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Sr Elizabeth Moloney, left, Sr Margaret Madden, back row; Sr Theresia Tina, left, Sr Karon Donnellon and Sr Duyen Nguyen. (ISMAPNG/ Abbel Gaspi)

The Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea has elected a new leadership team to guide the institute for the next four years.

The Mercy Sisters bring to their new roles considerable wisdom and experience obtained from diverse backgrounds in mission and ministry. 

They were elected at the institute’s third chapter, held at Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney, on September 10-17. The new leadership team will commence on November 11. 

Sr Karon Donnellon was elected institute leader. Her ministries have included being a secondary teacher, diocesan youth director, juvenile justice chaplain, and director of mission for Catholic Social Services Victoria. 

She has had many years’ experience in facilitation and completed studies in the areas of organisational change and leadership.

Sr Karon currently works with several religious congregations in Australia, was previously a member of the Institute’s Mercy Ethos team and now coordinates and facilitates the Leadership Program and Dublin Pilgrimage now offered by Mercy Ministry Companions. 

She also served on the final leadership team of the former Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia until the formation of the Institute in 2011.

Sr Karon will be joined on the leadership team by Sr Elizabeth Moloney, who was elected institute vicar, and Sr Margaret Madden, Sr Duyen Nguyen and Sr Theresia Tina, who were each named institute councillors. 


New institute leadership team (ISMAPNG)