Australia has a new Ambassador to the Holy See, Ambassador Chiara Porro. Chiara is a 36 year old mother of two boys and she has a passion for youth outreach.
A number of Brigidine Sisters are members and supporters of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) around Australia. Recently the ACRATH group in West Australia collaborated with members
When a fire in Bundaberg recently destroyed a backpackers’ hostel and pub, members of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) were quick to respond by visiting the migrant
Brigidine Sisters offer congratulations to Patrician Brother Nicholas Harsas who has been awarded an OAM (Member of the Order of Australia) for service to education and the Church. He is
On April 22, 2020, people around the world celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day to demonstrate their support for protecting our environment. As we commemorate Earth Day, as well as
A story in the March 20, 2020 edition of National Catholic Reporter on climate crisis, faith and action, offers some solemn warnings by indigenous leaders of the world. As we
The Comboni Missionary Sister Gabriella Bottani, the International Co-ordinator of Talitha Kum, has shared the good news that a new international network against human trafficking has been set up in
From 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10 December – International Human Rights Day we invite you to join the international campaign against gender
We are invited to mark the United Nation’s (UN) International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. This day aims to educate us all
The resilience and courage of young women who have been trafficked is truly amazing! Thankfully through the work of Talitha Kum some of their stories can be heard and the
Telling stories of the struggles, achievements and strengths of all involved in the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project (BASP) in Albert Park, Victoria keeps alive the hopes and solidarity of the
Pope Francis on 26 September met participants in the general assembly of Talitha Kum, a worldwide network of religious congregations fighting against trafficking in human persons. He urged more congregations
The following statement has been issued in the lead up to the Climate Forum in Fiji: We the people of the Pacific Islands Development Forum, Striving to advance the sustainable
As a congregation Brigidines are a member of the Inter Congregational Voice on Climate Change and collaborate with Pacific Calling Partnership in raising awareness and advocating for responsible action in
The 2019 Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) meeting will be in Funafuti, the capital of Tuvalu, and will be hosted by the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Mr Enele Sopoaga. The meeting,
This World Day on 30 July was established by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and
The United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is held annually on 26 June to speak out against the crime of torture and to honour and support victims and survivors
In his homily during the Mass for the Opening of the XXI General Assembly of Caritas Internationalis Pope Francis spoke of “three essential elements for the Church ‘on its way’: the
The Brigidine Congregation continues to contribute through our Common Project Fund to the construction of safe housing for students living out of Nairobi in Kenya. This is currently being done through a
During the 2019 ACRATH National Conference Brigidine Sister Louise Cleary csb was interviewed about her involvement in ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Persons). Louise explains how, after meeting some trafficked persons,
The Gospel for this weekend from John 10: 27 – 30 speaks powerfully about the familiarity and intimacy between Jesus and his disciples, expressed as recognizing and knowing another’s voice. The Gospel
Three new signs have been created and installed in the grounds of St Joseph’s College, Echuca. The plan for these signs was first imagined by student leaders – ‘The Fire Carriers’ at
On Easter Sunday more than 250 people were killed in a series of what appears to be co-ordinated bomb attacks on Christian churches, city hotels and other sites in and around
The Gospel reading for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year C is from Luke 15:1-3 & 11-32. This parable of Jesus which appears only in Luke’s account, is one of the best known
For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history. Every
Heydi Foster the CEO of Misean Cara talks with Greg Daly from The Irish Catholic newspaper about Irish Religious making a difference around the world. He filed the following article
At the news of shocking terrorist attacks on our Muslim brothers and sisters gathered for prayer at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Brigidine Sisters hold them and all the citizens of New Zealand in prayer.
