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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:

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.

Monday, 17 November 2014 23:05

What if?

Sr Sue McGuiness rsj150What if the Year of Consecrated Life ushers in a new graced time for religious, a kairos time, a time of vitality, hope and vision, a time that addresses the cries of a twenty first century world? This is one of the many possibilities that Sister Sue McGuiness rsj recently hoped for the Josephites, and we at CRA echo these hopes for the benefit of all religious.

Monday, 17 November 2014 22:19

Sion Sister's gold jubilee

Sr Mary Lotton nds150Sister Mary Lotton nds has come full circle in her 50th year as a Sister of Our Lady of Sion in the Diocese of Sale, Victoria. Colin Coomber writes about the roots of her vocation and her passion for Jewish-Christian relations, a cornerstone of the Sion charism.

Sr Suzanne Gentle pbvm150Presentation Sister Suzanne Gentle, Co-ordinator of Centacare Community Connections Cannon Hill in Brisbane was recently interviewed with Nirosha Ponnuthurai, an asylum seeker from Sri Lanki on 96.5 FM radio station in Queensland.

Monday, 27 October 2014 12:25

Carmelites worldwide honour founder

 

carmelites-brisbaneBrisbane’s discalced Carmelite community of contemplative women remembered the 500th birthday of their order’s founder, St Teresa of Avila, last week, reports The Catholic Leader.

Monday, 20 October 2014 20:48

Inventing love for the human heart

Sr Maria Goretti Tran spcSister Maria Goretti used to program robots and design smart phone games before she gave up a booming career in computer science and a relationship for a life of service as a Sister of St Paul de Chartres, writes Emilie Ng.

Monday, 20 October 2014 17:45

St Camillus still inspires after 400 years

camillians graphicIn 2002, the Ministers of the Infirm, affectionately known throughout the world as the Camillians, arrived in the Diocese of Parramatta to serve the sick and suffering as chaplains in hospitals across the Diocese. The recent launch of the Lay Camillian family demonstrates the enduring influence of the life, work and ministry of their founder St Camillus. 

Monday, 13 October 2014 10:04

Franciscan way is joy

Fr Benignus Clowes ofmFranciscan Friar Benignus Clowes' spirituality and his struggle with bipolar mood disorder has given him a very personal experience of the importance of pain and suffering as a path to joy, writes Peter Bugden.