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Country Convents, Convicts and Graves in York, Western Australia

  When the foundation to Perth was secure the Sisters of Mercy began to be needed in the new and expanding rural towns starting to appear in Western Australia. In 1872 sisters departed by bullock dray to establish a convent school at York, the first colonial inland town after Perth with European settlement beginning in

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St Aloysius College Adelaide Celebrates their Mercy Beginnings

  COVID upset many plans in 2020. For St Aloysius College, Adelaide, and the Sisters of Mercy in South Australia, it meant the cancellation of the greatly anticipated celebration of the 140 Jubilee of their beginnings in South Australia in 1880.   Although other States have still been unable to do much in the way

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Young Mercy Links Celebrate Mercy Day through connecting and deconstructing

    On Sunday September 26, Young Mercy Links South Australia and Victoria joint in a virtual training session with Erfan Daliri, a social change consultant and CEO of Kind Enterprise. The Diversity Engagement programme is designed for those who wish to connect and communicate more genuinely and effectively with newly arrived migrant, refugee and

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The Holy See Approves Mercy Ministry Companions

    In February 2020, the Institute proceeded towards formation of a Public Juridic Person of Pontifical Rite to oversee the future canonical governance of the Institute’s incorporated ministries. In a Decree appropriately dated 24 September 2021, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, approve the formation of the new

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Liturgy on the Margins – Australian Diaconal Ministry, Present and Future

    Today, October 1, the Feast of St Thérèse of Lisieux, the Patron of missionaries, Elizabeth Young RSM is launching an online community for Catholics in Australia who are drawn to diaconal ministry or who may already be leading liturgy on the margins as an ordained or consecrated person, chaplain, pastoral worker or catechist.

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Season of Creation 2021

    The Season of Creation is  the annual  celebration of prayer and action for our common home. Together, the ecumenical family around the world unites to protect and advocate for God’s creation.   The season starts 1 September, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and ends 4 October, the Feast

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McAuley expands its capacity to support women and children

  McAuley Community Services for Women (McAuley) has recently purchased a new site, with the support of the Sisters of Mercy. This former aged care site will accommodate McAuley’s seven crisis units (with 24×7 support) for shorter term stays and eight new  medium term units. Providing a total of 37 beds for women and children,

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Being The Bird – A New Book by Mary Wickham RSM

The newly published poetry collection titled Being The Bird, by Mary Wickham RSM is now available.   The book can be ordered online from Booktopia, Amazon and the Book Depository, and the recommended retail price is AU$ 24.75. There may some delay with delivery due to Covid realities.   The book contains a large number of previously

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‘Their Life’s Work and Prayer’ – Cairns Oral History

  In 1988 Cairns Congregation celebrated the centenary of their foundation from Dungarvan, County Waterford, Ireland. As part of the celebrations, the congregation completed an oral history project, gathering the stories of sisters and residents about the early days in Cooktown, Herberton, Cairns and other locations. The interviews are now held in the ISMAPNG Archives

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Replacing ‘Me’ with ‘We’

  In the present situation with the number of virus cases spiralling each day it is almost unbelievable that there have been illegal, unlawful and unjustifiable demonstrations both in Sydney, up north, and in Melbourne protesting against the lockdowns that have been decreed as a precaution to help prevent further infection.   Yes, we do

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