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Institute archivists’ committee formed

Archivists and support staff from Mercy congregations across the Institute gathered in Brisbane recently. According to Sister Joanne Molloy (Brisbane), the ministry of archives is integral to the Institute’s mission.

Many Mercy Congregation Archivists and some support staff gathered at All Hallows’ School, Brisbane on April 7-8. The purpose of the gathering was to gain knowledge of and experience in the use of Archive Manager 3, a database software programme offering comprehensive archival documentation and management facilities for small archives.

The workshop was presented by the designer of the programme, David Clements, and he was assisted by Michelle Lillico, an experienced archivist well-known to many of us. Both David and Michelle are based in Perth WA.

Our gratitude is extended to Sister Kay Lane (Archivist, Brisbane Congregation) for initiating and organising this workshop for us.

Sister Caroline Ryan from the Institute Leadership took the opportunity to meet with the group and encouraged us to discuss with her matters of mutual interest and concern. The ministry of archives is an essential element that is integral to the Institute’s mission. In that regard, a significant outcome of this meeting was the establishment of the Institute Archivists’ Committee.

The formation of this agency will strengthen and facilitate the service of archivists to the Institute as a whole.

Members of the Committee are Ms Jane McGee (National Office), Sister Agnes Gleeson (Melbourne), Sister Joanne Molloy (Rockhampton) and Caroline, who will be the liaison with the Institute. Plans are in place for the 2009 biennial meeting of Mercy archivists which will be held in Canberra.

While we were together, members expressed their delight to know that Crossings in Mercy – The Story of the Sisters of Mercy Papua New Guinea 1956-2006, by Sister Teresa Flaherty RSM, would be launched on Thursday April 17, during the Institute Plenary Council meeting, hosted by the Rockhampton Congregation.

From: Sister Joanne Molloy (Rockhampton)