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Ex-students Join Panel for OLMC Parramatta Women in Leadership Forum

On Wednesday 26 May, Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta held its fourth annual Women in Leadership Forum in the Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre.

Students, staff and families were joined by alumnae and visitors from other schools at this inspirational evening. The event was a chance to hear from a panel of women which included OLMC ex-students Melanie Silva (VP, Managing Director for Google Australia and New Zealand, from the OLMC Class of 1994) and Dr Natalie Galea (Academic, Activist and Olympian, from the OLMC Class of 1991), along with Professor Deborah Richards (Department of Computing at Macquarie University) and Michelle Lee (Adventurer and Athlete).

The speakers imparted their perspectives on women and leadership, sharing their stories of successes, opportunities and challenges, with honestly and humility. OLMC Parramatta ex-students Melanie and Natalie reflected on their positive experiences at the College, both concluding that OLMC imbued in them a strong conviction that it was possible for them to achieve anything. “I walked out of OLMC thinking that I can do whatever I want to do,” said Melanie. She went on to implore those present to “stay curious, follow your passions and take some risks because you will always learn from them.” Natalie continued in a similar theme, highlighting that, whilst at OLMC, she felt a strong feeling of fierceness, that anything was possible, and that social justice could be achieved.

Professor Deborah Richards focussed on the qualities of leadership, describing good leaders as consultative: “They listen and respect other people’s goals, beliefs and values – understanding that each person is their own person with unique experiences. She shared her belief that being a leader means being someone who is worthy of being followed. Adventurer and Athlete Michelle Lee focused on the importance of being true to yourself and connecting emotionally with your goal: “by following my heart and being true to my compass, I found my purpose.”

Principal Lucie Farrugia said she was inspired by their messages of courage and service and how they resonated with our Mercy community: “This was an extraordinary night where all our speakers have inspired and ignited in us a sense of limitless possibilities.”

Established in 1889, OLMC Parramatta is a leading independent Catholic girls’ school which provides contemporary and innovative learning in the rich Mercy tradition. As one of the oldest Catholic Girls’ schools in NSW, our rich history of excellence inspires our young Mercy women to expand beyond what they know they can be and to lead with courage and act justly, making a difference in an ever-changing world.

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:         Christine Pace
Communications Officer OLMC Parramatta

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