Marist Brothers Australia provincial Br Peter Carroll is the new president of Catholic Religious Australia following his election to the position at CRA's national assembly this week.
The 43rd National Assembly of Catholic Religious Australia, which began on Tuesday, had the theme “Communio: Stewarding a life that belongs to the Church and the World”.
CRA is one of the few conferences of religious leaders in the world that represents both female and male religious.
“I thank my peers for giving me the opportunity to serve them and the Church at this time,” Br Peter said.
“There is no doubt in my mind that the voice of the Gospel is an absolute imperative in our society today. CRA’s role is to help amplify that voice within our Church and broader community.”
New members were also elected to the council and will address issues of importance to religious, the Church and society through the lens of the Gospel message. Council members come from across Australia, from small and large congregations.
The vice president will be elected at the first council meeting and will be a female religious leader as statutes require that the roles of president and vice president represent each gender.
Outgoing president Sr Monica Cavanagh RSJ said: “Serving as president for the past year has been both gift and challenge. I know the council will continue the important work of being a prophetic voice at this moment in history. I wish Br Peter and the new Council every blessing.”
Br Peter said he is deeply grateful for the leadership of his predecessor and acknowledged the task ahead.
“A president is only as good as his or her team and I am delighted to have people of such calibre as those who are in our new council and in the secretariat. Our call is to be servant leaders, particularly at this time in our Church. A gift of this community is to walk together as pilgrims of the Gospel
New CRA president and council members elected (Catholic Religious Australia)