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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:

Fr Aloysius Mowe sj150“We keep being told by non-Muslim commentators and writers what Islam is or is not, what Muslims are like and what they believe and do. Rarely, if ever, do we hear Muslim voices telling us how Muslims live, what they believe, what they hope for, what they fear,” said Fr Aloysious Mowe, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia, at a meeting of the "Circle of Mercy." 

Sr Margaret Mary ocdSister Margaret Mary joined the Carmelites in 1961 after serving as a lay missionary and teacher in the Kimberley. She shared her reflections on how contemplative life serves our world with journalist Marco Ceccarelli, shedding light on the role played by enclosed nuns today.

Monday, 11 May 2015 15:13

Adoration leads to divine design

Sr Mariella Mascitelli pddmArchitect Mariella Mascitelli pddm is a Sister of the Disciples of the Divine Master who specialises in Church and liturgical design and concerns herself with how the design draws people to Jesus in prayer.

Monday, 11 May 2015 10:14

Memories are strange things

Cecilia-MarieCasementoGood Samaritan Sister Marie Casamento dedicates a deeply personal reflection to all mothers who have lost a child through death, illness or separation, and for all children who have lost a mother.

Thursday, 30 April 2015 12:35

Do your best and let God do the rest

Sr Monica Shelverton pbvm150A visit to Cork in Ireland, the hometown of Presentation Sisters founder Nano Nagle, was an emotional experience for Sr Monica Shelverton who was moved by the sacrifice the first Presentation Sisters made to come to Tasmania.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 09:16

Daring with holy boldness

Sr Margaret Cannane pbvm 150Presentation Sister Margaret Cannane's address during the official opening of Presentation House in Lismore last year needs to be retold. Her words allow us to walk along its storied halls and hear the history of the Presentation Sisters' ministry from Ireland to Lismore NSW and their legacy of Catholic education, community life and commitment to the poor.

Monday, 13 April 2015 16:10

Adventure in Alice

Sr Anne Surtees osu150Ursuline Sister Anne Surtees is giving up a role she loves as Director of Centacare Pastoral Ministries in Brisbane to head off into the great unknown in Alice Springs after "feeling uncomfortable being so comfortable", writes Peter Bugden.

Monday, 13 April 2015 12:50

Don Bosco: yesterday, today and tomorrow

Fr Frank Freeman sdb“Remembrance is a form of meeting” said the poet Kahlil Gibran. And so the Salesian family joyfully gathered to rediscover their shared history and meet St John Bosco meet once again in a conference which officially launched the Australia-Pacific Bicentenary celebrations of St John Bosco's birth, writes Salesian Father Frank Freeman.