Janette Gray RSM Fund


The Janette Gray RSM Fund was established in 2018 as an initiative of the Sisters of Mercy (Institute of Sisters of Mercy Australia and Papua New Guinea) and the University of Divinity to perpetuate the memory of the life and ministry of Dr Janette Patricia Gray RSM (1952-2016), a graduate of the Melbourne College of Divinity, a member of academic staff from 2004 to 2016 at Jesuit Theological College, the United Faculty of Theology, Pilgrim Theological College, and Yarra Theological Union, from 2012 to 2014 Principal of Jesuit Theological College, and from 1977 to 2016 a Sister of Mercy.


The Fund honours her leadership as a woman in theology and her theological engagement with the academy, church and world.  It marks widespread appreciation for her creativity as an educator and administrator, her generosity as a colleague, her pastoral insight, and the humility and brilliance that characterised her scholarship.

What the Fund Supports

The Fund will provide financial support for activities that promote the education and leadership of women in theology.


The committee envisages two ongoing projects:


  • A scholarship awarded to a woman for excellence in the 12,000 word research essay to enable her to undertake doctoral studies in theology.  The award will be presented at the Graduation ceremony of the University of Divinity.
  • An annual lecture to showcase theological scholarship and effective communication of academic insight.  In keeping with Sr Janette Gray's own style the organisers will work towards an occasion defined by hospitality, including generous time for questions and conversation.


You can support the work of the Janette Gray RSM Fund into the future.

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