Who We Are


Berneice Loch RSM

Board Member

Berneice joined the Sisters of Mercy in Rockhampton in 1964.  Initially a teacher of Maths, Science, and Religion, most of her ministry has been in administrative positions.

Most recently, she was CEO of Mercy International Association (Dublin). From 2011 to 2017 Berneice was leader of the newly formed Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea and before that had two terms as Congregation Leader in Rockhampton. She is very interested in the future Governance of Catholic ministries and has a conviction that lay people are being called to leadership at all levels in these ministries.  Berneice feels privileged to have worked with the leaders of three other Mercy Congregations to establish “Mercy Partners”, a pontifical Ministerial Public Juridic Person.

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