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Sr Catherine Reuter, Congregation Leader of the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane, spoke at the launch of the new logo for Mercy Community.
“Today, as Mercy Community Service launches its new logo of the ‘heart-cross’ and brand ‘mercy community’: let each be a ‘touch stone’ for the organisation and MCS’ 700+ staff – for what you do well, how you and those you are with in ministry will feel and why you are trustworthy, loyal and see/act ‘the more’.
The heart-cross is a simple, powerful, visible cornerstone expression of MCS identity, vision, values and culture.
The cross - MCS is a Catholic ministry grounded in and inspired by the Gospel of Jesus – drawing inspiration from his life, teachings, struggle, care, suffering, death, resurrection and the promise of new life
The heart is that inner spiritual space each has - from which mercy is freely given. For MCS, the heart is that place of courage and compassion from which and where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and empowered to live.
The intertwining of cross and heart is the activity within the logo – the intertwining - points to the reality of human life and need and names MCS’ response as ‘the action of merciful love’… love costs and the giver might have to bear the cost/scars - of love as did Jesus, Catherine McAuley, Sisters of Mercy, as have generations of women and men of mercy, as MCS and you do!
The brand Mercy Community positions the ministry and its constantly evolving story and expressions of mercy within the mystery of God who is ‘mercy’
It claims mercy IS alive and active – connecting lives, partnering, collaborating, making a difference, being in communion with others individuals, organisations and government groups.
So please don’t let MCS’ brand and logo drift into the ‘white noise’ and ‘invisibility’ of advertising - rather let them be ‘living touchstones’ which MCS continues to explore, think and talk about for it’s in their message and implications, their layers of meaning and their corporate and personal invitation to be mercy that you’ll discover and contribute to MCS’ evolving expression of identity in today’s world.”
Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation gathered for their Advent Ritual at Mercy Place, Bardon. As the Sisters gathered in prayer, candles were lit we are called continually into the beauty of God’s creation, out of darkness into God’s marvellous light. Remembering, we light this candle, symbol of Christ present among us. A copy of the ritual can be accessed through the link below.
In 2005, the congregation leaders of the Sisters of Mercy of Cairns, Townsville, Rockhampton and Brisbane met to discuss future sponsorship options for their institutional ministries.
We had already made the transition to lay leadership in many of our ministries and we wanted to honour the call of the Second Vatican Council to provide a vehicle for true lay leadership in the Church.
The community of Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Gatton, celebrated its centenary the last weekend in August. The Sisters of Mercy opened the school in 1917 and continued in this Parish almost 70 years. Celebrations included a Centenary Parish Mass on the Saturday evening and a grand fete on the Sunday both of which were attended by many former and present staff, students and families. A significant feature was the display of photographs and memorabilia across the ten decades. Pictured are former teacher and Principal, Sr Joan Morrissy and former teacher and parish worker Sr Mary Teresa Mullins enjoying the displays set out in the Daniel Walsh building.
Parish Priest Fr Noyichan Mamoottil MCBS and Principal, Nathan Haley, paid tribute to all who had gone before them, on whose shoulders the school community now stands. The Sisters of Mercy were acknowledged for their leadership and dedication to school and parish for more than 70 years.
“I lift my eyes to the mountains – where is my help to come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth…….”
Psalm 121 - A Song of Ascents.
How many times in the last twenty years have we lifted our eyes to the mountain, climbed the mountain to rest beside the well and drink deeply from its waters of mercy, kindness, compassion, justice, support, and love - waters that flow from the nourishment of word and worship that we feast on in scripture, in Catherine’s words and the words of those who follow this same path – looking for the stillness. “ - Opening words from the address given by Robyn Hunt at the celebration to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Mercy Associates within the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation.
Pictured are Judith Seery, one of the original group of Mercy Associates and Brigid Frawley rsm, who has journeyed with the group over the twenty years.
With praise and thanksgiving the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation celebrated the life and religious commitment of eleven Jubilarians – Sr Germaine Greathead (70 years) Srs Carmen Coffey, Anna Donovan, Joan Lynch, Elizabeth O’Connell, Mary O’Donoghue, Elizabeth Pointing and Roseanne Quinn (60 years), Srs Brigid Frawley and Pauline Smoothy (50 years) and Sr Maria Sullivan (40 years). Very Rev Dr David Pascoe was celebrant of the Eucharist in All Hallows’ Chapel on Sunday 21 May. Following the Jubilarians renewal of their vows, those present proclaimed “Jubilarians, encouraged by the witness of your life of commitment, together may we continue the work of the Gospel courageously, compassionately and without reserve”. The celebration of the Liturgy was enhanced by the beautiful singing led by Anne O’Farrell rsm as organist and Peta Goldburg rsm as conductor.
ACU honoured Sr Angela Mary Doyle AO through the conferment of the Award Honorary Doctorate at the ACU Brisbane Graduation Ceremony on Friday 5 May 2017.
Associate Vice-Chancellor Queensland, Professor Jim Nyland in the ACU staff bulletin referred to her as “a truly remarkable woman who, for those who may be struggling with the term, is the embodiment of ‘impact through empathy.’”
These words of Catherine McAuley were the theme of the Liturgy when the community of St Ignatius School Toowong assembled in the Parish Church to celebrate the work and the contributions of the Sisters of Mercy over the past one hundred and fourteen years. The Sisters took up residence in Toowong in Mount St Mary’s Convent in 1903. Sisters staffed the school until the early 1980s when the first lay Principal was appointed. Sisters of Mercy have continued to be a valued presence in the school community until February this year, when Sr Anna Ventura moved away from the large building now known as Goldicott (the name given by the original owners). During the Liturgy symbols were brought forward which represented the life of service of the Sisters as they were seen to have lived out God’s mission of Mercy in St Ignatius School and Parish. Addresses of acknowledgement were given by the Principal Mrs Roycelyn Wilden and Miss Pam Betts, Executive Director, Brisbane Catholic Education.
In a very meaningful ceremony to conclude the Liturgy, staff and students symbolically committed to “strive to live out the teachings and work of the Sisters of Mercy” and to be “a shining light for others”. Sr Anna Ventura presented a student from each year level with a lamp. Sr Anna, carrying a lamp, had led the Sisters of Mercy into the Church, and at the conclusion all processed out to the words of the school song, as the student representatives proudly carried their lamps.
There is one day of the Australian calender that resonates particularly with Nora Fitzgibbon. Sister with Roma’s All Saints Catholic Parish, Sr Nora was born in Ireland and has been eagerly preparing for tonight’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations. “It’s a great day for the Irish or anybody who has Irish ancestry and for everyone who wishes they were Irish,” she said.
Recently McAuley College, Beaudesert (the newest secondary school in the Brisbane Archdiocese) celebrated its inaugural Opening Mass. The Mass was held in ‘The Oakland Shed’ in the grounds of the school with buildings still under construction. The setting of the open shed provided a panoramic view across to the mountains. The Principal, Mrs Deidre Young proudly welcomed staff, students, parents and the wider community of parishioners and invited guests. In its first year, the College has approximately forty year seven students and they were acknowledged as the inaugural student group. Students and staff participated in the Liturgy with much enthusiasm.
Mercy Community Services staff at Wooloowin and Nudgee have united this Christmas to reach out to those in need within our communities. Staff and clients have donated hamper items and presents to ensure those with little resources celebrate Christmas with hope and joy. This year, staff reached out to their network of friends and family to also make a difference through collecting items for our Christmas Giving initiative.