Orientation to Mercy

The Orientation to Mercy program is aimed at staff new to the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) and its ministries, and staff who have not had the opportunity for orientation to the mercy charism as yet in their role. Staff of schools with a Mercy heritage are most welcome to participate.

Previosuly offered as a full-day seminar, the program will be offered as 3 x 1.5 hour webinars in August & September 2020 + a local component which may either be offered either online or in-person if the situation permits.

Participants will explore the following:

  • the story of Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, and the sources of inspiration for the work she did;
  • the Works of Mercy, including Care for Our Common Home (the 8th Work) and their scriptural basis;
  • some of the ministries the Sisters of Mercy are involved in within Australia, Papua New Guinea and other parts of the world and the mission, vision and values that drive these works;
  • the local story and how the mission, vision and values are reflected in our Mercy ministry today;


  • Module 1: Tues 11, 3.30 – 4.30 pm (Register here)
  • Module 2: Tues 18, 3.30 – 5.00 pm (Register here)
  • Module 3: Tues 25, 3.30 – 5.00 pm (Register here)
  • Module 4: to be organised after the conclusion of Module 3


  • Module 1: Friday 11, 9.30 – 10.30 am (Register here)
  • Module 2: Friday 18, 9.30 – 11.00 am (Register here)
  • Module 3: Friday 25, 9.30 – 11.00 am (Register here)
  • Module 4: to be organised after the conclusion of Module 3

The Orientation to Mercy is accredited professional development for teachers in Catholic schools in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.  Contact Carole (details below) if you have attended any of the sessions in Feb/Mar 2020 and require a certificate of attendance or further details regarding the accreditation.

Nurturing the Mercy Mission

We also offer an orientation program train-the-trainer sessions for those responsible for providing formation in their own workplaces.  Contact Carole if you are interested in the Nurturing the Mercy Mission program.

Contact: Carole Gan at carole.gan@ismapng.org.au or +61 2 9564 2089