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Featured Ministry

CRA’s members – more than 180 congregations of Sisters, Brothers and Religious Priests – are involved in a range of ministries in Australia and overseas. Their ministries include working in parishes, with asylum seekers and refugees, indigenous Australians, caring for creation, aged care, supporting victims of domestic violence, prison ministries, with people with a mental illness, homeless people, and in a range of ministries with people on the margins of society. Some of those ministries are highlighted here.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 20:44

A fortunate ministry in the Top End

Sr Leone at CatholicCareNTSister Leone Wittmack's ministry in the Northern Territory entails going out to the margins of Australia in some of the remotest areas of the country, walking in partnership with the people and offering much-needed services.

Fr Tony Herbert sjWhat is the most important contribution a person can make to those living on the margins of society? This is one of the central questions in Jesuit priest Fr Tony Herbert SJ’s new book, Disturbing the Dust, which has been published by Jesuit Mission.

Sr Jenny Seal olsh and Carmen BalalesThe Pastoral Framework for the Sacramental Catechesis of Children is helping to bring families, schools and parishes closer together, according to coordinators Carmen Balales and Sister Jenny Seal olsh.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 10:12

Kindness is always seen and heard

Sr Mary OShannessy fcj 150What is it like for people to deal with severely impaired vision and for those losing their eyesight? Sister Mary O’Shannessy fcj writes about her work in Vision Australia and invites us into compassion and accompaniment.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 11:16

Loreto Sisters Ministries in action

loreto ministries videoWatch a short video highlighting the work of the Loreto Sisters as they reach out to Australian communities and to young people in Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

aboriginal student sgs rural outreachThe first female Aboriginal student sponsored by the Good Samaritan Sisters’ Rural Outreach program has graduated after completing Year 12 at Nagle Catholic College in Geraldton, Western Australia.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 13:44

Love thy neighbour

Loreto sister timor2Education provides the pathway out of poverty and the impact the Loreto Sisters are having in Timor-Leste and many others will remain in my heart forever, writes Elouise Hahn as she reflects on her deeply moving experience in East Timor.

Monday, 14 November 2016 14:21

New chapter begins for Dominican education

Dominican new PJPA new entity which will assume stewardship of seven Dominican schools located in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney has been unveiled.

erea jp framework150Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) has launched a framework for educating for justice and peace entitled, "With Head, Heart, Hands and Feet" to be implemented in its schools and organisations.

ursulines toowoomba150The Ursuline Sisters have transferred ownership and governance of St Ursula’s College to Toowoomba diocese, reports The Catholic Leader.

Bethlehem 75thBethlehem has lived through many changes of service and name but what remains constant is the sense of compassion when one enters. Sister Bernadette Fitzgerald lcm fondly reflects upon the spirit of the Sisters and staff who have “been Bethlehem people” and their legacy of loving care.

kids helpline logoThe Lasallian welfare agency yourtown has released a new report, showing its Kids Helpline service is proving to be highly effective at helping children and young people improve their emotional wellbeing.

Monday, 16 May 2016 20:58

Kiribati commitment

kiribati port pirieThe Catholic Education Office of the Diocese of Port Pirie and the Good Sams have established a partnership agreement enabling staff from diocesan schools to engage in a two-way outreach experience in Kiribati, reports The Witness.

Friday, 13 May 2016 12:44

Partnering for mercy: Arrupe Place

Arrupe PlaceThe expansion of Arrupe Place in Western Sydney demonstrates the collaboration between the Mercy Sisters of Parramatta, Sisters of Charity and Good Sams who bring their own traditions of wisdom and service to the work of Jesuit Refugee Service, as the ministry continues to draw not only on other religious congregations but different sectors of the Catholic community.

exodus communityExodus House volunteers reach out to one of the Victoria's most disadvantaged areas and welcome people for friendship and material, emotional and spiritual support.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 12:01

Sharing Memories from PNG

PNG Lasallian eventDe La Salle Brothers from the Philippines have joined with fellow Brothers from Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea to mark a milestone in the 70-year history of the Lasallian Mission in Papua New Guinea, writes Michael Kenny.

