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MacKillop’s Reconciliation Action Plan Sets the Course for Cultural Safety

 Over the past two years, MacKillop Family Services has embarked on a journey of deep listening and genuine consultation to hear the stories of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities we work with in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. This process of consultation and truth-telling underpins the practical actions MacKillop is

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Anniversary Celebration of Laudato Si’

On Sunday May 24, the Mercy Hub in Carlton North hosted a very special online celebration for the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’. Pope Francis’ influential encyclical on ecology and climate change continues to inspire and challenge us as we live into the reality that ‘everything is connected’, especially in these days of coronavirus.   

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Almost 1500 Masks for Papua New Guinea and Counting…

  Sisters and people of Mercy across Australia have responded to the coronavirus by sewing almost 1500 masks for the people of Papua New Guinea.  The wonderful venture, which has been organised out of Melbourne’s Mercy Hub, is providing masks to Mt Hagen, Wewak, Kunjingini, Pumakos, Yarapos and Aitape. Margaret Ryan RSM and Mary Geason

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Governance Formation Offerings Go Digital

Following the virtual launch of the ISMAPNG Governance Formation Schema in early April, conversations have started with our Ministry Boards about actively using the Schema as a resource for the development or review of each Board’s Governance Formation plan.     On April 30, I met with the Board of Mercy Connect, via Zoom, to

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Daniel leaves lasting impressions at Wirlinga Pony Club

  Every second Sunday Daniel wakes up excited as he knows it is the day that he gets to go to Wirlinga Pony Club. Daniel has been visiting the Wirlinga Pony Club since March of this year and is graciously taken there by Mercy Connect staff members Helen and Barry. Wirlinga Pony Club is a

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School Psychologist turns her hand to song writing

Dr Jodie Fleming is the school psychologist working in the Wellbeing Team at Emmanuel College, Warrnambool.  Local Mental Health organisation “Let’s Talk” enlisted Jodie and her friend Matt Reeves to compose a mental health anthem.      Let’s Talk is a local organisation committed to removing the stigma around mental health in the South West

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Laudato Si Special Anniversary Year 2020-2021

During our recent celebration of Laudato Si’ week, Pope Francis used the occasion to announce that the next 12 months be dedicated a “Laudato Si’ Special Anniversary Year” which will be celebrated 24 May 2020 – 24 May 2021. He said “I invite all people of goodwill to take part, to care for our common

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Mercy Health Provides Hope for Expectant Women Who Are At Risk of Stillbirth

  In an exciting discovery, researchers at Mercy Hospital for Women (and the University of Melbourne) have discovered a novel protein measurable in the bloodstream that could predict which women are at risk of stillbirth. Stillbirth is a devastating tragedy that claims 1 in every 130 pregnancies in Australia. This means that every single day,

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Sacred Heart College Geelong Celebrates 160 Years

  Sacred Heart College Geelong had a wonderful schedule of events planned for 2020 to celebrate 160 years of Mercy education. While the onset of COVID-19 has meant the celebrations have been put on hold, a spirit of remembering and giving thanks has continued with Mercy values at the forefront. Anna Negro, Principal, writes about

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Coronavirus in PNG: Mercy Works’ response

The people of Papua New Guinea have been hit hard by their Government’s declaration of a State of Emergency to combat the spread of COVID-19.  Thankfully these measures appear to be working with the number of reported cases remaining low.  The impact, however on the lives of poorer inhabitants has been devastating. Goroka, the capital

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Painting of Our Lady of Mercy – Wilcannia-Forbes Collection

Over the past 15 months many significant heritage objects have been relocated to the ISMAPNG Archive and Heritage Centre in Sydney. In April 2020 a large painting arrived in Sydney, having previously hung in the downstairs foyer of St Joseph’s Mount in Bathurst. The artwork, an image of Our Lady of Mercy, was commissioned by

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