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Statement from the Sisters of Mercy of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand

               Manus Island Refugees Spend Yet Another Day In Crisis

There are 600 refugees on Manus Island who disturbingly will today spend yet another day without access to food, water, electricity or medical care.

The Sisters of Mercy of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand add our voice to the many concerned people in our countries who cannot remain silent while this humanitarian crisis continues.

The New Zealand Government should be commended for doing the right thing by offering to resettle some of the Manus refugees in New Zealand.

We appeal to the good nature of the individual men and women of the Australian Parliament to fulfil their legal and moral responsibilities by immediately bringing the Manus Island refugees to Australia.

We Sisters stand ready to provide assistance where possible to these people whether in Papua New Guinea, Australia or New Zealand.

It is time that decency prevailed and Australia lived up to its obligation and long held reputation as a fair, just and compassionate nation.

8 November 2017

Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea
Sisters of Mercy Parramatta
Sisters of Mercy North Sydney
Sisters of Mercy Brisbane
Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand

For further information:
John Rochester
Communications Manager 
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea
+ 61 417 627 904

World Day of the Poor

On Sunday, 19 November,  we shall be commemorating the first World Day of the Poor, announced by Pope Francis at the end of his 2015-16 Jubilee Year of Mercy in the document Misericordia et Misera (#MM 21).

His purpose for creating this day, Pope Francis said in his message for the first World Day of the Poor, 'Let us love, not with words but with deeds' is to give witness: "so that throughout the world Christian communities can become an ever greater sign of Christ’s charity for the least and those most in need".

Across the globe, in the 40+ countries where Sisters of Mercy minister, we have been preparing for this day by praying Catherine McAuley's prayer for the poor that we might continue to respond to need.



We invite you, wherever you are, to join us on 19 November in praying this prayer, for those in your neighbourhood and in our world who are experiencing poverty in one of its many forms: financial, spiritual, emotional, political, material.

You might like to post a prayer, thought or reflection in our prayer space

Statement from the Sisters of Mercy of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand

               Manus Island Refugees Spend Yet Another Day In Crisis

There are 600 refugees on Manus Island who disturbingly will today spend yet another day without access to food, water, electricity or medical care.

The Sisters of Mercy of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand add our voice to the many concerned people in our countries who cannot remain silent while this humanitarian crisis continues.

The New Zealand Government should be commended for doing the right thing by offering to resettle some of the Manus refugees in New Zealand.

We appeal to the good nature of the individual men and women of the Australian Parliament to fulfil their legal and moral responsibilities by immediately bringing the Manus Island refugees to Australia.

We Sisters stand ready to provide assistance where possible to these people whether in Papua New Guinea, Australia or New Zealand.

It is time that decency prevailed and Australia lived up to its obligation and long held reputation as a fair, just and compassionate nation.

8 November 2017

Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea
Sisters of Mercy Parramatta
Sisters of Mercy North Sydney
Sisters of Mercy Brisbane
Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand

For further information:
John Rochester
Communications Manager 
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea
+ 61 417 627 904

To witness to the Gospel in Asia: November Prayer Intention of Pope Francis

We are all invited to join with Pope Francis and his worldwide prayer network in praying this month's intention: To witness to the Gospel in Asia.

Text of the November video:

“The most striking feature of Asia is the variety of its peoples who are heirs to ancient cultures, religions and traditions. On this continent, where the Church is a minority, the challenges are intense. We must promote dialogue among religions and cultures. Dialogue is an essential part of the mission of the Church in Asia. Let us pray that Christians in Asia may promote dialogue, peace, and mutual understanding, especially with those of other religions.”



We invite you to post a prayer or reflection in our prayer space

Through Mercy Tree, OLMC to Stand with Refugees & People Seeking Asylum

As part of Mercy Day celebrations in September at Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta, it was announced that the 2017/2018 beneficiary of Mercy Tree donations would be the House of Welcome, a Sydney-based organisation run by St Francis Social Services which provides assistance to refugees and people seeking asylum.

The Mercy Tree is a social justice initiative of OLMC Parramatta. Standing as a burst of green in the College’s Brigid Shelly Courtyard, the Chinese Elm tree has grown to approximately 3.5 metres tall since it was first blessed and planted in 2012. Part of the donations to the Mercy Tree Gift Fund are given to charitable causes nominated by the fund’s Trustee, while the remainder is invested to provide a secure and ongoing revenue stream to support social justice programs. PIC

The House of Welcome was founded in 2001 and provides holistic support to refugees and asylum seekers who are living in the community with minimal support options. Their services include housing, community living and family support, a drop-in centre, a weekly foodbank, skills development courses and a host of community connection programs such as a catering social enterprise, social activities, a weekly community kitchen, school holiday programs, a women’s craft hub and a men’s group. VID

SFSS House of Welcome from St Francis Social Services on Vimeo.

OLMC Parramatta Principal Stephen Walsh says that founder of the Sisters of Mercy, Catherine McAuley, was motivated by responding to the needs of those at the margins of society: “This is a real, practical way that we can respond to the challenges facing refugees and people seeking asylum right here and now, especially in light of current policy changes. By donating to the Mercy Tree, we are making Mercy a verb!”

Ina Mullin from St Francis Social Services says the House receives no government funding: “This means we can speak out against injustice and assist people who are denied the care they need to survive. But it also means we are wholly reliant on the community for support. At times like now, the ability to speak up and provide practical assistance is more important than ever. The OLMC Mercy Tree Appeal is especially welcomed at this time as we struggle to respond to the latest government Visa changes affecting people seeking asylum”.

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