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News & Views

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

ausflag150Among recipients of Australia Day 2015 honours were Religious who were awarded medals of the Order of Australia (OAM) for their contributions to the Catholic Church, refugee support and resettlement, and education.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 11:09

135 years of RSCJ in New Zealand

rscj logo 15019 January marked the 135th anniversary of the arrival of the first Religious of the Sacred Heart in Aotearoa New Zealand, and thus the beginning of the RSCJ presence in what is now the Australia New Zealand Province, reports the Sacred Heart Circle e-newsletter.

Monday, 19 January 2015 14:32

Missionary Sisters of Service book launched

bruny island bookThe connection between the Missionary Sisters of Service and Bruny Island was celebrated in the book "The Bruny Island Connection" by Sister Carmel Hall mss launched at the congregation's celebration of its 70th anniversary in a pilgrimage to the island.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 22:38

Peace is purpose within the mended mind

Fr Frank Freeman sdbPeace is conceived in recognition of human fragility and born in a change of attitude. Peace demands a mentality and a spirit which, before turning to others, must permeate the one who wishes to bring peace, writes Salesian Father Frank Freeman sdb in his editorial in the December 2014 edition of The Salesian Bulletin that resonates in this New Year, beyond Christmas.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 21:12

On being a Redemptorist and a Bishop

Bp Paul Bird cssr150Ballarat Bishop Paul Bird cssr sees himself as something of a grandfather as he reflects on being a Redemptorist and a Bishop. 

Mary Aikenhead trustees 2014The Congregational Leader and Council of the Sisters of Charity of Australia recently held a missioning ceremony for two new Trustees of Mary Aikenhead Ministries, the last official act of Sister Annette Cunliffe and her Council, before the new leadership team of Sister Clare Nolan and her Council commence their term.

Missionary Franciscan Sisters mficAt a celebration of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters, the outgoing Leadership Team was thanked and farewelled and the incoming Leadership Team of Sisters Catherine White (Leader), Patricia Treacy (Assistant Leader), and Elaine Morzone (Councillor) were welcomed.

Monday, 15 December 2014 13:34

God with us

Sr Berneice Loch rsm 150In a season characterised by shopping and material concerns, CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm reflects on the significance of the Incarnation - God becoming man - on our ecological consciousness.

Sr-Elizabeth-Delaney-sgsGood Samaritan Sister Elizabeth Delaney has been appointed General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), an ecumenical organisation that brings together a number of Australia’s Christian churches in dialogue and practical cooperation.

Sr Ann Stevens sjc150From Pascoe Vale to Freetown, medical doctor Sister Ann Stevens sjc is coordinating the relief efforts of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny in Sierra Leone. The need continues to grow as even those who don't have the disease are adversely affected, writes Sister Josephine O'Kelly sjc. 

Monday, 15 December 2014 11:30

Lasallians welcome new leader

Br David Hawke fscThe new leader of the De La Salle Brothers, Brother David Hawke fsc, looks forward to building upon what is already in place as the work of the District expands to include Pakistan.

Monday, 15 December 2014 10:25

Amazing grace

Fr Adrian Meaney msc 150As a parish priest in Alice Springs many Christmases ago, Father Adrian Meaney msc experienced a moment of intimate grace. He looks back at this memory and reminds us to let our hearts be open to the cry of the poor who need the most basic of services such as water, sanitation, or health or educational facilities.

Friday, 12 December 2014 12:06

“The Religious made Bishop of a Diocese”

bishop greg okelly official150Port Pirie Bishop Greg O'Kelly sj shares his experiences and insights as one who is a member of a Religious Order being made the Bishop of a diocese at the Joint Meeting of the Australian Bishops Conference and Religious in Sydney.

Friday, 12 December 2014 09:43

TJHC releases Activity Report

francis sullivan150The Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council has today released a major report detailing its activities over the past two years, examining the eight public hearings involving Catholic Church institutions in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.

ycl150Catholic Communications features the much anticipated Mass of the Archdiocese of Sydney to herald the start of the Year of Consecrated Life and also honours the diversity of mission and membership of Australian religious.

