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IPC meets in NSW outback

In keeping with the practice of holding its meetings in places where there have been Mercy foundations, the Institute Plenary Council (IPC) gathered for its second meeting this year in Broken Hill, New South Wales (NSW), from October 16 to 21.

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Mamre celebrates “Dancing On Ice” success

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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Catholic Healthcare award for Wilcannia-Forbes Sister

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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Caringbah Associates celebrate Mercy Day

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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New film about Australian women religious released

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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OLMC Parramatta celebrates Mercy Day

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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Response to Hicks letter from Minister’s office

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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Jubilee Celebrations at Yamba

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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Queen’s Birthday Honours for five Sisters of Mercy

Five Sisters of Mercy were recognised for their commitment and service to the community in the 2007 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Congratulations to Sisters Eileen Ann Daffy AO (Melbourne), Regis Mary Dunne AO (Brisbane), Ailsa Mackinnon AM (Parramatta), Dawn Goodwin AM (Bathurst) and Mary Michael Fitzgerald OAM (Wilcannia-Forbes).

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