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Living Mercy Lecture

The thought-provoking Living Mercy Lectures provide the opportunity to deepen our understanding and the lived experience of our faith.


Sr Berenice Kerr rsm will present the 2017 Living Mercy Lecture: 

“Catherine, September 24th and Our Lady of Mercy”

Wednesday 13 September 2017, 7.00pm

Marian Centre, Coolock Campus, Barkly St, Bendigo

Please join us for supper after the lecture.

The lecture is open to the public.

Entry $10 / $5 conc. at the door - raising funds for Mercy Works.

Enquiries: Mrs Trish Schofield - ; 03 5445 9100


Berenice has been a Sister of Mercy for more than fifty years. Her main ministry has been education in secondary schools as a consultant with Catholic Education in the Diocese of Lismore. She has also been a member of several education committees including the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes and the New South Wales Catholic Education Commission.

In 1984 - 1985 she studied at the Catholic Institute in Paris and Ecce Homo in Jerusalem. Ten years later she completed her Doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, having focussed her research on Medieval nuns.

Following the establishment of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea Berenice was appointed leader of Community South B – covering in essence all of Western Victoria. This meant relocating from northern New South Wales to Ballarat, a move she has never regretted. In her spare time Berenice takes delight in her garden. She has an enviable collection of roses in blue pots and has been known to gloat over the quality and quantity of her tomatoes. She enjoys historical research, writing and watching the quiz show ‘Pointless’.

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