Embrace celebrates the work of the Sisters of Mercy

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

The Sisters of Mercy are the cornerstone upon which Mater’s commitment to exceptional care has been built. As a group of 263 individuals, they have worked tirelessly for more than 100 years at Mater; a contribution which represents in excess of 6 500 years of service.

The Sisters’ contribution was officially recognised on 11 November 2008 with the unveiling and blessing of the Sisters of Mercy Centenary Artwork, Embrace by the Sisters of Mercy Congregation Leader Sister Sandra Lupi RSM and Most Reverend Brian V. Finnigan DD Auxilary Bishop for Brisbane. The artwork contains the names of the Sisters, listed as they were commonly known—by their baptismal or religious name.

Embrace was commissioned as part of Mater’s centenary celebrations in 2006 and pays homage to the 263 individual Sisters of Mercy of the Brisbane congregation for their contribution to Mater Health Services from 4 January 1906. It is a tangible reminder of the dedicated service to the health of the community which laid the foundation for a tradition of care and compassion to the sick and needy which continues today.

Sister Michaeleen Ahern RSM, who was involved in the commissioning of the artwork, said Embrace is a testament to the Sisters of Mercy who dedicated their lives to helping others.

This artwork allows us to celebrate these women for their commitment and tireless work for the community.

It is a privilege to have worked on this project to ensure the Sisters of Mercy’s pioneering spirit is remembered always.

Sister Michaeleen Ahern RSM

Now every day, patients, visitors and staff can visit this unique sculpture in front of Aubigny Place and walk among the names of the exceptional women who helped shape the Mater of today.

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    Most Reverend Brian V. Finnigan DD Auxilary Bishop for Brisbane blesses Embrace.Congregation Leader Sr Sandra Lupi rsm, Embrace artist Madeline Brown and Sr Michaeleen Ahern rsm.Some of the Sisters of Mercy wrapped in Embrace.(L to R) Chairman Mater Board Prof John McAuliffe, Sr Michaeleen Ahern rsm, Embrace artist Madeline Congregation Leader Sisters of Mercy, Sr Sandra Lupi rsm.

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