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A 103 year old with a Social Secretary kept busy all year, but particularly in the weeks surrounding her birthday. Who other than Stani… Sister Stanislaus Zgrajewski.
We are celebrating Stani’s 103rd birthday at ‘Holy Cross’ Aged Care, Wooloowin. These celebrations will continue across many weeks as family, friends, and ‘Holy Cross’ community and Mercy Sisters gather around this remarkable woman. There’s not as much storytelling, music making or joke telling as in the past, nor Stani providing the entertainment, but something very special is happening in Stani’s presence.
Mater Health Services Brisbane has an outreach to Uganda. Under the guidance of their ‘African Mission Committee’, support is provided to an Orphanage at Kitgun, Uganda. This support is in the form of used medical equipment, beds, pharmacy supplies and linen from Holy Cross Laundry.
Pictured packing the most recent 20 ft container are members of the ‘African Mission Committee’ with Sr Michaeleen Ahern, the representative on the committee from the Mater Convent.
The Spirit of Catholic Education Awards are presented annually as part of Catholic Education Week celebrations. The awards aim to recognise individuals who are making an outstanding contribution within the Catholic education community. Catholic school communities and other Catholic education agencies in Queensland are invited to nominate individuals in the community who are making an outstanding contribution to the life of the community.
On behalf of the Charleville community, Dominique Gardiner, Acting APRE St Mary’s Charleville, nominated Sr Elizabeth O’Keeffe for a 2014 Spirit of Catholic Education Award.
Elizabeth is pictured receiving recognition of the nomination from the Director of Toowoomba Catholic Education Office, John Boseria. Others pictured are representatives of the award sponsors.
Sr Marcia Maranta, a Sister of Mercy from the Brisbane Congregation, was among those honoured recently by the Redland City Council. To celebrate International Women's Day, Redland City Council honoured some of its outstanding female citizens at a special celebration at the Queensland Parliament.
In recent weeks, more than forty-five residents of Mercy Aged Care Services at Nudgee have moved from the Cottages to the new facility, Bethesda. Among the residents are twenty Sisters of Mercy and four Sisters of St Joseph. Sisters, family members and aged care staff gave expression to countless acts of kindness in the packing and unpacking and the creative organising of precious possessions in preparation for and during the move. All are now settling into their new home, and while each resident has experienced much kindness personally, kindness and empathy is very evident as the group cares for each other and welcomes all who visit. Enjoying each others company following morning tea are Sisters Lourdes Moylan, Carmel Quinlivan, Lorraine Barry, Mary Sellen and Maureen Skippington.
“Congratulations and sincere thanks to all those responsible for the completion of this wonderful new aged care facility. It is a privilege to officially open this building with Ms Kathie Sadler Chair of Mercy Community Services Board and Sr Moya Campbell from the Sisters of St Joseph who are our partners in this venture” Sr Sandra Lupi said.
Photo: Sandra Lupi rsm Congregation Leader and Kathie Sadler Chair of Mercy Community Services Board unveil the commemorative plaque
Mater Health Services celebrated the turning of the first sod for Mater Private Hospital Springfield at Health City Springfield Central on 17th October.
Photo left: Srs Sandra Lupi, Mary Lawson and Jean Gormley with Don Murray, Fr Mauro Conte, Archbishop Mark Coleridge and Uncle Joe Kirk at the turning of the sod for Mater Springfield.
During the recent Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation Chapter the Leadership Team was elected for the next five years. Their term of office will begin on 12 December 2013.
Back Row: Sr Veronica Ekerick, Sr Catherine Reuter (Congregation Leader), Sr Mary Pescott. Front Row: Sr Mary Lawson, Sr Patricia Kirchner.
Sister Stanislaus, born Martha Zgrajewski on 31 August 1911, recently celebrated her 102 birthday at Holy Cross Aged Care, Wooloowin in Brisbane. The celebrations were paced over the week preceding 31 August with family, friends and sisters ‘dropping in’ at Holy Cross for cups of tea or coffee and the sharing of stories of Stani’s early life at North Arm, Queensland, her birth and parent’s joy with the gift of a precious daughter or ‘angel’ and of course Stani’s life as a Sister of Mercy and entertainer par excellence.
On Sunday 28 April 2013 the All Hallows’ Chapel provided a wonderful venue for the first part of the Congregation Jubilee celebrations – the celebration of Eucharist. Sisters celebrating their Jubilee are (front from left) Joan Mary Farnham, Bernice Langsdorf, Joan Hooper, Mary Costelloe and Deborah Flaherty; (back) Helen-Mary Perrett, Catharine Courtney, Loretta Molony, Imelda Irving, Mary Costello, Mary Johnson, Claire Irving, Joan Morrissy, Val Birchley, Jean Gormley, Marie Patrice Lynch and Bernadette Mullins. Absent: Mary Evangeline Lowe, Mary Ethnea O'Sullivan, Maureen Grant, Margaret Hanley and Ida Pasqua
Photo used with permission of The Catholic Leader