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  Any community crisis such as a natural disaster is usually associated with heightened risks of family violence. Very early on in the COVID-19 emergency, awareness grew that the stress of the pandemic, alongside key components of the necessary response – restrictions on community contacts and spaces — would create a perfect storm in which

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The $8-million Mercy Health Golden Rise Seniors Living project at Bendigo is nearing its final stages of construction – the development in Taylor Street, Golden Square comprises 21 units and a community hub. Certificates of Occupancy of the first units are expected soon with residents shortly after able to commence moving in.   The $8-million

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July 06, 2020

In usual times, this week would have been NAIDOC Week in Australia. The onset of COVID-19 has meant that the celebrations have been postponed until November. Mary Trainor RSM writes that it can still be a time to remember the rightful place of Aboriginal Heritage in Australia’s history.   NAIDOC week was first celebrated back

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  Students at Damascus College, Ballarat, have been participating in some amazing projects in and around the community.   The students, who are part of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL), have been making care packages to thank ‘Frontline’ workers during the pandemic, have been sending books to remote schools in Alice Springs, offering

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As part of the celebration of 140 years of the arrival of the Sisters of Mercy in Adelaide, Mother Evangelista Fitzpatrick has been remembered by Mary-Anne Duigan RSM.    Evangelista Fitzpatrick was born on Christmas Eve 1822, into a family which was comfortably well-off. She was named Christina. Her mother Catherine was prominent in the

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  This year, in Australia, the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours list saw 933 awards. These recipients included politicians, scientists, musicians, artists, athletes and business leaders. We are rejoicing that five of the recipients have connections to Mercy.   A heartfelt congratulations to Sr Kate Conley from Adelaide, who was awarded a Medal of the Order

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    The Institute was thrilled to receive the news that Adelaide Sister,  Kate Conley RSM, has been honoured in this year’s Australian Queen’s Birthday Honours. Kate was one of five Mercy people recognised in this year’s honours.    Kate’s journey began growing up in Snowtown, SA, part of a loving family. Her father, Oz,

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Breda O’Reilly RSM reflects on her many years of journeying with people in prison, with the following passage from Matthew’s Gospel being an inspiration for this important ministry.  ‘I was in prison and you visited me.’    St. Matthew’s Gospel, we see that in meeting the needs of the hungry, sick, and imprisoned, we are

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  Stella Maris Seafarers Centre in Mackay is the Catholic Church’s missionary work to seafarers whether they are on merchant or coal ships berthing at the three ports at Mackay Harbour, Dalrymple Bay and Hay Point Coal Terminals about 40kms south of Mackay. The Mackay’s Stella Maris Seafarers Centre has been caring for the spiritual,

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