Mary Aikenhead Ministries has its own crest and signature as it is a separate organisation from the Congregation. The new crest and signature were designed to link the history of the Sisters with the future of the Ministries.
The Congregation decided to establish Mary Aikenhead Ministries partially as a result of the changing realities for the Congregation and partially in response to the demands and increasing complexity within the ministry works. Above all is the desire to ensure that the works of the Sisters continue, grow and flourish in the future through the enhancement of lay leadership.
Yes, any facility wishing to use the crest is required to obtain written permission from Mary Aikenhead Ministries. Read more about this in the Visual Identity Guidelines.
Yes, a Protocols document has been prepared for all Mary Aikenhead Ministries facilities. To request a copy please contact our office.
The official commencement date was July 1st, 2009. Ritual handovers then took place in Brisbane on July 21st, Sydney and Melbourne on July 22nd. These dates were chosen to commemorate the 151st anniversary of the death of Mary Aikenhead.
A Public Juridic Person (PJP) is an aggregate of persons or things with a purpose befitting the Church’s mission. As a Church body established to perform specific tasks entrusted to it in view of the common good, and to perform these tasks on behalf of the Church. The Congregation and Mary Aikenhead Ministries are both PJPs. The task of Mary Aikenhead Ministries is to ensure the ministries continue to flourish into the future and in the name of the Church.
The Trustees are the Canon Law and civil stewards of the Ministries. As such, the Ministries report to, and are accountable to the Trustees. Read more about the Trustees.
On a day-to-day basis not a lot is different. Essentially it is a different reporting structure, a different Church entity to which the facilities report. There will be annual general meetings, visits to facilities, ceremonies that are attended, but these functions will be done by the Trustees of Mary Aikenhead Ministries. The Trustees’ reporting mechanism will be different as they are required to report to Rome on an annual basis, whereas previously the Congregation reported to Rome every six years, at the time of Chapter. It is really governance that is different.