The Board of Mercy Partners, in addition to their governance role to oversee Mercy Partners ministries, they also undertake the role of Trustee for beneficial trusts.
The Board of Mercy Partners, in addition to their governance role to oversee Mercy Partners ministries, they also undertake the role of Trustee for beneficial trusts established by a number of Member Congregations of Mercy Partners. These Trusts have been set up to support the charitable works of the founding congregations.
The Nudgee Trust was established on 8 October 1869 by the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation and provides grants to ministries sponsored by Mercy Partners. These grants enable ministries to extend the range or depth of mission as they provide critical support to those most vulnerable in our community.
In 2018, the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation successfully applied to the Courts to transfer the Trustee role to Mercy Partners. Since acquiring responsibility as Trustee for the Trust on 1 January 2019, Mercy Partners has approved grants that have supported Indigenous family services, health and community services for refugees, health initiatives for the wider community, along with providing mental health counselling to College students in need in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each year the Trustees review and approve grant applications received from the ministries of Mercy Partners.
Missionary Franciscan Sisters Trust
In 2023, the Board of Mercy Partners were appointed as the Trustee of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters Trust. This Trust was founded by the Institute of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.
The Trust supports the formation of mission leaders and spiritual leaders through Mercy Partners, along with providing funding to support charities that respond to international and Australian natural disasters and emergencies, provide support for refugees, bursaries to Franciscan schools, and a defined list of charities that focus on homelessness, rural healthcare, human trafficking and the protection of animals and the environment.
Mercy Partners is responsible for administering funds to the list of grants and disbursements as defined in the Trust’s Deed.
Acknowledgement of Country
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.