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News & Views

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

Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:06

ABC program on poet Peter Steele sj

Father Peter Steele sjThis Sunday, 2 October at 7.10am, Encounter on ABC Radio National pays tribute to Jesuit Peter Steele, a distinguished poet, priest, scholar and educator. The program is repeated on Wednesday, 5 October at 7pm.

Thursday, 29 September 2011 12:56

Recommending 'Red Dog'

The Josephite Ecology Group recommends the Australian film, Red Dog, especially if you watch it with your ‘care of creation’ eyes!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 16:47

Pride of Australia award for WA Sister

Sister Theresa Morellini rsjSister Theresa Morellini rsj, a member of the Warmun Aboriginal community leadership team in the Kimberley region, was awarded a Pride of Australia medal in the Community Spirit category.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 15:13

Discovering the sense of the sacred

Bishop William MorrisReverend Bill Morris, Emeritus Bishop of Toowomba, spoke on 'discovering the sense of the sacred' when he delivered the John Wallis Memorial Lecture in Melbourne recently, reports Anne Rennie. 

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 12:37

OLSH Sisters celebrate centenary

One hundred years to the day after the founding of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart’s (OLSH) Australian Province, the Congregation’s Australian-born Superior General, Sister Mary Fyfe, spoke of the strength of her fellow Religious women at a centenary dinner in Sydney's Kensington.

Monday, 19 September 2011 11:14

Honouring our chaplains in prisons

On Social Justice Sunday, 25 September, we celebrated the work of prison chaplains and all who work to bring hope and support to prisoners. 

Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:41

Healthcare honour for Mercy midwife

Mercy Sister Helen Monkivitch AO, Director of Leadership and Mission at Mercy Health & Aged Care, has been awarded Catholic Health Australia's (CHA) Sister Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award. 

Tuesday, 13 September 2011 15:18

Being hospitable post 9/11

How can we live the Gospel imperative of hospitality when we have become so wary of the stranger in our midst, asks Sister Veronica McDougall sgs in the latest edition of The Good Oil, the e-news of the Good Samaritan Sisters.

Monday, 05 September 2011 14:55

The Good Samaritan water engineer

There aren’t too many nuns who are also water engineers. In a video report from Sean Dorney, the ABC’s Pacific Correspondent, find out how Good Samaritan Sister, Marella Rebgetz is helping to solve Kiribati’s critical water needs as a water engineer.

Monday, 05 September 2011 13:48

The bold witness of youth

Father Peter Hosking sj, Rector of Sydney's St Aloysius' College, Milsons Point reflects on his faith-affirming time at World Youth Day with 28 students from his school. 

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 16:20

Ursuline Sister makes final profession

Sister Sue CochraneTo anyone discering a vocation I would say listen to your heart, says newly professed Ursuline Sister Sue Cochrane. 


Thursday, 04 August 2011 04:09

Listening to the Spirit

The theme of CRA's 2011 National Assembly spoke of the hope that springs from the Christ to whom we Religious are committed.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 04:07

Leading a future of hope

Being people of hope in the world was a recurring mantra among congregational leaders at CRA's 2011 National Assembly held recently in Brisbane.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 04:01

Towards an adult Church

Good Samaritan Sister Patty Fawkner explores the tensions between the conservative and liberal elements of the Church and within herself.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 03:47

Colonisation continues today

We need to come from a more humble stance of listening and responding rather than ruling and domineering, writes Sister Clare Condon SGS.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 03:41

The mystery of the living God

The death and resurrection of Jesus absorbs our thoughts and prayer this April as the Religious of Australia continue to stand in hope with the suffering peoples of our country.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 03:36

Inspiring hearts and minds

At a recent ACU graduation ceremony where Sister Anne Derwin RSJ received the University's highest honour she spoke about the call of teachers to open minds and inspire hearts.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 03:21

The future of aged care

Aged Care reform was the focus when Catholic Health Australia's Martin Laverty spoke to representatives from religious congregations in Sydney on 11 March 2011.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 03:08

Reflecting on a momentous year

As 2010 draws to a close we reflect on a momentous year for many religious congregations - not the least of which was the canonisation of Australia's first saint.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 03:04

The best gift at Christmas

'Being-with' others in joy or sorrow or in the humdrum of life is probably the best Christmas gift we can offer and the best gift we can receive, reflects Sister Veronica Lawson RSM.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 03:02

Older, fewer but doing new things

The country's Religious are older and fewer but they are doing many new things, the 2009 survey of Catholic Religious Institutes in Australia has found.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 02:59

Reflecting on new directions

Father Noel Connolly SSC reflects on the future of religious life following the recent release of the report on the 2009 survey of Catholic Religious Institutes in Australia.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 02:56

Celebrating a saintly legacy

The canonisation of Australia's first saint in the person of Mary Mackillop (St Mary of the Cross) on 17 October has been celebrated in Australia by Christian communities and the general public in ways that we may not have imagined.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 02:48

Reflecting on a day of great blessing

At a press conference following the canonisation ceremony, Sister Anne Derwin, Congregational Leader of the Josephites, reflected on the "beautiful, solemn, reverent and spectacular liturgy".

There is a great desire in the Australian heart to be hospitable to people from other cultures and religions, says Trish Madigan OP, who recently completed a series of interfaith talks in five regional centres.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 02:38

Religious women gather in Rome

At a recent global gathering of women religious leaders in Rome involving 11 Australians, participants were challenged to renew their commitment to the mystical and prophetic dimensions of their lives.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 02:35

Vocation conference offers sharing and hope

There was a great sense of hope and potential when lay and Religious vocations personnel gathered at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney for the Diocesan Vocations Directors' Conference.

Thursday, 04 August 2011 02:32

New program welcomes overseas Religious

Eighteen Religious women and men from Oceania and Asia gathered in Melbourne on the June long weekend to take part in Catholic Religious Australia's (CRA) 'Welcome to Australia' program.

In launching a new book on the Family Care Sisters, Australian author and columnist Michael McGirr thanked God for "difficult women" like the order's founder, Maude O'Connell.

Monday, 27 June 2011 18:06

Discerning Britain’s smoke and fire

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJFather Andrew Hamilton sj, consulting editor of Eureka Street considers the ‘everyday’ causes of the recent riots in Britain, and the absence of adult authority figures, connection and purpose.


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