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Fifth Australian Catherine McAuley Symposium

Over the past two weeks, Mary Pat Garvin RSM (Sisters of Mercy of the Americas) has led exploration of the topic of Catherine McAuley as a ‘social mystic’, at the Fifth Australian Catherine McAuley Symposium. The Symposium, which is an initiative of the office of the Vice-Postulator for the Canonisation of Catherine McAuley, was held in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.

 

A wide representation of Mercy in Australia attended the gatherings including sisters, staff, associates, ministry personnel and other people of Mercy.

 

Mary Pat Garvin described Catherine McAuley as a “a mystic, a ‘live-wire’ between God’s grace, God’s mercy and a world in need!”.

 

Drawing on a description of a social mystic as a ‘person whose relationship with Jesus has direct social implications’*, Mary Pat said Catherine was a person whose relationship with Jesus  transformed her very being and awakened in her an animated life of service to God’s most vulnerable.

 

As followers of Jesus, in the tradition of Catherine, Mary Pat asked those gathered to consider “What has been my experience of being a ‘social mystic’? How has my relationship with Jesus had direct social implications?”.

 

In seeking to be a live-wire in a contemporary world, Mary Pat reinforced the importance of contemplative prayer as moving one to prophetic action.

 

“The clarity, courage and empowerment that emerge through contemplative prayer moves one to prophetic action”.**

 

A live-wire also is able to embrace God’s providence not only in moments of design but also in the chaos of life.

 

The Catherine McAuley Symposium is funded and sponsored by the Leaders of the Mercy Congregations of Brisbane, North Sydney, Parramatta and the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. Its purpose is to engage participants in exploring the relevance of Catherine’s founding inspiration for our own time and place.

 

Messages to: ISMAPNG Communications

 

* Adapted from Rakoczy, Susan. Great Mystics and Social Justice: Walking on the Two Feet of Love. (New York: Paulist Press, 2006), 38.  
** Doyle, Katherine. “Out of God’s Deepest Mercy, A New Dawn: Reflections on the Fourth Institute Chapter.” The Mercy Association of Scripture and Theology Journal (M.A.S.T.), vol. 15, no. 3 (2005), 32-33.

 

Sydney

 

Carolyn Nolan RSM and Nance Cale RSM

 

2. Lyndell Hagan RSM and Caitlin Pfafflin

 

3. Caroline Ong RSM, Faith Jones RSM and Valda Dickinson RSM

 

4. Moira, Jenny Ryan RSM, Carmel Daly RSM and Johanna Conway RSM

 

Johanna Conway RSM and Caroline Ryan RSM

 

Beryl Amedee RSM and Joyce Vella RSM

 

Beryl Amedee RSM, Joyce Vella RSM and Carla Jansen RSM

 

Maryanne Loughry RSM and Virginia Bourke

 

Symposium attendee and Margaret Harper RSM

 

Berneice Loch RSM, Margaret Sheppard RSM and Madeline Ducket RSM

 

Emma Llewellyn, Marea Roberts RSM and Anne McGuire RSM

 

Jenny Ryan RSM, Anne McGuire RSM and Caroline Ong RSM

 

 

Bernadette Mansour RSM, Lyndall Hagan RSM, Caitlin Pfafflin and TrIsh McDermott RSM

 

 

Mary Pat Garvin RSM and Mary Louise Petro RSM

 

 

 

 

Melbourne

June Rohan RSM, Mai Nguyen-Doan RSM and Nola Morrissy RSM

Theresa Dennis RSM and Mary Nuttall RSM

 

Kathryn Orfini and Trudy Keur RSM

 

Barbara Bolster RSM

 

Mary Pat Garvin RSM

 

Helen Owens RSM and Margaret Richmond RSM

 

Ada Jarni and Anila Isaac RSM

 

Anna Duble RSM and Felicia Holland RSM

 

Patrice Orchard RSM, Jean Walton RSM and Michelle Goh RSM

 

Margaret Sheehan RSM and Marie Ralph RSM

 

Eileen Ann Daffy RSM and Trish Mahony RSM

 

Helen Duffy RSM and Julie O’Brien RSM

 

Martin Day, Julie O’Brien RSM and Nola Morrissy RSM

 

Karon Donnellon RSM, Mary Racja and Trish Schofield

 

Adelaide

Marg Adams RSM and Mary Pat Garvin RSM

Tess Flaherty RSM and Anne Tormey RSM

Josie Weatherall RSM, Cynthia Griffin RSM and Kathryn Travers RSM

Anne Tormey RSM, Paddy McEvoy and Pat Fox RSM

Peter Mercer and Mary Mutlow RSM

Lyn Beck RSM and Ilsa Neicinieks RSM

Ruth Egar RSM and Mary Pat Garvin RSM

 

Brisbane

Mary Pat Garvin RSM unwrapping gift Sue Smith RSM in background

 

Mary Pat Garvin RSM receiving gift from Pauline Smoothy RSM

 

Some of the participants applauding

 

A group of participants

 

Catherine Reuter RSM welcoming everyone

 

Barbara Bolster RSM, Mary Pat Garvin RSM, and Catherine Reuter RSM

 

Prayer Focus Space showing sculpture of Catherine McAuley at All Hallows

 

 

Thank you to Barbara Broad RSM, Bev Strong RSM, and Margie Abbott RSM for taking the photos at each event.’

 

Messages to Institute Communication

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