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Over 100 Sisters of Mercy and their colleagues witnessed the launch of the Institute's new website during a gathering of Mercy leaders in Geelong, Victoria last week (October 17, 2007). While the launch happened physically in Geelong, the amazing technology incorporated into the new site allowed the event to be broadcast live onto the computers of Sisters of Mercy throughout Australia.

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Sisters of Mercy of the Grafton Congregation recently received a request from a friend who has alerted them to the crisis in Australia's aged, psychiatric and disability services - in particular, the lack of services and support for carers. The Grafton sisters encourage all people of goodwill to be informed about this issue and to take action.

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All Sisters of Mercy are invited to attend an inter-congregational forum on reconfiguring in Sydney on Saturday November 10. Representatives from the North Sydney, Parramatta and Singleton Congregations have organised the forum which will include panel reflections and table discussion about the Institute's reconfiguring process to date.

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Nicola Bates is a Paakantji woman from Wilcannia where she is an Aboriginal teacher assistant at St Therese's Community School. There she shares in the work of education and community support with Mercy Sisters Margaret McGrath and Florence Kinsela. Wilcannia is preparing to receive the World Youth Day Cross and Icon in early November. Nicola and another teacher, Clare Compton, recently joined the pilgrimage of the Cross and Icon through the heart of the continent, from Darwin to Port Augusta. Her story tells of encounter and transformation.

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Since the abolition of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), Aboriginal people say they have not had a national voice to represent their concerns and solutions to Indigenous issues. In response, Aboriginal leaders and representatives from land councils, legal services, Stolen Generations organisations, health and housing bodies, the national youth forum, media organisations, bush communities and town camps met in Alice Springs recently to form the National Aboriginal Alliance (NAA).

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Sister Therese Kelly of the Grafton Congregation died on October 11 at the age of 88. Her funeral Mass was celebrated in Grafton on October 15. Friends came from all over the diocese to farewell Therese, whose missionary spirit was evident on the home field as much as in Papua New Guinea. Therese was one of the first group of sisters who went to Torembi in the East Sepik Province of PNG in 1958. Mercy Matters is pleased to publish the eulogy delivered by Sister Mary Quinn (Grafton).

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The leadership teams of Queensland's four Mercy Congregations - Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton and Brisbane - gathered at "The Haven" in Emu Park on the central Queensland coast from October 5-7. The gathering also included two sisters from the new Papua New Guinea Leadership Team, Sister Nerida Tinkler, from the Institute Leadership Team, and Sister Margaret Endicott, as facilitator. Sister Elizabeth O'Keefe (Local Communications Facilitator, Brisbane) reports.

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"Sacred Spaces", a community heritage project of the Singleton Sisters of Mercy in New South Wales, hosted several successful, enjoyable and informative programmes in the past month. Sister Margaret Sinclair (Local Communications Facilitator, Singleton) reports on the activities.

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Sisters of Mercy, their colleagues and friends are encouraged to "look beyond their own individual needs and apply a different test at the ballot box - the test of the common good." The following organisations, based on Christian Social Justice principles, have material relating to the Federal election.

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This fortnight's contribution from the Institute's Specific Issues Committee on Women and Poverty is the second of three articles concerning women and violence. Sister Miriam Grech (North Sydney) reflects on her involvement with women who were in abusive relationships. As we approach a Federal election, the committee calls us to examine the policies of political parties which affect women and their need for safe housing.

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