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The Mamre Project, a co-sponsored work of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, recently hosted an evening to thank Federal MP Jackie Kelly for her support of Mamre's Sudanese Program through her participation in the Channel 9 series "Dancing on Ice".

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Wilcannia-Forbes Sister of Mercy Nance Cale was honoured last week with Catholic Healthcare's Gold Dove Staff Award for exceptional care and service in her role as Spiritual and Pastoral Care Co-ordinator at Stella Maris Aged Care Facility in Cronulla, NSW.

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About 35 Mercy associates - who call themselves the "Circle of Mercy Associates of Caringbah" - celebrated Our Lady of Mercy Day with Mass and a morning tea on September 26. Also attending the gathering were Wilcannia-Forbes Sisters Pat Lynch (Congregation Leader), Patricia Higgins and Mary Mutlow, and Parramatta Sister Loreto McLeod.

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A new film about women religious in Australia was previewed by a number of Mercy Sisters at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington, Sydney recently. In "An Unfolding Reality: Women Religious in Australia" we meet 16 women from 12 religious congregations working and living as consecrated women in vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Of these women, three are Australian Mercies - Sisters Maria Lawton (Parramatta), Janette Gray (Adelaide) and Patricia Powell (Bathurst).

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Our Lady of Mercy College at Parramatta (NSW) celebrated its feast day on Friday September 22. Mercy Day celebrations included the unveiling of a commissioned sculpture symbolising aspects of student life, and the naming of the College's recently refurbished hall - "Edith Angel Hall" - in honour of former College Principal, Sister Edith Angel. Sister Edith, Principal of the College between 1966 and 1977, was present to mark the occasion.

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In our last edition of "Mercy M@tters" we reported that Sister Caroline Ryan, on behalf of the Institute, had sent a letter to Prime Minister John Howard, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock and Minister Alexander Downer expressing concern about the continued detention of Australian citizen, David Hicks at Guantanamo Bay. We also told you that at the time of publishing, we had not received a response from the Prime Minister's office or the offices of the other two ministers. In this edition of "Mercy M@tters", we publish a response received from Mr Adam McCarthy on behalf of Minister Downer.

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460 years of lived religious consecration were celebrated on September 13 at Star of the Sea, Yamba. 46 Sisters of Mercy of the Grafton Congregation, the Bishop of Lismore, and 15 priests of the diocese marked the Platinum, Diamond and Golden Jubilees of Sisters M. Eymard Kennedy and Anne Moroney (70 years); Juliana Dwyer and Dorothy Hogan (60 years); Maureen Clarke, Ann Grennan, Judith Weiley and Shirley Dallas (50 years).

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This year marks the centenary of Brisbane's Mater Hospitals, and as part of the celebrations, the Mercy Heritage Centre in Brisbane will host an afternoon of interesting talks on the history of Mater Health Services. Guest speakers Sister Angela Mary Doyle RSM and Helen Gregory will provide an informative backdrop for the afternoon, each drawing on different perspectives, experiences and knowledge in their presentations.

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About a month ago, a letter written by Sister Caroline Ryan, on behalf of the Institute, was sent to Prime Minister Howard, Attorney-General Ruddock and Minister Downer expressing concern about the continued detention of Australian citizen, David Hicks at Guantanamo Bay. To date, there has been no response to this letter from the Prime Minister's office or the offices of the other two ministers. The Institute leadership encourages all sisters to to contact their local MPs about the matter. Read the letter and download a list of Federal MPs.

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