On Tuesday 5 May 2015, Sr Josie Byrnes RSM passed away. Sr Josie was a much loved member of the Sisters of Mercy, North Sydney, and an important person to the Mercy Foundation. Josie was instrumental in the establishment of this organisation. All of us here at the Foundation are saddened by her passing but remain grateful for her endeavours which have ensured over the past 25 years that the spirit of Catherine McAuley lives on.
In the late 1980s when the North Sydney Sisters of Mercy were looking to expand their commitment to eliminating poverty in our community, Sr Josie worked tirelessly to help establish this new Foundation. Since its establishment the Mercy Foundation has been able to assist many hundreds of organisations to address disadvantage, poverty and injustice.
We remember with gratitude Sr Josie Byrnes and the commitment and energy she so willingly gave to the Mercy Foundation over so many years.
Requiescat in pace.