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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.
The “Family Matters” program launch was held at the Mercy Family Service Goodna office on Wednesday 21 November 2012. The Program was launched by The Hon Bernie Ripoll MP Federal Member for Oxley, who represented the Hon Mark Butler MP, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing.
Mercy Family Services Toowoomba’s Community Action for Multicultural Society Program scooped the Community Business Awards at the 2012 Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Excellence Awards. Well over 600 guests attended including State and Federal Ministers, local MPs, regional business and industry leaders and regional councillors. Mercy Toowoomba was a triple winner being:
1. Finalist in the Government funded category
2. Winner in the Government funded Division
3. Winner Community Category (sponsored by Russell Mineral Equipment) and the 2012 Community Business Excellence Award winner.
On Monday 17 September 2012 more than thirty managers and staff from across three of the Mercy Community Services Ministries – Mercy Family Services, Mercy Aged Care Services and Mercy Disability Services welcomed Sister Áine Barrins, Sister Margaret King, member of the Brisbane Congregation Leadership team and Elizabeth Orupold, Executive Officer Sisters of Mercy Brisbane, to the Queens Road Nudgee campus. On a simply spectacular Brisbane spring day the team from the Cookery Nook (www.cookerynook.com.au) cooked and served a mouth-watering traditional Aussie BBQ, before all those present were engaged by Sr Áine as she shared some of her reflections on the life and letters of Catherine McAuley.
On a splendid spring morning in September, as the last drops of dew fell from the Catherine McAuley roses, and the sunlight streamed through the windows of the McAuley Room at Mercy Place, members of the Congregation Leadership Team joined around 50 Board members and Executive staff from across all of the Brisbane Mercy Sponsored Ministries and colleagues from Mercy Partners, to welcome Sr Áine Barrins to Brisbane and to hear from her about the Life and Letters of Catherine McAuley.
Within this community of Mercy we recall that Sisters of Mercy have lived and continue to live God’s mercy and compassion, initiating, supporting and participating in ministries that heal, educate, care for others and alleviate suffering.
We affirm our partners in ministry, who are living mercy in the present and into the future.
Sharing a passion for the works of mercy, we endeavour together to undertake initiatives with generosity, practicality, creativity and trust.
With gratitude I now declare The Works of Mercy Exhibition, open.