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Mercy leads to justice – St Mary’s College, Ipswich
On Friday 2 November students, staff and families of St Mary’s College Ipswich had the privilege of welcoming and hosting Sr Denise Coghlan. Since 2013, St Mary’s College has developed a partnership with Sr Denise and Metta Karuna, sending students on immersion experiences. In the morning Sr Denise participated in the College assembly which began with a multi-lingual prayer, led by bi-lingual students and staff, encouraging each of us to reflect on how we are called to be saints in the world today. Three year nine students then overcame their fears and interviewed Sr Denise about her journey to becoming a Sister of Mercy, her work of accompanying the displaced in Cambodia, and what mercy really means for her. The 650 students and staff gathered were inspired by Sr Denise’s humble sharing of her faith and life journey so far. They were also challenged by two important messages Sr Denise shared.
Cloudy skies and strong winds did not deter around two hundred women and men connected with Star of the Sea Southport from gathering for a Reunion on 14 October 2018.
The day had two sections with some of the Star of the Sea community joining the regular 10 am Mass congregation at Guardian Angels Church and then going further up Scarborough Street to the Southport RSL Club for the Reunion Function.
On Sunday 14 October, the Romero Multicultural Hub and the El Salvadoran communities in Brisbane had much to celebrate and rejoice about with the canonization of their patron, St Oscar Romero.
The Romero Centre, which began in Rosalie in the mid-1990s as the Catholic Centre for Multicultural Pastoral Care, opened in Buranda in 2000 as a place of welcome and support for people; who were suffering the legacy of the Australian government’s mandatory indefinite detention and Temporary Protection Visas.
Catherine McAuley scholarship awarded to Kristen Lunney, a student at Australian Catholic University
On Thursday 27 September the 2018 ACU - Brisbane Scholarship and Award Luncheon took place at Portside, Hamilton. The Catherine McAuley Scholarship, established by the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation in 2006, was presented to Ms Kristen Lunney a past pupil of St Mary’s College Ipswich. Kristen is in the first year of her primary teaching course. The scholarship will alleviate for her and her family some of their financial concerns surrounding accommodation and rent, travel and the purchase of resources. Kristen expressed to the Sisters of Mercy present on more than one occasion her deep gratitude for this scholarship and her understanding of Catherine McAuley and the empowerment of youth through education.
Brisbane Sister of Mercy, Sr Val Cervetto, was awarded the 2018 Mercy Moments Outstanding Volunteer Award at the Mercy Day celebrations for Mercy Community.
Sister Val Cervetto has served Mercy Community in many and varied ways, as a Sister of Mercy and since 1993 as an official volunteer. Sister Val is 92 years old and is an outstanding example of what it means to serve from your heart. Sister Val’s exceptional contribution is to the residents, families and staff of our aged care facility at Nudgee – and the wider community and parish who benefit from her daily acts of service. Every day, Sister Val pours her boundless energy and enthusiasm into setting up the Chapel and Sacristy at Emmaus, to make sure that it is in impeccable order for our priests and people attending services. Sister Val ensures that the Chapel is immaculately ready for the liturgies and masses that are so important and meaningful for our residents – including the Anglican masses that are run monthly for residents of that faith – with her care and attention to detail reflecting her own deep spirituality and commitment to her faith.
Queensland Seniors Week is held between 18 – 23 August 2018. Residents, staff and Volunteers at Mercy Community - Aged Care, Bethesda, Nudgee gathered on Thursday August 23 to celebrate Seniors Week. Morning tea, using crockery kept for special occasions, was enjoyed. The celebratory cake was cut by Sr Lourdes Moylan rsm. Cake sharing was followed by a sing-a-long with Sr Christine Watt rsm at the piano. Pictured is Sr Lourdes cutting the cake. The happy event was organized by staff member and Diversional Therapist, Fran Mansfield.
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.