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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:

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 09:26

Meeting the new generation of religious

Sr Jane Maisey rsj 150Josephite novice Jane Maisey was featured in the Herald Sun's Sunday magazine, Stellar, along with two other young religious in formation, which featured their individual stories of vocation and discernment.

Thursday, 15 September 2016 12:47

Passionists celebrate 60 years at 'The Fort'

oxley 150The Passionist Community at Oxley was joined by more than 100 friends and associates to celebrate six decades of ministry at ‘The Fort’, reports The Catholic Leader.

Monday, 12 September 2016 09:07

Being merciful

sr maryellen thomas rsjSister Maryellen Thomas rsj recalls the American westerns of her childhood and what the films taught her on the nature of mercy.

Fr Jan Szweda svdAfter seeing the need of the people Nhulunbuy in isolated East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Father Jan Szweda svd offered to move in as Parish Priest and he’s loving it.

broome diocese jubilee 2016Salesian Fr Frank Freeman recalls the part played by members of various religious congregations in an article celebrating 50 years of the Broome Diocese in the Kimberley, northwest of Australia.

Friday, 03 June 2016 14:10

No regrets for Irish exile

sr maryanne and fr mcgearty smlSister Maryanne Welsh is the last surviving Irish member of the Josephite community in Adelaide. Her memories of growing up in County Kerry were revived when she attended a Mass commemorating the Easter Rising at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral on May 1. She spoke to Jenny Brinkworth about her journey.

Friday, 03 June 2016 12:31

Attraction

Sr Denise Mackay rsj150Sister Denise MacKay rsj looks back on a few pivotal moments of "allurement, relationship and emergence" that led to her vocation as a Sister of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

Sr Cheryle Thomson mssSister Cheryle Thomson mss was drawn to the Missionary Sisters of Service because of its outreach to people in rural and outback areas, from where she now has a fund of stories from her years on mission.