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Our stories

A survey sponsored by CRA in 2009 found that there were 8,422 Catholic Religious in Australia. Of that number, 5,927 were Religious Sisters, 884 Religious Brothers and 1,611 Religious order priests. Here are some of their stories:

bishop jobst libraryThe University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus has renamed its library in honour of the first Bishop of Broome John Jobst sac, a Pallotine missionary esteemed for his ministry to Aboriginal people.

josephites forster toncurry150Josephite Religious Sisters Louise McDonell and Kathryn McCabe represent a continual Josephite presence since the Sisters of St Joseph first came to the Forster Tuncurry parish in 1958 to establish Holy Name Primary School at Forster, writes Greg Byrne.

Sr Mel Dwyer and girlsWatching young African girls fight gender inequality to become strong career women in one of the world’s poorest countries has shown Canossian Sister Mel Dwyer, a former athlete, the power of the feminine genius.

Monday, 13 February 2017 20:08

Sr Patricia's petition had global impact

Sr Patricia Pak Poy rsm 150Mercy Sister Patricia Pak Poy started a petition calling for a ban on landmines, contributing to a world-wide movement which continues to have an impact today, writes Jack Manning.

marists bicentennaryMore than 150 people recently gathered at St Joseph’s Church in Subiaco to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Marist Brothers and their continuing dedication to “making Jesus Christ known and loved”.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 13:22

A celebration of relationship in Port Moresby

Cardinal John Ribat mscNeil Helmore of the Catholic Diocese of Townsville met Cardinal John Ribat, Papua New Guinea's first locally-born cardinal and the first cardinal from the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and heard the stories closest to his heart.

Monday, 14 November 2016 13:15

Truth-seeking for 800 years and counting

fr kevin toomey opThis year the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) is 800 years old. Father Kevin Toomey op shares something of its spirit and mission.

Monday, 07 November 2016 12:17

Book review: The Letter Under the Pillow

religious sistersA recent book by Josephite Sister Clare Aherne outlines stories of religious women from across the seas, knitting together the historic contribution of the Josephites, their connection to Saint Mary MacKillop and their emotional experience of emigration, writes Caroline Smith.

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