ISMAPNG – Profile, Leadership, Mercy Associates and Young Mercies
The Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) is a community of Catholic Religious Sisters in Australia, Papua New Guinea and further abroad. Whatever and whenever our ministry is, we are part of the one Mercy mission, part of the ongoing mission of the compassionate Jesus. In furthering our charism, we partner with thousands women and men as employees, associates and volunteers. Together we have a proud and continuing history of serving people suffering from injustices related to poverty, sickness or lack of education.
Our mission of Mercy today extends to responding to a range of local and global needs where we are guided in our mission by our 2017 Chapter statement which recognizes that ‘at this time of global vulnerability God’s transforming mercy fires our hearts anew with deeper reverence for all creation’. Click here to view the 2017 Chapter Statement.
Shape of the Institute
Within the Institute every sister belongs to a community which takes in a wide geographic area. There are eight communities throughout Australia and in PNG.
North – Two Communities
Central – Two Communities
Leadership of the Institute
The Institute is governed by the Institute Leadership Team (ILT). The day to day work of leadership is shared with the Institute Sisters Leadership Forum (ILF) which includes eight Community Leaders. The Office of the Institute is based at Stanmore in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Institute Leadership Team
The highest governing authority of the Institute is the Chapter, held every six years. It has legislative, executive and policy making power. In the period between Chapters, authority is vested in the Institute Leader. Four Institute Councillors assist the Institute Leader in exercising the role of leadership and together they make up the Institute Leadership Team. The current team was elected at the 2017 Chapter.
Members of the Institute Leadership team include Eveline Crotty RSM, Institute Leader; Caroline Ryan, RSM; Gaye Lennon, Institute Councillor; Elizabeth Moloney RSM, Institute Councillor and Maureen Sexton RSM, Institute Councillor.
Each of the Institute’s six communities has a Community Leader. The main role of the Community Leader is to create bonds of unity among the members’ and to help them grow in fidelity to the community’s life and mission and also to contribute to the larger life and mission of the Institute. Community Leaders are appointed by the Institute Leadership Team for a period of three years.
Mercy Associates are people who cherish the virtue and practice of mercy in their lives, and seek a faith community to nurture their commitment to mercy. The Mercy Associates movement was established as a way of encouraging and supporting the many lay women and men who work alongside sisters. Click here to find out more.
Young Mercies is a group of post-high school young adults committed to social justice and Mercy through volunteering and education. They organise justice forums, coordinate core group meetings for planning responses to social justice issues, and provide opportunities for linking socially with other like-minded people. Click here to find out more.