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Reconciling and embracing difference

Sixty-seven Sisters of Mercy from all states in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Pakistan met in their 5th Institute Chapter, gathering at St Joseph’s Centre at Baulkham Hills from 2-11 July 2004.  They represented sixteen hundred sisters of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy.

This gathering, a once-in-six-years event, elected a new leadership team and chose a focus for mission for the future.  The leaders elected were Nerida Tinkler, President, Caroline Ryan, Vice-President, and Karon Donnellon, Councillor.  The new leaders take up office in January 2005.

The gathering took account of the culture of fear experienced nationally and globally.  The sisters responded by

  • choosing to collaborate actively with world-wide movements towards reconciling and embracing difference, replacing fear with hope, suspicion with trust, violence with peace;
  • committing themselves to further partnerships with Indigenous and refugee peoples;
  • acknowledging that they are an organic part of an unfolding universe.

President, Patricia Fox, spoke of the occasion …

“We have recognised in these days that there is an urgent need for us to work together as an Institute of Sisters of Mercy to respond to the current climate of fear being generated in our country and globally.

We want to work at creating a culture of reconciliation and peace.

We have realised that our choice to embark on a new journey of “˜making room for the other’ within ourselves and within our Institute will enhance our capacity for this action of mercy and justice.”

July 11, 2004

CONTACT:  Patricia Fox rsm, President, Ph. 02 9564 1911 (wk)