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Mercy Day 2019

Star of the Sea Apollo Bay Mercy Day Mass. Margaret Kelly RSM standing and Fr Wally Tudor presiding


The Feast of Our Lady of Mercy, is the anniversary of the opening of the first ‘House of Mercy’ in Dublin, Ireland by Catherine McAuley on 24 September 1827. It has come to be affectionately known and celebrated as ‘Mercy Day’. This year’s Mercy Day took on a special significance, with celebrations for 25 years of the Mercy International Association.  Below we feature some photos we have received from sisters and staff from the celebrations around the Institute and abroad.



Apollo Bay

2019 Mercy Day Celebrations at Apollo Bay, Vic


Mercy Place Ballarat



Mercy Health Richmond

The theme for this year’s Mercy Day celebration was ‘shining a light on heritage’, lending our advocacy to the call for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament.


Fraynework and Mackillop Family Services, Melbourne

Mercy Day with Mackillop Family Services and Fraynework


Academy of Mary Immaculate, Melbourne

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Read the Mercy Day Address by Principal of the Academy of Mary Immaculate, Mary Moloney RSM – Click here




The Sisters of Canberra gathered for lunch to celebrate Mercy Day, enjoy a meal, memories and the traditions of Mercy.
L to R: Helen Boland, Angela Jordan RSM, Kath Costain RSM, Kathy Patterson, Lorraine Cupitt RSM, Eileen Savage RSM, Helen Kearins RSM, Carolyn Nolan RSM, Frances Fitzpatrick RSM, Jonathan Campton (Ministry Governance Executive Officer), Maureen Gannon RSM and Kate McMahon RSM.




Mid-North Coast

The Mid North Coast Mercies – lunch time gathering to celebrate Mercy Day, at Nambucca Heads. L-R Yvonne Channells RSM, Liz Hartley RSM, Chris Austen RSM, Marg Bannon RSM, Anne Hannigan RSM and Cabrini Mainey RSM.



At Sacred Spaces Singleton – Sisters, Mercy Services volunteers and students from St Catherine’s Catholic College are enjoying a play about Catherine McAuley.



Srs. Judy Breen RSM and Coral Hedley RSM, were able to join in the local community Eucharist. The presbytery and Church are now built on the site which once was the school and playground … Sr. Judy was the Principal there for many years. The convent has been Heritage Listed and is being renovated as a residential property.




Central West

For Mercy Day this year Mary Corkeron (Grenfell), Kath Barker, Marie Barker, Florence Kinsela, Annette Tinkler, Nerida Tinkler (Parkes), Jenny Rolls (Forbes), Pat Lynch (Trundle) and Trish Johnson(Griffith), met at the Cowra Japanese Gardens and Cultural Centre to celebrate. It turned out to be a beautiful and memorable experience for us all. The weather was perfect. As we say in this dusty drought-ridden area, “If we can’t have rain, we might as well enjoy a sunny day!” The gardens were absolutely magnificent as you will see from the photos, 124 different species of plants. The buggies were of invaluable assistance! Added to all of that, we had time for great conversation and sharing of great food. A day well spent. Mercy is thriving in the bush!



L to R: Beatie Chesworth RSM, Lorna Blackhall RSM, Gemma Crowe CSJ, Patricia Higgins RSM and Anne Stedman RSM.


Sisters from John Paul Village at Heathcote NSW celebrated with a Mercy Day lunch at Club Menai.


Central B


St Mary’s Primary School, Casino






Cutting the cake at the Mater Hospital Mercy Day celebration in Townsville. From L-R Srs Marie Melville, Bev Strong, Wendy Piggott, Carmel King, Catherine Cuddihy and Ros Carr.


L to R: Helen White RSM, Rosemary Carroll RSM, Angela Reed RSM, Margaret Scroope RSM, Pauline Murray RSM Caroline Ryan RSM.


Denise Fox RSM (CEO McAuley Ministries Limited) at the MIA Celebrations in Dublin. Photo credit: Anne Walsh, Mercy International Association

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