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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:

Monday, 07 September 2015 10:12

Entering the spiritual domain

Fr-Michael-Gormly ssc 150A Buddhist monk in Korea once gave me a lesson I have not forgotten. I was invited to a Zen retreat at a hermitage in a remote valley. To get there I travelled by train and bus, then I hiked into the hills. The monk greeted me with the question: What has been the path that brings you here? Columban Father Michael Gormly reflects on the contemplative dimension of mission.

Monday, 07 September 2015 09:52

Leadership comes quietly

Sr Rose Glennen rsm and giftThe skills I learned as a child – to listen, to speak, to ask, to negotiate life in a complex world, to speak the truth – have stood me in good stead, writes Mercy Sister Rose Glennen as she reflects on her many years of religious leadership.

Tuesday, 01 September 2015 12:49

Mission on the margins

Fr Kevin ONeill ssc150Australian Father Kevin O'Neill ssc reflects on his first three years as Superior General of the St Columban’s Mission Society and on the Columbans' advocacy for justice in an interview with The Catholic Leader.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 14:53

A lasting Loreto legacy in Vietnam

Sr Trish Franklin ibvm 150Loreto Sister Trish Franklin, Founder of the Loreto Vietnam Australia Program (LVAP), has in the past week bid farewell to her co-workers, friends and thousands of children she has helped over the past 20 years in Vietnam. Her inspiring work will soon be celebrated in a book to be published on October 2015, writes Elouise Hahn.

lay passionists WilsonsWhen retirees Chris and Tom Wilson aren’t teaching English or hymns to Passionist novices from China and Southeast Asia, they’re voluntarily co-ordinating about 500 people across South Australia for a Passionist lay movement aimed at strengthening parish communities.

Monday, 03 August 2015 12:34

Inspired by charity

Sr Anne Turner rscAs a child, Sister Anne Turner rsc was wary at first of nuns - the women in “unfamiliar clothing” and their “uncompromising commitment to teaching" yet they inspired her towards a journey of vocation and mission.

Monday, 03 August 2015 12:07

Refugee's journey to the altar

Fr Tru Nguyen msc 150Vietnamese refugee Tru Nguyen has turned around a displaced life, including imprisonment as a child for attempting to escape the country’s Communist regime, to one at the altar following his ordination as a a priest of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) in Adelaide last month.

Br Sean McManus Br Peter Flint 150The only two Christian Brothers remaining in Tasmania, Br Sean McManus and Br Peter Flint, have used their vocations to help others, in the charism of Christian Brothers founder Edmund Rice based not on charity but on helping people to help themselves and flourish.