Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) is the peak body for leaders of Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life resident in Australia. Our membership comprises more than 180 congregations of Sisters, Brothers and Religious Priests living and working in all states and territories.

News & Views

  • Compensations for victims, says Catholic Church

    francis sullivan150Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, calls on the government to introduce a compensation scheme for victims of child sexual abuse in the wake of the Royal Commission hearings into St Joseph's Orphanage Neerkol in in ABC Brisbane's radio program "Drive" with Rebecca Levingston.

  • An opportunity to be inspired and to share

    Fr Noel Connolly ssc150The upcoming Mission Conference aims to give those out “on the streets” and perhaps “bruised, hurting and dirty” a scriptural and theological vision that will unite, encourage, sustain and enable them in their various vocations, writes Columban Father Noel Connolly, Chair of CRA's Australian Mission Network.

  • Passionist nuns celebrate 200 years

    passionist sisters 150The Passionist Sisters of St Paul of the Cross celebrated the bicentenary of their foundation in Adelaide by paying tribute to their foundress Maria Maddalena Frescobaldi – a married woman and mother who began a community with four young converted prostitutes for a life driven by the passion of Jesus and the sorrows of Mary.


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Our Stories

  • Daring with holy boldness

    Sr Margaret Cannane pbvm 150Presentation Sister Margaret Cannane's address during the official opening of Presentation House in Lismore last year needs to be retold. Her words allow us to walk along its storied halls and hear the history of the Presentation Sisters' ministry from Ireland to Lismore NSW and their legacy of Catholic education, community life and commitment to the poor.


Gospel Reflection

  • Opening our hearts to the stranger

    Sr Veronica Lawson2 rsm150Reflection on the Gospel-Third Sunday of Easter Year B, 19 April 2015 (Luke 24:35-48)

    If we allow our hearts to “burn” within us, we too may recognise the Risen One in our gatherings and become “witnesses to the ends of the earth”, writes Mercy Sister Veronica Lawson.


Year of Consecrated Life

  • Discerning the call to consecrated life: the signs (Part 2)

    Sr Margaret Ghosn mshfIn this year dedicated by Pope Francis to Consecrated Life, what are the signs to look for when young people discern the call to consecrated life? Maronite Sister Margaret Ghosn writes about vocation discernment in the second part of her piece for CRA's Reflection Series on the Year of Consecrated Life.


Featured Ministries

  • Caring for kids who need nurturing

    Sr Frances Flemming rsj2Josephite Sister Frances Flemming, chaplain at Reiby Juvenile Justice Centre in Airds ministers to detainees aged 12 to 16 years and considers her role as being a bit like grandma, writes Elizabeth Scully.



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Annandale, NSW 2038

Locked Bag 436
Annandale, NSW 2038

Phone: (02) 9557 2695

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