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Sister Ines Demartini (Cairns) was honoured recently by the staff and residents of Bethlehem Home for the Aged in Cairns for her twenty-year service as matron and manager of the Home. Sister Mary-Ann Lennon (Local Communications Facilitator, Cairns) reports on the celebration.

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Would you like to help a group of young women from Wewak in Papua New Guinea (PNG) achieve their goal of completing Year 10? If so, read on, as Sister Kaye Bolwell rsm, co-ordinator of the Mercy Education Programme (MEP) in Wewak, outlines an initiative whereby young women in the programme are making and selling bilums to help fund their education.

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NAIDOC Week celebrations for 2007 will be held from July 8 to 15. 2007 is important for the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee which, for the past 50 years, has been organising celebrations in honour of the history and survival as well as the culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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In 2000 the nations of the world established eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the overall aim of halving extreme global poverty by 2015. July 7, 2007 marks the mid-way point. The MDGs are still achievable if we act now. This will require inclusive sound governance, increased public investment economic growth, enhanced productive capacity, and the creation of decent work.

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St Mary's College Gunnedah and the Gunnedah Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy are the joint publishers of the newly-launched book, "St Mary's College Gunnedah: A Profile of the First Hundred Years 1879-1979". Written by Gunnedah Sister of Mercy, Judith Carney MBE, the book was launched on June 5 by Mrs Robin Rasmussen, longest serving teacher at the College. The book outlines some of the significant events in the life of a Mercy High School in Gunnedah, NSW.

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Five Sisters of Mercy were recognised for their commitment and service to the community in the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours List. Congratulations to Sisters Eileen Ann Daffy AO (Melbourne), Regis Mary Dunne AO (Brisbane), Ailsa Mackinnon AM (Parramatta), Dawn Goodwin AM (Bathurst) and Mary Michael Fitzgerald OAM (Wilcannia-Forbes).

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The June 2007 edition of LISTEN, the journal of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia, is now available. To give readers an overview of what's covered in this edition, we are publishing Sister Caroline Ryan's editorial. For those who haven't subscribed, a limited number of copies are available for purchase from the Institute Office at $10 each. Or why not take out an annual subscription at a cost of $25? Contact Kathy Fuller if you're interested on Phone: (02) 9564 1911 or Email: kfuller@mercy.org.au

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Earth Link, a community environment centre sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, is working towards a world where there is "respect, reverence and care for earth". This year, Earth Link is offering a valuable opportunity for people to deepen their ecospirituality.

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