Who we are

ISMAPNG – Profile, Leadership

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 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.

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 four 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 2023 Chapter.

Members of the Institute Leadership team are Karon Donnellon RSM, Institute Leader; Elizabeth Moloney RSM; Duyen Nguyen RSM, Institute Councillor; Theresia Tina RSM, Institute Councillor and Margaret Madden RSM, Institute Councillor.

Back row – Elizabeth Moloney RSM, Margaret Madden RSM Front row – Theresia Tina RSM, Karon Donnellon RSM and Duyen Nguyen RSM

Community Leaders

Each of the Institute’s eight 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.