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just Mercy - Online Newsletter of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea
26 March 2015 |  Issue 14

As we approach Easter, the reflection given by Business Manager Paul Jans during recent celebrations to mark the twentieth Anniversary of the beginning of Damascus College Ballarat have a particular resonance for us.

The Board of Mercy Education recently extended a warm welcome to Kerrie Fraser, newly appointed Principal of Mercedes College Perth. Here, Kerrie reflects on her passion for education and her focus on building strong relationships with students, staff and parents.

Margaret Bray rsm shares an important development for the Gurehlgam Healing Centre in Grafton N.S.W.

Participants in the 2015 Mercy Leadership Program and Dublin Pilgrimage are presently in Dublin for the six day module of the program which takes place at the Mercy International Centre, Baggot Street, the original House of Mercy founded by Catherine McAuley.

The annual Mercy Ministries Governance Forum took place in Sydney on March 12 – 13. The Forum looks at the way the Institute’s ministries serve God’s mission of Mercy.

In this Year of Consecrated Life, the richness of religious life can be seen in Jubilee milestones and we further acknowledge the long lives of service given by four Sisters of Mercy.

A series of Lenten Reflections on ‘The Universe as the manifestation of God’s ongoing presence’, which was an initiative of a group of Mercy Associates, has been greatly appreciated by all who participated.

Recently Sisters of Mercy from Australia and New Zealand participated in ‘Rediscovering the Spiritual in God’s Creation’- a conference held in McLaren Vale, near Adelaide from March 10-13.

Each month the Sisters of Mercy reflect on and pray for a particular issue in our lives. During April our prayer and reflection is centred on 'Children Suffering From Abuse'

Margie Abbott rsm is a trainer with the program “Generation Waking Up”. Here she shares a recent experience with Geelong students.

The Constitutions of our Institute remind us that “as members of the Earth community, we are integrally connected with each other and the whole of creation.” (Constitutions 2.02). This calls us to action for our Pacific neighbours.

Carmel Daley rsm has travelled a rich path along her years as a Sister of Mercy, some of which she shares with us here.

John Rochester has recently been appointed as the Communications Manager for the Institute. Joining the Mercy world has not been a completely unknown experience for him.

High profile Australians come together to highlight the plight of Child Asylum Seekers in Detention.

The statement of the ISMAPNG Chapter of 2011 ‘impels us’ to stand with ‘compassion and justice’ beside those ‘being shattered by displacement.’ The announcement regarding the possible closure of remote Aboriginal communities is one such call.

At the end of 2014, Kathy Kettle rsm left Perth for to minister in at the Mukuru Promotion Centre in Nairobi, Africa. Here she shares some of her experiences.

Jean McGonigal RSM shares her experience of ministering with the Jesuit Refugee Service on Christmas Island for three months over Christmas time till the end of February, 2015.

Mercy Health are seeking a person for a key Leadership position within this Christian ministry of health care across hospitals, residential aged and home and community care.

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