During April 2021, Sr Eveline Crotty rsm, Leader of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea, circulated an update on the progress of the formation of a Ministerial PJP to sponsor their ministries which included the following:
The good news I have to share with you is that the Petition for establishing Mercy Ministry Companions is now in Rome with the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL). Thankfully, we were able to send it with assistance from the Apostolic Delegate in Canberra who included it in his diplomatic pouch. All being well, we hope for a response from CICLSAL by the end of July.
In the Petition, we have requested that Mercy Ministry Companions commences on 3 December 2021, the Feast of Saint Francis Xavier. Initially it will be based at Lewisham. Prior to this, its civil company will begin in July 2021.
Another piece of good news is that following a thorough process of considering applications that came to us and interviewing a large number of candidates, the Institute Council and I have recently appointed the Trustee Directors for our new Public Juridic Person, Mercy Ministry Companions. They are:
- Margaret Bounader
- Tony Goad
- Margery Jackman
- Gabrielle McMullen
- Rowena McNally
- Des Powell
- Carmel Ross
We have also appointed Margaret Bounader as Chair of the Council of Trustee Directors.