We acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which we walk, live and work. We recognise their living culture and their unique role in the life of the areas in which Mercy Partners ministries are located. We pay tribute to all of those who have nurtured this country over many thousands of years, deriving spiritual and physical needs from the seas, forests, soil, rivers, lakes and streams. We join with our First Nations people in honouring this land as sacred. We welcome the Uluru Statement from the Heart and support an Indigenous voice to parliament, enshrined in the Australian Constitution.
The building of partnerships cultivates a diversity of gifts and charisms embracing lay leadership and creatively responds to the changing needs of many ministries.
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The Constitution and objects of Mercy Partners emphasise the corporal responsibilities of a Ministerial PJP to ensure the mission, Catholic identity and charism of the ministries are preserved and nurtured while ensuring conformity to the teachings, discipline and law of the Catholic Church.
Mercy Partners is the civil owner and canonical sponsor of its ministries. The Mercy Partners Stewards and Board work together to provide this canonical sponsorship and civil oversight.
The role of the Board is to manage the operation of Mercy Partners and to ensure that it fulfils its canonical responsibilities and honours the stewardship agreement with its ministries.
Frequently Asked Questions
Mercy Partners was established by the Queensland Sisters of Mercy to ensure their ministries were preserved and remained true to their charism, and they continue to serve God’s mission into the future.
Across Australia, Mercy Partners’ ministries work in the fields of:
- Aged Care and Community Services
- Family and Disability Services and Commercial Services
To view a timeline of the history of Mercy Partners, please visit our History page.
Mercy Partners is the civil owner and canonical sponsor of its ministries. The Mercy Partners Stewards and Board work together to provide this canonical sponsorship and civil oversight. The Board meets monthly, and the Mercy Partners Stewards and Board meet regularly.
The role of Board is to manage the operation of Mercy Partners and to ensure that it fulfils its canonical responsibilities and honours the stewardship agreement with its ministries.
Mercy Partners Board Directors are appointed by the Stewards or the Board itself based on skills, background, and expertise. Mercy Partners Board Directors represent diverse industry, corporate, governance and Church experience.
Mercy Partners is open to religious congregations who are seeking security for their ministries within a PJP in the Catholic Church. Religious congregations can apply to transfer a ministry to Mercy Partners, and with approval from the Board and Stewards, the partnership is formalised with Mercy Partners becoming a canonical sponsor and civil owner. Please visit our Join the PJP page.
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