Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Religious organisation
- Alternative Names
- Australian Federation of the Sisters of Mercy (former name, 1957 - 1981)
- Australian Union of the Sisters of Mercy (former name, 1954 - 1957)
- 1 Thomas St Lewisham NSW 2049 Phone: (02) 9564 1911 Fax: (02) 9550 9683 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia evolved from the seventeen individual congregations operating in Australia before 1981. It forms part of the world-wide network of Mercy Sisters. Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland in 1841. In 1846 the Sisters of Mercy came to Australia. Ursula Frayne, a friend of Catherine McAuley, arrived with six Sisters and settled in Perth , Western Australia, later moving to Melbourne. By 1954 the seventeen distinct autonomous groups had emerged through the processes of amalgamation and division. In 1953 eight of the autonomous groups formed the Australian Union of Sisters of Mercy, and in 1957 the remaining nine groups joined to form the Australian Federation of the Sisters of Mercy, which by 1981 became the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia. The Mercy Sisters describe this structure as 'a unique mode of governance continuing to express the traditional Mercy thrust towards decentralisation and unity but giving a clearer sign of the equally strong concern for a deep unity of spirit.' The Sisters of Mercy are committed to those most vulnerable in our society and wish to share God's loving kindness with others.