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just Mercy - Online Newsletter of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea
23 May 2014 |  Issue 6

Recently returned from Curtin Detention Centre where she spent time as a volunteer worker, Sr. Carmel Ruddick rsm offers much food for thought in this sharing of her experience.

Daphne McKeough rsm shares two experiences of the new Mercy world in Sydney where there is no shortage of opportunities to open ourselves to the new “communio” amongst us and to search for responses to the call of our world that is “shattered by displacement’ ISMAPNG Mission Statement 2011].

Elizabeth Young RSM is the Coordinator for Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the rural diocese of Port Pirie, South Australia. Recently young people from around the diocese gathered for the first Youth Assembly since 2002 and Elizabeth shares an account of the event.

From a baby’s birth to a patient’s final days, Werribee Mercy Hospital has played a pivotal role in the lives of thousands of Melburnians. This year the hospital celebrates its 20th anniversary.

With a competent volunteer team of Mercy Associates a successful swimming program for twenty four children from African countries took place in Ballarat in the recent school holidays.

Recently, members of the Institute Formation Council met with the PNG sisters to discuss and plan for the future. Kathleen Williams rsm, member of the Institute Formation Council, shares an account of this event.

When Catherine McAuley was asked about the founding of the Order she replied: 'It all began with two, Mary Anne Doyle and I'. No new Mercy foundation was started by one and so it continues with Mercy Connect Melbourne.

For almost 30 years groups of Mercy Associates have formed and met at dozens of locations around Australia. At present the Institute is working with the Associates to consider future options. Sally Bradley rsm, Institute Councillor, invites interested people to join the consultation process now underway.

One initiative to emerge from "The Retreat and Spirituality Forum" held at Randwick in October 2013 was to look at further providing Retreat experiences for the Institute and beyond. Grace Bartolo rsm gives an account of one follow-up experience.

On Wednesday, April 9, the Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson DD JCL blessed the Mercy House of Welcome in Kilburn, a place for asylum seekers to come together and receive support.

Pedal mania has taken hold at the Rahamim Ecological Learning Community in Bathurst to sustainably power a movie cinema.

Recently 27 Mercy ministry leaders and sisters were in Dublin at the Mercy International Centre participating in the Leadership program – 'Mercy, the Business of our Lives'.

Queensland Sister of Mercy Joanne Molloy shares the pattern of her Mercy journey with us.

As Sr Marie Walker approaches her hundredth year, a special part of her life is shared with us all.

The 2014 Caritas Internationalis Conference on Anti-Trafficking' was held in mid-February in Jakarta. Cathy Jambet RSM and Maryanne Kolkia RSM from PNG joined about 40 others from 17 different countries in the Asia-Pacific region and share their experience here.

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) and the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation are held every year between 27 May and 3 June. The theme for 2014 – Let’s Walk the Talk – offers us a chance to reflect and acknowledge the deep connection between recognition and reconciliation.

Sarah Page, a teacher at St Francis Xavier Primary School in Ballarat East has been presented with an environmental award.

We welcome Siobhan Marren, newly appointed Mission Officer working with the Institute Mission Team. Siobhan introduces herself here.

As we approach the end of the Easter season, Berneice Loch rsm, Institute Leader, calls us to further reflection on the Easter message and its on-going place in our everyday lives.

Leesa Jeffcoat OA, Director of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Rockhampton, provides much food for thought in this reflection on Leadership.

Monica Sinclair rsm, Director of Heritage Singleton Convent, shares a story of Diocesan history linked with Mercy presence in Singleton.

Paula McAdam rsm calls us to reflection through poetry on the presence of God.

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