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At 2.30pm, Thursday, 10 May 2018, 33 Pilgrims from a diverse range of Mercy Ministry’s across Brisbane, Central Queensland, North Queensland, Parramatta and North Sydney gathered together at 64 A Lower Baggot Street, Dublin, to begin a 9 day journey together. Crossing the threshold and through the red doors of the Mercy International Centre we paused to reflect on the many doors we passed through to arrive at our destination, of the journey we had each undertaken and the blessings and gratitude for those who had made it possible.
With praise and thanksgiving, the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation gathered in All Hallows’ Chapel on the fifth Sunday of Easter to celebrate the life and religious commitment of the 2018 Jubilarians. Sisters Christine Gabbett, Anne McLay and Marie Thérèse Rosenberg celebrated 70 years, Sisters Margaret Kanowski, Christine Watt and Ruth Wyatte celebrated 60 years and Sister Catherine Reuter celebrated 40 years.
Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation transfers Canonical Sponsorship of Mercy Community Services SEQ Limited to Mercy Partners
The Ritual of Transfer for Mercy Community Services SEQ Limited (MCS SEQ Ltd) to Mercy Partners was celebrated on Wednesday 11 April at St Vincent’s Chapel Nudgee. Over 100 guests including Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Community Board Members and staff, Mercy Partners Councillors and Stewards and guests from Mater, All Hallows’ School and Holy Cross Laundry joined the Congregation Leadership Team for prayer and light refreshments following at Happy Haven, Nudgee.
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.”