Archbishop Denis Hart150In his address presented during the recent joint meeting of Bishops and Religious, Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart shares his insights and hopes for Australian religious men and women in the Year of Consecrated Life.

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 11:19

Australian Ursulines' new website

Ursulines website150The Australian Ursulines have launched their redesigned website. The colours are soft, the content is comprehensive and wide-ranging. It is easy to navigate, reports CathNews.

PopeFrancis150Pope Francis issued a letter for the Year of Consecrated Life,expressing his expectations for the yearlong observance: that consecrated men and women would be witnesses of communion, of joy and the Gospel, and go evermore to the peripheries to proclaim the Good News, reports the Vatican Radio.

praying handsSunday 7 December 2014 has been designated a Day of Solidarity with the Christians of the Middle East by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, involving prayer and a financial offering to help alleviate the suffering of Christians, especially the many Iraqi refugees, according to a media release.

Fr-Bill-Burt-svdThe amazing growth of the Church in eastern Indonesia, has largely sprung from the seeds planted long ago by pioneer missionaries from the Society of the Divine Word and the Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, writes Fr Bill Burt svd.

Sunday, 30 November 2014 21:42

My hopes for the Year of Consecrated Life

ycl150What can we do in this ‘moment of time’ in the life-long journey which is consecrated life? My hopes for the Year of Consecrated Life are related to these four areas: our global context, our Australia and Pacific context, each congregation or institute's context and in the context of each consecrated woman or man, writes Mercy Sister Annette Schneider. 

Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:34

Salesian Sisters celebrated 60 years

SalesianSisters2014smallSalesian Sisters celebrated sixty years of their ministry in the South Pacific region with a special Eucharist on Saturday 22nd November.

Thursday, 27 November 2014 11:17

Centenary celebrations for the Pauline family

society st paulThe centenary celebration of the Society of St Paul will come to a close on November 27 in Rome with a solemn thanksgiving Mass celebrated by the Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, following a special audience with Pope Francis, reports The Catholic Leader.

FCJ prayer150The Faithful Companions of Jesus' Mission and Identity Team has released a beautiful pamphlet "Prayer to launch the Year of Consecrated Life" to help foster a renewed understanding of religious vocation for all -laypersons, professed religious or priests.

Thursday, 20 November 2014 08:55

Launch of book on women religious

perfect charity book150Morning Star Publishing invites everyone to the book launch of "Perfect Charity", a book of stories on women religious living the spirit of Vatican II, on 28 November 2014, Friday, 5-7pm at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 08:17

Wrapping the world in prayer for peace

cross candles150On the first Sunday of Advent, as the Year of Consecrated Life begins, Benedictines in Australia will pray for peace at First Vespers on this day. Join them in making November 29 a universal day of prayer of peace.

Fr Erasmus Norviewu-Mortty svdChristianity in Africa is growing fast, but this growth, together with unique cultural factors, presents both challenges and opportunities if the African people are to transform a ‘Sunday Christianity’ into an ongoing personal relationship with Jesus Christ, a Mission Day gathering of Divine Word Missionaries has heard.

Monday, 17 November 2014 20:49

Pallottines seek to light fuse

Pallottine family logo150Detonating dynamite can be compared to one facet of being a religious today. Your gift may be lighting the fuse, holding the stick steady, seeing to its careful storage. Together, we can make the gospel something that destabilizes our fears and calls us to new intimacy with God and neighbour, writes Pallottine Brother Lindsay Rust.

Monday, 17 November 2014 18:30

On creativity, destruction and mercy

Sr Clare Condon sgs150Walter Kasper, in his book Mercy, gives us a clue about what we Christians need to cultivate in our lives, in the Church and in civil society, if anything is to change for the better, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 11:47

Exhibition of hope and love

mercy exhibitionA new exhibition in Brisbane that explores themes of social justice through artworks by refugee artists, a joint initiative of the Mercy Heritage Centre and Mercy Community Services, will run until March 2015 in Brisbane.

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