Involvement in social justice had always been a central part of the ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. However, in our changing times and through Congregational Chapter discussions and statements it was becoming apparent that a more integrated vision of ecology and justice for the care of all God’s creation, both human and nonhuman, on planet Earth was evolving. In 2003 the Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice was established.
The Centre has as its mandate to further the mission of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland to hold in trust the sacredness of all creation and to work in solidarity with others for the restoration of peace and justice in the world and in all creation.
In its beginning years the Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice operated its office and work space out of different Mercy locations in St. John’s, NL. From its establishment a vegetable garden was deemed to be an essential component of the Centre. Though suitable growing space was not available at any of the earlier locations the Centre was generously supported by local farmers who each year donated a large portion of their farmland.
An important milestone in this ministry of ecology and justice was the official opening and blessing of the permanent site for this work in Pippy Park on Mount Scio Road, St. John’s on September 12, 2010.
From its inception the Centre was supported by a coordinator with a committee until 2011 when the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland appointed a Board of Directors of eight people with the coordinator acting as ex-officio member.