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just Mercy - Online Newsletter of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea
15 December 2014 |  Issue 12

As the year comes to an end, Annette Schneider rsm, invites us into an Advent state of mind.

The Catherine McAuley Award programme is a significant annual Leadership programme offered to women by the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Each year St Joseph’s College Mildura reflects on the work of the Sisters of Mercy both locally and internationally. A highlight of the week is the Mercy Mass.

The installation in the Mater Hospital, Rockhampton of a stained glass window depicting the Venerable Catherine McAuley marked the launch of centenary celebrations on November 14, 2014.

The Urban Ministry Movement-Sydney (UMS), a work of McAuley Ministries recently concluded the 2014 “Pastoral Practice in Diverse Contexts: Transforming Peoples and Communities” programme with the graduation of participants on November 15 at Epping, NSW.

Mercy Health is delighted to announce that it has met all requirements as part of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

Margaret Broadbent rsm reflects on a new direction in her life of Mercy ministry.

The Mercy story is being received with renewed vigour in Perth through the combined work of the students of Mercedes College, the volunteers of Mercy Heritage Centre and St. Catherine’s House of Hospitality, McAuley Ministries and the Mercy Ethos Team. More on these initiatives can be read HERE

This is the last issue of 'just Mercy' for 2014. The next issue will be published in February 2015. We wish all readers a blessed, safe and joyful Christmas and New Year. Take a moment to hear a retelling of the Christmas story.

A series of significant gatherings for the Institute took place around Australia and Papua New Guinea recently.

For the month of December our prayer focus is with those suffering from Ebola in West Africa.

Bernadette Inman became Coordinator of the Young Mercy Links programme earlier this year. Here she speaks a little of herself and of her Mercy work.

In this profile, Nance Cale rsm shares the many facets of over fifty years of Mercy ministry and religious life with us.

One person can make a great difference when there are people seeking refuge and welcome. This is the story of one such person.

Often unknown, there are many Aboriginal people dedicated to confronting the problems their communities face and working at ways to bring about positive change. One impressive example of this was the recent handover of the Yula-Punaal Aboriginal Education and Healing Centre in the Central Coast area of NSW, an event strongly supported by Sisters of Mercy.

Recently Berenice Kerr rsm, Community Leader of ISMAPNG South B Community was invited to speak at the blessing of the renovated Chapel of Emmanuel College, Warrnambool.

A Mercy reflection on life, written by Maureen Mohen rsm for the Institute Gatherings in August and September this year.

In an address to the recent November Meeting of Bishops and the Leaders of Religious Congregations in Sydney Annette Schneider rsm shared her hopes regarding the Year of Consecrated Life.

PERFECT CHARITY - Women Religious Living the Spirit of Vatican II is a new book based on a series of interviews that document the impact of the Second Vatican Council on the lives of religious. Two of the Sisters are members of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea – Veronica Lawson rsm and Patricia Powell rsm.

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