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just Mercy - Online Newsletter of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea
30 April 2015 |  Issue 15

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime .  Here Joan Kelleher shares a story of the wide reaching power of Mercy.

ISMAPNG’s Rahamim Ecology Centre located at ‘St Joseph’s Mount’, Bathurst became a film set for five days in April this year.

Respite times at St Catherine's House of Hospitality has proven to be a Mercy blessing for grandparents raising their grandchildren fulltime. Elizabeth Nicholls rsm shares an account of this ministry.

At the February meeting of the group of ISMAPNG Associates in Caringbah, NSW their speaker was Fr Aloysious Mowe SJ. Sr Nance Cale rsm attended this meeting and shares her reflections.

Participation in an Induction Day for those working in Mercy Ministries proved very inspiring for Mercy educator Jo McDonald.  Here Jo shares her reflections and learnings from the day.

There are many Mercy Associate groups around Australia and a Working Group has been looking at future developments. After a consultation process this group met for the last time at the Institute Centre in Stanmore on March 28 – 29.

Mercy Health Chairman, Julien O’Connell AM says he is extremely proud that Mercy Health and Holy Spirit Care Services have come together to ensure the continuation of a Catholic aged care ministry in Cairns.

A number of young people gathered in Melbourne recently for the 2015 Orientation Session of Young Mercy Links.

This is the title of the 2015 Biennial Catherine McAuley Symposium which will take place in July – August.

Each month the Sisters of Mercy reflect on and pray for a particular issue in our lives. During May our prayer and reflection is centred on Families and Family Life

As Australians continue to count the cost of Family Violence, including 31 women killed so far in 2015, McAuley Community Services for Women is preparing its submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence in partnership with the Sisters of Mercy.

As she marks her Golden Jubilee of Religious Profession, Daphne McKeough rsm shares why she is a Sister of Mercy and what gives her life meaning.

Vin Dillon is presently Chairperson of the Board of Damascus College Ballarat, a secondary school cosponsored by the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea and the Catholic Parishes of Ballarat. But his Mercy connections extend well beyond this role.

It is reported that the Papal encyclical on the Environment will be launched in June.  Mary Tinney rsm draws our attention to an address in respect of this by Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Commission for Justice and Peace, to Trocaire, the overseas aid agency of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Commission.

In Papua New Guinea 37.5% of the people live below the national poverty line.  Mercy Works programs in Goroka, Mt Hagen and Kiunga help people learn skills to establish small businesses.

Here Elizabeth Young rsm shares her experience of the book ‘Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption’.

Natalie Anderson is the ISMAPNG Human Resource Manager and was a member of the 2015 Mercy Ethos Dublin Pilgrimage. Here Natalie reflects on her Irish Mercy encounter.

McAuley Ministries Limited has commenced a new ministry at Toronto NSW, a beautiful location with programs of retreat and renewal during 2015.

Looking for an inviting Mercy conference/retreat centre?  Look no further than the tropical Seville Mercy Conference Centre & Retreat Facility in Cairns.


We apologise the late publication of the April edition of 'Just Mercy'. The delay was unavoidable due to technical difficulties.

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