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News & Views

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

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 15:30

Good Shepherd Province welcomes new leader

Sr Anne Manning, Provincial of Good Shepherd Australia New ZealandSister Anne Manning, founder of The Trading Circle became the new leader of the Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand Province at an inauguration Mass at the Good Shepherd Chapel, Abbotsford in Melbourne on 4 February.

Monday, 20 February 2012 11:46

Pakistan awards Australian Columban

Fr Robert McCullochAustralian born, Columban Father Robert McCulloch has been awarded the Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam, the highest civilian award that can be given to foreign nationals for services to health, education, and inter-faith relations.

First Professions for two AugustiniansThe beginning of 2012 has been a busy and joyful time for religious orders with one Final Profession and four First Professions celebrated in Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

Friday, 17 February 2012 17:25

Marist Brothers focus on their future

St Marcellin Champagnat, founder of the Marist BrothersOne hundred and eighty Marist Brothers from across Australia gathered at St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill last month to discuss their future as they move towards forming a single new province in December this year.

Tuesday, 07 February 2012 16:31

Two Loretos connect at the UN

Loreto Intern at the UN, Clare Condon with Sr Anne Kelly ibvmSister Anne Kelly ibvm, Loreto representative at the United Nations reflects on the special bond between two organisations working at the organisation’s headquarters in New York.

Tuesday, 07 February 2012 14:44

Holidays, sun, beach, and … theology

Fr Gerald Collins SJWhile most of Australia was still snoozing at the beach in January, about 50 people signed up for a summer challenge with a difference – a Broken Bay Institute theology summer school program, featuring world renowned scripture scholar and theologian, Fr Gerald O’Collins sj, reports Debra Vermeer.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012 15:14

Josephites & Jesuits honoured on Australia Day

Fr Bill Uren SJThree Sisters of St Joseph from NSW and Western Australia and two Jesuit priests from Victoria and South Australia have received awards in the Australia Day 2012 Honours List announced today.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012 14:06

Mercy Sisters begin new era

About 1,500 Sisters of Mercy, their friends, families and ministry colleagues gathered at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney on Sunday, December 18, for the foundation Eucharist of the newly established Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 09:45

Marist Brother Farewelled

Br Charles HowardThe Requiem Mass for Brother Charles Howard was webcast live from the Chapel of St Joseph’s College in Sydney on Tuesday 24 January.  The eulogy was delivered by the former Superior General, Brother Seán Sammon.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 17:32

Congregations forge new partnership

Aboriginal boyA new partnership is being forged between the Sisters of St Joseph, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, the Sisters of Mercy and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) peoples to strengthen their commitment to ministry with ATSI peoples.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 17:12

Good Sams suggest good reads for summer

Worse Things Happen at Sea by William McInnes and Sarah WattLooking for a good book to read over the summer holidays? Check out the recommendations from some Good Samaritan Sisters and others,  compiled by Stephanie Thomas.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 16:57

Report on Religious now available online

See, I am Doing a New Thing report‘See, I Am Doing A New Thing!’, the report on the 2009 survey of Catholic Religious Institutes in Australia,  commissioned by Catholic Religious Australia (CRA), is now available on this website.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 16:11

Reflections on everyday Australian life

Fr Chris Gleeson sj with Michael McGirrAuthor Michael McGirr recently launched The Front Page, a new book by Father Chris Gleeson sj connecting everyday Australian life and Ignatian spirituality.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 10:38

Celebrating Advent and Christmas

Jacaranda in bloomAdvent and Christmas are the seasons that herald a new beginning in the Christian cycle of time, writes Sister Carmel Pilcher rsj.

Thursday, 08 December 2011 16:29

Award for Josephite Sister Josephine

Sister Josephine Mitchell with Premier Barry O'FarrellSister Josephine Mitchell rsj, Director of Mary MacKillop East Timor Mission was one of four final finalists in the NSW Senior Australian of the Year for 2012.

