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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
On 23 April, 2013, I was privileged to witness and participate in rituals to celebrate and acknowledge two significant, if not historic milestones in the continuing journey of the Sisters of Mercy, Brisbane and their institutional works of Mercy. The Congregation Leadership Team, joined by many Sisters of Mercy, partners in Ministry, invited guests and friends, took what can only be described as a courageous and visionary step to secure the future of two iconic Brisbane Mercy Ministries within the Catholic Church.
The Leaders of the four congregations of the Sisters of Mercy of Brisbane, North Sydney, Parramatta and the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and PNG, signing the documentation trademarking the Mercy cross in Australia and PNG during the third biennial Catherine McAuley Symposium.
Buildings in the St Stephen’s Cathedral precinct will be renamed to reflect Brisbane archdiocese’s deep connections to the Mercy and Josephite religious orders. The old St Stephen’s School will be renamed Mercy House and The Catholic Centre will now be known as Penola Place. Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane made the announcement in a homily during Mass in the cathedral last Sunday, March 10, to celebrate the 50th year of formation of Catholic Religious Australia, Queensland (CRAqld). Photo shows representatives of various religious orders at a Mass in St Stephen's Cathedral, Brisbane, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Catholic Religious Australia, Queensland.
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Along with Christians all over the world, staff of the Congregation Office gathered together on Ash Wednesday to begin our Lenten journey. Following on from the richness of Shrove Tuesday and the indulgence of pancakes we were given a brief snapshot of history, origins and meanings of Ash Wednesday and Lent across cultures and time.
On Monday 3 December 2012, during the celebrations for International Day of People with Disability, there was a special Turning of the Sod ceremony at 31 Guardhouse Road Banyo, the site of the new Holy Cross Laundry. Pictured at left is John Gilmour, Chair of the Project Control Group, addressing the gathering.