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Parramatta sisters to farewell community centre

Since 1994, the Parramatta Sisters of Mercy have managed St Mary’s House, a place of hospitality, learning and outreach for women and families at Campsie in western Sydney. Now, with limited resources available, they recently announced that their management and funding of the Centre will cease next year.

For almost two decades, women and families of Campsie, Sydney have been turning to St Mary’s House for much needed assistance and support.

Over the years, St Mary’s House has become a safe haven for many local families providing community outreach services, such as playgroups, adult English classes, referral assistance, and accommodation for victims of domestic violence.

Sadly, St Mary’s House is now in danger of closing.

The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta have managed St Mary’s House since 1994. Now with limited resources available, they recently announced that their management and funding of the Centre will cease next year.

Sister Ailsa MacKinnon, Congregation Leader, said, “It is with much regret that we will have to withdraw from St Mary’s House. The fact is that with the ageing of our sisters and our financial constraints, we no longer have the capacity to continue overseeing its operation.”

“Our Congregation intends, however, to maintain the Housing Outreach service at Campsie. It offers accommodation and support for women and their children who have escaped domestic violence or who are in special need of housing”, says Sister Ailsa.

“We are currently exploring the possibility of another agency taking over the management of St Mary’s House. Every day we see how the services it offers are widely utilised and valued by the community. We would hate to see it come to an end now”, says Sister Ailsa.

Current Administrator, Sister Josephine Brimo, has worked tirelessly over the years to secure the financial support of many generous individuals, local clubs, small businesses, and community groups. She along with her staff and a band of volunteers support many people in need in the local area.

Sister Ailsa is now hoping that other agencies may consider taking over the management and funding of St Mary’s House.

Source: Media Release, Parramatta Congregation

Visit the St Mary’s House website here.