“We know that, as members of the Earth community we are integrally connected with each other and with the whole of creation.”

Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea, Constitutions, 2.02

Inspired by Gospel values and in the tradition of Catherine McAuley,  ISMAPNG is committed to consciously raising awareness and to working with others, to restore our relationship with Earth and to redress injustice affecting those most impoverished in Earth’s community.

ISMAPNG is aware that those whose lives and well being are most threatened by social and ecological injustices may be the least able to resist oppression, and so we are continually challenged and moved  to develop creative ways to respond and collaborate more effectively to eliminate all types of oppression and restore all life-giving interdependent relationships.

ISMAPNG engages in the area of Eco Spirituality through Rahamim, an ecological learning community based in Bathurst NSW, its participation on the MIA international committee working with the committees of the United Nations, and in the personal lifestyle changes that Sisters and their colleagues have adopted to live more sustainably to name a few.






Featured Ministry


Rahamim Ecology Centre, a Centre of Sustainability and Spirituality.

In our time, the Earth cries out for mercy and justice. Mercy & justice for the earth is ultimately mercy & justice for its people. The mission of Rahamim Ecology Centre (a 4.7 hectare property in Bathurst, NSW)   is to contribute to the building of life-giving relationships within a resilient earth community.

The property includes Logan Brae, a heritage house with a beautiful chapel alongside it , landscaped gardens and heritage trees . The property also includes community, permaculture and kitchen gardens, a chicken forage system,  an aquaponics centre, and learning facilities.

Rahamim Ecology Centre gives contemporary expression to the values of the Mercy tradition and the spirit of Catherine McAuley through

  • Promoting  and engaging in sustainable living practices,
  • Respecting  the dignity of all life
  • Learning together
  • Regular activities at Rahamim include, Pedal Power Movies, Cosmology, Book Readings, Cooking Classes, Environmental Education and Aquaponics.

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  • We are mindful that care for our vulnerable earth community must be implicit in everything we do.

    Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea, Constitutions, 4.03
  • The world, this palpable world, which we were wont to treat with the boredom and disrespect with which we habitually regard places with no sacred association for us, is in truth a holy place, and we did not know it. Venite, adoremus.

    Pierre Teilhard de Chardin The Divine Milieu : An essay on the Interior Life. p112
  • We are all responsible for the protection and care of the environment.  This responsibility knows no boundaries…We cannot remain indifferent to what is happening around us, for the deterioration of any part of the planet affects us all.

    Pope Benedict XVI, World Day of Peace, 1st January, 2010.