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Sixteen Brisbane Sisters of Mercy recently celebrated sixty, fifty and forty years of service and ministry with members of the Congregation.
The Sisters’ Diamond, Golden and Ruby Jubilees were held on 24 May and commenced with Mass, celebrated by Fr Michael Twigg O.M.I., in All Hallows’ Chapel.
Friday 8 May marked a significant day in the story of the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation. The Mater Convent was damaged by storms in November 2014, and can no longer be a residence for Sisters. The Sisters were invited by Mater Health Services to a Ritual to acknowledge the closure of the Convent as a residence for the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation, and many sisters were able to be present.
A wonderful weekend was experienced by past residents, past pupils and past teachers as they gathered in Cunnamulla, in western Queensland, 13-15 March, to celebrate 100 years of Sacred Heart School. Nine Sisters of Mercy were privileged to be attendees at the weekend, with the highlight being the Mass of Thanksgiving on the Sunday morning.
After many dedicated years, Marcia has retired from her ministry in pastoral care at Mater Redlands. A large gathering of staff, volunteers and friends of the Mater farewelled her at a morning tea in Kitty’s Courtyard, the attractive outside area she herself initiated and worked to create. Dr John O’Donnell, Chief Executive Officer of Mater Health Services, paid tribute to Marcia’s dedicated and energetic support of the Mercy vision and mission and the Mater Redlands community’s affection and appreciation were very evident.
In her newsletter of 26 February 2015, Congregational Leader Sister Catherine Reuter urged Sisters to respond to the invitation of the Care for Creation group to make a voluntary donation to an environmental fund, as one small way to offset the emission of CO2 into the atmosphere by planes and cars.
On 17 February, the Brisbane Sisters of Mercy brought together an expert panel to discuss the proposed referendum on recognition in our Federal Constitution of the prior and continuing presence in this land of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The forum was supported by Recognize, the official movement working Australia-wide and ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation)
A special installation ‘Recognition Place’ in the grounds of St Vincent’s Convent, Nudgee which acknowledges and honours the First Peoples of Southern Queensland was opened on Wednesday 10 December 2014.
The opening and blessing of the Holy Cross Laundry were celebrated on Wednesday 3 December 2015 (International Day of People with Disability) at the new Banyo facility.
Before the ceremony guests were treated to cool drinks and an array of finger foods. This provided the opportunity for guests to mingle with laundry staff and there was nothing but praise for the improvements in facilities from employees and interest in the processes and new machinery and capacity from the clients.
Sr Maria Teresa Shanahan, a Sister of Mercy of the Brisbane Congregation, celebrated her 100th Birthday on 27 November.
Birthday celebrations were held at Bethesda, Mercy Aged Care Services, Nudgee, where Maria Teresa is a much loved resident. The spacious area outside the Chapel had been transformed into a place of celebration, and Sisters and residents gathered to share morning tea, tell stories, pray a blessing, followed by the traditional cake cutting.
The Mercy Young Adult Network held its biennial conference in Brisbane spending the majority of time between the Mercy Heritage Centre, Ann Street, Fortitude Valley and Mercy Place, Bardon. Its chosen theme, Looking for Hope, was broken open through guest speakers, discussion and reflection, listening and sharing on action and goals happening in the various at-home groups and through a hands-on activity packing some hundreds of books supporting BOOKS4PNGKIDS.org. Participants heard that learning to read in order to learn is a basic necessity for children in developing countries especially in the remote locations where there is very little in the way of reading material. Such deprivation came as a surprise.
Reflection given by Sr Catherine Reuter on the occasion of the farewell to the Mater Children’s Hospital
Today we gather to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of the Mater Children’s Hospital to the community during the past 83 years.
On 1 November as Christians celebrate the Feast of All Saints, it is a good time to remember with gratitude those persons whose goodness has inspired us at Mater in our beliefs and given us courage to act on what is believed. It is a day to acknowledge that holy women and men have helped us find our potential for goodness.
During the October long weekend, a school reunion was held to celebrate 50 years since the opening of St Columba’s High School in Mitchell in 1964. The weekend commenced with a Mass at St Columba’s Church at 11am concelebrated by Fr Jamie Collins and Fr Peter Doohan. It was a wonderful thanksgiving Mass with a large crowd present.
Following Mass it was off to St Patrick’s School where the School held a fete and there was a room set up of old school photos and memorabilia. A large crowd attended and it proved to be a very nostalgic visit for those attending with former classmates catching up and reminiscing of their school days and youth. On Saturday evening over 250 people gathered at the showgrounds pavilion for a night of entertainment and joy for a Mitchell Reunion. Many people travelled from far and wide to the Reunion and it was a demonstration of the great affection for the place Mitchell holds in people’s hearts.