Brigidine Sister Brigid Arthur CSB remains a strong advocate for refugees and those seeking a safe haven in Australia. Brigid is a founder of the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project in Victoria
Compassion, forgiveness and love are rare commodities in our world and sometimes even in our own lives. There are many challenges in the Gospel Reading for the 7th Sunday in
Students, staff, those involved in Kildare Ministries and a number of Brigidine Sisters recently gathered in the Cathedral of St Stephen in Brisbane to mark the beginning of the school year
At a Vatican news conference underlining the importance of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking on February 8, Pope Francis said: “Faced with this tragic reality,
The 2019 Afri Justice and Peace Conference at the Solas Bhride Centre, Kildare Town is on Saturday 9 February. This conference is always a significant event during the annual Feile Bhride which is planned and co-ordinated by
It is estimated that globally at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of female genital mutilation (FMG). Girls aged 14 and younger represent 44
The Vatican has releases two new documents aimed at inspiring action, aiding current efforts and reaching the long-term goal of preventing and ultimately dismantling the most evil and sinful enterprise of
In these days of preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus, Pope Francis reminds us that “the plight of the Holy Family calls to mind the sufferings of the many
On 16 December 2018, we remember it is 120 years since the first Brigidine Sisters arrived in Masterton, New Zealand. Their arrival came at the end of their long journey by
A number of Brigidine Sisters joined with other Christians and members of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) at St Peter’s Anglican Church, East Melbourne for an ecumenical
At the end of the 2016 Congregational Forum in Tullow, Ireland our Brigidine Congregational Leadership Team stated in their Closing Message: “In these perilous times on our planet we have been inspired to
The Bishops of Oceania have joined a powerful appeal signed by six presidents of continental bishops’ conferences, calling on government leaders to take ambitious and immediate action to tackle and
This year marks 130 years since the first Brigidine Sisters arrived in Ararat on 14th November 1888. Ararat was and remains a centre of a large pastoral and agricultural district and has a
A report on a large scale research project conducted to find out the extent of involvement in anti-trafficking work by Catholic religious congregations in England & Wales was recently launched at a
Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) of which Brigidine Sisters are a member and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) have issued a joint statement welcoming the apology on October 21 by
At a recent meeting in Chicago, women religious, canon lawyers and bishops met with other leaders to deepen an understanding of the significant decline in the number of Sisters in
The work of Kildare Ministries was further enhanced this week through a meeting of members of the Kildare Ministries Members’ Council and the Brigidine Community Leadership Teams from NSW and Victoria and
The Brigidine Sisters and members of Cairde Bhride in Kildare invite you to an exploration of the theme of Beauty espoused by the late John O’Donohue in his book, “Divine
Brigidine Sisters are members and supporters of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) and are encouraged to know that Australia’s Foreign Minister, Ms Marise Payne, has addressed the UN General Assembly this
From 27th – 29th September the Board of UNANIMA International (UI) will hold its meeting in New York. Brigidine Sisters are proud and active members of UNANIMA International (UI) which is
On 21st September, students, staff, friends and the staff and Trustees of Kildare Ministries, joined with a number of Brigidine Sisters for the Ritual of Handing On the Land of
On 17 September, a number of Brigidine Sisters gathered with students, staff and friends of Killester College in Springvale, Victoria for a Ritual of Transfer of Land to the Stewardship of
Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) representing over 150 congregations of approximately 7000 religious women and men across Australia has released a statement in the lead up to the forthcoming forum – “Building
The Truth, Justice and Healing Council in Australia has urged the use of a quota mechanism to give women decision-making roles at all levels of the Church following the Royal
History tells us that since nuclear weapons testing began on 16 July 1945, nearly 2,000 have taken place. In the early phases of nuclear testing little consideration was given to
On Monday 13th August 2018, Marian College Ararat celebrated entrusting of stewardship of the land on which the College stands from the Brigidine Sisters to the new governance of Kildare
Increasing incidents of racism in Australia is of concern to Catholic Religious Australia. When expressions of racism were brought to a new level during a maiden speech by a senator in
The night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a crucial role in
The community of Marian College, a secondary College for girls in West Sunshine, Victoria was involved on 14 August 2018 in a truly marker moment in its proud history. With
To mark the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Ireland, Brigidine Sisters and members of Solas Bhride invite everyone to join them in a special pilgrimage to St. Brigid’s Well in Kildare
When he was the cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires and before he was elected Pope, the man who became Pope Francis was sometimes seen attending anti-death penalty gatherings in that city.
Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) comprises representatives of religious congregations of women and men throughout Australia. Brigidine Sisters are among its members. As a group involved with the education of generations of
On Friday 20th July The Honourable Mr Dan Tehan, Member for Wannon, Minister for Social Services opened the Brigidine Centre at Marian College, Ararat. The Brigidine Centre was formerly St
Students from Genazzano FCJ College in Kew, Melbourne, put their talents on show recently to help raise money for ACRATH.
Brigidine Sister Catriona Devlin csb recently led a creative and reflective workshop on “The Wisdom of Brigid – Woman of Hospitality and Justice” at the National Celtic Festival which was
Each year Mother Earth Day stresses the interdependence of all of creation. For this year, Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation – A Joint Commission of the USG & the
Pope Francis’ latest exhortation is a call to become holy by serving others, especially those most in need and migrants “who risk their lives to offer a future to their children”.
