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The "MERCY 5" Sydney Sister Secondary Schools" is part of the living history of the Sisters of Mercy who were founded by Mother Catherine McAuley in 1831. The Sisters of Mercy, together with many other Congregations of Religious Sisters, Brothers and Priests, came from a Monastic Tradition of centuries past.It seems now that in our 21st Century that the tradition in this style is dying out...

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As mentioned in a previous edition of "Mercy M@tters", gatherings for Local Formation Animators (LFAs) have begun across Australia. Already, from September 22 until now (early November), eight gatherings have taken place across Australia, and many participants have expressed their appreciation of the chosen theme: What keeps me true to my calling? Read some of the feedback from participants.

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A series of celebrations to mark the fortieth anniversary of the opening of St Catherine's Rest Home at Bathurst were held during October. Now know as St Catherine's Aged Care Facility, St Catherine's has grown from a retirement home for Sisters of Mercy of the Bathurst Congregation to a 69-bed nursing home and hostel with a unit for special needs residents.

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Wilcannia-Forbes Sisters of Mercy gathered on Saturday October 28 for the Diamond Jubilee of Sister Hazel Baker and Sister Rita Crowley. They were joined by the Sisters of St Joseph of California from the Sans Souci Parish. A Mass of thanksgiving was celebrated by Father John Sturgeon at the Redemptorist Monastery, Kogarah, during which the jubilarians renewed their vows.

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As we move into this Christmas season when we celebrate the oneness of earth and the sacred in the birth of Jesus, it is timely to look at the way in which we "have mercy on earth", and at our patterns of consumption and consumerism. Decide now to offer a gift to earth in the form of a commitment to take action about climate change.

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November 09, 2006

Can you imagine the trepidation of a young nun embarking on missionary life in a wild, culturally diverse country in the mid 1950s? Sister Marie Dagg RSM [Singleton Congregation] relates her story in striking detail. She tells of her total faith and trust, the challenges, pleasure, joy and deep friendships that were forged. She recounts the incredible adjustments that she and her three fellow ground-breaking Mercy sisters had to undergo.

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Congratulations to Dr Peta Goldburg, a Sister of Mercy of the Brisbane Congregation, on her appointment as Professor of Religious Education within the Faculty of Education, Australian Catholic University. Peta is located at McAuley at Banyo campus in Brisbane.

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On the eve of the feast of Our Lady of Mercy Singleton Sisters of Mercy gathered in their beautiful chapel at Singleton to begin the celebration of the Platinum Jubilee of Sister Catherine Winters, the Diamond Jubilees of Sisters Winifred Carr, Elizabeth Cahill and Bernadette Hoffman and the Golden Jubilees of Sisters Yvonne Wynn and Joan Adams.

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Sister Margaret Hinchey (Parramatta Congregation) has just returned from Mercy Global Concern's in-service program at the United Nations and will share her learnings at a one-day session in Parramatta on November 18 for interested sisters.

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Sister Carmel Heagerty (Melbourne Congregation) was among a group of twelve religious from the group Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking (ACRAT) who visited Canberra recently to lobby Federal politicians about the perils of human trafficking. Carmel reports on the four days of intensive lobbying.

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Sisters of Mercy were among the more than 600 participants at the recent National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) Assembly in Alice Springs. On behalf of the Institute's Specific Issues Committee on Indigenous Concerns, Sisters Marea Roberts and Celestine Pooley, both of North Sydney Congregation, reflect on the experience.

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