eymard, whose insight into the Eucharist, that the self-giving of Christ transforms the believer into His likeness, found its way in Vatican II’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy and the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, writes Fr Graeme Duro sss.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:24

Towards uncharted territory


Religious congregations should move beyond the language and narrative of their respective charisms toward a common framework that will facilitate a new way of doing mission, said Dr Michele Connolly rsj.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 23:01

Issues in Catholic education

Catholic Religious Australia’s representatives to the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC), Brother Julian Casey fms and Sister Rosemary Lewins op, shared their reflections in a memo to members of Catholic Religious Australia in early October, highlighting the challenges to Catholic education amid shrinking state budgets.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 17:06

Abbots ask what attracts vocations

Cistercian Father Michael Casey, an expert on monastic spirituality from Tarrawarra Abbey in Australia, was one of the main speakers at a gathering of Benedictine abbots focusing on the changing demographics of Benedictine vocations, religious formation and a range of other issues, reports The Catholic Leader.

Thursday, 11 October 2012 09:27

We begin the Year of Faith

The 11th of October, not only marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, but also the start of the "Year of Faith" announced last year by Pope Benedict XVI.


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.

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