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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, 13 February 2017 20:08

Sr Patricia's petition had global impact

Sr Patricia Pak Poy rsm 150Mercy Sister Patricia Pak Poy started a petition calling for a ban on landmines, contributing to a world-wide movement which continues to have an impact today, writes Jack Manning.

marists bicentennaryMore than 150 people recently gathered at St Joseph’s Church in Subiaco to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Marist Brothers and their continuing dedication to “making Jesus Christ known and loved”.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 13:22

A celebration of relationship in Port Moresby

Cardinal John Ribat mscNeil Helmore of the Catholic Diocese of Townsville met Cardinal John Ribat, Papua New Guinea's first locally-born cardinal and the first cardinal from the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and heard the stories closest to his heart.

Monday, 14 November 2016 13:15

Truth-seeking for 800 years and counting

fr kevin toomey opThis year the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) is 800 years old. Father Kevin Toomey op shares something of its spirit and mission.

Monday, 07 November 2016 12:17

Book review: The Letter Under the Pillow

religious sistersA recent book by Josephite Sister Clare Aherne outlines stories of religious women from across the seas, knitting together the historic contribution of the Josephites, their connection to Saint Mary MacKillop and their emotional experience of emigration, writes Caroline Smith.

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 21:52

Serving God by serving community

Fr Bruce Clark ocarmSince 1978 Father Bruce Clark ocarm has been serving in Australia and East Timor. He offers us a glimpse of his work and how he represents Australia to his community as Director of Formation and Novice Master of the Carmelite Order in East Timor.

new norcia toursMembers of the Perth Catholic community and wider public have the chance to learn about Australia’s only monastic town, New Norcia, and its Benedictine heritage in a new tour experience.

Fr Bedi Asmon svd musicFr Bernadinus (Bedi) Asmon svd, a young missionary from Indonesia, who undertook his formation in Australia, is now living and ministering in Brazil where he has discovered that music is the common language with the people he serves.