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Bathurst Sister of Mercy, Pat Linnane has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts from Charles Sturt University in recognition of her contribution to suicide prevention, reconciliation between Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, refugee support and resettlement, mental health support, and prisoner release and inmate family support programs in Central Western New South Wales.

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The Sisters of Mercy of Papua New Guinea invite sisters throughout the Institute to remember Theresia Tina in prayer as she begins retreat on March 26 in preparation for her Perpetual Profession on April 12.

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One of the most serious ways we are polluting the environment and affecting climate at present is through carbon (greenhouse) emissions. We are all urged to do what we can to cut back on carbon emissions. To explore why you need to do this and take other action click more.

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The People's Inquiry into Detention - a national citizen-driven inquiry into the policies and practices of immigration detention in Australia, published its first report last year. In coming editions of "Mercy M@tters", the Institute's Asylum Seekers and Refugees Committee will present excerpts from the report. The Committee warmly invites sisters to read the report and share their own experiences of assisting people to re-settle into the community.

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Indigenous women and men from all over the world will gather in New York during May to take part in the UN's Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Sister Deirdre Mullan RSM, who represents the Sisters of Mercy at the UN, along with Father Kevin Dance, from Passionists International, is seeking your financial support for this event.

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Sister Mary Claude McNamara of Wembley WA recently celebrated 70 years as a professed Sister of Mercy. Despite retiring from active ministry last year, she still lives a very full life. While most would marvel at such a wonderful commitment to Mercy life and mission, Claude says, "Well, really, the 75th is the big one". Sister Joan Smith, Perth Congregation's Local Communications Facilitator, caught up with Claude and invited her to reflect on her religious life thus far.

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The year 2007, and specifically Sunday 27 May 2007, marks the 40th anniversary of Australia's most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation's history. The 1967 referendum saw more than 90% of eligible Australians vote to acknowledge Indigenous Australians as citizens and to give the Commonwealth Government power to make laws regarding Indigenous people. This event is often referred to as the first stage of the reconciliation movement in Australia. The anniversary provides a rare and significant opportunity to encourage the Australian community's interest in reconciliation. Reco

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The Institute Leadership Team - Sisters Nerida Tinkler, Caroline Ryan and Karon Donnellon - recently hosted Sister Denise Fox, Leader of the Sisters of Mercy New Zealand, and her Council, in meetings to discuss issues of mutual concern. These included the operation of the Mercy International Justice Network; ways of enhancing each country's Initial Formation Program; and how the emerging vision of the Mercy International Association might be most effectively implemented.

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