Today marks the commencement of Mercy Ministry Companions, a new ecclesial entity incorporating ministries in education, health and aged care, and community services. Source: Institute of the Sisters of Mercy.
Mercy Ministry Companions, a ministerial public juridic person of pontifical right, has been established by the Holy See in response to a petition from the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Institute leader Sr Eveline Crotty RSM said her feelings today were of excitement and gratitude.
“I am excited for the more than 15,000 women and men employed throughout Australia by the ministries of Mercy Ministry Companions and the more than 250,000 people who access vital services provided by them each year,” Sr Eveline said.
“Mercy Ministry Companions will enable these ministries to respond into the future to the ever-growing need for services underpinned by Gospel values.”
Sr Eveline said she was grateful to the women and men who have been integral to the establishment of the new entity, through their membership of the various taskforces and committees on the four-year journey to get to this day.
Margaret Bounader, chair of the Mercy Ministry Companions trustee directors, paid tribute to the Sisters of Mercy for their vision and action in establishing Mercy Ministry Companions.
Mercy Ministry Companions includes five incorporated ministries founded by the Sisters of Mercy in Australia – Mercy Connect, Mercy Education, Mercy Health, Mercy Services and McAuley Community Services for Women. MacKillop Family Services, which was co-founded by the Christian Brothers, Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart and the Sisters of Mercy, is also part of the new entity.
Mercy Ministry Companions Commences (Institute of the Sister of Mercy)