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Featured Ministry

CRA’s members – more than 180 congregations of Sisters, Brothers and Religious Priests – are involved in a range of ministries in Australia and overseas. Their ministries include working in parishes, with asylum seekers and refugees, indigenous Australians, caring for creation, aged care, supporting victims of domestic violence, prison ministries, with people with a mental illness, homeless people, and in a range of ministries with people on the margins of society. Some of those ministries are highlighted here.

Friday, 13 April 2012 11:01

Mum’s the word at Holmesville

Sr Helen-Anne Johnson rsjAt Mum’s Cottage in the Lake Macquarie suburb of Holmesville near Newcastle, Sister Helen-Anne Johnson rsj offers mothers support, mentoring, respite and friendship, writes Aurora editor Tracey Edstein.

Wednesday, 04 April 2012 17:09

A ministry of presence on Palm Island

Sr Lal Smith sgsIt’s nearly a year since Good Samaritan Sister Lal Smith began her new ministry among the Aboriginal people of Palm Island. As she looks back over the last 10 months, a memory that stands out is her first ferry trip to the Island from Townsville, writes Stephanie Thomas*.

Thursday, 22 March 2012 12:13

Dominican dreamer of big ideas

Sr Diana SantelbenDominican Sister Diana Santleben has big dreams and ideas, matched by large helpings of passion, persuasion, commitment and hard work for the many causes in which she is involved; most notably, refugees and ecology, writes Catherine Mahony*.

Sr Shirley SedawieSister of Our Lady of Sion Shirley Kathleen Rose Sedawie, OAM, who recently died was a remarkable leader in the field of Catholic-Jewish relations.

Monday, 20 February 2012 09:37

Working and praying for families

Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth children's centreThe Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth have a particular focus on ministering to families in their work in the Dioceses of Parramatta and Maitland-Newcastle and the Archdioceses of Brisbane and Perth.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012 11:55

Sister Rita’s ministry of story-telling

Sr Rita Hassett rsmStory-telling is at the heart of sharing faith and dreams, says Mercy Sister Rita Hassett, who until recently edited the Divine Word Missionaries’ (SVD) journal Society Matters.

Tuesday, 07 February 2012 15:44

OLSH Sister returns to South Sudan

Sr Rita GrunkeOne of the first things Daughter of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Sister Rita Grunke will do when she arrives back in South Sudan is find a village that needs a water well, writes The Catholic Leader’s Robin Williams.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 12:16

A nun’s new habit

Sr Carmel Wauchope sgsThe documentary, A Nun’s New Habit follows the story of Good Samaritan Sister Carmel Wauchope, who resides in the outback town of Whyalla and her ministry with refugees.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 11:06

Education enables reconciliation and hope

Dr Trish Madigan opDominican Sister, Dr Patricia Madigan, Director of the Centre for Interfaith Ministry, Education and Research (CIMER) shares some of the stories that have emerged from her study, ‘Three Generations of Women in Iraq’.

Thursday, 08 December 2011 16:51

Mary MacKillop East Timor Mission

Mary MacKillop East Timor Mission The Mary MacKillop East Timor Mission began when the Sisters of St Joseph responded to Bishop Carlos Belo’s request in 1993 for help for the people of East Timor.  He spoke of his hope for “the building up of a new society in peace, reconciliation and forgiveness”. 

Friday, 18 November 2011 13:20

Emergency feeding in East Africa

Mother and baby at Dadim Clinic, photo by Bruce DynanThe famine afflicting millions in the Horn of Africa appears so vast you could wonder what your donations could possibly do to alleviate this terrible situation. The truth is, in this very minute, you are saving lives, says Franciscan Sister Maureen Elliott.

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 12:35

Brigidines establish Kildare Ministries

Sister Louise Cleary csbThe Brigidine Sisters are pleased to announce the approval of Kildare Ministries, a new Public Juridic Person (PJP) approved by the Vatican, that will eventually take responsibility for the educational services and community works sponsored by the Brigidine Sisters.

