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One Mercy Mission Forum

Participants during the Morning Reflection on the lawn of the Catholic Leadership Centre



On May 5-7 at the Catholic Leadership Centre in Melbourne around 60 people, including Sisters and leaders of incorporated ministries, gathered to engage with emerging thinking around the Institute’s mission beyond 2017.


The forum was an important part of the preparation for the Institute Chapter 2017, and what a fruitful time it was, not just for those who attended but also for those who were able to participate via the livestream broadcast of one of the formal presentations by Catholic Earthcare Director, Jacqui Rémond (which is available to watch below).


Reinforcing the theme, One Mercy Mission (ISMAPNG Constitutions 4.03 ), the two and a half days proved to be a time of sharing and reflecting on how ‘we’ are all contributing to living out the charism gifted to us by Catherine. Unsurprisingly, there were great similarities among our Sisters and ministry representatives in the ways in which all gathered are living out the call of Mercy.


The Forum provided an opportunity to move from reflection into action in terms of engagement with the key question of the emerging thinking about the Institute’s mission beyond 2017 and culminated in the creation of a statement that will feed into the Chapter process.


Below is a small selection of videos of some of the formal presentations that were made on Day One of the Forum  by Jacqui Rémond  (Catholic Earthcare Australia) and Veronic Lawson (South B),  Tony Bidstrup (Mercy Services), Jocelyn Bignold (McAuley Community Services for Women), Stephen Cornellisen (Mercy Health), Deb Carter (Fraynework), Des Power (Mackillop Family Services), Kathleen Donnellon (Mercy Works), Lucy Molony (Mercy Education) and Julien O’Connell (Mercy Health).