Thursday, 08 December 2011 15:44

Kimberley community mourns Japulu

Fr Kevin with community memberPallottine priest, Father Kevin McKelson, who died recently in Melbourne aged 85, is remembered for his remarkable legacy in Aboriginal linguistics during his 52 years in the Kimberley.

Friday, 25 November 2011 08:14

Honour for Father Chris Riley

Father Chris RileySalesian priest and Youth off the Streets founder, Father Chris Riley has been named NSW Australian of the Year for 2012.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 18:18

Welcoming overseas Religious to Australia

Welcome to Australia program Nov 2011Religious women and men from 12 countries recently took part in Catholic Religious Australia’s (CRA) Welcome to Australia program introducing them to the local culture.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 18:11

Responding to change with courage

Sr Anne DerwinMission continues to call Religious Institutes across Australia. That call to Mission has seen some Congregations in recent weeks announcing new structures for their own lives and for their ministries, writes CRA National President Sister Anne Derwin rsj.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:36

New era for Sisters of Mercy

Mercy CrossOn December 12, 2011, the 180th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Mercy by Venerable Catherine McAuley in Ireland, 14 of the 17 Australian Mercy congregations, along with their Sisters from the Autonomous Region of Papua New Guinea (PNG), will come together as one new institute to be known as Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Friday, 18 November 2011 15:42

Education honour for Christian Brother

Br Tony Whelan cfcBrother Tony Whelan cfc, Director of the Catholic Schools Office in the Diocese of Broken Bay for the past 12 years was recently made a Fellow of the Australian Council of Educational Leaders (ACEL).

Friday, 18 November 2011 13:45

A good brew gathers Mercy family

Mercy Sister A Good Cup of Tea eventAustralian Mercy Sisters, associates and friends gathered in towns and cities across the country for a 'Good Cup of Tea' event in remembrance of the 170th anniversary of the death of Catherine McAuley.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011 16:33

Centenary celebrations for CCI

Sister Anne Derwin rsjIt is my pleasure, on behalf of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA), to congratulate Catholic Church Insurances (CCI) on the occasion of their 100th anniversary on 22 November, writes CRA President, Sister Anne Derwin rsj.

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 11:39

New direction for Good Samaritan Education

Good Samaritan Education logo The Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict will launch Good Samaritan Education during a liturgy at St Scholastica’s Chapel, Glebe, in Sydney this Sunday, November 13, the Feast of all Benedictine Saints.

Monday, 31 October 2011 12:25

Mercy call for Cambodian communities

Cambodian children Mercy Sister Denise Coghlan, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Cambodia Director is calling on Australians to assist the more than 1.2 million Cambodians affected by devastating floods that have continued unabated since August this year.

Monday, 31 October 2011 12:19

Putting it all on God

Melbourne Cup Tuesday, 1 November happens to be All Saints Day as well as Melbourne Cup Day.  The overlap of these two holidays prompts us to reflect a little on what we have bet our own lives on, says acting Jesuit Provincial Father Michael Ryan SJ.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011 15:36

Commemorating the spirit of Assisi

Franciscan Frair Paul Smith"No matter which is our faith tradition, we are all called to discover creative ways to seek dialogue, build peace and harmony and work for justice in our own day,” says Franciscan Friar Paul Smith on the 25th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace. 

Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:50

Spirit of Assisi Concert, Sydney, 29 October

Spirit of AssisiThe Franciscan Friars of the Province of the Holy Spirit invite you to an evening of instrumental and choral music and reflections on peace to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace.

Thursday, 20 October 2011 15:56

Lessons from nature

Nature teaches us many qualities and values, such as patience and tolerance, allowing growth to take its natural course, providing the right conditions, and not being discouraged when things do not turn out according to our expectations, writes Father Frank Bertagnolli sdb.

Thursday, 20 October 2011 14:20

The modern meaning of mission

The term ‘mission’ has a long history with a variety of meanings.  With October, Mission Month, Columban priest Father Sean Dwan sss discusses the word’s origins and the role of the modern missionary.

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