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:
The life of Jamberoo Abbey is ordered towards one goal – seeking God - and the whole structure of the day is focused on that seeking, both individually and as a community, writes Debra Vermeer on the life of the Benedictine Sisters at Jamberoo Abbey.
Fathers Ivo Tadic ofm and Euzebije Mak ofm joined Canberra’s Croatian chaplain Father Miroslav Jelic ofm in concelebrating a Mass for the feast day of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac together with more than 300 Croatian Catholics from Sydney, Wollongong and Bateman’s Bay who travelled to Canberra for this annual celebration.
Father Irek Czech sds, Polish Salvatorian and parish priest of St Lawrence and Mary Immaculate Parish in Balcatta, Perth, lives a life of contemplation and evangelisation which thoroughly answers Pope Francis’ recent call for religious sisters, brothers and priests to “wake up the world”.
Sisters Margaret Cresp rsj and Slavica Turcic asc were among those who received recognition for their work in the Archdiocese of Adelaide's Archbishops' Awards for 2014.
As an SVD priest, Father Joseph Vinh Tran remembered many mission stories from other missionaries during his formation and was touched by them, shaping the way he viewed God’s mission and vocation. After two years of mission experience in Thailand, he now can tell his own stories, writes Fr Truong Le svd.
Salesian Father Ambrose Pereira has come from the Solomon Islands to pursue social media studies in Queensland as part of his mission to encourage the islands’ young people to look beyond selfies and reach out to others, writes Paul Dobbyn.