Tenth Anniversary of the Formation of the Institute


December 12, 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the formation of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea.


To commemorate this milestone activities have been devised in two main areas – Commemorative and Liturgy – overseen by a committee for each.


Commemorative Committee

Margaret Scroope RSM (Convenor), Annette Schneider RSM, Cheryl Camp RSM, Cynthia Griffith RSM


Liturgy Committee

Sue Smith RSM (Convenor), Kerry Willison RSM, Theresia Tina RSM, Tricia Johnson RSM



You are invited to share in the material prepared to date –


Reflection One  – ‘The ISMAPNG Journey’ (26 February 2021)

This reflection focuses on the ISMAPNG journey.

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Liturgy One – Gratitude (12 March 2021)

You are invited into a year of prayerful celebration and reflection as we celebrate 10 years within the Institute.  There will be a number of liturgical reflections throughout the year centred around three themes:  Gratitude; Simplicity; and Inclusion.  These reflections are to be used as a guide either with others or on your own in your own sacred space.  This reflection is on Gratitude.

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Liturgy One Reflection – Gratitude


Reflection Two – Identity (26 March 2021)

This reflection is a short ‘photo gallery’ of some of our sisters in their places of living and ministering, continuing to be ‘the shining lamps’ that Catherine first ignited almost two hundred years ago.




Reflection Three – Personal Path of Mercy (23 April 2021)

This month we welcome Sally Bradley RSM and Theresia Tina RSM sharing a conversation about their personal Mercy journey as members of the first Institute Leadership.



Liturgy Two – Simplicity (7 May 2021)

You are invited into this time of prayerful celebration and reflection as we continue to celebrate 10 years within the Institute.  This reflection is centred on the theme of Simplicity.

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Reflection Four – ‘Our Way of Living: Communio’  (May 24 2021)

This month we welcome the voices of some of our younger members – Elizabeth Young, Duyen Nguyen, Philomena Waira and Emma Llewellyn. They have collaborated in a unique and colourful way to invite our reflections on some of their inclusive experiences in our emerging Mercy way of life – our Communio. These young Mercy women write and use technology with an honest, joyful energy about both their challenges and adaptations in the face of change. Emma’s lively bitmojis enhance their questions which invite our reflection on the richness of the diversity we have within our Institute.

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Reflection Five – The Challenge of Engaging in Change for Growth  (June 21 2021`)
Initially, our focus was to hear from our own Sisters and what value there has been in that! Over the next three months, we have invited reflections from outside our Institute from religious women and men whose Congregations are also being challenged in this time of change. For late June, Sister Maryanne Confoy, a Sister of Charity, well known for her academic roles and pastoral activities has prepared a video presentation entitled –  ‘The Challenge of Engaging in Change for Growth / Salense Bilong Wantaim Long Taim Bilong Sensis Long Gro’. This presentation is thorough and lengthy, prepared in four parts so probably best reflected upon in sections. At the end Maryanne has provided some poems as a postscript to further develop her themes imaginatively.


Sisters of the Institute were invited to participate in a Q and A session with Maryanne Confoy RSM


Liturgy Three : Inclusion (12 July 2021)

This time we celebrate the theme of ‘Inclusion’, which is the third pillar of the theme for this year ‘Gratitude Simplicity Inclusion’. We are united in diversity with all the earth community, with our fellow humans and each other. This reflection can be used as a guide, with others in a group reflection or, in your own sacred space.

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Reflection Six – “Leadership in Religious Life as it evolves – Lidasip long Riligius Laip olsem em I kamap.” – Patty Fawkner SGS (July 2021)

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Reflection SevenImagining Our Future: Growth or Maintenance – Pikisarim behain bilong yumi – groim o stretim?” – Philip Pinto CFC (August 2021) 

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Mercy Day Liturgy 2021

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