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:
Salesian 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.
Sister 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.
Sister 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.
St Benedict's parish in Arcadia takes its character not only from its Benedictine roots but also from the farming community in which it lies with its long tradition of gentle living, joyful generosity and care for each other, writes Debra Vermeer.
Elaine Walley, a Yamatji Elder from the Western Australian community of Three Springs near Geraldton, is the first Aboriginal woman to become a Good Samaritan Oblate.
It has been 20 years since Sister Thao Nguyen fdcc put her feet on Canossian ground where she currently works in palliative care and young adult ministry. The Catholic Leader finds out more about consecrated life and Sr Thao's faith and ministry.