December 08, 2019

Remembering Jan Geason rsm RIP

Editor: On Wednesday, 27 November, Jan Geason rsm died as a result of a fall two days earlier.

Sr Jan was President of ISMA (Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia) and Member of Mercy International Association from 1993-1999. Her vision and belief that 'Connectedness across the world can sustain us in our local on-going struggle for mercy and justice' led to her significant support for the implementation of online communication across the Mercy world.

Australian Sisters at the Opening of Mercy International Centre
Back Row: Margaret Tallon rsm, Kath Burke rsm, Liz Devine rsm, Jan Geason rsm (President ISMA)
Front row: Denise Coen rsm, Hope (Jacinta) Messer rsm, Billie McAuley (Great grandniece of Catherine), Ursula Gilbert rsm, Mary Tinney rsm (ISMA Councilor)
Photo: Denise Coen rsm

Sr Jan was among the Sisters and Guests interviewed in the video made of the Opening of Mercy International Centre, 23 July 1994 where she spoke of the significance of the ceremony.

Writing later about the Opening in 'Listen', the journal of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia, Sr Jan reflected:

'...If then our Mercy International Centre can take us beyond the building to its founding inspiration; if like the icon, it can draw us to become like what it images; if it can stir within us the passion that motivated Catherine to identify contemporary needs and do something new, then it will not be a relic of the past but a "window on eternity" where rich and poor, strong and weak, women and men will all be embraced by Mercy...' Jan Geason rsm, Listen, Vol. 13 No. 2, 1994
Download the Eulogy given by Adele Howard rsm

Messages to:
Mary Geason rsm

Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA


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