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Introducing the new Institute Leadership Team

Pictured L-R: Gaye Lennon rsm, Elizabeth Moloney rsm,  Eveline Crotty rsm, Marie Duffy rsm and Caroline Ryan rsm



Five fine Mercy Women have been elected at the 2017 Chapter to guide the Institute for the next six years – Sisters Eveline Crotty, Caroline Ryan, Marie Duffy, Gaye Lennon and Elizabeth Moloney. They bring to their new roles considerable wisdom and experience obtained from a diverse background of mission and ministry.


Eveline Crotty rsm – Leader

Eveline went to school at Punchbowl in Sydney with the Josephite sisters. When leaving school she did a Business course with the Sisters of Mercy at St. Patrick’s in Sydney and after a couple of years of working in a Real Estate firm entered the Sisters of Mercy, North Sydney. She was professed fifty years ago and comes to the position of Institute Leader with a strong background in walking with people in their life’s journey. Eveline commenced her ministry as an infants/primary school teacher in Sydney and followed this by exploring how to bring Mercy and justice to pastoral situations in the Philippines before moving to a housing commission estate in Western Sydney and later in the inner city of Sydney. Eveline established and led the ‘Urban Ministry Movement-Sydney’ for the past 30 years for the training of people in pastoral ministry working with marginal communities in the city, country, regional and South Pacific; and, later established with colleagues ‘Transforming Practices’  for the training of pastoral supervisors so that people would have the opportunity to reflect intentionally and regularly on their ministry or workplace. Eveline has previously worked as the Executive Secretary of the Mercy Foundation, an organisation committed to social equity and inclusion.  Her leadership experience includes 12 years as a member of the leadership team of her former congregation and has been on a member of Boards over the years. Eveline holds a Masters in Clinical Pastoral Counselling, majoring in supervision in pastoral ministry. She is an accredited supervisor/trainer and educator.  Her hobbies are: reading, spinning, crotcheting, weaving and tapestry.


Caroline Ryan rsm – Vicar and Councillor

Caroline’s understanding and commitment to Mercy religious life was nurtured in the Parramatta Congregation where she was professed on November 23, 1969. Caroline transferred to the Institute in 2013. Her ministry experience includes secondary education and administration, university chaplaincy, adult education (faith formation) and various leadership roles. Caroline served as the Institute’s Professional Standards Officer for three years. For relaxation Caroline likes to read and listen to good music. She occasionally ‘has a go’ at writing poetry.


Marie Duffy rsm – Councillor

Since her profession as a Sister of Mercy, Marie has held a vast number of mission and ministry roles. Her background has been in health and aged care in country New South Wales; working her way up from clinical nursing, to Director of Nursing/Chief Executive Officer of the previous Mercy Hospital and Marianella Nursing Home, Albury. Marie served within the Goulburn Congregation leadership team prior to the formation of the Institute; this included one term as Congregation Councillor and two terms as Congregation Leader. From 2013 to 2016, Marie was Executive Officer, Mission Integration at Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland and since then she has enjoyed her role as Community Leader, South A. Her qualifications include a Master of Health Management, and Post Graduate Certificates in both Gerontology and Midwifery. Marie loves NRL and is an avid Canberra Raiders Supporter. She enjoys gardening and walking in her spare time.


Gaye Lennon rsm – Councillor

Gaye has had considerable experience living and working in cross cultural situations. Since her profession as a Sister of Mercy she has been involved in consultancy and facilitation using her skills in the areas of education, community development, spiritual formation and spiritual direction. She has lived and worked in cross cultural settings in Pakistan, refugee camps in Thai-Burma border and Papua New Guinea. Her experience includes monitoring projects in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and with Indigenous communities in Australia.  In the early stages of the Institute, Gaye sat on the initial Institute Mission Implementation Committee and then went on to be involved in the Institute Mission Team. Gaye has a rich history with Papua New Guinea, having helped research and set up Mercy Works Goroka/Mt Hagen and starting the Mercy Works Education Program. Gaye holds a Masters in International and Community Development, a Bachelor of Education, a Diploma in Missiology and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction. A country girl at heart, Gaye grew up with her family on a farm near Delungra, NSW. She has a love for reading, art and her dog Solly! Gaye is looking forward to this new chapter on the Institute Leadership Team.


Elizabeth Moloney rsm – Councillor

Elizabeth comes from a large Catholic dairy farming family in Western Victoria. She has had a long history of involvement with supporting vulnerable children and families in a wide range of ways, both individually with groups and in community development situations. Elizabeth has held positions in a number of ministries including coordinating a boarding school, support and advocacy work with asylum seekers and refugees.  Elizabeth steadily moved into leadership positions – first at Mackillop Family Services (2000 – 2010) and more recently at CatholicCare NT where she is currently based in Alice Springs.  Elizabeth holds Bachelor of Social Work, Associate Diploma in Frontline Management, Diploma in Family Therapy and Grad Dip in Theology. Her love of tai chi and walking the natural landscape allows for a healthier life balance. Elizabeth brings to her new leadership position a common sense approach to life and a love of being connected and involved with her fellow Sisters.


The transfer of leadership will take place in mid-December 2017 on a date yet to be fixed.

Please pray for these generous women who have accepted leadership responsibility in our Institute.


Below is a video of the Blessing Ritual held just after the election. Press the arrow to watch.


Messages to:

Eveline Crotty rsm

Caroline Ryan rsm

Marie Duffy rsm

Gaye Lennon rsm

Elizabeth Moloney rsm