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Sr Mary Jeanne Shoecraft celebrated her 100th Birthday with a small gathering of family, friends and Sisters of Mercy at Bethesda, Mercy Aged Care, Nudgee on 3 August, 2018. Born in Toowoomba, Queensland in 1918, Jeanne was the middle child of eleven children. Her twin sister, Julia, also entered the Brisbane Congregation and they taught in many primary schools throughout the Archdiocese of Brisbane and the Diocese of Toowoomba. Julia (Sr Mary Eudes) died in 2013. In recent months, Jeanne has been recounting stories of her early life, especially recalling the sacrifices her parents made so that their children would have a good education. The many children whom she has taught over her long years of teaching, and their parents and teachers continue to be held in her prayer. Jeanne says she is grateful to God for her life and especially that she is well and able to enjoy her 100th birthday celebrations.
Last year, staff of the Brisbane Congregation office, Mercy Place Bardon and associated sites were invited to take part in the MIRP, Mercy International Reflection Process. Liz Orupold, Executive Officer, guided us through the journey, and we met during lunch time over several weeks. “Care for the environment” was one theme that we discerned from our reflections.
Staff are committed to positive action. One such action is to introduce a new system of bins at the Bardon site, to encourage better waste separation and recycling. This system will be based around the Australian Standard for mobile bin colours (AS4123.7-2006), with the addition of a white bin, for soft plastics.
Recently two Sisters of Mercy, Mary Britton and Marie Patrice Lynch visited the site where goods for Adderton: house & heart of mercy are being stored during the renovation of the building.
The purpose of the visit was to inspect some Chapel items named as “Rosewood Convent”. As Mary and Marie had lived many years at Rosewood, it was fitting that they be invited to check the provenance of these items.
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.”
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.