Fr. Carmelo Simoncelli
I chose Barbara because I have known her for many years but did not fully realise the depth of her love and caring for the elderly of our parish.
I am now blessed with a closer relationship and find, without ever having to ask, Barbara is there when I need her and I watch as she spreads her wings throughout the retirement village where I live.
by: Yasuharu and Hiroko Sugimoto
Angela Merkel orchestrated the most generous, openhearted gesture of recent history blossoming from Germany, the country that within living memory (and beyond) blew apart the European continent, and then the world, by taking to gruesome extremes all the forces its Chancellor strives to hold in check: nationalism, nativism, self-righteousness, reversion to arms. Angela welcomed refugees with open arms when so many other nations were closing their borders. She showed courage, compassion and mercy, something that many leaders seem to lack.
by: Caitlyn Sultana
I chose my nanny because she shows mercy to me because she’s funny, loving and makes a great friend.She can start a conversation and make it last for hours and it’s still not boring.She shares and tries her best in everything she can, and I love her just the way she is.
by: Ethan Troiani
I chose my mother because she was for all who knew her, an example of mercy in action.With love, she welcomed and gave comfort to all, sheltered those in need treating them with respect, caring for them and giving them a new start.The tragedy of losing a four old son she bore with patience and without bitterness.
by: Rose Liliana
Joseph van Konynenburg &
Thomas Joseph O'Keefe
I chose Fr Terry Naughton MSC because he has been a fried of our family for over 30 decades. Our family consists of 6 diverse individuals. Whilst journeying with us through life’s travails and joys, Terry has never faltered in expressing his love for our family through his consistency, care, compassion and unconditional acceptance. He is without doubt our family’s heart of mercy and compassion
by: Helen Konynenburg
I chose my Pa, Peter Newton because he is the dedicated President of Ryder Cheshire Foundation Australia. When he was volunteering for the Ryder Cheshire Foundation he developed a plan to build a house in East Timor which is called Klibur Domin. He created the home or the sick and disabled East Timorese people, which he visits a few times a year. He has also written a book about his experience with running the home.
by: Margaret Anderson
I chose my grandmother because she was “A light of mercy in my life”…The mother of 9 children and a mentally ill husband.This woman had a tough life. The love, care and mercy that she showed everyone whom she met on her path of life changed people. Nana came to live with our family (of 9) before I was born. She was my second mother. Her unconditional, love and mercy gave me the tools of which guide my life.
by: Angela Orwin
Bill & Shirley Webb
I chose my Nan because she shows mercy by putting other people’s needs before her own.She helps the elderly in their daily life.She also dedicates her time to her family, especially her 12 grandchildren.She is a very kind, compassionate and loving person and we are very thankful for her.
by: Phillipa Higgins
I chose Anna because she volunteered to go and live in Bali to help a volunteer organisation that provides clean energy products to people in places like Bali.These people don’t have access to electricity and clean water.She distributes solar lights and things like that.This organisation is spread worldwide.
by: Kate Graham
Who Am I?
I chose Sr Angela as my model of mercy because she is also my Aunty Kath, the only sister of my mum. Throughout my life I have been privileged to witness her commitment to her faith and family. She first entered the Good Shepherd order in her early twenties, but returned home before her final vows to care for her mother who had become ill. She nursed both my grandparents until they died and re-entered the convent at the age of 44. She will turn 100 years old on the 11th August. Although now frail in body, her mind and spirit are an inspiration to all who know her.
Joseph van Konynenburg - My Father-in-law
Steel fabricator - Lover of music, singing, enjoyment of life and people.
Lived through two World Wars, was injured and suffered terrible deprivation, fear for his family and witness to many hideous acts of war, but never uttered a word of hatred towards those perpetrators of these acts - Never judged people
Thomas Joseph O'Keefe - My Father
Road maker, Farmer, Council worker - Lover of poetry, music and people.
"Never make judgements of people - you don't know where they have come from"
"There is never justification for unkindness to man or animal".
How lucky was I to have two men of such mercy in my life?
I chose my Mum because she was very dedicated to her faith and family - that was her life.The mother of 7 children and living on a farm, she encountered many challenges – floods, droughts and raising 7 children, but always made the most of the little that she had. Mum passed away on 19th December 2015, a week before her 90th birthday, with all her family around her.
by: Marg Kyle