February 20, 2015
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.
At a time of year where we gather together to share in warmth and merriment, let us not forget those among us struggling to survive on the streets. In this powerful piece, Katherine (name changed) shares her firsthand experience of homelessness on the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Our Summer Camp 2014 was truly blessed. Thanks to all who made it possible. The smiles on the children's faces and the faces of the Volunteers capture the essence of a week of fun.
A snapshot of Mercy in action
A special installation ‘Recognition Place’ in the grounds of St Vincent’s Convent, Nudgee which acknowledges and honours the First Peoples of Southern Queensland was opened on Wednesday 10 December 2014.
A reflection for the ending of the Year.
To celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, St. Teresa's Church, Clarendon St. Dublin is hosting Evening Prayer every Thursday at 6.15pm. On 11th December, the Sisters of Mercy organised and led the prayer......
A celebration in word and pictures of the 200th Anniversary Celebration of St Mary's School and Nursery
In a joint media statement, the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta and the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta have said:
The legacy of the Parramatta Sisters of Mercy at the historic Mamre House, built during Australia’s colonial era, will house a range of CatholicCare services to benefit the people of St Marys and Western Sydney. The accompanying 200 acres of land is rich in biodiversity and will be a focal point for the Church’s commitment to protecting our environment and supporting sustainability.
Exciting plans for the future use and protection of the property will be announced at a special Celebration event on November 18th.
We have great hope that Mamre will continue to serve the people of Western Sydney under the umbrella of CatholicCare Social Services Parramatta for many years to come
Sister Mary-Louise said.
The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta and the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta are pleased to announce a new chapter in the life of historic Mamre House, with Mamre now being integrated into CatholicCare Social Services.
The Mamre ministry began nearly 30 years ago when youth unemployment was at an all- time high. The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta turned the nearly derelict former home of Samuel Marsden into an essential part of the community, with training and support for disadvantaged young people in the Western Suburbs.
The driving force behind Mamre has been Sister Mary Louise Petro and Sister Joyce Vella. The Sisters have built Mamre into the thriving community resource it is today.
Sister Mary Louise says the continued growth of Mamre is essential: ‘Mamre plays such an important role in the lives of the poor and disadvantaged in Western Sydney and it’s essential that its survival is assured,’ Sister Mary Louise said.
‘Recent social and political changes have meant that smaller organisations can struggle to keep afloat and so the Board of Mamre Plains Ltd and the Sisters of Mercy have decided to integrate with a bigger organisation to ensure Mamre’s future,’ Sister Mary Louise continued. ‘We have determined that CatholicCare Social Services Parramatta is closely aligned with the values of Mamre and are now proud to announce that talks have reached a positive conclusion.’
Mamre will keep its name, and will now be fully integrated into CatholicCare Social Services.
Sister Mary Louise says she is grateful to have been part of Mamre’s past and also of protecting its future.
Event: Tuesday November 18th, 2014 Time: 10.00am Venue: Mamre House - 181 Mamre Road, Orchard Hills Enquiries: (02) 9683 2555
The week of October 26 has been one of celebration in St. John's, NL.
Last spring, I was approached by Kerrin M., another student at Georgian Court University, who asked whether or not I would be interested in participating in an oral history project involving the Sisters of Mercy. The project, an initiative funded by the Conrad Hilton Foundation, pairs more than 100 college women across the nation with Catholic sisters to conduct in-depth one-on-one interviews to capture their vocation stories via videos, photographs and blog posts (like this!).