NEWS CENTRE

Institute Justice Network

On February 7 and 8, members of the Institute Justice Core Group, Institute Justice Specific Issues Committees and sisters who attended the Mercy Global Concern program in 2006, 2007 and 2008 gathered in Sydney with Sister Jan Barnett RSJ, facilitator, to continue exploring the action for justice through the Institute Justice model. Articles from the Institute Specific Issues Committees, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, Women and Poverty, Eco-Justice and Indigenous Concerns, will continue to be available in Mercy M@tters and reader’s responses to these are greatly desired.

The annual Institute Justice Network meeting provided a wonderful opportunity for professional and social exchange. This year 20 sisters participated in the weekend with Sister Jan Barnett RSJ as the Facilitator. The weekend provided a great opportunity for the formation of groups, sharing of questions, challenges and ideas.
 
Institute Specific Issues Committees
Sister Karon Donnellon warmly welcomed new committee members and acknowledged the marvellous contribution of sisters continuing as committee members. The new committee members are Sisters Helen Owens, Rosarii O’Connor, Marie Farrell and Daphne McKeough.

The Institute Specific Issues Committees Members for 2009 are:
Asylum Seekers and Refugees: Geraldine Mugavin, Rosarii O’Connor, Helen Owens
Eco-Justice: Claudette Cusack, Mary Dennett, Marie Farrell, Kate McGrath
Indigenous Concerns: Rose Glennen, Anne McGuire, Daphne McKeough
Women and Poverty: Sally Bradley, Leonie Crotty, Angela Reed, Anne Ryan

Participants of the Mercy Global Concern Programme 2006 – 2008 who attended the weekend are Marie Butcher, Pat Linnane, Christina Aitken and Carmel McDonough. Helen Owens, Leonie Crotty, Claudette Cusack, Sally Bradley, Rose Glennen and Carmel Heagerty have also participated in the Mercy Global Concern programme.

Also attending the weekend were members of the Institute Justice Core Group, Sisters Karon Donnellon, Pat Lynch, Faith Jones, Celestine Pooley and Carmel Heagerty.
 
The Institute Specific Issues Committees will continue to present articles Mercy M@tters on a regular basis and would really appreciate your feedback to articles and also welcome your suggestions on the issues via the relevant email addresses:

Email: asylum.refugees@mercy.org.au   
Email: eco.justice@mercy.org.au
Email: indigenous.concerns@mercy.org.au
Email: women.poverty@mercy.org.au

REFLECTION:
Merciful and compassionate God, we pray for the grace to reveal your presence through our lives.
We pray that we may be people who willingly embrace the other and welcome difference.
In our efforts to be good stewards of the earth and support those on the land.
Reveal your creative energy in us.

As we respond to those who suffer from the effects of poverty, illness and lack of education.
Reveal your mercy in us.

When we welcome strangers and those who live at the margins.
Let us pause and remember the people of Gaza, Zimbabwe …
Reveal your hospitality in us.

Keep us mindful and inclusive of our indigenous brothers and sisters.
Reveal your respect in us.

God dwelling with us, we especially pray for clarity of mind and heart this day.  May we know your creative spirit among us and listen for your voice of guidance and encouragement. We ask this in the name of Jesus who gave human form to your love for us. Amen.

Contact: Carmel Heagerty RSM, Institute Justice Co-ordinator
Email: Institute.Justice@mercy.org.au