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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:

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.

Monday, 15 December 2014 21:36

New life emerging

planting hands 150My take on religious life, after living it for over 45 years, is so different from those early days where I was one of many, doing what many did, writes Sister Marie McAlister rsj.

Monday, 15 December 2014 13:25

The star fell down the well...

Sr Ellen Royan rsjWhen 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.

Monday, 15 December 2014 09:36

JRS calls for volunteers

Sr Margaret Guy rscJesuit 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.

Saturday, 13 December 2014 00:00

Switching on to God

prayerblog stillnessReligious sisters, brothers and priests continue to bring gifts of reflection and pause to the church in a digital world besieged by distraction and increasing anxiety, writes Giselle Lapitan.

CRAQld dvdThe Year of Consecrated Life offers a wonderful opportunity to look back on the different ways religious women and men have served Queensland - and continue to do so - by watching a DVD set produced last year.

ismapng YCL prayerThe Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) invite you to join them in prayer on the eve of the commencement of the Year of Consecrated Life.