Recently Focus Ireland, a charity working with people experiencing homelessness or at risk of losing their homes, reported that there were nearly ten thousand people in Ireland who were homeless during last February. Unfortunately,
To mark Mother Earth Day this year, Solas Bhride Centre in Kildare, is inviting Amanda Dillon, a lecturer in the areas of spirituality, theology, scripture and art to explore Hildegard of Bingen’s concept of Viriditas
4 April 2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther Jr, aged 39, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA in 1968. Dr King (1929 – 1968) was an American Baptist
Thursday 22nd March, 2018 was a time of sacred history when Brigidine Sisters, staff members of St. Joseph’s College, people associated with the College and student representatives met in the historic
Buying slavery-free chocolate at Easter gives us an opportunity to take action against human trafficking and slavery for we know that some children working in some of the cocoa farms in West Africa
The Colosseum in Rome, the amphitheatre where early Christians were executed, was lit up in red for a recent event to highlight the rise of persecution and suffering of Christians in the Middle
This Project, based in Melbourne, Australia, aims to provide hospitality and practical support for people seeking asylum. The Project actively networks with like-minded individuals and groups working for justice for asylum
On the feast day of St Josepine Bakhita, February 8 we recall that Josephine Bakhita, who was born in Southern Sudan in 1869, was kidnapped as a small girl and sold
The Congregation of St Brigid, (Brigidine Sisters) is a proud and active member of UNANIMA International, a United Nations-based coalition of 22 congregations focussed on issues for women, children, migrants
Recently, Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) organized a workshop for Catholic priests and deacons who minister to migrant Catholic communities in the Melbourne Archdiocese. This workshop was
As Brigidines, we recognise that we are a diverse group of women, united by our history, charism, goodwill and commitment. We affirm the contribution of each sister. Her life, prayer
Pope Francis has designated February 8, the feast of St Josephine Bakhita, as the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking following a request from Talitha Kum,
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the USA and the January 2018 edition of Stop Trafficking! provides valuable information for all committed to bringing an end
Sometimes we’re tempted to doubt that human trafficking and slavery still exit in our time. However, unfortunately slavery is prevalent in a myriad of forms and in all countries throughout the world. While we
Solas Bhride Centre has three self-contained Hermitages in Kildare, Ireland which are available for short term stays for those who wish to have time out for quiet reflection and rest and/or time
The Brigidine Congregation is an active and proud member of UNANIMA International (UI). This is a non-governmental organization (NGO) advocating on behalf of women and children (particularly those living in
At a meeting on 1 December in Bangladesh, Pope Francis spoke with some of the Jesuits in Myanmar. His words of challenge to them offer us a particularly pertinent invitation and call as we
As these weeks of Advent help us in our learning to wait, we’re reminded of some of the women from the genealogy of Jesus and our sacred stories – Sara, Rebekah
Since the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25 November, whenever the small community of retired Brigidine Sisters at Malvern meet together for their midday meal, they make this
RENATE Network Working Board, representing 20 European countries, recently met in Malta to present and review work being done, plan into the future and exchange views, challenges, difficulties and best
November 25 is the start of the United Nations declared 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. The campaign finishes on December 10 which is Human Rights Day. This campaign
Samhain marks one of the two great doorways of the Celtic year, for the Celts divided the year into two seasons. The light at Bealtaine on May 1 and the
The Brigidine Congregation is a proud and active member of UNANIMA International. Presently Margaret Fyfe csb is the Brigidine representative on the UNANIMA International Board which recently met in New
Recently we have all become more aware of hurricanes and cyclones that have caused devastation across Latin America, the Caribbean and the American mainland ie hurricanes by the names of Harvey, Irma, Maria,
Achieving global nuclear disarmament is one of the oldest goals of the United Nations since it was the subject of the General Assembly’s first resolution in 1946. After general and complete
Speaking at a leaders’ event at the UN, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, said the Church has been speaking out against the abuses of human
As each one celebrates 40, 50, 60 or 70 years of Brigidine life and service we pray the following prayer in thanksgiving for you. Now is the time to celebrate! May
Each year on 23rd August, the United Nations invites everyone to observe the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. In
Each August we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration when we look to Jesus on the mountain, seeing the glory of God shining through and around him. On the feast of the
– opens 28 new homes for homeless, disabled and vulnerable people on land inside the gates leading to Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross, Dublin. (and to their own Generalate)
Ten Ten Theatre was asked by TRAC (Trafficking Awareness-Raising and Campaigning)– a group of 16 religious congregations of sisters from across the UK, – to consider producing a new piece
Groundbreaking anti-slavery project a first for Australia’s health care sector. For the full media release please click on the link.
