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Eighty Sisters of Mercy will gather this Saturday April 29 at Kefamo, Goroka, PNG for the 50th jubilee celebration of foundation. This, the main celebration day, will coincide with the visit of the Australian Congregation Leaders. The approval from Rome of the foundation in PNG to be an autonomous region within the Australian Institute is also being celebrated.

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Sister Anne Foale, Adelaide Mercy and registered nurse, works in an innovative program based in Port Augusta, South Australia, which supports Aboriginal women during and after their pregnancies. Anne explains how the Anangu Bibi Birthing Program differs from traditional obstetric care.

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Sisters from the Wilcannia-Forbes Congregation gathered in March at their house in Beach Street Kogarah to bid one of their members, Sr Audette Mansour "˜au revoir' and to send her on her way with blessing and song, afternoon tea and community support. Sr Audette left on March 22 to join the Mercy Community in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, for three months.

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Greetings from Mercy Works Inc. on a beautiful autumn morning! This first edition of Mercy M@tters gives us a wonderful platform to share with you some of our latest activities at Mercy Works.

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Many local parishioners, visitors from afar and past students of schools in the area converged on Mildura for the long weekend in March to celebrate three significant occasions.

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Sr Mary Finbarr was born in Cork, Ireland on 28th October 1899. She, Kathleen O'Connell, was the first born of Andrew and Bridget O'Connell. There were nine children in the O'Connell family: Kathleen, Bridget, George, Mary, Timothy, Susan, Frances, Andrew and Shaun. Sr M. Finbarr often described how they enjoyed all the fun and frivolity of a large family.

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In some families a belief in the importance of justice and fairness is an heirloom passed down through generations. You might say then that it was in Sister Marie Kehoe's nature to help others. She has had a passion for encouraging others to have the confidence to form an opinion and speak their minds.

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When the Librarian at the Catholic Education Centre, Vicki, heard that the Sisters of Mercy were celebrating 175 years of foundation in Ireland, 160 years of foundation in Australia and 110 years of foundation in West Perth, she invited the Sisters to provide her with materials to "showcase" the Mercies in the Library. The Library offers this to a Religious Order 2-3 times a year.

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February 20, 2006

In 1888 one of the Sisters from Victoria Square, Sister Berchmans Deane was paying regular visits to the prison and was greatly taken with a poor unfortunate young man by the name of William Conroy. He had been refused admittance into a dance in Fremantle because he was not wearing the correct evening dress. Conroy was not happy with this and told the man standing at the door that he must let him in or he would shoot him. The man said "you would not be game".

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Early on the 17th January, 2006, just as the city of Perth was "waking up" to the sounds of traffic 20 Sisters of Mercy gathered to remember the Foundation of the first Convent in Australia . The "Convent of the Holy Cross" became a landmark in the City, as well as the beginning of ministries that have touched the length and breadth of the State and many off shore missions. It was from here that the Sisters of Mercy spread to the East Coast.

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On January 4.Sisters of Mercy, staff, past patients and supporters gathered at South Brisbane to mark the start of the Mater's centenary year. Among them were acting Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and 101-year-old patient Letitia Wood, who has a long association with the Mater. Sr Sandra Lupi, Congregation Leader of the Brisbane Sisters of Mercy described the development of Mater Misericordiae Health Services in Brisbane as a story of faith, courage and innovation from its first beginning in 1906 to the present day.

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