Indigenous Middle SwanDrawing upon the inspiration of our Founder, St John Baptist De La Salle, La Salle College Middle Swan has developed an innovative boarding program over the past ten years, targeted specifically at Indigenous students from remote communities in Western Australia, writes Michael Kenny.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 10:18

Encounter with dignity

web PNG prisonMercy Sister Sally Bradley accompanied the Papua New Guinea Sisters in their ministry while on visitation and reflected upon her deeply moving experience of mercy and dignity at the Bihute Jail in Goroka PNG.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 11:13

Sister Sally's mission of hope

Sr Sally Duigan olsh xmasA South Australian nun is battling poverty and a crippling AIDS crisis to bring life and hope to children of South Africa. Sister Sally Duigan olsh says she’s simply living out her congregation’s charism of love and compassion. Jessica Braithwaite reports from Ofcolaco, Limpopo.

arrupe place awardThe Australian Psychological Society (APS) has presented the 2015 Community Wellbeing Award to Arrupe Place in recognition of the support services they provide for people seeking asylum living in the community.

schools package ssjg 150A new $41,000 education resource package aligned with the Australian Curriculum was launched in Broome last week, giving schools throughout the country increased access to one of the best collections on the social history of the Kimberley - the Relationships Exhibition of the Sisters of St John of God Heritage Centre in Broome.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 09:36

Language lifeline for women

sophia centre 150English classes for refugee women have been running for more than 14 years from SOPHIA, an ecumenical, feminist spirituality centre in Adelaide built by the Dominican Sisters, which recently launched a book detailing their students' stories, writes Rebecca DiGirolamo.

Monday, 21 September 2015 22:30

Mater Dei goes solar

Mater-Dei-solar-150Mater Dei School for children with special needs in Camden, NSW, is the latest in a growing number of Good Samaritan Education schools to embrace solar power so as to reduce their electricity costs and their carbon footprint.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015 08:28

Healing through ministry

Sr Angela NamaikaOn her visit to Australia, Sister Angelique Namaika calls attention to the plight of women who are victims of violence and sexual slavery in war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and talks about her work helping them overcome trauma and rebuild their lives.

good shepherd sisters logoRhonda Cumberland and Adam Mooney, CEOs of Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and Good Shepherd Microfinance respectively, were called on to give evidence at the public hearings for the Royal Commission into Family Violence, affirming the organisation's leadership in assisting vulnerable women and girls.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015 14:02

"If it is God's work it will continue..."

Sr Maureen Sexton rsm and grp

Mercy Sisters Maureen Sexton and Catherine Corbett set up a ministry for West Papuan refugees which later grew into the Mercy Works Kiunga Program (MWKP) and handed over to lay administrators. Sister Barbara Broad writes on the project's legacy and the community's loving farewell to the Mercy Sisters in the Kiunga Diocese.

Friars Van150A generous benefactor gave Sydney's Capuchin Franciscans an upgraded "Friars' Van", allowing them to expand their ministry of distributing hot drinks and food, as well as listening, interacting and giving dignity to those battling to survive.

Cabrini Malvern nurses 150Mother Cabrini’s spirit of compassion and care, and the work of the founding Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, lives on in the people who have now been entrusted at Cabrini Health to care for those in need, writes Fiona Basile.

LSP appealThe love for the elderly by the Little Sisters of the Poor is captivating for both Catholic and non-Catholic visitors to witness as they continue the inspiration of their founder St Jeanne Jugan who encouraged them to ‘make the elderly happy’. Today they need help to build more independent living units to keep caring for its residents as a family, writes Christine Diamond.

Thursday, 30 April 2015 11:34

Sr Diaan works on a dream

Sr Diaan Stuart ibvmLoreto Sister Diaan Stuart will soon open the Loreto Garaic-uai School, which has taken her on a nine-year journey travelling around schools in East Timor and educating the teaching community in a more modern approach to education, writes Paul Dobbyn.

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