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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:

Croatian Catholics 150Fathers 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.

Fr Irek Czech sds 150Father 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”.

sr margaret awardSisters 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.

Fr Vinh Tran svdAs 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.

Saturday, 07 February 2015 16:29

Think of others before 'selfies'

Fr Ambrose Pereira sdbSalesian 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.

Saturday, 07 February 2015 13:48

Some questions for the Year of Consecrated Life

Sr Pauline Morgan rsjAfter reading John Philip Newell’s book, Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings, The Rebirthing of God, Sister Pauline Morgan rsj ponders what is trying to emerge from deep within the collective soul of Religious, in the context of the Year of Consecrated Life.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 17:08

What should you treasure this Christmas?

redglassA little boy pulled from his pocket a treasure he had found in the garbage, a small dirty piece of red plastic. He said, “this is for you, if you look through this, everything is beautiful!” Sister Marj Crossman rsj recalls her first Christmas in Peru and the story about this most precious Christmas gift.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 16:54

A year to find new ways to meet the Spirit

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015Pope Francis dedicated 2015 to the promotion of consecrated life, asking the Church's religious sisters, brothers, and priests to "wake up the world" with their testimony of faith, holiness, and hope. Sister Berneice Loch rsm, the president of Catholic Religious Australia, reflects on what that might mean.