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Commissioning of ISMAPNG Theological Association

Click on the arrow above to watch the full commissioning ceremony and celebrations for the publication of Mary Tinney’s book.


On Thursday November 14, the Institute Theological Association was commissioned by Institute Leader, Eveline Crotty, at the McAuley Centre in Lewisham.


This Association has evolved from and replaces the Circle of Mercy Theologians which served the Institute and wider Mercy world for the past several years. To date it has twenty-six members, two of whom are lay colleagues, Carole Gan (Coordinator of FLAME) and Carmel Ross (Coordinator of Mercy Associates). It is the firm hope that as more ministry colleagues obtain post-graduate qualifications in theological related areas, they too will join the Association.


The Association’s primary purpose is to be a theological-biblical resource for the Institute and ministries.


In commissioning the Association, Eveline quoted from Pope Francis who, in his address ‘Theology after Veritatis Gaudium’ (2019) says ‘Without communion and without compassion constantly nourished by prayer …. theology not only loses its soul, but also its intelligence and ability to interpret reality in a Christian way’.


Just prior to the commissioning, the Association’s Coordinating Committee was nominated by the members present (in person and electronically) and enthusiastically endorsed by Eveline on behalf of the Institute Leadership.


The Coordinating Committee of the ISMAPNG Theological Association is: Frances Baker RSM (Chair), Elizabeth Dowling RSM Carole Gan, Helen Owens RSM. The Institute is deeply grateful to each one for her generous willingness to serve the Institute in this way. The Committee will liaise as necessary with the Institute Leadership Team through its Chair.


Following the Commissioning, there was a special commemoration to celebrate the release of a book by Mary Tinney RSM, ‘When Heaven and Earth Embrace: How do we engage spiritually in an emerging universe?‘.



(L-R) Birute Arendarcikas RSM and Marie Farrell RSM


Eveline Crotty RSM with Mary Tinney RSM and Mary’s new book “When Heaven and Earth Embrace”


Liz Moloney RSM and Helen Nolen RSM


Eveline Crotty RSM with Margaret Moore RSM



Institute Leader, Eveline Crotty RSM


Sisters at Lewisham during the Commissioning Ceremony


Sisters participating via Zoom – Elizabeth Dowling RSM (top left) and Carol Ong (bottom right)


Messages to: Frances Baker RSM

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