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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, 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.

Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:11

Easter lasts for 50 days

Sr Ilsa Neicinieks rsm150To remind us that Easter lasts more than a day, the Sundays that follow Easter Sunday are called the Sundays of Easter - with lots of alleluias, writes Mercy Sister Ilsa Neicinieks.

Abbey-Church-WindowThe 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.

Monday, 16 March 2015 13:44

Sr Gabi on urgent mission

Sr Gabriela Aguilar vdmVerbum Dei Missionary Sister Gabriella Aguilar's mission to make God known doesn't come only from her calling to religious life, but also from her own experience of standing on the precipice of atheism, writes Emilie Ng.