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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.
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.