What you'll find........
. Rahamim Ecology Centre is a 4.7 hectare property in Bathurst, NSW. The property includes Logan Brae, a heritage house with a beautiful chapel alongside it and landscaped gardens and heritage trees surrounding it. You will also find permaculture and kitchen gardens, a chicken forage system, and an aquaponics centre, all offering fresh food, an amazing environment and excellent learning facilities. The Rahamim Ecology Centre is a ministry within the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG).
Who was Catherine McAuley and what did she do?
“She was a woman of cosmic psalmody and grubby saints of the road, and the undiscriminating heart of Christ; she was a simple, humble woman who walked the very streets for the poor, who took their messy selves into her clean and beautiful home; who provided for them what the world did not give; and who worked boldly and strongly and clearly until she converted both Church and world to their presence. She refused to ignore the universe around her in the name of religion – not one of them: not the embarrassing poor, not the dangerous dying. not the troublesome sick, not the cumbersome homeless, not the exploited ignorant, not the abused women, not the abandoned children, not the ugly, dirty castoffs of a gilded but gruesome new industrial society that did not want to deal with them.” - -Joan Chittister osb
The Sisters of Mercy came to Bathurst from Charleville, Ireland in 1866 and established education, health, welfare and aged care services in towns in Central Western NSW.
The Sisters of Mercy is an Order of Religious Sisters, founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1831 by Catherine McAuley.
What are our goals at Rahamim Ecology Centre?
The Mission of Rahamim Ecology Centre is to contribute to the building of life-giving relationships within a resilient earth community.
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.
What is Mercy? How does it relate to us and how we live?
“Mercy is a mode of relationship
and a power that is wounded by the suffering of others and propelled to action on their behalf now.”
- Wendy Farley rsm
“Mercy” and its twin “justice” are qualities of being human. They are a spirit of compassion in the face of human suffering, need and oppression. They are virtues promoted by the world’s religious traditions. They are values that have inspired lasting solutions to the world’s most difficult political and social problems. Justice administered without Mercy is harsh and unforgiving. Mercy without justice is a band-aid that allows root causes to fester.
In our time, the Earth cries out for mercy and justice. Mercy & justice for the earth is ultimately mercy & justice for its people.
Currently there are about 10,000 Sisters of Mercy working in 47 countries around the world, assisted by thousands of lay colleagues and associates