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The challenges of living mercy: 2011 conference

In 2011, the Brisbane Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy will celebrate 150 years of ministry in Queensland. As part of their sesquicentenary celebrations, the congregation will host a conference from September 21-23, 2011 entitled “The Challenges of Living Mercy”.

Planning is still at a very preliminary stage, but the organisers invite you to note the dates for what is shaping as a very exciting and in-depth consideration of the challenges of living mercy today.

The keynote speakers are:

Caitlin Conneely RSM (September 21) “Challenges from our Tradition”. Caitlin is a native of the Arran Islands and a member of the Western Province of the Irish Sisters of Mercy. Until recently she was the Director of the Mercy International Centre in Dublin. She is in demand as a speaker on Catherine McAuley and the early Mercy story.

Deirdre Mullan RSM (September 22) “Challenges from our World”. Dierdre is an Irish Sister of Mercy of the Northern Province. Currently she is the Director of Mercy Global Concern which maintains a Mercy presence at the United Nations in New York. She is an engaging and challenging speaker on contemporary issues of concern to people of Mercy.

Peta Goldburg RSM (September 23) “Challenges for the Future”. Peta is an Australian Sister of Mercy of the Brisbane Congregation. Professor Goldburg holds the foundation Chair of Religious Education at Australian Catholic University. Her presentation will explore what it means for Mercy-related ministries to be Catholic and Mercy in today’s diverse world.

In addition to the keynote speakers there will be a wide range of workshops and seminars led by Sisters of Mercy and lay colleagues from various Mercy ministries around Australia.

A call for workshop and seminar abstracts will be made in February 2011. The organisers invite you to consider what you or your colleagues have to offer to the wider Mercy community.

Cost: To be advised. Every effort will be made to keep the registration fee as low as possible to enable maximum attendance.