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just Mercy - Online Newsletter of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea
29 October 2014 |  Issue 11

Natalie Acton is an educator with the ISMAPNG Mercy Ethos Office. Recently she was in Papua New Guinea working with Mercy Works on their formation program which included the annual celebration of Mercy Day. Here she shares her experience of that special time.

Paul Bissinella is in his first year as Principal of St. Francis Xavier Primary School, Ballarat East. The celebration of the centenary of the establishment of the school by Sisters of Mercy has been an important part of that year. Paul shares a reflection on the event.

15 October is a day of remembrance for pregnancy loss and infant death. It is observed annually in the United States and Canada and, in recent years, in the UK and across Australia. Through the Village Health Program in Papua New Guinea, Mercy Works endeavours to ensure healthy outcomes for pregnant women rather than grief and loss.

Mercy Health believe strongly that motherhood and fatherhood are equally vital to child wellbeing and respond to this through the work of the Mercy Health O’Connell Family Centre.

Each year, September 24, the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy, is celebrated around Australia by Sisters of Mercy and their Associates and Colleagues. This year in Newcastle it was a celebration with a difference.

Since 2011 the Convent of Mercy at Victoria Square in Perth has been listed as one of the open buildings and exhibitions which are part of the Heritage Days of the City of Perth in October. Each year it has been a popular destination for a variety of interested people.

While in Papua New Guinea Anne Moule rsm saw the need to assist some young women to obtain tertiary education.

Each month the Sisters of Mercy reflect on and pray for a particular issue in our lives. During November our prayer and reflection is centred on ‘Children of the World’.

A handful of faithful, strong and compassionate women inspired Maureen Sullivan to join the Sisters of Mercy more than half a century ago. She now in turn, is an inspiration to others.

John Shannon is presently Chairperson of the Board of Mercy Education Ltd. and brings a wealth of Mercy experience to this role. Here he speaks of those times.

Anila Isaac rsm is a Sister of Mercy for whom religious life began in her home country of Pakistan and is presently lived out here in Australia. She shares her story with us.

Marie Farrell’s reflection on Penthos draws our prayerful attention to the many ‘Mercy’ concerns that we experience locally, nationally and as members of the world-community.

Darcy Afford is a student at St Francis Xavier Primary School in Ballarat East, Victoria. Here he shares an initiative he undertook in regard to world peace.

These words are a fitting reflection for the celebration of World Children’s Day on November 20, 2014.

Pope Francis announced that 2015 will be a year dedicated to the promotion of consecrated life, and is asking the church's religious sisters, brothers and priests to "wake up the world" with their testimony of faith, holiness and hope.

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