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News & Views

CRA and members of Religious congregations across Australia reflect on current issues in our world and our Church.

Friday, 08 July 2016 11:56

Do we need women deacons?

Sr Mary McDonald sgsWhy ordain women as deacons to stand forever on the first rung of the hierarchical clerical ladder, asks Good Samaritan Sister Mary McDonald.

calvary health dvd 1Calvary Care, the health care organisation established by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, has produced an educational DVD on end of life care.

kiribati 25 annivThe Sisters of the Good Samaritan marked 25 years of presence and ministry in Kiribati with a joy-filled Mass and traditional community celebration, reports The Good Oil.

Sr Ruth Durick osu 150The current Australian Provincial of the Ursulines of the Roman Union, Ruth Durick osu, was elected as the new President of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) at the recent CRA National Assembly held in the Blue Mountains on 21-23 June 2016.

Marcelle Mogg 150Marcelle Mogg, CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), urges support for the much needed Rural Community Resilience Programme proposed to take over tailored community mental health services for struggling rural communities that will be defunded from July 1.

francis sullivan150Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, writes about the openness and resolve by religious leaders at the CRA National Assembly to embrace more change and for even more rigorous professional standards and formation.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 13:02

Signifying God's presence in history

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015Mysticism marks our fundamental identity as Religious, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.

Sr Cecilia Wiltshire pbvmReligious were among those in the list of recipients in The Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List in recognition of their service to education, winemaking, tourism, community life and social welfare programs.

Sr Tess Ward fdnsc 150Sister Tess Ward fdnsc had her face painted traditionally to mark that she belongs to the land in the Aboriginal Community of Wadeye and honoured her as a champion of bilingual education, reports the ABC News' Northern Territory bureau.

Monday, 06 June 2016 10:34

New leadership team for Brigidines

Brigidine logoThe Brigidines have a new congregational leadership team elected at the recent congregational forum in Ireland last month led by Sister Cathy O’Connor csb.

PopeFrancis150Pope Francis has issued a motu proprio establishing norms or causes to merit the removal of Bishops who fail to act on sex abuse, reports Vatican Radio.

Fr Bob Kisala SVDThe leadership of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) in Rome has found the Australian Province to be young and vibrant, with hope for the future, and focused on its role serving multi-ethnic parishes, indigenous communities, intercultural living, formation, and inter-faith dialogue.

PopeFrancis150Pope Francis has ruled that diocesan bishops must consult with the Vatican before establishing a diocesan religious order, reports UCANews.

Friday, 20 May 2016 11:23

So, what's next?

francis sullivan150After nearly three-and-a-half years into the Royal Commission’s inquiry, the overriding narrative of how institutions dealt with the sexual abuse of children is fairly obvious, says Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council (TJHC).

Bishop Long van NguyenThe Franciscans and Vietnamese community are proud of Bishop Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen's appointment as Bishop of Parramatta, recognising that he is a bishop for all: belonging to every group, every community, every culture and background in the Diocese, reports Catholic Outlook.

Monday, 16 May 2016 20:33

Think global, act local

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015I am writing from the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) Plenary meeting in Rome where I find myself in awe at being one of 870 leaders of congregations of women. In all this diversity there is great strength, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.

thinking on bench150The CEO of the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council, Mr Francis Sullivan, has recently given his support to the call for a national “truth telling” process to be part of redress for survivors of child sexual abuse, reports The Record.

2016 Proclaim 150With 120 days to go, Registrations for PROCLAIM 2016, a conference on the New Evangelisation, have now opened with great Early Bird rates available.

thinking on bench150Professor Maria Harris offers her thoughts on the "extra special care" we need to show for each other as we react to sexual abuse that has been heightened by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

charity graphic 150The document, "Political campaigning and advocacy by registered charities: what you need to know" presents charities with new guidelines for how charitable organisations should engage in political advocacy.

Fr Don Grant SVDFr Don Grant svd is to receive an honour from the Government of Papua New Guinea, in recognition of his service to the country, reports In The Word, the e-news of the Divine Word Missionaries' Australian Province.

Thursday, 28 April 2016 10:08

Join "Give Us A Sign" for peace campaign

give us a sign logoThis campaign for peace is asking everyone to display messages of peace on their public noticeboards throughout the month of May.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 00:07

The joy of love

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015Since the release of Amoris Laetitia,  there has been praise, questioning and disappointment. As a Church within the world, we encourage open discussion and debate as both healthy and necessary, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.

Fr Frank Brennan sj2America Magazine has published a wide-ranging interview with human rights advocate Father Frank Brennan sj on the Australian Church in light of the sex abuse scandal and the unprecedented 20 hours of testimony from Cardinal Pell that was televised nationally.

using mercying appAn app that supports action and contemplation of the movement of Mercy in daily life has clocked up 2,000 downloads. It is now being used across the globe for both personal and group reflection including in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and Ireland.

SVD in TimorThe Divine Word Missionaries Australia Province and the Timor Leste Region are exploring new possibilities for collaboration in a range of areas, including mission and formation, reports In The Word.

Sr Clare Condon sgs150There is no single dimension of the Resurrection that can provide us with a comprehensive understanding. But symbols assist us as we seek understanding, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.

tjhc logo150We are asking governments to do the right thing, stick by their commitments to abuse survivors and get on with the job of delivering a fair and reasonable national redress and we pray for a new way of seeing in this Easter season, writes Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council.

Fr Frank Freeman sdbResurrection comes from the Latin word ‘re-surgere’ meaning a new surge of life, a lifting up once again. This is what resurrecting Christianity is all about; the continual surge of new life into all which is human, writes Salesian Father Frank Freeman.

Sr Gerri sgs ChrisThe Good Samaritan Sisters marked the 30th anniversary of their arrival in the Western Australian outback parish of Mt Magnet in a weekend of celebrations, reports The Good Oil.

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