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:
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.
After 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.
A 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.
Pope 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.
When you hear the readings of this wonderful festival of Advent and Christmas, ask yourself – what gospel are you hearing and what message does the evangelist have to proclaim to you today? Sister Ellen Royan rsj guides us through the rich tapestry of the Infancy narratives in the gospels.
Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) is opening a Parramatta drop-in centre in 2015 to support asylum seekers on bridging visas. This project has become a reality through the help of the Parramatta Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of Charity, the Holy Spirit Sisters, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, and the efforts of Volunteer Coordinator Sister Margaret Guy rsc, writes Maeve Brown.