World Environment Day this year occurs in the ominously still eye of the storm. The strident public debate about the reality of global warming and the threat it poses to
The leader of the Society of Jesus that helped found the Georgetown University in Washington DC recently addressed a number of descendants of slaves and asked for their forgiveness for
The parishioners at St Mary’s Parish Ararat, Victoria are committed to making sure that this Easter they buy and enjoy Easter Chocolate that is ethically sourced. Together with parishioners pictured
After many years of concerted efforts, the bill passed Ireland’s lower house, Dail Eireann earlier this month and was approved by the upper house, Seanad Eireann, a week later. Details
Four Brigidine Sisters attended the National Conference of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans held in Baulkham Hills, Sydney from 14- 16 February. Jan O’Neill and Kathleen Butler from
February 8 has been declared by Pope Francis as the feast day of St Josephine Bakhita, Canossian Sister, survivor and patron saint of trafficked people. Josephine Bakhita was kidnapped as
Brigidine Sisters invite you to join with them in marking the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita on 8 February. This day has been designated by Pope Francis as the world day of
Brigidine Sisters add their congratulations to Sr Michelle Morek on her recent appointment as liaison with women religious for the Global Sisters Report of the National Catholic Reporter. We have come
A number of Brigidines in Australia recently attended a lecture given by Fr Sean McDonagh, an Irish Columban missionary priest. Fr Sean is acknowledged as one of the preeminent scholars on the encyclical,
Following the tragic fire in a Springvale bank at the end of last week, Brigidine Sister, Brigid Arthur, Co-ordinator of the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project in Melbourne has called for
The IDPHT was first celebrated on the 8 February 2015 at the desire of Pope Francis, who in 2014, requested the International Union of Superiors and of Superiors General (UISG
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, Caritas Australia and Caritas Tonga have joined to produce the Caritas State of the Environment Report for Oceania 2016. The past year, 2015 – 2016 has
Pope Francis has announced that the next Synod of Bishops in 2018 will focus on young people. The theme of the Synod will be “Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment”.
The theme for this, the 30th UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is, “Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: Ending poverty in all its forms”. On this
Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE) is pleased to announce that 140 of their members will be gathering in Rome for their second Assembly November 6 – 12.
A number of religious orders have recently joined a global pledge to divest from fossil fuel investments. Some of these orders include the Jesuits in Canada; SSM Health in the
Solas Bhride is a Christian Spirituality Centre which welcomes people of all faiths and of no faith. The vision of the Centre is to unfold the legacy of St. Brigid
Pope Francis has announced plans for a worldwide day of prayer for the victims of sexual abuse, in line with a proposal from his child protection panel. It is believed
Pope Francis has announced that 1st September each year will be a day of Prayer for the Protection of Creation… World Day of Prayer for the Protection of Creation
Pope Francis recently visited a refugee centre in Rome housing women rescued from prostitution as part of his ‘Friday of Mercy’ gestures during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. The home
Pope Francis said, ” Any genuine attempt by groups within society to introduce change is viewed as a nuisance based on romantic illusions or an obstacle to be circumvented.” It
Bishop Denis Nulty celebrated Mass for the opening of the Brigidine Chapter on Monday 16 May 2016 in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Tullow. Bishop Nulty’s homily before
Since its commencement in 2001, the Victorian Honour Roll of Women has acknowledged and celebrated the outstanding achievements of 562 Victorian women. Inductees have contributed to lasting change in Victoria,
The Brigidine Sisters support the establishment of guidelines for Church authorities in responding to civil claims for child sexual abuse. These guidelines have been initiated by the Truth Justice Healing
INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ELIMINATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights
2015 Theme: The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030 The United Nations’ International Day of the Child promotes girls’ human rights, highlights
As women and educators the Brigidine Sisters support the International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October, which highlights the continuing disenfranchisement of girls in many parts of the world.
The annual World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in the vocation
Pope Francis has decided to set up a “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” which will be celebrated on September 1st annually.
