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Developing a Mercy ministry formation framework

The group of people from across Australia who have responsibility for conducting formation activities in Mercy ministries met again on November 12 at the Mercy Partners office in Brisbane.

This meeting was part of an ongoing commitment by the group to develop a framework which can be used as a basis for these formation activities. A draft of the framework was developed in May and the participants had been trialling it in their work.

The purpose of the recent meeting was to give feedback to each other on the framework’s usefulness and make adjustments as required. A second draft of the framework has now been generated and can be downloaded here.

The group decided to work with the framework and to gather again to refine it further. Two meetings have been scheduled for next year. They will be on April 3 in Parramatta and September 20 in Brisbane.

From: Ailsa Mackinnon RSM

If you wish to become involved in this exciting initiative contact Margaret Endicott RSM (Brisbane), Ailsa Mackinnon RSM (Parramatta) or Marie Melville RSM (Townsville).

Developing a Mercy ministry formation framework

Over 20 people responsible for formation activities in Mercy ministries and networks across Australia gathered recently in Brisbane to develop a framework which will be used as a basis for Mercy formation activities. Ailsa Mackinnon RSM (Congregation Leader, Parramatta) reports.

On May 13 and 14 a group of 20 people gathered at the Mercy Heritage Centre in Brisbane. The group comprised people who have responsibility for conducting formation activities in Mercy ministries and networks across Australia. This was the second time the group had gathered in 2010. The purpose of this meeting was to begin to generate a framework which can be used as a basis for formation across the many Mercy ministries in which they are involved.

Margaret Endicott RSM facilitated the meeting while Mary Murphy, Director of Formation for the Oceania Province of the Christian Brothers, shared with the group her learnings in the development and implementation of a framework used by the Christian Brothers. Her input provided a stimulating impetus for the work of the rest of the day.

A draft document detailing five elements or pillars of a framework was generated. The participants decided to use these pillars in their formation activities, to critique them and give feedback to the other participants.

Another meeting will be held towards the end of the year at which the framework document will be further refined after feedback has been received.

If you wish to know more of this exciting initiative contact Margaret Endicott RSM (Brisbane), Ailsa Mackinnon RSM (Parramatta) or Marie Melville RSM (Townsville) to become involved.

From: Ailsa Mackinnon RSM (Congregation Leader, Parramatta)