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Mercy Connect Melbourne Shopping Spree

It’s not often that the students at the Mercy Connect Dandenong Library Adult Literacy Class are surprised with something new. However, one Thursday afternoon in February this is exactly what happened. As the refugee students filtered into the library for their weekly class they were each given a number. There were puzzled looks on their faces. This was just one part of the surprise our Mercy Connect Melbourne Coordinator, Sr Mary Lewis, had in store for them...

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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)

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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

Celebrating NAIDOC Week in 2020

'We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor using our energies, gifts and resources to address violence and discrimination especially for women and children, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples...' (Chapter Statement)

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. NAIDOC Week is usually held in the first full week of July but was postponed this year in the interests of the safety of Indigenous communities as a result of COVID-19.

This year's theme Always Was, Always Will Be recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.

NAIDOC Week 2020 acknowledges and celebrates that our nation’s story didn’t begin with documented European contact whether in 1770 or 1606 - with the arrival of the Dutch on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula. The very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations peoples. 

More about the theme and the invitation to all Australians 'to embrace the true history of this country' can be read here

Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation recognises the importance of NAIDOC Week in celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture, talent and resilience and the opportunity this week offers us all to grow in knowledge and build relationships.

Resources to celebrate the week can be found here. Ways to be involved can be found here