More than 250 educators from Mercy secondary schools gathered in Sydney last week for the Australasian Mercy Education Conference. Source: Australasian Mercy Secondary School Association.
The delegates came from Mercy secondary schools and settings across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, United States and South Africa for the Speaking the Silence conference.
Parramatta Bishop Vincent Long celebrated Mass to open the conference, held at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College in North Sydney.
“The Mercy legacy is entrusted to us that we may make it grow and spread, not through the old paradigm of power and conquest but through prophetic witness and critical agency,” Bishop Long told participants.
Speaking of the legacy of prophetic Mercy women, such Mercy founder Catherine McAuley, Bishop Long set the tone for the conference.
“The boundary-breaking spirit of Jesus spurs them on, to go against the prevalent culture. When the prevalent culture (often legitimated by dominant religious systems) treated poor women and children with disdain, prophetic women embraced them; when it rejected certain groups of people like Jews, blacks, LGBTIs, prophetic women reverenced their dignity. Like them and the prophets of old, we too must reframe the harsh reality around us into a hopeful future to unfold.”
Conference keynote speakers included Sr Angela Reed RSM (Mercy Global Action Coordinator, United Nations), Mary McAleese (former president of Ireland) and Phil Glendenning AM (president, Refugee Council of Australia and director, Edmund Rice Foundation), challenged the conference attendees to recognise the capacity to undertake this “boundary-breaking” in Mercy education.
2019 AMSSA Conference (Australasian Mercy Secondary School Association)