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News & Views

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

CRA Yr of Mercy logo 150Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) proudly unveils a logo to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy which began on the 8th of December 2015 and will conclude on the 20th of November 2016.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 12:29

The ultimate Christmas gift

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015As the world seems more angry, hatefilled and less tolerant, this Christmas the greatest gift any of us can give is the love of God, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.

redemptorists crestOn 26 November, Redemptorists of Australia, New Zealand and Samoa celebrated the establishment of the Province of Oceania, created to refocus the Redemptorist mission in the region.

Monday, 14 December 2015 15:55

A new beginning for Marist Sisters

Marist sisters ausOn December 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the inaugural day of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Marist Sisters all over the world marked a new period in their history as they became one congregation made up of 13 units. Australian sisters celebrated this new beginning with a ceremony for the Design for Life for the Unit of Australia.

mss 2015 chapterThe recent Missionary Sisters of Service Chapter gathering adopted a new way of governance, where lay people could be elected into the Governing Body and saw the election of three lay members into the new MSS Governing Body, reports the newsletter Highways and Byways.

rrr mission conference‘Review, Reimagine, Renew: Mission making a difference in a changing world’ is a national conference in Melbourne early next year that aims to provide valuable opportunities for reflection and spiritual development, and to build capacity in our Catholic community and beyond to manage change for the common good.

Mercy logo for YOM 150In a media release, the Sisters of Mercy worldwide are invited to enter into a year-long, reflection process as The Year of Mercy is welcomed with a symbolic opening of a local door of Mercy.

Fr Stephen Hackett mscFr Stephen Hackett, a priest of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, has been appointed the new General Secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

ofm sosj 1The recent launch of the Franciscan Community Development Program- Timor-Leste, a partnership between Mary MacKillop International (MMI) and the Franciscan Friars’ Province of the Holy Spirit illustrates the collaborative relationship bound by shared values between religious congregations at the local level.

augustinians logo 150The Augustinians recently marked the 30th anniversary of the arrival of the first friars in Korea - two Australian and two English priests, one of whom still serves in Korea today.

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015As the Year of Consecrated Life draws to a close, it is fitting to reflect on its major themes and our journey over the past twelve months, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm, as she highlights the strong bond that religious Institutes have with each other and reaffirms that more can be achieved by working together. 

Sr Anne Gardiner and TiwiAmong religious women and men who are recognised for their service to the disadvantaged, the work of Sisters Nora Hanrahan olsh, Annette Shears pbvm and Anne Gardiner olsh were recently highlighted for their dedication to migrants and refugees, the people of Kiribati and Tiwi Islands.

Dominican Melb 800The Dominican family worldwide ushered in the Jubilee of the 800th anniversary of the the Order of Preachers on the weekend of 7 November 2015.

Fr Mark Hanns msc 150An article by Adelaide priest Fr Mark Hanns msc offering a reinterpretation on current teaching of the Church on marriage breakdown has been published in the British Catholic weekly newspaper, The Tablet.

Friday, 13 November 2015 13:24

Pope's family synod and child sexual abuse

pope synod150Two members of the Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC) had the opportunity to speak to the Pope's Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome last month, reports the TJHC eNewsletter.

Sr Carmen  Sr GuilherminaIn the wake of last month's Synod of Bishops, Sister Carmen Sammut msola who heads the umbrella group for some 600,000 global Catholic women religious has said that women are called to carry forth the pastoral work that the official church is sometimes not able to do, reports the National Catholic Reporter.

Steve-Bevans-150About 150 participants gathered in Melbourne in October for the International Mission Symposium – an event aimed at celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s decree on Mission, Ad Gentes.

Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:12

And the greatest of these is love

Fr Andy Hamilton 150Traditionally, for Catholics, November is a time for remembering the dead, those “who have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith”. Fr Andrew Hamilton sj reflects on endings and beginnings.

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 15:35

New Norcia wins community heritage grant

new norciaThe Benedictine community at New Norcia, Australia's only monastic town, has been awarded a $12,727 federal Community Heritage Grant to fund custom-made storage furniture for the collection of historic Spanish Vestments.

Sr Clare Condon sgs150Australian Catholic religious orders of women face diminishment as our older members come to the end of their lives and new membership is scarce. We have a powerful belief in life hereafter, and death does not dominate nor diminish the life or ministries of individuals or of the group, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 10:06

Walk together to say Welcome

say welcome syd150On Saturday, October 31 everyone is invited to #SayWelcome in cities and towns across Australia and reaffirm that Australians are a welcoming, generous and compassionate people.

francis sullivan150Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC), identifies and addresses some of the cultural issues within the Church which may have been factors contributing to the abuse crisis in his wide-ranging speech for the Blackfriars Lecture Series.

Monday, 19 October 2015 15:45

Thank you for the Canberra meeting

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015The establishment of a cross-party/interfaith taskforce, facilitated by CRA, is a wonderful outcome of the recent Canberra meeting between religious leaders and Parliamentarians, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm, as she also thanks all those who made this meeting possible.

Monday, 12 October 2015 13:24

2015 National Carers Week

carers week 2015National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation. It will run from Sunday 11 October until Saturday 17 October 2015.

Asia Pacific UN Women photoDespite enormous improvements in the health, education and employment of girls, much needs to be done to break down the social, cultural and religious practices protected by patriarchal power which keep girls “in their place,” writes Sister Libby Rogerson ibvm in the Loreto Networker.


mission month poster150Celebrate World Mission Sunday on 18 October 2015 with an International Mission Symposium in Melbourne and download resources from the Australian Divine Word Missionaries and Catholic Mission.

ncec brochure cvrCatholic religious orders were providing educational opportunities for students with disability as far back as the 1870s and Catholic education remains firmly committed to the education of students with disability, a Senate committee was told last week.

Monday, 21 September 2015 22:43

Encouraging a culture of care

Sr Berneice Loch rsm150 2015As members of religious institutes, we want to be front and centre in responding to Pope Francis’ call for both simple acts and participation in the larger societal strategies to bring about positive change in our world, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.

Monday, 21 September 2015 22:28

Compassion that is true and substantive

Sr Clare Condon sgs150The compassion of the Christian Gospels is grounded in human rights and human dignity; there is nothing condescending, sentimental or selective about it. It comes with a cost, requiring us “to suffer with” another, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.

Friday, 18 September 2015 11:25

2015 International Day of the Girl Child

Asia Pacific UN Women photoInternational Day of the Girl Child is marked on 11 October every year to recognise girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. Resources and prayers are available through the Australian Bishops' National Office for the Participation of Women (OPW).

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