Thursday, 03 November 2011 13:56

Dedicated to indigenous education

Sr Helen Parer ibvmLoreto Sister and educator Helen Parer ibvm recently retired after 13 dedicated years at Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs campus where her focus has been indigenous education.

Thursday, 20 October 2011 15:51

Religious support new Aboriginal centre

Aboriginal Catholic Services Centre opening, 30 Sept 2011Religious women and men from a number of different Orders joined with local Aboriginal people and the Bishop of Parramatta at the blessing and opening of the new Aboriginal Catholic Services Centre in Emerton in western Sydney.

Thursday, 13 October 2011 14:34

Congratulating the House of Hospitality

Sr Carmel HansonThis year marks the celebration of 20 years of the Lochinvar Sisters of St Joseph’s House of Hospitality in Newcastle, which has provided a home to many in need.

Thursday, 13 October 2011 14:23

Promoting bi-lingual teaching at Wadeye

Sr Tess Ward with a student at Thamarrurr School, WadeyeOLSH Sister Teresa (Tess) Ward, a teacher at Thamarrurr School, Wadeye in the Northern Territory, strongly supports bi-lingual literacy teaching for the indigenous students, writes Catholic Mission's Netta Kovach.  

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 16:58

Offering a journey of reconnection

Sr Bridie QuinnSt John of God Sister Bridie Quinn discusses her role as Catholic chaplain in a Western Australian prison.

Thursday, 29 September 2011 12:14

Meditating on forgiveness

Father Peter Carroll mscOn ABC Radio National’s Encounter program last year, Father Peter Carroll msc, Catholic chaplain at Sydney’s Long Bay Correctional Complex spoke about forgiveness, and Christian meditation sessions he runs with inmates.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 15:35

OLSH project in Africa

OLSH Sisters project in AfricaBuilding a multipurpose training centre for girls in Burkina Faso, one of Africa’s poorest countries will be the living legacy of celebrations to mark the centenary of the Australian Province of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH Sisters).

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 14:36

A privileged ministry with women in prison

Loreto Sister Marg Finlay ibvm reflects on her understanding of ministry and her particular role as Catholic chaplain at the Bandyup Women's Prison in Victoria.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011 12:11

A listening presence in prisons

Sr Therese CampbellAcross Australia, Religious and lay women and men listen to people in prisons in their role as chaplains. Marist Sister Therese Campbell reflects on her ministry of presence at Sydney’s Long Bay Correctional Centre.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 05:13

Ministries take new directions

Greater professionalism, creative problem-solving and the establishment of new entities are just some of the ways congregations are maintaining their ministries as members age and decrease.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 05:08

The gift of art

Sister Margaret Adams RSM reflects on the gift of art in the lives of women at Catherine House, a Mercy ministry in Adelaide.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 05:03

The courage of Kinglake

Sister Colleen Jackson RSC reflects on the privilege of ministering in Kinglake, one of the Victorian towns ravaged by bushfires on Black Saturday in February 2009.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 04:58

A safe haven at The Inn

Good Samaritan Sister Michelle Reid spends her days providing a safe haven for women and children who find themselves homeless.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 04:54

Consoling the bereaved in Mexico

Australian Columban priest, Father Kevin Mullins shares his experience helping out at the funerals of seven young men recently executed in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 04:51

Sister support for flood-affected

The Sisters of St Joseph are among a number of congregations that are supporting people affected by the recent floods, fires and cyclone.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 04:49

Maritime ministry awarded

The Sydney Seafarers' Centre where Sister of St Joseph Mary Leahy has worked for the past 19 years recently took out the top award for seafarers' welfare at a maritime industry event.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 04:45

Graceful ageing at Brigidine House

A joyful, beautiful place is how the Sisters and residents of Brigidine House, a residential aged care community in Sydney's east, describe their home.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 04:31

Mercy ministries live on at St Peter’s

The contribution of four Mercy Sisters to aged care has been honoured at Catholic Healthcare's new aged care service St Peter's, officially opened by the Governor-General of Australia on 2 August 2010.

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