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November 09, 2006

Can you imagine the trepidation of a young nun embarking on missionary life in a wild, culturally diverse country in the mid 1950s? Sister Marie Dagg RSM [Singleton Congregation] relates her story in striking detail. She tells of her total faith and trust, the challenges, pleasure, joy and deep friendships that were forged. She recounts the incredible adjustments that she and her three fellow ground-breaking Mercy sisters had to undergo.

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Congratulations to Dr Peta Goldburg, a Sister of Mercy of the Brisbane Congregation, on her appointment as Professor of Religious Education within the Faculty of Education, Australian Catholic University. Peta is located at McAuley at Banyo campus in Brisbane.

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On the eve of the feast of Our Lady of Mercy Singleton Sisters of Mercy gathered in their beautiful chapel at Singleton to begin the celebration of the Platinum Jubilee of Sister Catherine Winters, the Diamond Jubilees of Sisters Winifred Carr, Elizabeth Cahill and Bernadette Hoffman and the Golden Jubilees of Sisters Yvonne Wynn and Joan Adams.

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Sister Margaret Hinchey (Parramatta Congregation) has just returned from Mercy Global Concern's in-service program at the United Nations and will share her learnings at a one-day session in Parramatta on November 18 for interested sisters.

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Sister Carmel Heagerty (Melbourne Congregation) was among a group of twelve religious from the group Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking (ACRAT) who visited Canberra recently to lobby Federal politicians about the perils of human trafficking. Carmel reports on the four days of intensive lobbying.

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Sisters of Mercy were among the more than 600 participants at the recent National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) Assembly in Alice Springs. On behalf of the Institute's Specific Issues Committee on Indigenous Concerns, Sisters Marea Roberts and Celestine Pooley, both of North Sydney Congregation, reflect on the experience.

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After 93 years of service, the North Sydney Sisters of Mercy are leaving St Mary's School in Erskineville (NSW). To celebrate the significant contribution of the sisters, a special Mass will be held at St Mary's Parish, Erskineville on Sunday November 5 at 9:00 am.

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Refugee Week has been celebrated in Australia since the 1980s by various organisations. The timing of the week varies from State to State. Amnesty International and the Refugee Council of Australia are celebrating it this week, October 22-28.

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In keeping with the practice of holding its meetings in places where there have been Mercy foundations, the Institute Plenary Council (IPC) gathered for its second meeting this year in Broken Hill, New South Wales (NSW), from October 16 to 21.

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