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News & Views

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

Thursday, 04 August 2011 02:59

Reflecting on new directions

Father Noel Connolly SSC reflects on the future of religious life following the recent release of the report on the 2009 survey of Catholic Religious Institutes in Australia.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 02:56

Celebrating a saintly legacy

The canonisation of Australia's first saint in the person of Mary Mackillop (St Mary of the Cross) on 17 October has been celebrated in Australia by Christian communities and the general public in ways that we may not have imagined.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 02:48

Reflecting on a day of great blessing

At a press conference following the canonisation ceremony, Sister Anne Derwin, Congregational Leader of the Josephites, reflected on the "beautiful, solemn, reverent and spectacular liturgy".

There is a great desire in the Australian heart to be hospitable to people from other cultures and religions, says Trish Madigan OP, who recently completed a series of interfaith talks in five regional centres.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 02:38

Religious women gather in Rome

At a recent global gathering of women religious leaders in Rome involving 11 Australians, participants were challenged to renew their commitment to the mystical and prophetic dimensions of their lives.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 02:35

Vocation conference offers sharing and hope

There was a great sense of hope and potential when lay and Religious vocations personnel gathered at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney for the Diocesan Vocations Directors' Conference.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 02:32

New program welcomes overseas Religious

Eighteen Religious women and men from Oceania and Asia gathered in Melbourne on the June long weekend to take part in Catholic Religious Australia's (CRA) 'Welcome to Australia' program.

In launching a new book on the Family Care Sisters, Australian author and columnist Michael McGirr thanked God for "difficult women" like the order's founder, Maude O'Connell.