News & Events

Mercy Formation Program for Staff Members Benefits Students

As students returned to schooling on site after their time doing remote learning they were all given a bookmark to remind them both of the Mercy value of ‘Hospitality’ and to follow in Venerable Catherine McAuley’s words to ‘Strive to do ordinary things extraordinarily well”.

The bookmarks were designed by teachers Ms Allen and Ms Nakhoul as part of their project for the Mercy Formation Program. This program sees two staff members from each of the six Mercy schools in Sydney (Catherine McAuley, Westmead; Mercy College, Chatswood; Monte Sant' Angelo, North Sydney; Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta; Our Lady of Mercy College, Burraneer and Emmaus College, Kemps Creek) participate after being nominated by their school principal. The staff involved chose a project to work on which will deepen staff understanding of the Mercy charism.

As part of the project undertaken by Ms Allen and Ms Nakhoul, they also designed tea cups and postcards to be gifted to Year 12 students as a graduation gift and to new staff members.

Mercy Day Celebrations Ring Out Around the World

Sisters of Mercy gathered in Parramatta with Ministry Partners, Colleagues and Friends to celebrate the feast Of Our Lady of Mercy ("Mercy Day") and join the International celebrations taking place in Mercy International Centre  (MIC) in Baggot St, Dublin.

September 24th marks the day all Sisters of Mercy throughout the world, and all those associated with us and our ministries, celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Mercy and the Opening of the House of Mercy in Baggot St, Dublin in 1831 by Catherine McAuley and her companions.

This year, Celebrations held a special significance as the Mercy World also commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Mercy International Association (MIA) and Mercy International Centre in the refurbished original House of Mercy in 1994.

As part of the week of celebrations, which are being streamed live via the Mercy International Association Website, Sisters, Ministry Partners, Colleagues and Friends, have gathered from around the world to commemorate the past 20 years of Mercy International and to look to the future of Mercy in our fragile and fractured world.

The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta have scheduled three gatherings to participate in the International celebrations, the first of which was held on Mercy Day. At today's gathering, we commenced with a "high tea" and much conversation before we viewed the Official Opening and Ritual of the week's celebrations which had occurred at 5.00pm (Irish Time) on September 23rd. The ritual - "Telling the Story" was prepared by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, and recalled the story of the creation of MIC in word, music and song. Subsequent gatherings scheduled for Friday and Monday next week, will also incorporate the various rituals of the coming days in MIA.

On this special day, the Sisters of Mercy extend our warmest Mercy Day Greetings to all the members of the Mercy family around the Globe, and pray with gratitude for all that has been over the past 183 years and for that which is yet to come.



Mercy International Celebrates 20 Years

Since then, the Centre has been a focus for Sisters of Mercy around the world, along with their associates and friends in discovering anew the spirit of Catherine McAuley.

In September, a week of activities will take place at the Centre from the 23rd to 29th to commemorate the first twenty years. Many will gather at Baggot Street for events that will both acknowledge the past and look to the future. The programme of events can be READ HERE.

Members of the Mercy family around the world will be able to participate in a number of the events of the week as they will be streamed live and available on the Mercy World website.

On the actual Anniversary of the Opening last week, a special edition of the international Mercy E-news was published to mark the occasion. The E-news contains accounts of various aspects of that day and also a video of the event. The E-news and video can be seen HERE.

Over the next two months, the Mercy E-news will focus especially on the celebrations ahead. Here is what will be contained in each E-News:


  • 6 August Mercy E-news will include a specially written (short) prayer and an invitation to everyone in E-news to commence 30 days prayer on 25 August
  • 13 August Mercy E-news will link to the songs and hymns being used in the rituals, including for the Mass, with encouragement to everyone to learn/practise/use the hymns and songs in the lead up to the celebration week. This should help build interest and it would be wonderful to hear that schools, staffs, Board meetings as well as Mercy community get-togethers and congregation gatherings were having hymn practice!
  • 20 August Mercy E-news will include the advice that Prayer Rituals are online and can be accessed.
    Technical requirements for Livestream will be also be addressed eg good bandwidth, speakers on the computer…NB Any computer purchased in the last 3 years should be robust enough to stream these events
  • 25 August Mercy E-news. Commence 30 days Prayer


  • 10 September Mercy E- News – advice to all readers to conduct their technical check online from 15-20 September. In other words, instructions and sample Livestream will be online for everyone to log on and check.
  • 23-29 September Mercy E-news will be published daily during the Celebrations.

We invite you all to join with us in our preparation and our participation in these celebrations by the Mercy family around the world.

Messages to: Anne Walsh

Mercy Women's contribution honoured by Church

Mercy women featured prominently amongst the group of 34 recipients.  

Sisters Rosemary Crumlin and Mary Louise Petro were the recipients of the Cross Pro-Ecclesia Et Pontifice.   This award, originating from 1888, is bestowed on those who have given service to the Church.  

Sr Rosemary Crumlin received this award for her contribution over more than 60 years as a Sister of Mercy in the fields of education and the Arts.  Rosemary has produced several books on various aspects of art and spirituality and has also curated a number of significant exhibitions of religious art.  

Sr Mary-Louise Petro received her award for her contribution over more than 40 years as a Sister of Mercy in the fields of education, youth ministry and social welfare.  Mary Louise established Mamre House in the 1980's, a hub for the provision of a variety of social welfare programs to support the disadvantaged of Western Sydney, which continues to this day.

Also honoured with Diocesan Medals were members of the 125 Women and Men of Mercy for their contribution in various fields.  

Mrs Carol Harding was recognised for her contribution to her local parish, community and for her work supporting women and children at risk through St Michael's Family Centre Baulkham Hills.

Ms Margery Jackman was recognised for her contribution to the Parish of St Patrick's Parramatta; her significant contribution to Catholic education, especially to girls and young women, and her commitment to social justice in the broader community through her membership of the Board of Mercy Works Inc.

Ms Adrianne Hannan was recognised for her contribution to the Catholic education, workplace justice and equity, and her commitment to the support of the disadvantaged through her extensive efforts with the St Vincent de Paul Society.

Ms Sabine Harriss was recognised for her contribution to the parish of Our Lady Queen of Peace Greystanes through pastoral support of those in need and commitment to social justice in her support of asylum seekers and refugees through various projects.  

The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta were delighted to see the dedicated commitment of these women honoured in this way.

Asylum Seekers and Refugees

All Sisters of Mercy throughout the world take four vows as part of their commitment within religious life. The fourth of these vows is a vow of service to the poor, sick and ignorant. This vow of service is a significant dimension of our lives and the fourth vow social justice group is one way in which the Sisters, with others who share our passion for social justice, express this commitment.

The 4th Vow social justice group and friends met in Parramatta on Saturday 24 May to reflect on and discuss current justice issues of concern under the title ‘Keeping Hope Alive’.

The issues were:

  • The government proposal to send refugees from Nauru to Cambodia;
  • Water: our involvement with Mercy Global Concern to make the UN list water as a human right;
  • The budget: who wins, who loses.

We viewed DVDs on the topics and vigorous discussion followed. We signed a letter of thanks to Sr Denise Coghlan for her part in the Dateline program on Cambodia. An action sheet with addresses for relevant ministers was distributed and we were encouraged to take some action both to try to bring about change of policies and also to enable ourselves to ‘keep hope alive’.