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Our Calling

Embracing the future together as Mercy women, conscious of sharing earth with the whole of God's creation,
in a spirit of open-hearted hospitality we renew our commitment to mercy, compassion and justice.

We seek to live the gospel challenge courageously
through contemplation and action,
in solidarity with those suffering poverty,
disadvantage and exclusion.

We value collaboration
with those who share our vision and commitment.

We endorse our on-going engagement
in the special focus areas of
Advocacy, Care for Creation, Lifestyle and Spirituality
and hold ourselves open to new initiatives.

We commit ourselves to exploring new ways of
sharing and deepening our communal life.

We affirm that participation is critical
to unifying leadership and commit to giving this practical expression.

Our Chapter Statement 2013–2018

Who we are

The Brisbane Sisters of Mercy is a group of Catholic women religious. As followers of Jesus, we understand our mission as participating in God's mission of mercy.

Our inspiration is drawn from Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland in 1831. Catherine recognized and responded to the needs of those who were marginalized and oppressed by the unjust social attitudes and practices of the day.

Our History

Ellen Whitty (Mother M Vincent) and her five companions arrived in Brisbane on the 10 May 1861 at the invitation of Bishop Quinn thus bringing the first Sisters of Mercy to Queensland and establishing what we know today as the Brisbane Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy.

We are compelled by God's spirit and our tradition to work, both individually and corporately, to bring about a more just and compassionate world. Together with our partners in ministry, we work to realize the vision of Catherine McAuley and Ellen Whitty in our time and place. We endeavour to develop collaborative relationships and processes so as to continue the Mercy tradition of service in sustainable ways.

Contact Information

Sr Catherine Reuter rsm
Congregation Leader
Congregation Office
PO Box 287
Toowong DC QLD 4066

Phone:     (07) 3369 5533
Fax:         (07) 3368 5696

Leadership Team

Sr. Catherine Reuter:     Congregation Leader
Sr. Veronica Ekerick:     Councillor
Sr. Patricia Kirchner:     Councillor
Sr. Mary Lawson:     Councillor
Sr. Mary Pescott:     Councillor

Our Ministries

The Mercy ministries are easily accessible on the web via the links below.

Mercy Community
Services SEQ LTD

Aged Care Services -

Disability Services -

Employment and Training Services

Family Services -

Mercy Heritage Centre -

Mercy Place -