NEWS CENTRE

Gratitude to Institute Justice Network Members

“Calling one another to conversion of heart… working together to create the new earth which God’s love demands”.  Sister Karon Donnellon RSM, on behalf of the Institute, expressed deep gratitude to each sister who has been involved in the Institute Justice Network whose commitment, professionalism and passion has enabled the Institute to be involved in ensuring  these particular issues are on the public agenda.

Recently Sister Karon Donnellon RSM, on behalf of the Institute, expressed deep gratitude to each sister who has been involved in the Institute Justice Network 2006-2011.

After the Fifth National Chapter (2004) mandated the Institute to focus on issues related to, the Institute Justice Core Group established the model which has carried us forward until the end of this year.

During 2006-2011  the Institute and specifically the Institute Justice Network focused on issues related to Asylum Seekers and Refugees; Eco-Justice; Indigenous Concerns; Women and Poverty. During this time:

  • more than 25 sisters committed to highlighting issues of justice and provided more than 250 articles with numerous calls to action in Mercy M@tters
  • sixteen sisters from the Institute attended programs at Mercy Global Concern
  • the Mercy Justice Conference 2009 enabled more than 250 people to be addressed by renown speakers and to interact with one another learning of the work, challenges and dreams of those seeking justice for all
  • the Institute specifically networked with the Sisters of St Joseph on Indigenous issues
  • our desire with other religious for a united  voice led to the establishment of the Justice Network and Coordinator within Catholic Religious Australia (CRA)

Along with Karon, the other members of the Institute Justice Core Group – Sisters Faith Jones, Pat Lynch, Celestine Pooley and Carmel Heagerty – pay tribute to all Sisters who have been members of the Institute Justice Network. Their willingness, commitment, professionalism and passion has enabled the Institute to be involved in ensuring  these particular issues are on the public agenda.  The work of the committees is evidence of the great capacity and passion to  explore ways of responding to critical local and global issues.

At this point the Justice Core Group would like to acknowledge the extraordinary commitment of the Institute Justice Coordinator Carmel Heagerty rsm. She has worked tirelessly and ensured that every Mercy M@tters contained issues of justice. She was significant in creating the Institute Justice Conference in 2009 and represented the Institute on a number of committees and forums.

United in prayer and hope we continue to seek new ways of addressing injustice and look forward with great confidence and hope as together we continue

Calling one another to conversion of heart,
to fidelity in mercy [NA],
to justice and to peace,
we continue to proclaim
the loving kindness of God,
working together to create the new earth which God’s love demands.

[Constitutions: Our Ministry]

From: Sister Karon Donnellon RSM, Institute Councillor