Mercy Partners have been working hard to undertake some key changes to our corporate structure and have also participated in two industry forums, AMPJP and Catholic Health Australia. Please see below for details.
In July 2020, Mercy Partners embarked upon a project to alter its incorporated status from an incorporation under Roman Catholic Church (Incorporated Church Entities) Act Qld of 1994 (RICE Act) to a company limited by guarantee. As part of this project, the following had to be undertaken:
- A new constitution was created for Mercy Partners Limited with the assistance of each of the Steward Congregations.
- Some administrative amendments are being made to the Canonical Statute.
- Work has been undertaken on defining the roles of Stewards, Company Members and Board Directors.
- Mercy Partners (RICE Act entity) was dissolved in accordance with the Act effective on 1st September 2022
- The constitutions of all of the ministries were amended to reflect the new member of each company.
On 1 September 2022 the membership/ownership of all of our ministries vested in Mercy Partners Limited as a result of the dissolution of Mercy Partners (RICE Act entity). Mercy Partners (RICE Act entity) Councillors have now transitioned to be Directors of Mercy Partners Limited.
Association of Ministerial Public Juridic Persons (AMPJP) Canonical Stewards Forum
In August the AMPJP Canonical Stewards Forum came to Brisbane. The Forum provides an opportunity for canonical stewards of Australian Ministerial PJPs to gather to network, discuss shared concerns, hear information on common issues, and discuss responses to shared goals/issues.
Mercy Partners Deputy Chair, Kieran McCarthy, participated in the Forum’s Member cameo session on Monday, 22 August. Kieran presented on a program undertaken by the Mercy Partners’ education ministries that focused on researching the mental health issues for teenage girls post Covid. The project used research to develop a proactive program that is age appropriate to deal with increasing mental health issues.
The education ministries were successful in receiving a grant from the Nudgee Trust to fund this project. The program has created a very positive momentum and the benefits have already been seen. The program scope has now expanded to include whole of school wellbeing, thanks to an additional 2-3 years grant funding from Nudgee Trust.
Catholic Health Australia National Conference