Mercy Sisters launch Christmas charity gift appeal

On the occasion of the Mercy Sisters Congregation's 175th anniversary, the Australian sisters have issued a Christmas call for support for various Mercy projects around the world.

Australian Mercies are asking for support for a range of projects including a Jubilee project in Goroka, Papua New Guinea to purchase communication resources for West Papuan refugees in Kiunga as well as for health and education programs.

The Sisters also ask assistance for education projects in Forohem, East Timor and Mughalabad, Pakistan.

The Mercy Sisters are also working to resettle refugees in Sydney and Wollongong.

According to a Guardian feature, Christmas charity gifts are becoming increasingly popular as consumers opt to support good causes, rather than spend money all on themselves.

And the number of charity gift offerings is on the rise: goats, school dinners and even chilli seeds to deter elephants are replacing socks, hankies and gadgets this Christmas, the report says.

Meanwhile, the Mercy congregation is also marking the 175th anniversary of the order's founding on 12 December 1831 when Catherine McAuley and two companions, Mary Ann Doyle and Elizabeth Harley, were professed as Sisters of Mercy.

They returned from George's Hill where they undertook their religious training at the Presentation Convent, to Baggot Street, the first House of Mercy, today known as Mercy International Centre.

The Irish sisters are marking the occasion on Sunday with a special Mass which will be broadcast live on Irish TV and webcast on the station's website.

Mercy Works Christmas Appeal - PDF

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Mercy Works
Mercy Sisters, Australia
Mercy World | Television and Webcast celebration of 175 years of Mercy

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12 Dec 2006