Mercy Community Services

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Working in partnership to support people seeking asylum

20 Nov 2017

Mercy Community Services (MCS) extends its sincere thanks to the Presentation Congregation Queensland for partnering with MCS in support of the Romero Centre. 

Sr Marlette Black pbvm, Congregation leader, said the Presentation Congregation Queensland was delighted to enter into a mission partnership with the Romero Centre.

“Presentation Sisters around the world are committed to meeting the needs of those made poor and to transforming the unjust structures that keep people poor. In Queensland, we are diminishing in our capacity to carry out active ministry. However we continue to have a strong desire and commitment to continue our mission by working in partnership with others. The Romero Centre works to support the needs of asylum seekers in Australia who are seeking safety and their basic human rights. The work done by the Romero Centre is very much aligned with the mission of the foundress of the Presentation Sisters, Nano Nagle, and the work of the Presentation Sisters in Queensland. It is a privilege to support the Romero Centre with financial resources and any other support we can offer to enable the Romero Centre to carry out its mission.”

Mercy Community Services CEO Elaine De Vos said it was thanks to partners such as the Presentation Congregation Queensland that the organisation is able to provide services to support people seeking asylum.

“The Congregation’s generous donation will have a significant impact on the lives of people seeking asylum, enabling the Romero Centre to continue to coordinate much-needed support services including access to safe accommodation, practical and emergency assistance, and pathways to training and employment.  I thank the Congregation for supporting MCS in this missional partnership to improve the lives of people in need in our community.”



From left: Lisa Eastment - General Manager Mission Integration MCS; Sr Marlette Black pbvm - Congregation leader;  Elaine De Vos - CEO MCS; Geoff Gowdie - Congregation Executive Officer;  and Steven King – General Manager, Families and Young People MCS meet to discuss the partnership.