Sister Maria Zhao is the first Chinese-born woman to become a Sister of Mercy of the Parramatta Congregation. Maria celebrated her perpetual profession on December 8 at the Mother Mary Clare Dunphy Memorial Chapel in Parramatta, New South Wales.
Integral to the life and ministry of the Sisters of Mercy in Central Queensland is The Range site, with its well-known landmark, Middle Hall (pictured). Recently, the sisters celebrated the centenary of the opening of this fine structure which began as an education facility.
On December 8, 2007 the Mercy and Justice Centre in Bathurst made a transition to Rahamim Ecological Learning Community. Sisters of Mercy, friends and supporters of the Mercy and Justice Centre and new and interested supporters of the Rahamim Ecological Learning Community gathered at St Joseph's Mount to ritualise the transition from the old to the new.
Congratulations to Brisbane's Sister Regis Mary Dunne AO who was one of 16 Australians recognised at the National Health and Medical Research Council Awards for Excellence in Health and Medical Research at the Rydges Hotel, Canberra on December 12, 2007.
On Monday December 17, 2007 the Brisbane Congregation celebrated Sister Anne Corcoran's 100th birthday at Emmaus Nursing home with Mass followed by morning tea. Joining her and the Sisters of Mercy and Staff of Emmaus for the celebrations were past pupils and also relatives who had travelled from Canberra and Melbourne to be with her.
The plight of more than 8,000 West Papuan refugees living in Papua New Guinea's Western Province, near the border of West Papua, rarely receives our attention in Australia. Yet, a significant number of refugees have been living in this area for over 28 years.
In 2006, Cecilia Rowe, a Sister of Mercy of the Grafton Congregation, began voluntary work with Mercy Refugee Service. Cecilia reflects on the experience of supporting people at Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney.
In 2006-2007, Mercy Works Inc. was proud to support the work of Tjanpi Aboriginal Baskets, an innovative arts employment programme of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjanjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council.
During 2007, the Institute's Justice Network presented information about refugees and asylum seekers and called for reflection on their experiences and those who support them. In the final weeks of the year they invite you to continue reflecting and to consider what you will do in 2008 to support refugees and to assist all people to be treated with respect. It is our individual actions and our challenges to others that can lead to a more just world. What is the gift you will give humanity? What will be your New Year's resolution?