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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:

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.

arcadia communitySt 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.

good sams aboriginal oblateElaine 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.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 22:15

Deep yearning bears fruit for Gail

Sr Gail Leslie sosj vowsA 67-year-old grandmother who plays lawn bowls every Thursday is the newest addition to the Sisters of St Joseph community in Adelaide.

Thursday, 03 March 2016 11:11

Q&A with Sr Thao Nguyen

Sr Thao Nhuyen fdccIt 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.