"Mercy World" visits Parramatta

Sr Mary Waskowiak, Former President of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the America’s, and former President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the United States (1996-1999) visited a number of Parramatta Mercy sites during her 6 week visit to Australia.

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L-R: Sr Mary-Louise Petro, Sr Mary Waskowiak, Sr Catherine Ryan.

Mary, who currently has the role of Mercy International Association Director Development-Fundraising, visited Australia to address a number of conferences and gatherings on the topic of Courageous Leadership for the Future of Religious Life.

Mary spent a few days at Marymount Mercy Centre, a retreat and conference centre set in beautiful grounds in Castle Hill, NSW, where she had a brief rest amidst her busy schedule of meetings and travel.

Mary also visited the Congregation Centre in Parramatta for an informal lunch with the Leadership Team, where she shared the vision and plan for Mercy International Association and Mercy International Centre. A vision for the future of Mercy in our world, building on, but beyond, the lives and ministries of the Sisters of Mercy around the world. Mary Also Visited OLMC Parramatta where she met newly appointed Principal, Mr Stephen Walsh, and shared her experiences of Mercy secondary education in the United States.

Sr Mary Reynolds, Executive Director of Mercy International Association, also visited Australia during March to address a number of Gatherings. Mary visited the Parramatta Congregation Centre on the evening of March 25th for a dinner with Leadership teams from the Mercy Congregations of Australia and PNG, and others in positions of leadership in Mercy ministries.

In addressing the gathering in Parramatta, Mary gave a foretaste of the presentation "Living Mercy: Shaping Tomorrow's Future" which she was to deliver the following day to a large gathering of Sisters, Mercy Associates and Ministry colleagues and partners. On both occasions Mary highlighted the correlation between Catherine's vision of Mercy and her response to need in her time, and the response of Mercy today to the needs of this time.

The visit of both Sisters highlights the closeness of the Mercy Family across the globe and our shared commitment to, and vision of, Mercy for our world.

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