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Sister Irena Kasprzyk of Perth Congregation is one of ten women to have her experience as a refugee published in a new book called "Leaving Home: Ten Refugee Women Tell Their Stories". At the age of ten, Irena was one of 1.7 million Polish citizens deported from their homes to forced labour camps in frozen Siberia and Kazakhstan. Less than one third survived.

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On Tuesday December 12, Mercy Foundation Day across the world, Mercy sisters in Western Australia gathered to remember that very precious event in the celebration of the Eucharist at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Lesmurdie. Sister Marcella Blake (Perth Congregation) reports.

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For Sister Gaye Lennon (Gunnedah Congregation), this year will be the first Christmas she's celebrated in a Christian country for over ten years. Gaye arrived in Papua New Guinea in April this year. Prior to this placement, she was stationed in Thailand, working in the Karenni refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border (2004-2006), and before that, she lived in Pakistan (1996-2002). Gaye shares with "Mercy M@tters" readers how she will celebrate Christmas in PNG.

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Twenty-six Sisters of Mercy from the Brisbane congregation have signed a letter to federal politicians voicing their concerns about the impact of the ongoing war in Iraq. Sister Wendy Flannery, who initiated the idea, said a number of sisters raised concerns about the worsening situation in Iraq at a congregational meeting about six weeks ago.

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After an 85-year presence in the NSW town of Griffith, the ministry of the Goulburn Sisters of Mercy will draw to a close at the end of 2006. To acknowledge this significant milestone, 26 sisters gathered on the weekend of November 25-26 to farewell the Griffith community.

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Adelaide Sister of Mercy, Kate Conley recently led a day of reflection for a group of people from the northern regions of South Australia, who over recent years, have provided friendship, advocacy, spiritual care and general support to people imprisoned at Baxter Detention Centre. In this fortnight's edition of "Mercy M@tters", Kate reflects on the experience.

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December 07, 2006

On November 9, the Sisters of Mercy, Singleton formally ended their eighty-five year ownership of the Newcastle Mater Misericordiae Hospital. In a ceremony held in the nearby church, Sister Berice Livermore, Congregation Leader, welcomed Little Company of Mary (LCM) Health Care as the new owners. On its behalf Sister Jennifer Barrow, Leader of the Little Company of Mary, accepted the responsibility for the ongoing provision of health care to the people of the Hunter-New England area.

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A gathering in Parkes on Sunday November 19, 2006 enabled a rare panoramic view of Mercy life and ministry in the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese of NSW. The day was typically hot and dry and mercy women had come from distant parts of Australia to be present, to celebrate together with the clergy and people of the diocese.

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At the recent National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) Assembly in Alice Springs, Mercy and Josephite women took time to dialogue about various Indigenous concerns. In response to some reports from Northern Territory communities regarding the effects of the recently amended Northern Territory Land Rights Legislation, the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and all Congregations and Provinces of the Sisters of Sisters of St Joseph have decided that, for the first time in their history, their religious orders would work together on a pressing social issue.

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Instead of buying a gift for family or friends this Christmas, why not tell them you've made a donation to Mercy Works Inc.? Mercy Works Inc. is the justice, human rights and development arm of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia. Projects in Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Pakistan and Australia urgently need our support. DOWNLOAD a flyer for information. Why not pass the flyer on to family, friends and colleagues?

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