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 Mission of MCEJ is rooted in the ongoing story of creation and in the mandate of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy. The Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice provides education, inspiration, leadership and advocacy in the ecological and justice issues facing our world in the 21st Century
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 MCEJ 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 with the coordinator acting as ex-officio member.