Kiwi Mercies to become one
The present four Congregations of the Sisters of Mercy in New Zealand are to become one single Congregation on 12 December, with the new Congregation to be known as Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa, Sisters of Mercy New Zealand.
The formal petition seeking Vatican approval for the decision has been signed by leaders of the present Congregations and was sent to Rome last week.
The decision to become one was taken by Sisters of Mercy at their National Assembly in June last year. The assembly focused on the sisters' vision to become one for mission and how best to respond to the call for Mercy in New Zealand today.
Now numbering 303 in four congregations, Sisters of Mercy were the first religious sisters to come to New Zealand in 1850. Current mission includes education, health and aged care, parish and pastoral ministry and community development.
Aotearoa New Zealand Mercy Sisters to become one new congregation (Catholic Communications 22/2/05)
Sisters of Mercy New Zealand
Mercy International Association
Four NZ Mercy congregations agree to combine (CathNews 21/7/04)
Mercies working together to counter "climate of fear" (CathNews 16/7/04)
New Zealand Mercy Congegations merging (CathNews 11/2/04)
24 Feb 2005