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Mercy leads to justice – St Mary’s College, Ipswich
On Friday 2 November students, staff and families of St Mary’s College Ipswich had the privilege of welcoming and hosting Sr Denise Coghlan. Since 2013, St Mary’s College has developed a partnership with Sr Denise and Metta Karuna, sending students on immersion experiences. In the morning Sr Denise participated in the College assembly which began with a multi-lingual prayer, led by bi-lingual students and staff, encouraging each of us to reflect on how we are called to be saints in the world today. Three year nine students then overcame their fears and interviewed Sr Denise about her journey to becoming a Sister of Mercy, her work of accompanying the displaced in Cambodia, and what mercy really means for her. The 650 students and staff gathered were inspired by Sr Denise’s humble sharing of her faith and life journey so far. They were also challenged by two important messages Sr Denise shared.
Cloudy skies and strong winds did not deter around two hundred women and men connected with Star of the Sea Southport from gathering for a Reunion on 14 October 2018.
The day had two sections with some of the Star of the Sea community joining the regular 10 am Mass congregation at Guardian Angels Church and then going further up Scarborough Street to the Southport RSL Club for the Reunion Function.
On Sunday 14 October, the Romero Multicultural Hub and the El Salvadoran communities in Brisbane had much to celebrate and rejoice about with the canonization of their patron, St Oscar Romero.
The Romero Centre, which began in Rosalie in the mid-1990s as the Catholic Centre for Multicultural Pastoral Care, opened in Buranda in 2000 as a place of welcome and support for people; who were suffering the legacy of the Australian government’s mandatory indefinite detention and Temporary Protection Visas.
Catherine McAuley scholarship awarded to Kristen Lunney, a student at Australian Catholic University
On Thursday 27 September the 2018 ACU - Brisbane Scholarship and Award Luncheon took place at Portside, Hamilton. The Catherine McAuley Scholarship, established by the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation in 2006, was presented to Ms Kristen Lunney a past pupil of St Mary’s College Ipswich. Kristen is in the first year of her primary teaching course. The scholarship will alleviate for her and her family some of their financial concerns surrounding accommodation and rent, travel and the purchase of resources. Kristen expressed to the Sisters of Mercy present on more than one occasion her deep gratitude for this scholarship and her understanding of Catherine McAuley and the empowerment of youth through education.
Brisbane Sister of Mercy, Sr Val Cervetto, was awarded the 2018 Mercy Moments Outstanding Volunteer Award at the Mercy Day celebrations for Mercy Community.
Sister Val Cervetto has served Mercy Community in many and varied ways, as a Sister of Mercy and since 1993 as an official volunteer. Sister Val is 92 years old and is an outstanding example of what it means to serve from your heart. Sister Val’s exceptional contribution is to the residents, families and staff of our aged care facility at Nudgee – and the wider community and parish who benefit from her daily acts of service. Every day, Sister Val pours her boundless energy and enthusiasm into setting up the Chapel and Sacristy at Emmaus, to make sure that it is in impeccable order for our priests and people attending services. Sister Val ensures that the Chapel is immaculately ready for the liturgies and masses that are so important and meaningful for our residents – including the Anglican masses that are run monthly for residents of that faith – with her care and attention to detail reflecting her own deep spirituality and commitment to her faith.