Participant projects

Many participants of the Leadership Formation Program have submitted an individual or group project to reflect their learning and share it with the Mercy Partners community.


The project topic may be self-selected, and should be suitable for circulating to the wider Mercy Partners community. In time, we hope to make these projects available on this website. We will ask your permission first before publishing or disseminating your project.

Many participants find that the act of creating and sharing a project helps them reap greater benefits from the program as a whole. These projects contribute to a knowledge base for Mercy Partners. Here are some projects developed by our participants:

  • Ritual of Thanks and Hope for the Future: Our Lady of Good Counsel Chapel, Rockhampton. This celebration was written by Grace Bartolo rsm and Margaret Dixon rsm.
  • Catherine McAuley: Works of Mercy.This booklet, produced by Peter Connell, provides an explanation of the biblical and theological foundations of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It displays 1830s sketches with their original captions and sources some related commentary from the writings of Catherine McAuley.
  • Catholic Identity and 'Otherness' and The term ‘Catholic’: Towards Its Meaning. Garry Everett (Councillor of Mercy Partners) explores what it means to be Catholic.
  • Nano Nagle, Catherine McAuley and Me. In this PowerPoint presentation, Robyn Hunt explores how the charism of two women influenced her life and how similar the lives of these two women were.
  • All Hallows’ School: A Catholic School in the Mercy Tradition. In this PowerPoint presentation, Lee-anne Perry (Principal of All Hallows’ School) marks the transfer of All Hallows’ to Mercy Partners by tracing the history of the school, the first secondary school for girls in the infant colony of Queensland, and showing how the modern-day All Hallows' continues in the spirit of Catherine McAuley.
  • Advocacy as Ministry. In this PowerPoint presentation, Peter Pearce FAICD (Director, Mater Misericordiae Health Services) advocates for the vital role of advocacy in achieving continuous systemic change.
  • My Pilgrimage Story. In this PowerPoint presentation, Judith Gardiner (EO of Mercy Partners) shares her experience as a pilgrim visiting Ireland and the home of Catherine McAuley.
  • DisAbility. In this PowerPoint presentation, Shelly Neilon focuses on the ‘ability’ in ‘disability’ — that is, on what people with a disability can do rather than on what they cannot do.
  • Mercy Community Services: Our Journey. In this PowerPoint presentation, Kathie Sadler traces the history and development of Mercy Community Services to make it what it is today.
  • Faith-based Catholic identity. Peter Sheehan borrows from the writings of Erik Erikson, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI to forge the meaning of an identity that is Catholic in character.