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At their recent Chapter (September 9-12), Singleton Sisters of Mercy elected a new leadership group. Sister Faith Jones is Congregational Leader and Sisters Rita Hassett, Maree Haggerty, Patricia Healion and Bernadette Mills are Councillors.

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Mercy Endeavour Australia's annual Mercy Day Brunch will be held on Sunday September 10 at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Guest speakers for this year's event are Sister Margaret Roni RSM, from Papua New Guinea and Mrs Margery Jackman, Principal of Catherine McAuley, Westmead.

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Ballarat Sister of Mercy, Dr Mary Nuttall was honoured recently for 25 years of service to the Australian Catholic University (ACU). Dr Nuttal was acknowledged during a ceremony held at the ACU-Aquinas campus in Ballarat which recognised the contribution of religious congregations in the formation of the Australian Catholic University. Mary said her enthusiasm for teaching had not waned. "It has been a life giving vocation for me."

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Mercy International Justice Network (MIJN) co-ordinators are inviting all Mercy sisters, associates and companions across the globe to join them in a worldwide ritual of lighting a candle and praying for world peace on the 24th day of each month.

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August 17, 2006

Sister Mary Anthony of the Parramatta Sisters of Mercy achieved a significant milestone on Sunday August 6 when she became the first member of her congregation to reach 100 years. Still in good health, with a lively sense of humour, Sister Anthony now lives at Stella Maris Hostel in Cronulla (NSW), having spent nearly 70 years teaching music to primary classes in Mercy schools in Cronulla, Bondi Beach, Surry Hills, Harris Park and Ryde.

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Sister Rosemary Carroll RSM (Grafton Congregation) has been appointed Executive Officer of Mercy Works Inc., the justice, human rights and development arm of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia. In announcing the appointment, Sister Mary Densley RSM, Chair of Mercy Works, welcomed Rosie, and also acknowledged the significant contribution of outgoing Executive Officer, Sister Maryanne Loughry RSM (Adelaide Congregation).

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August 04, 2006

The four congregations of Sisters of Mercy in Queensland are working to establish a new Catholic organisation to take responsibility for the health, aged care and community service ministries they operate. The sisters said the new body, working collaboratively with the bishops and other Church organisations, could also initiate new ministries in response to changing needs.

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In a first for the Institute, new members and formation personnel from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan and Aotearoa New Zealand gathered in Sydney recently with Local Formation Animators, the Institute Formation Council, the Institute Leadership Team and one of the leadership team members from the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Over the years the world has gone through many changes. Especially the inventions during the twentieth century have turned the world upside down. The world seems like the wonderland in the fairy stories. Now you walk towards the door and it opens itself, the machines not only wash your clothes and dishes but also dry them.

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The Mater Children's Hospital at South Brisbane celebrated its 75th birthday on July 6 and the Sisters of Mercy, Mater staff, patients and their families and supporters were all invited. The birthday celebrations included past and present patients sharing their Mater stories including Margaret Newson, who was hit by a bus at the age of 13 in 1956, and was brought to the Mater for treatment after sustaining serious injuries to her legs, arms and pelvis. Current patients were treated to a special birthday visit by the characters from Movie World.

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The mid-year edition of LISTEN, the journal of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia, has hit the streets. To give readers a taste of what's covered in this edition, read Sister Caroline Ryan's editorial. For those people who haven't subscribed, a limited number of copies are available for purchase from the Institute Office. Email Kathy Fuller kfuller@mercy.org.au if you're interested.

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