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30 March 2017
In the second of our Reflection Series, Deidre Gardiner rsm explores some questions arising from Pope Francis's declaration of the Eighth Work of Mercy - Care for Our Common Home. You are invited to watch the video presentation or to read the text and to take time to explore some of the key questions facing the Earth today.

     
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON MERCY PLACE BALLARAT
Work has commenced on the Mercy Place Ballarat residential aged home which will expand on the 135-year tradition of the Sisters of Mercy caring for the Ballarat community.
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A STEPPING STONE BETWEEN HOME AND SCHOOL

Mercy Ministries Far North Queensland have begun a new support project that connects the Mercy history to practical outreach for the students and families of Mount St. Bernard College, Herberton.
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WELCOME EMMA LLEWELLYN
On Saturday, March 4 a small group of Sisters gathered at the Mercy Hub in Melbourne to formally welcome Emma Llewellyn into Enquiry Stage II of the Institute's Initial Formation Program.
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CELEBRATING 80 YEARS OF MERCY
Sisters in Townsville joined with the residents and staff of Loreto Nursing Home and the family and friends of Sister Mary Raymond Hammond to celebrate the 80th anniversary of her entrance to the Sisters of Mercy.  
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MINI MERCIES REFLECT WITH URSULA
Mini Mercies is an initiative of Mercedes College, Perth, for their Year 8 students to learn about the Sisters of Mercy and includes sessions after school hours at the Mercy Heritage Centre Perth.
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HONOURING REMARKABLE WOMEN AT RICE VILLAGE, GEELONG
International Women's Day was a particular day of celebration at Mercy Place Rice Village, Geelong, with the recognition of some remarkable women - the Rice Sisters and resident, Joan Campbell rsm.
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DAMASCUS STUDENT IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Year 12 Damascus College student, Craig Hagan, is set to live out his dream of competing in the World Dragon Boating Championships in China this year.
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WERRIBEE MERCY HOSPITAL SET TO EXPAND

A ceremony was held this month to mark the start of works on a major expansion of the Werribee Mercy Hospital, Victoria.
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RETREATS TO REAWAKEN CONSCIOUSNESS
The importance of stepping back from our busy lives, recharging our batteries and regaining perspective is growing increasingly. These two special retreats are sure to provide that opportunity.
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A FOND FAREWELL AND WARM WELCOME
The wonderful work of former Manager of Santa Casa Retreat Centre, Nola Morrissy rsm has been acknowledged and a warm welcome extended to Lizzie Finnerty rsm at a celebration earlier this month.
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MINISTRIES GATHER TO DISCUSS EIGHTH WORK OF MERCY

The Annual Governance Forum was held in Sydney last week, bringing together Board Chairs and CEOs from the Institute's incorporated ministries, and a selection of our College Principals, Sisters and staff.
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COLLABORATION FOR THE EARTH
Three of the Institute's Ministries - Mercy Health, Rahamim Ecology Centre and Mercy Works, have collaborated in an effort to implement strategically the pillars of Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato Si' and the Institute's Sustainable Living Policy.
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A VISUAL INTRODUCTION TO RAHAMIM ECOLOGY CENTRE
Rahamim Ecology Centre in Bathurst NSW have created a video to represent visually their mission and to share the essence of their Ministry using powerful, inspiring and beautiful images. 
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2017 LEADERSHIP PROGRAM & DUBLIN PILGRIMAGE UNDERWAY
The 2017 Mercy Leadership Program and Dublin Pilgrimage has got underway with a gathering of 31 participants in Melbourne, Victoria.
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CELEBRATING ST PATRICK'S DAY AT TIGHES HILL
Twenty Five Sisters and Staff from Tighes Hill, New South Wales came together on St Patrick's Day with a reflection centred on the theme of displacement.

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INTERVIEW WITH CARMEL RUDDICK rsm
Carmel Ruddick rsm shares some of her life's story to date, from her nervous first day 'on the job' as a primary school teacher, to ministering at the Curtin Detention Centre in Western Australia and the injustice of mandatory detention.
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CARINGBAH MERCY ASSOCIATES HOST REFUGEE EDUCATOR
Mercy Associates in Caringbah, Southern Sydney, have welcomed Dorothy Hoddinott, Principal to talk about her work at Holroyd High School in providing educational opportunities for young refugees and asylum seekers.
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MERCY WORKS PROVIDES A ROAD TO REFUGE
In partnership, Mercy Works is helping to provide targeted support to Refugee women who are living in the Toowoomba community in Queensland.
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INTRODUCING THE INSTITUTE'S SUSTAINABILITY IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE
To assist in the implementation of the Institute's Sustainable Living policy, a committee has been formed. You are invited to watch this short video where the Committee introduce themselves as they commence their important work. Read More
ENERGY: AN OPPORTUNITY TO PRACTICE MERCY
Find out some practical ways of saving Energy and our Earth in this latest wisdom from Rahamim Ecology Centre.  
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JOIN US IN PRAYER
During the month of April we reflect on 'The joys and the hopes, the grief's and the anxieties of this age'. Read More
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