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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, 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.


Monday, 27 June 2011 16:48

CRA launches new website

Sister Anne Derwin, rsj, CRA president22 August 2011

CRA’s new website will be a wonderful communication tool to highlight the role of Religious women and men in Australia today, said CRA National President Sister Anne Derwin rsj.

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