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.

My First Act of Civil Disobedience

I had never felt called to civil disobedience before. When the Poor People’s Campaign launched, I started to think that I might be willing to take the next step.

The post My First Act of Civil Disobedience appeared first on Connect With Mercy: The Official Blog of the Sisters of Mercy.

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Congratulations Order of Australia Medal Recipient Patricia Powell RSM

Congratulations Patricia Powell RSM, on receiving an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in this year’s Australian Queen’s Birthday Honours. Patricia, who lives in Bathurst, has received the medal in recognition of her service to the Catholic Church in Australia and to the community. To read about Patricia’s wonderful work in the community  – https://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/5458376/sr-patricia-powell-has-been-awarded-an-order-of-australia-medal/ Messages

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Preventing plastic pollution

World Oceans Day 8 June

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Celebrating Corpus Christi

Celebrating this feast is the expression of our belief that what Christ said and did at his last Supper with his disciples he meant us to tke them as literal truth

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June Prayer Reflection 2018

"Love is His Way, Love is His Word.".......

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Sisters Voice Their Concerns About Refugee Policy

  On Friday 4 May a small group of Sisters including Jo Dillon RSM, Joan Kelleher RSM, Pauline Masters RSM and Margaret Tallon RSM, met up with a member of the Hon. Julie Bishop’s staff at her Subiaco office. The group sought to convey their concerns about the Refugee policy of the Australian Government and

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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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“What Will I Do Next?” — Mercy Student Reflects on D.C. Immersion Program

A Mercy student reflects on her immersion experience in Washington, D.C. “This trip was the start of advocacy in my life,” she said, “but it certainly did not end when I returned home. In fact, the only thought I had was, what will I do next?”

The post “What Will I Do Next?” — Mercy Student Reflects on D.C. Immersion Program appeared first on Connect With Mercy: The Official Blog of the Sisters of Mercy.

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Inoi Taketake Prayers for stepping forward

New prayer resource for Mercy people and Mercy occasions

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Come and See Day

A “Come and See” day will be held on Saturday 30th June 2018 at the Convent of Mercy, Parker’s Row, Bermondsey, London SE1 2DQ from 10am to 4pm.

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St Winefride’s Convent of Mercy Celebrates 150 years

The history of St Winefride’s Convent tells the story of Sisters invited by Bishop Ullathorne to establish a Convent of Mercy in Staffordshire.

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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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