All Hallows’ working together for Mercy vision
At a professional learning session in January, the staff of All Hallows’ School in Brisbane, were reminded that they are part of a national and global organisation of 12,000 sisters and their associates and co-workers who continue to seek ways to give meaningful expression to Catherine McAuley’s vision of ministering to the sick, the poor and the socially disadvantaged. Angela O’Malley, Deputy Principal, (Students) reports.
The introductory professional learning session for the whole staff on Wednesday January 20 included a welcome to the new school year by Sandra Lupi RSM, Congregation Leader of the Brisbane Sisters of Mercy, and presentations from four of the various Mercy ministries in Brisbane.
Our guest speakers were Madonna McGahan, (Executive Director Mission Leadership, Mater Hospital), Bob Campbell, (General Manager, Holy Cross Laundry), Steven King, (Executive Director, Mercy Family Services), Fiona Giles, (Senior Manager, Mercy Disability Services) and Mary Sellen RSM (Pastoral Care and Advocacy, Mercy Disability Services).
The All Hallows’ staff were reminded that we are part of a national and global organisation of 12,000 sisters and their associates and co-workers who continue to seek ways to give meaningful expression to Catherine McAuley’s vision of ministering to the sick, the poor and the socially disadvantaged.
Although the ministries cover diverse areas, including the areas of education, health, disability, aged care and family and employment services, it was clear to see the common spiritual themes and mercy values which connect all to achieve the mission of bringing God’s mercy to all.
Each speaker emphasised the importance of kind and authentic interpersonal relationships with those who are served as well as those who work for the particular ministry.
Our speakers represented hundreds of workers who daily live out mercy values and Sandra Lupi RSM summed up the presentations well when she said it was both humbling and inspiring to reflect on the wonderful work that the Brisbane Mercy Ministries undertake.
Time did not allow for presentations from all the ministries but I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the prayers and support given to All Hallows’ by the Sisters of Mercy at Nudgee who live in both residential housing and Emmaus and for the wonderful pastoral support and health care given by the staff of the Mercy Aged Care Services.
From: Angela O’Malley, All Hallows’ Deputy Principal (Students)