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News & Views

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

Keen to be an online missionary through social networks, but don't know where or how to start? The recent release of the eBook “Word Made Flesh and “Shared” Among Us” offers testimonies and resources from Catholic Media Professionals from around Australia, writes the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference Communications Office.

The Divine Word Missionaries have farewelled the group of young asylum seekers who had been living at the Janssen Spirituality Centre in Boronia, after the federal government chose not to renew the contract for their care. Director of the JSC, Fr Nick de Groot (pictured, left) says the government’s decision not to renew the contract, and to remove the young men was a shock.

In a series of videos, Independent Commissioner for the Melbourne Response Jeffrey Gleeson SC explains that every person who complains to the Independent Commissioner about clerical sexual abuse is informed of their right to complain to the police and is encouraged to do so. He talks about victims' reporting to the police, the Melbourne Response's approach to helping victims and discusses the relationship between the Melbourne Response, the Compensation Panel and Carelink.

Archbishop Denis Hart, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has welcomed the appointment by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, of Fr. Antoine Tarabay olm (Lebanese Maronite Order) as Bishop of the Diocese of St. Maroun (Maronites) in Australia.

For missionaries or volunteers who lived and worked in a different culture, returning to their home environment can be more difficult, even traumatic, than the initial departure. Father Henry Adler svd hopes that the Trans-Mission support network will provide a sacred space for returnees to unpack and explore their past experiences for home and for the journey ahead.

Catholic Religious Australia’s 2013 National Assembly entitled "Leadership Beyond ..." will explore leadership beyond various boundaries, including those of this time and of current ways of thinking.  It will be marked by a process-oriented and collaborative forum directly addressing aspects of religious leadership linked to authenticity, transition and continuity.

Monday, 15 April 2013 17:23

Growing the Sisters of Mercy partnership

Jesuit Refugee Service is building on its relationship with the Sisters of Mercy through a series of workshops aimed at identifying further ways in which they might collaborate with JRS’s pastoral work among refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.

We will need to find imaginative ways to reconcile with people damaged, to build bridges with those estranged from the Church through this scandal and to reinvigorate the life of the Church so people experience belonging rather than a feeling of being set apart, writes Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council. 

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 13:59

IT tests prayer ritual

A Benedictine monk dedicated to an ancient art of reflective Scripture reading says the practice is being challenged by the fast-paced and very visual reading habits propagated by information technology.

Tuesday, 09 April 2013 13:12

Josephites celebrate unity

The Josephites and numerous friends gathered on 19 March in a joyous celebration marking the fusion or merging of the Sisters of St Joseph Goulburn and the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, writes Sr Anne Derwin in the Mary MacKillop newsletter.

Speakers of global renown, heads of organisations and leading practitioners with expertise across ministries will converge in Sydney from April 29 to May 1 to empower participants with a vision of mission that is scriptural and theological, enabling, encouraging and inspiring. It is a chance to creatively re-imagine their contribution to strive for justice, truth, peace, freedom, reconciliation.

It has been a very busy and meaningful period for the Sisters of St Joseph across Australia. The Sisters have recently received authorisation for the merger of the sisters of St Joseph of Whanganui with the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, and have seen the transfer of the governance of Mary Mackillop College to the Archdiocese of Brisbane, among many other momentous events.

Friday, 22 March 2013 12:52

An Australian servant of God in India

Victorian woman, Dr Sister Mary Glowrey will be declared a Servant of God in India next week - the beginning of the diocesan phase of the process for possible Beatification.

Producer Noel Debien speaks with CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe on the hopes of religious men and women for the papacy of Francis and other issues faced by religious, which was broadcast on Radio National's Religion and Ethics Report on Wednesday afternoon, 20 March.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013 19:58

A distinctive path of service

Leadership is service and can never be viewed in terms of the concept of “promotion” sought after in most fields of society. A truly Christian concept of leadership sees it as exercised not only by those in positions of authority, but by every member of the group, writes CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc.

The new Ballarat home of the Loreto Province Archives opens its doors, reports Robin Scott in the Ballarat Diocesan E-News.

In an interview on ABC News aired on Thursday evening, 14 March, CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe was among the voices of Australian Catholics expressing their hopes for the new papacy, together with Jesuits Fr Paul Coleman and Port Pirie Bishop Greg O’Kelly sj.

Thursday, 14 March 2013 09:22

Australian religious welcome new Pope

President of Catholic Religious Australia, Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc, welcomes the appointment  of Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio SJ -a Jesuit who has taken on the name "Francis" for his papacy. 

The feast of St Joseph on 19 March this year will celebrate the fusion of the Sisters of St Joseph Goulburn with the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart and usher in a change to the internal organisation of the congregation, writes Sister Anne Derwin rsj.

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:45

Sisters bid fond farewell to Queanbeyan

After 134 years of service, particularly in education and pastoral care, the Good Samaritan Sisters have said a fond farewell to the community of Queanbeyan in NSW.

In a media statement, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart rejected Christian Brother Barry Coldrey’s claims that his concerns of a convicted paedophile working at Monash University's Mannix College were ignored by senior clergy members, including Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart.

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 09:28

Books showcasing religious leadership

Two books were launched separately – one co-written by Josephite Sister Alice Sullivan as a resource book for conducting parish programs and another by Heather O’Connor who reveals how nuns have transformed the lives of generations of Ballarat women through their work in education and social justice.

The Royal Commission will yield disclosures from the past that will be examined through the eyes of the present, writes Patrician Brother Aengus Kavanagh. It should be a time of honest and balanced scrutiny that must serve the healing and justice for victims, ensuring it never happens again.

Monday, 11 February 2013 17:24

All rounded approach to leadership

Sister Leone Wittmack rsc who recently commenced work as Catholic Religious Australia’s new Executive Director brings to her role many years of management skills as well as a range of life experiences and creative interests. Her discipline, passion and creativity reaffirm the importance of personal development to leadership skills and religious vocation.

Monday, 11 February 2013 13:27

Custodian of Church’s history retires

After two decades of preserving the heritage of the Archdiocese of Perth, archivist and Presentation Sister Frances Stibi is retiring—with a few other interesting stories of her own, reports The Record.

The upcoming conference "Mission: one heart, many voices" offers an opportunity to celebrate, show and learn 'best practices' in carrying out mission in all its diversity and richness. Fr Noel Connolly ssc urges us to spread the word about this event among religious and laypeople, as registrations open through the website.

Mercy Sister Sally Bradley shares the reflections of the leadership team of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea on the progress of the year-old Institute. Their insights reveal an emerging community with long years of combined experience in ministries doing what they do best: the works of hospitality, compassion and justice.

Monday, 04 February 2013 12:39

Sion Sisters return Stations of the Cross

Sr Angela Bayliss and Sr Margaret Rush of the Sisters of Our Lady of Sion have returned the original Stations of the Cross to Sion House that today houses the offices of the Diocese of Sale. The stations were removed when the congregation left Warragul in 1972.

Monday, 04 February 2013 12:30

Champion of interfaith dialogue honoured

A Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Sion, Dr Marianne Dacy has been made a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant contribution to interfaith dialogue.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 14:30

New Provincial for Australian Oblates

Fr Leo Mifsud omi, newly elected Provincial of the Australian Province and Hong Kong Delegation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate will be officially installed in January 2013, reports the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

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