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Sr Adele Howard RSM

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About Sr Adele Howard RSM

"My prayer is that Catherine McAuley's spirit will continue to inspire me and others and that Ursula Frayne's extraordinary courage will ensure that we are successful in alleviating the new pain of the world that is emerging each day..."

Adele has been a Sister of Mercy for 40 years, a teacher, a Lecturer in Theology and Australian Studies at Australian Catholic University, a member of the Leadership Team of Australian Institute of Sisters of Mercy International has been the Director of Fraynework Multimedia for 16 years.

Adele has a Masters Degree in Theology with a research thesis on ‘The Land as Sacred' and later a Masters Degree in Arts (Media Arts). She also has teaching qualifications.

Over her 16 years as Director at Fraynework, Adele has produced dozens of videos and interactive documentaries, as well as overseeing the production of hundreds of educational and inspirational websites.

Recently Adele established Mercy Communications to continue this work as a Consultant and Advisor to Mercy and other not for profit organisations regarding their need to tell their stories on line or on video and to engage in action for change to reflect the values of the Gospel and to make a difference in our world.

Adele has shown a strong and enduring commitment to practical engagement with Indigenous Australians in their struggles to achieve voice, respect and equality of opportunity. "This has involved many expressions from assisting with the re-establishment of community health services, clinics and nurses to assist the local Health Workers in four remote Aboriginal Communities in the Great Sandy Desert in the late 1980's early 90's through to the practical production of many videos and web based sites with Indigenous Australians, particularly with the Koori Community and the local Gunditjmara from the Warrnambool area, the place of my own belonging.
Together we have created many interactive resources and documentaries which have educated the broader community."

Fraynework allowed Adele to continue to work with the Indigenous community through the creation of web sites such as the music site:
www.blacklist.org.au

"We have conceptualized and developed sites as well as working directly with the many groups involved. The vision behind this work as a Mercy ministry is to support people in giving voice to those who would otherwise not have voice and to empower those organisations to express their core messages and values through new media."

The Mercyworld site,
(www.mercyworld.org) has a particular focus on alleviating extreme poverty. "We use the site to enable people to tell their stories in ways that will educate people to better understand each other and to prompt some people who engage with the site to learn, to volunteer, to pray or to donate.

My prayer is that Catherine McAuley's spirit will continue to inspire me and others and that Ursula Frayne's extraordinary courage will ensure that we are successful in alleviating the new pain of the world that is emerging each day and which requires a committed response to communicating a call to action from those who are believers in the values of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Those of us who work for and in Fraynework and Mercy Communications aim to keep alive a commitment to the vision. Through our efforts to use new technologies cleverly and well, a values based language (the multiliteracy of text and image, audio and video) will continue to be communicated in invitational and transformational ways. This will contribute to our world and to our local communities becoming more reflective, respectful, kind, sustainable, just and compassionate."

www.fraynework.com.au