Welcome to Mercy Community
Welcome to Mercy Community Ltd
On 11 April, the Brisbane Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy took an historic step by transferring canonical sponsorship of their ministry, Mercy Community Ltd, to Mercy Partners.
Sr Catherine Reuter rsm, Congregation Leader, reminded those gathered at the ritual at St Vincent’s Convent Chapel at Nudgee, of the history of this special ministry. Mercy Community Ltd is an incorporated company that has responsibility primarily to the poor, disadvantaged and marginalised through its disability services, family services, aged care services and other community welfare services and programs. This ministry, began by the first six sisters who came to Brisbane with Bishop Quinn in 1861, has been close to the hearts of the Sisters of Mercy in South-east Queensland.
The ritual was attended by many Sisters of Mercy, those who work in the various parts of the ministry, the Board of Directors and the Council of Mercy Partners.
Sr Catherine, reflecting on a reading from the prophet Isaiah, encouraged the group to trust in the Lord as the ministry moves into a new phase of canonical sponsorship. She reminded the group that God will always be with us, to guide and protect, to keep us strong and well and ‘be like a garden that has plenty of water, like a spring of water that wells up that never runs dry’ (Is 58:11-12).
Dr Campbell, Chair of Mercy Partners, said that in many ways this transfer was a completion of the original intention of the four Queensland Congregations of Sisters of Mercy to bring all their incorporated ministries across Queensland into the new canonical entity. This has now been achieved, and there is a sense of completion. Mercy Community now joins the other ministries of Mercy Partners within a ‘communion of charisms’.
Dr Campbell acknowledged the many emotions that surround this event for the Sisters. He hoped that the transfer would give the Sisters hope and a sense of confidence in the future.
"The transfer to Mercy Partners will ensure the future of the ministry. The Sisters can be confident that this ministry that they have established and nurtured will remain a ministry of the Church where the spirituality of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, will flourish into the future," he said.