Around the world, criminals are selling people for profit. Vulnerable women and girls form the majority of human trafficking victims, including those driven into degrading sexual exploitation. Ban Ki-moon
ACRATH, Anti-Slavery Australia and Salvos Freedom Partnership to End Modern Slavery welcome the announcement on 27 May of changes to supports for victims of human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices in Australia.
Australian Catholic Bishops have called on the community to focus on the message of Jesus Christ and his relationship with women, always one of dignity and respect, when remembering the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The Refugee Advocacy Network (RAN) is a group of deeply concerned people taking an unprecedented step in releasing a video of children behind bars to show the shocking effects of Australia’s harsh detention policies.
The opening of the Anita Murray Centre at Brigidine College, St Ives in New South Wales was held on the 22nd July 2014. Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir performed the opening which was attended by many Brigidines and pupils past and present.
On 17 December 1999 the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.
It is interesting to note the French translation of the commemoration day…”Day of Dignity for Victims of Human Trafficking,” which puts the emphasis where it belongs…on the victims. Michele Morek UNANIMA
On 30 July 2014 the United Nations will mark the first ever World Day
against Trafficking in Persons. The day is aimed at raising awareness
around this global issue.
Human trafficking has no place in the modern world, the President of the General Assembly declared at a special event at United Nations Headquarters ahead of the observance of the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
Members of the Brigidine and Patrician communities gathered to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Daniel Delany’s death.
On the 8th and 9th July commemorative services were held in Ireland at Paddock, Mountrath, and Tullow, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the death of Bishop Daniel Delany (1747 – 1814).
The third of the trilogy – Tullow.
On the 8th and 9th July commemorative services were held in Ireland at Paddock, Mountrath, and Tullow, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the death of Bishop Daniel Delany (1747 – 1814).
Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project supports the Walk for Justice for Refugees march to be held on Palm Sunday 13 April 2014, gathering at the State Library Melbourne at 2pm.
The two keynote speakers at the ACRATH AGM shared their sense of urgency as they described the thousands of young women and girls being trafficked across our region.
St. Josephine Bakhita was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering.
The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Brigidine Sisters cannot support the current policies on the inhumane treatment of asylum seekers. We join with other Catholic organisations in speaking out and endorsing Asylum Seeker Advocacy Campaign of the Refugee Council.
Coonamble celebrates the presentation of “Providence Provides”.
St. Brigid of Kildare Gathering: A Gathering Festival in Honour of St. Brigid 15 to 21 September 2013
People will be welcomed from around the world who have an affinity with St. Brigid through parishes, associations, churches and place names, to visitors from Ireland and overseas with an interest in Brigid and her legacy.
A successful book launch was held on May 1st 2013 in Synan Hall at Brigidine College, Randwick NSW
The official launch celebrating the history of the NSW Community will take place at Synan Hall, Brigidine College Randwick on 1 May 2013, 7.30pm. The guest of honour for the evening is the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO.
The 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York from 4 – 15 March.
It is a sad fact that across our world the one place where a woman often does not feel safe is in her own home.
The 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York from 4 – 15 March. The priority theme for this event was – The Elimination and Prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.
The ACRATH National Committee met on 7th and 8th November in Melbourne.
In our Advocacy week in Canberra, ACRATH acknowledged the current work of the Australian Government,
There is no doubt that the 15 women who gathered in Canberra were vocal on the “things that matter” in relation to addressing trafficking in humans
A group of women religious from around Australia will make their sixth annual pilgrimage to Canberra
next week in a bid to influence policies affecting people trafficked into Australia.
Five hundred people joined a protest to end mandatory detention in Melbourne on Sunday 7th November and marched through the city streets demanding justice for refugees.
Unlike fiction spun into fact, Fogarty’s farm is the real woodland deal. Matt Fogarty’s tree farm has become one
of the finest examples of what woodland owners can create to redress the damage that deforestation has caused.
We congratulate and thank Bernice Bugler CSB and Margaret MaryWilkinson LCM for their commitment to adults with intellectual disabilities in the work of Irabina, the association they established.
Julie Thomas (Victorian Province) and Australian Leukodystrophy Support (ALDS)
According to Sister Sandra M. Schneiders, Immaculate Heart of Mary sister, professor of New Testament Studies and Christian Spirituality at the Jesuit School of Theology, women religious congregations have given birth to a new form of religious life.