The Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (The Sisters) is continuing with its preparation to transfer responsibility for its ministries to a Ministerial PJP. These ministries include: hospitals, health services, aged care, schools/education services and children’s, family and community services. The Sisters have consulted with their ministries throughout the process of investigating if a MPJP is appropriate and if so what form of MPJP.
In 2021, the Sisters plan to petition the Apostolic See to establish a MPJP called Mercy Ministry Companions. More details on the proposed MPJP are available in the newsletter: Mercy Ministry Companions
An additional benefit of this consultation process is the dialogue between the existing MPJPs with a Sisters of Mercy heritage: Mercy Partners (QLD), MercyCare (WA) and the proposed MPJP for New Zealand- Aotearoa, Whanau Mercy Ministries. It is hoped that Mercy Ministry Companions will contribute to further discussions on forming an Alliance and exploring collaboration amongst these Mercy MPJPs.