Sisters of Mercy today share the same vision, commitment and passion
Inspired by her example and legacy, today’s Sisters:
“strive to contribute that service of Mercy which the newness of the Gospel demands for our world…we must constantly search out the meaning of God’s choice of those who are poor.”
Constitutions of the Sisters of Mercy
Read about some of our Sisters’ thoughts about their call as a Sister of Mercy
‘My Life Was Touched …’
Sr Patricia, was there an event, person or place that helped you make the decision to become a Sister of Mercy?
Long before I made a commitment to Mercy religious life I knew it was something I would have to try. After finishing high school education I deferred my entrance to
I think my choice to join the Sisters of Mercy was in some way a result of my many years spent at a Mercy school. I began my education in Year One at Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta and graduated from the
It was during these years that my life was touched in many positive ways by the natural humanity and great kindness of the Mercy women who educated me. I was also blessed with a wonderful family who loved and supported me every step of the way.
God was quietly preparing me over these years to make my response and despite the difficulties at times, I’ve never regretted it.
Sister Patricia Bolster RSM
‘The Spark of Mercy Lit Up My Heart’
Sister Katrina, what first drew you to the Sisters of Mercy?
I was fascinated by their caring, generous and compassionate hearts. When I first met Sr Catherine Ryan RSM she made a deep impression on me. She said to me, “We support you, Katrina. It doesn’t mean you have to join us. Don’t feel obliged. We support you to stand on your own feet and choose your own path for your life.”
I have never forgotten her beautiful words. This was when the first Spark of Mercy lit my heart.
In 2010, I entered the novitiate as I wanted to be a member of the Sisters of Mercy, whom I witnessed as having a strong sense of mission to the poor and marginalised.
I’ve lived with the Sisters of Mercy for three years now, and have grown in my appreciation
What do you love best about your ministry?
I work as a pastoral
My deepest desire is to serve the poor and the sick who may be in physical, emotional, spiritual or psychological need.
Although I can never fulfil every need, I’m grateful if I can give some comfort to patients and their families. “A sorrow shared can be a sorrow softened. A happiness shared can be a happiness heightened” is a Chinese proverb which often comes to mind.
The Spark of Mercy continues to light up my heart.
Sister Katrina Zhang RSM
Pray … Love … Serve
Sr Julia, what gets you up each morning?
When I wake up in the morning I feel a real eagerness to participate in early Mass before going out to my ministry. That’s what literally gets me up. Participating in the Eucharistic celebration is very important to me as it gives me a good spiritual start for the day, and when it’s over we are all commissioned to go out and serve others, loving just as we’ve been loved. What a great start to the day!
Why did you join the Sisters of Mercy?
I was first attracted to their founder, Venerable Catherine McAuley, a woman of great faith who reached out to the poor, sick and marginalised in her society over 180 years ago. Today the Sisters of Mercy across the world respond to their call to Mercy, reflecting in their various ministries the special vow of service they make to serve the poor, the sick, the uneducated, and the marginalised.
Do you like being a Sister of Mercy?
I feel welcomed and part of this warm community of Mercy and am grateful that God brought me to Australia. The Sisters give me great support with my current ministry as a Support Worker and Pastoral Care Assistant at Mary Immaculate Primary School. Here, I am able to assist the parents who are from a Chaldean background, attending parent meetings as a translator, and encouraging families to become more involved in school events. I feel happy and have a real sense of purpose when I can make any small changes to ease the needs of these families because I understand how these parents feel, coming from a non-English speaking background myself. In this way, then, as a Sister of Mercy I PRAY, LOVE and SERVE each day.
Sister Julia Nissan RSM
to Breathe Mercy
Sister Antoinette, what attracted you to the Sisters of Mercy?
I began my career as a lay teacher at St Patrick’s School, Blacktown where the Parramatta Sisters of Mercy were ministering. During my three wonderful years there on the
Tell me something about your ministry, please
After many years in education and Parish ministry, I am currently Pastoral Associate at St Matthew’s Parish, Windsor. My passion for working collaboratively
Sister Antoinette Doyle RSM
‘I Had a Profound Sense of God’
Sister Maria, was there an event, person or place that helped you make the decision to become a Sister of Mercy?
In one sense, all three (event, person and place) helped me finalise a decision I had contemplated for some
I considered religious life throughout my years in primary and the junior years of high
After achieving some of my goals a little sooner than I had thought I might, I became disillusioned with the corporate world and its excesses and applied to Australian Volunteers Abroad in order to “give something back” to society. In the meantime, a girlfriend from school was getting married overseas, so I went on a six-week holiday which included a tour through Europe.
While in Madrid, I was shocked by the poverty I
Here I had a profound sense of
That night, I was awoken in my hotel by a call from my mum, with a message to call my work as they were trying to contact me. I phoned work, and was told my position had been
Ironically, given my growing discomfort with my own financial security in the midst of such poverty, the pay rise was the final straw in forcing me to evaluate my
I returned home to work, but remained unsettled, and contacted a Sister of Mercy who had taught me when I was young and with whom I had remained in contact.
Within 10 days of making
Sister Maria Lawton RSM