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Rare Images from the International Women’s Year in 1975

  We are sometimes fortunate to receive meaningful donations to our archives and heritage collections.  Recently we have been contacted by Julie Millowick from Melbourne, whose career in photography began in 1974 in the darkroom of Athol Smith, John Cato and Peter Barr. Athol Smith was a legendary advertising and fashion photographer in Collins Street. 

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Supporting the achievement of career goals

  Having a job and feeling valued for our workplace contribution is something most of us take for granted, yet for Dawn Bennett, it makes a world of difference.   For over 12 months, Dawn has been employed by KFC Lavington and said that she “likes cleaning the little area I need to clean in

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First Gathering of the Mercy Ministry Companions Trustee Directors

  The initial meeting of the Trustee Directors of Mercy Ministry Companions, the Institute Leadership and, David Penny (Executive Director ISMAPNG), Jonathan Campton (Ministry Governance) and Annette Schneider RSM (Formation Governance) took place in Sydney on May 25 and 26. Thanks to Jonathan’s Administrative Assistant, Helen Boland, all practical arrangements were smooth and efficient.  

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Mercy Works: The Camera App

  Mercy Work’s Mercy Connect has used technology to foster a connection with two schools from different parts of Sydney.    Most Australians carry around a device, usually a smartphone, that can access the internet, track our locations, carry digital wallets and take photos. It is quite remarkable how connected we are to technology each

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Tenth Anniversary of the Formation of the Institute

  December 12, 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the formation of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea.   To commemorate this milestone activities have been devised in two main areas – Commemorative and Liturgy – overseen by a committee for each.   Commemorative Committee Margaret Scroope RSM (Convenor),

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Giving thanks and looking to the future

  In 2001, at a non-descript home in Melbourne’s west, two Sisters of Mercy, Angela Reed and Carole Carmody waited with a mix of excitement and apprehension for the arrival of the first client of the new Mercy Care service.    They’d just received a phone call to say that a woman needing safety from

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Mercy Ministry Companions – Trustee Directors

  Last month the Institute forwarded a petition to the Holy See seeking permission to establish a Ministerial Public Juridic Person (MPJP) to be called ‘Mercy Ministry Companions’.  Mercy Ministry Companions will provide the future governance of the Institute’s incorporated ministries in the areas of health and aged care, community services and education. Following a

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Cairns Mayor Discusses Environmental Sustainability During Visit to Seville

    Last month the Manager of Seville Conference Centre, Rod Cole-Clarke welcomed Cairns Mayor, Bob Manning to Seville to discuss the Centre’s environmental sustainability policies and practices.   The Cairns Regional Council has made no secret that it is very supportive of businesses in the Cairns regional area striving towards sustainability.  It has encouraged

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Welcoming More Young Mercy Links Right Across Adelaide

  Last month Young Mercy Links SA held an Orientation Night as an opportunity for prospective members to learn more about what Young Mercy Links is and what the SA group will be involved in this year! The group welcomed young graduates from St Aloysius College Adelaide and St Ignatius College as well as Aquinas

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Mercy Works: New Year, New Volunteers

  The first training day for Mercy Connect Volunteers in Melbourne for 2021 has been held recently. It had been more than a year since our Melbourne Mercy Connect Coordinator, Sr Mary Lewis and her Assistant Coordinator, Tat Singsa, have been able to hold a Training Day for their volunteers.   The past twelve months

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To truly embrace aged care reform we must reform ourselves

  Our collective experiences of coming together in health and aged care, and in the community more widely to fight the pandemic, might make us feel that we are ready for anything. Surely it stands to reason that if we can deal with the sacrifices and deprivations of lockdowns and isolation, and strict infection control

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Mercy Connect’s Roadmap for Future Mission in Thurgoona

  In late 2020, Mercy Connect designed a Master Plan for the St John’s Campus located in Thurgoona to provide a clear roadmap for delivering future capital works, which are integrated and achieve the Mercy mission.  Mercy Connect provides a range of services to support adults, children and older people with a disability to live

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