A survey sponsored by CRA in 2009 found that there were 8,422 Catholic Religious in Australia. Of that number, 5,927 were Religious Sisters, 884 Religious Brothers and 1,611 Religious order priests. Here are some of their stories:
More than 150 people recently gathered at St Joseph’s Church in Subiaco to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Marist Brothers and their continuing dedication to “making Jesus Christ known and loved”.
Neil Helmore of the Catholic Diocese of Townsville met Cardinal John Ribat, Papua New Guinea's first locally-born cardinal and the first cardinal from the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and heard the stories closest to his heart.
A recent book by Josephite Sister Clare Aherne outlines stories of religious women from across the seas, knitting together the historic contribution of the Josephites, their connection to Saint Mary MacKillop and their emotional experience of emigration, writes Caroline Smith.
Since 1978 Father Bruce Clark ocarm has been serving in Australia and East Timor. He offers us a glimpse of his work and how he represents Australia to his community as Director of Formation and Novice Master of the Carmelite Order in East Timor.
Fr Bernadinus (Bedi) Asmon svd, a young missionary from Indonesia, who undertook his formation in Australia, is now living and ministering in Brazil where he has discovered that music is the common language with the people he serves.