Members & Associate Members News

The following news articles are available via the various Sisters of Mercy websites from around the world. The links associated with each article will take you to their respective websites.

Looking Back: Reflecting on an Act of Civil Disobedience

Ultimately, our act of civil disobedience is an act of faith. I have no idea who will be moved to take action by what we did or if anyone will be moved. However, our action can be thought of as one snowflake that will coalesce with many others to finally break the branch and bring about justice for our immigrant sisters and brothers.

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April Prayer Reflection 2018

EASTER or PASCHA in Latin is linked to the Jewish PASSOVER and the season of Eastertide is sometimes called PASCHALTIDE.

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Easter Glory

Easter story in song and image

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Profile – Kerry Willison RSM

In this video profile, find out how Kerry Willison went from being an award winning ballroom dancer, to dreaming of being a window dresser, before finding a ‘safe home’ as a Sister of Mercy. Messages to Kerry Willison To watch the video, click on the play arrow below:

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Young Mercy Links Kick Off The Year With An Orientation Day

  Young Mercy Links has kicked off for the year with an orientation day on Sunday 4th of March at the Nicholson St Hub in Carlton North.   Christie Tran introduced herself as the newly appointed coordinator for the group, taking over from Bernadette Hogan.   “I am very grateful to Bernadette for her support

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Nature holds key to our water problems

Imaging Mercy Today April 2018

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World Day of Social Justice

'We will protect the  rights of the natural world...We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor' ( Chapter Statement)

20 February is World Day of Social Justice, a day specifically designated by the United Nations for member states and territories and their citizens as an occasion for awareness and action on issues requiring our attention and response. 

For Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation, there are many social justice issues requiring attention and action, but we have identified the needs of Earth, Indigenous communities, refugees and asylum seekers, homelessness, the impact of poverty on women and those affected by injustice within the Church as among the most urgent.

We have identified these needs and our commitment to addressing these 'at personal, local and systemic levels through friendship, direct assistance, advocacy and research and by joining networks or partnerships with groups that have similar values and goals' in our Chapter Statement and in our participation in the Mercy International Reflection Process (MIRP). Together with Sisters of Mercy globally we have committed  to action under two key themes that emerged from MIRP: (i) displacement of persons, and (ii) degradation of Earth.

'The Mercy world has heard “the cry of Earth and the cry of the Poor” in a new way. It will respond by seeing Mercy in a new way and by daring Mercy in a new way' (MIRP Report p19)

  • Read our Chapter Statement here
  • Read the MIRP Report here

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Mercy and Poetry—Writing Gives Voice to Mercy

For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by the beauty of words. My parents read to us each night—fairytales and history and poetry. As a child in elementary school, I delighted in poetry study.

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Palm Sunday 2018

Celebrating Palm Sunday in Derby

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March Prayer Reflection 2018

Catherine McAuley used to say that common sense was one of the most necessary qualities for a Sister, “but” she would add,............

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Mercy's commitment to cherish life

Imaging Mercy Today March 2018

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Tenth Anniversary of the Australian Parliament's Apology to the Stolen Generations


"We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor using our energies, gifts and resources to address violence and discrimination especially for women and children, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples..."
(Chapter Statement)

This month marks the tenth anniversary of the Australian Parliament's Apology to the Stolen Generations of Australia's Indigenous Peoples for past laws, policies and practices that have impacted on Australia's Indigenous Peoples.

In the House of Representatives Canberra at 9.09 am on the morning of 13th February 2008, the then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, said "The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia’s history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future." And he proceeded to do so.

The Apology was received with great emotion, with empathy, with solidarity, with applause by those who heard it, as shown in this clip. Many members of the Stolen Generations were present in the Chamber to hear the Apology and thousands more filled the Great Hall of Parliament House and flowed out onto the lawns to watch it on big screens. The Apology was broadcast across Australia.

    


The Bringing them home report, the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families, tabled in Parliament almost 11 years before the Apology, pointed out that those who had suffered under these policies "endured gross violations of their human rights".

Key anniversaries such as this one are opportunities not to be wasted and a chance to reinvigorate momentum. The Sisters of Mercy of Parramatta Congregation welcome the interest this anniversary will evoke and the opportunity it provides  us all for reflection on how well we have written "this new chapter in our nation's story together". One means for that reflection can be found in reading the text of the Apology

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