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Celebrating the past - Looking to the future

The nine Pioneer Sisters, the leader of whom had agreed “to go [to Parramatta] if sent”, would never have imagined the extent to which their vision and hopes for Mercy in this new place, would have spread and evolved over the following 125 years.

In reflecting over these 125 years, the current sisters acknowledged and celebrate the significant contribution of our lay co-workers, partners and supporters to this history, and the central place they will occupy in the future of Mercy.

From this awareness and recognition, and the context of our current reality as an ageing Congregation, the “Mercy Futures” concept was born – a collaborative effort between Sisters and those committed to taking Catherine McAuley’s vision of Mercy Forward.

“Hurrah for new foundations,
they make the old young, and the young merry”
Catherine McAuley

The “Mercy Futures" group, comprised of past and present Sisters of Mercy, co-workers, supporters and volunteers, ex-students, and friends, made a significant contribution to the 125 years celebration on December the 8th, and presented their vision for taking Mercy forward, crystallised in the creation of “Mercy Place”, from which the efforts and activities of this group will be based, and education and formation for Mercy mission and ministry in its various forms will be offered.

At a recent gathering of the Mercy Futures group, the Congregation advised of its decision to provide a cottage, on the grounds of the Present Congregation Centre in Parramatta, as “Mercy Place”.

As the group now works to develop its structures, plans and activities, we invite you to consider being a part of the future of Mercy.

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Advent Within Cosmic History

The incarnation and birth of Christ is a mystery that a lifetime of contemplation would not exhaust.

More and more theologians and spiritual guides are writing about the transitions needed for us to better understand these mysteries within cosmic history.

In this vein, Mercy Global Presence (MGP) is encouraging participation in the creation of a living cosmic advent wreath.

  • Week 1 – God’s Incarnation in the Creation of the Cosmos
  • Week 2 – God’s incarnation in the Creation of the Solar System
  • Week 3 – God’s incarnation in the Person of Jesus
  • Week 4 – God’s incarnation in Each Being, human and other than Human   
The engagement will happen in two stages: 

  • Stage 1 – Personal contemplation Journal – click here to download the journal page 
  • Stage 2 - Global Contemplation Regional Gathering – Tuesday, December 2 at 10:30am

  •  This will be an opportunity to share your insights from your journal with people around the world dedicated to Mercy as a way of life. (click here to register for Zoom Room)   

     "We are coming to realize that our expanding cosmos and we ourselves are infused and alive with divinity. Therefore, it is important to adjust our spiritual understanding to the new insights about the universe.

                    Teilhard de Chardin  

    All are welcome.  If you need help with Zoom contact Valda (

    Remembrance Day at OLMC

    On 11 November 2019, the College unveiled and blessed the beautiful Catherine McAuley Sculpture, “Come, sit awhile” by sculptor Gael O’Leary. On 11 November 2020, the OLMC community remembered Catherine McAuley’s life on the anniversary of her death in 11.11.1841 with an intimate gathering around the new Sculpture. Here staff and students participated in a meaningful prayer service, reflecting on the strong and enduring legacy Catherine McAuley has left behind.

    This service was followed by a Morning Tea where staff were joined by Sr Mary-Louise Petro, Congregational Leader and members of the Congregation of the Parramatta Sisters of Mercy to celebrate, together, the legacy of this remarkable Mercy woman. The newly appointed College Principal, Ms Lucie Farrugia, joined the community for both the prayer service and the Morning Tea.

    “Because of Catherine McAuley we are all here - proud members of a strong and thriving Mercy community.” – Marie Wood, OLMC Parramatta Principal (Acting)


    Join in a Discussion on 'Presence to Earth'

             Wild sings the bird of the heart in the forests of our lives.    


    You are invited to a Zoom Room on this theme on 
    Saturday 14 November, 2020 from 10.00am-11.15am

    Many poets, mystics, spiritual seekers and activists find a numinous presence in the natural world and a mutual relationship which has serves as the ground for some of their best poetry, inspiration, prayer and environmental ethic.

    During the time together we will reflect on the relevance of their work for us today.

    Everyday I see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight...


    ... I thought of the wren’s singing, what could this be if it isn’t a prayer? 
    So I just listened, my pen in the air.

    Mary Oliver

    My beloved is the mountains, the solitary wooded valleys. The strange islands, the roaring torrents, the whisper of amorous glades, the tranquil night at the approach of dawn.

    John of the Cross (for zoom connections and password)

    For further resources:

    Download the flyer here

    Artificial Intelligence: Pope's Prayer Intention for November 2020

    We are all invited to join with Pope Francis and his worldwide prayer network in praying this month's intention: Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial intelligence is at the heart of the epochal change we are experiencing.
    Robotics can make a better world possible if it is joined to the common good.
    Indeed, if technological progress increases inequalities, it is not true progress.
    Future advances should be oriented towards respecting the dignity of the person and of Creation.
    Let us pray that the progress of robotics and artificial intelligence may always serve humankind… we could say, may it “be human.”

     —Pope Francis, November 2020

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