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Over 150 people gathered in Sydney on May 17 to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the social justice collective, Catholics in Coalition for Justice and Peace(CCJP). Sister Marie Butcher, a member of CCJP and Parramatta's Local Communications Facilitator, reports on the event.

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Sunday May 27, 2007 marks the fortieth anniversary of the 1967 Referendum. The Institute calls all Sisters of Mercy to reflect on the significance of the 1967 Referendum and how Indigenous Australians living in a first world economy can still be so far behind the standard of living that other Australians take for granted.

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May is a month of significant dates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and indeed for all Australians who are working together for justice and equity. These dates include the tenth anniversary of the tabling of the "Bringing Them Home Report" (May 25), National Sorry Day (May 26), and the fortieth anniversary of the 1967 Referendum (May 27). May 27 also marks the beginning of National Reconciliation Week which concludes on June 3.

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Are you over 65 and suffering from chronic pain? Then you might be interested in a research program being undertaken by the Sydney University and Royal North Shore Hospital Pain Management and Research Centre. Parramatta Sister of Mercy, Rebecca McCabe, works as a Clinical Researcher at the Centre. In her work, she and a clinical psychologist co-direct programs for people with persistent pain, balance difficulties and a previous history of falls. The people they work with come from all areas of NSW. Find out about the project.

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Five Australian Sisters of Mercy have been selected to participate in Mercy Global Concern's in-service program later this year at the United Nations in New York. Sisters Claudette Cusack (Adelaide), Pat Linnane (Bathurst), Joan Doyle (North Sydney), Marie Butcher (Parramatta), and Sally Bradley (Melbourne) will join twenty other Sisters of Mercy from different parts of the world in the two-week program from September 3 to 14.

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Congratulations to Fraynework Multimedia who received gold and bronze medals at an international interactive media awards competition recently. Fraynework, a ministry of the Melbourne Sisters of Mercy, won four medals in total, one gold and three bronze.

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May 04, 2007

Mercy Sister jubilarians with a combined 810 years of service were honoured in a ceremony at All Hallows' Convent Chapel in Brisbane recently. Among those present were three diamond jubilarians (60 years) and seven golden jubilarians (50 years).

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Yet another Australian Sister of Mercy has celebrated her one hundredth birthday. Sister Mary Eunan Hickey of Brisbane Congregation, who was one of 49 young Irish women to arrive in Australia in 1924, celebrated her birthday recently with Sisters of Mercy, family and friends at the Emmaus Nursing Home in Brisbane. Sister Mary Brenda Browne, aged 102, and Sister Mary Senan, aged 100, also part of the band of 49 from Ireland, joined in the celebrations for Sister Mary Eunan.

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Ways of reducing pollution of the environment are always being examined. The use of biofuels has been the subject of considerable investigation. There are factors that favour the use of biofuels, but there are also factors that must be seriously considered in making biofuels more widely used. We need to be informed so that we can make a difference.

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Sisters of Mercy, friends and relatives gathered at Tappeiner Court Nursing Home in Kensington, South Australia on April 13, 2007 to celebrate Sister Mary Marra's one hundredth birthday. Sister Mary (Eileen Doris) is the first sister from the Adelaide Congregation to reach 100 years. Mass was celebrated by Monsignor Aitken, who in his own inimitable way, reminded all gathered of the many world happenings that occurred in the year 1907 when Mary was born. Sister Christine Keain RSM and Mr Maurie Harper (Mary's nephew) made speeches at the party. Mr Harper's speech follows.

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