2019 AMSSA Conference

2019 AMSSA Conference 8-10 Aug

The 2019 AMSSA Conference will be held at Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College, North Sydney from Thursday 8 August to Saturday 10 August.

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Registrations are open; click here to book.

'Speaking the Silence' is the theme of the 2019 biennial conference of the Australasian Mercy Secondary Schools Association, involving over 200 Mercy school leaders and educators.

The purpose of the conference is to bring together women and men engaged in Mercy secondary education across Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, who are interested in sharing their experiences, participating in professional development, networking with like-minded people, looking to be inspired and to celebrate Mercy.

In the process of discerning the 2019 conference theme, Speaking the Silence, the organising committee reflected that;

We presently live in an unprecedented time of disquiet. Educationally, politically, socially and ecclesiastically, the old ways, voices and paradigms are shifting, disintegrating, being challenged and changed. Yet, as Christians, firm in hope, we believe that the hushed Spirit of God remains, speaking to us through the 'signs of the times' - speaking to us and through us in the silence and silenced.

Following in the footsteps of Catherine McAuley, hosting AMSSA 2019 affords us a graced opportunity to listen for, and to speak, the urgent and perhaps even uncomfortable silences - in our work in Mercy schools, in our Church and in our world.

Giving voice to:

The silent Cry of the Merciful Spirit of God in our Times
The silent Cry of the Poor and Afflicted
The silent Cry of the Earth
The silent Cry of the Faithful
The silent Cry and Questions of our own hearts, minds and spirits 

Keynote Speakers

We are delighted to confirm the following Keynote Speakers:

Angela Reed, RSM - MIA Global Action Coordinator at the United Nations

Currently based at the UN in New York, Angela is a graduate of RMIT University's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, Melbourne, Australia where she completed her PhD on Human Trafficking.

Over the years she has integrated her professional background in education, social work and theology to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to research, service provision and public advocacy. Her primary research interest is on gendered violence and in particular human trafficking.

Mary McAleese - Former President of Ireland (eKeynote)

President of Ireland from 1997 to 2011, Mary McAleese was Ireland's second female President and its first President from Northern Ireland.

Previously, she served as Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College, Dublin and has also worked as a journalist and announcer for Irish TV. In 1987, Mary became Director of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen's University and she was named its first Roman Catholic pro-vice-chancellor in 1994. An unapologetic Catholic and 'Mercy Girl', Mary McAleese has a renowned passion and advocacy for faith bringing a voice to the silenced and marginalised in the Church and the world.

Phil Glendenning - Director, Edmund Rice Centre

Phil has been the Director of the Edmund Rice Centre since its inception in 1996 and is currently the President of the Refugee Council of Australia.

With a background in education, law, political science, and overseas aid and development, today he is primarily involved in human right advocacy and education, peace and reconciliation work, raising awareness of the impact of climate change on marginalised peoples.

His work for the rights of Indigenous people saw him co-found Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) in 1997, and for ten years he was National President.

GENERAL CONFERENCE ENQUIRIES:

amssa2019@monte.nsw.edu.au or +61 2 9409 6240