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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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Mamre, a community project of the Parramatta Mercy Sisters will benefit financially if Jackie Kelly, Federal Member for Lindsay, is a successful contestant on Channel Nine's new program "Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice" (Tuesday, July 11 at 7:30 pm). Jackie has nominated Mamre's Sudanese Refugee Resettlement Program as her charity. For every episode she appears, sponsors will donate up to $8,000 towards the establishment of new facilities for this program. But Jackie needs your support!

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June 13, 2006

On Friday June 2, 2006 Sister M de Lourdes Jarrett RSM received the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Queensland Award of Distinction. The presentation of the AMA Queensland Award of Distinction occurs each year at the Presidential Inauguration and Annual AMA Queensland Awards night and is awarded to non-medical members of the community who have demonstrated service to health in the community.

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The Sisters of Mercy Perth Congregation are seeking the services of a Co-ordinator for the Sisters in Mercy Aged Care. Interested applicants should contact Sister Breda O'Reilly, Congregation Leader on Ph: (08) 9382 1477 or Email by Friday, June 16, 2006.

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May 2006 saw the end of an era for the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation. After 143 years of life and ministry at All Hallows' Convent, the local community has relocated to more suitable accommodation leaving the gracious old building for the use of All Hallows' Secondary School.

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Recipients of the 2006 Queensland Greats Award were announced by Premier Peter Beattie during a special ceremony on Tuesday May 30, 2006. For the first year since the awards began in 2001, the Premier named an iconic Queensland institution as a Queensland Great - Mater Misericordiae Health Services.

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Brisbane Mercy Sister Kath Burke was recently awarded the Australian Catholic University's highest honour, Doctor of the University (honoris causa). This honour was bestowed upon Kath in recognition of her never-waning commitment in her various roles as Sister, teacher, lecturer, advocate and member of various groups.

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Hundreds of people gathered in St Stephen's Cathedral, Brisbane, on May 10 to celebrate the Mater Hospital's centenary of health care in the city. Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby and Mater chaplains, Franciscan Father Cassian Double and Father John Barlow, concelebrated the Mass.

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The Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia will be represented at a Eucharist in Dublin this Saturday (May 13, 2006) to celebrate the life of Catherine McAuley and 175 years since the founding of the Sisters of Mercy.

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