Catholic Religious Australia elects new president

Fr Peter Jones OSA (CRA)

Augustinian provincial Fr Peter Jones OSA was elected president of Catholic Religious Australia, along with a new executive and council, at the 2022 National Assembly in Melbourne this week.

Inspired by the theme of the National Assembly, "Daring to Lead with Hope and Gratitude – the role of Religious Life in the 21st Century," the president and council will focus on providing leadership support to CRA’s 150 religious institute members and on encouraging the prophetic voice of religious in the Church in Australia and across contemporary society.

Fr Jones succeeds Br Peter Carroll FMS, who was CRA president for two years.

“I thank my peers for giving me the opportunity to serve them and the Church at this time when Pope Francis is calling us into a synodal Church,” Fr Jones said.

Fr Jones has been a CRA council member since 2019 and has served on CRA committees.

At the assembly, five new religious institute leaders were elected to the national council. They are:

  • Fr Philip Watkins SSS, Blessed Sacrament Fathers
  • Br Gerard Brady CFC, Christian Brothers – Oceania Province
  • Sr Mary Ryan OP, Dominican Sisters of Western Australia
  • Sr Barbara Brown-Graham FCJ, Faithful Companions of Jesus
  • Fr Alan Gibson CM, Vincentians

They joined the eight continuing Council members:

  • Sr Melissa Dwyer FdCC Canossian Daughters of Charity
  • Fr Asaeli Rass SVD Divine Word Missionaries
  • Sr Philippa Murphy FDNSC Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
  • Sr Mary-Clare Holland OP Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia and the Solomon Islands
  • Fr Tom McDonough CP Passionist Fathers
  • Br Paul O’Keeffe FSP Patrician Brothers
  • Sr Catherine Reuter RSM Sisters of Mercy, Brisbane
  • Sr Monica Cavanagh RSJ Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart


New CRA President and Council Members elected (CRA) 

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