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Rockhampton Mater Chapel: A Testimony To Sister’s Vision and Hard Work

L to R: The Most Reverend Michael McCarthy, Bishop of Rockhampton, Michelle Landry MP, Federal Member for Capricornia, Sue Thurbon, Executive Officer Mater Rockhampton, Leesa Jeffcoat, Chair of the Board of Directors of Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland Limited (MH&ACCQL), Sr Maria Jean Rhule, Mater Mission and Pastoral Care Co-ordinator, Michelle Barnard, Mater Rockhampton Director of Nursing, and Mark Carpenter from “Glazit” who handcrafted the stained glass window (displayed behind the group.)


A blessing and prayer ceremony has been held in the newly refurbished Chapel at the Rockhampton Mater Hospital. Maria Jean Rhule RSM was a driving force behind the refurbishment and fund raising that supported the work being carried out.


Sister Maria Jean, who is the Mission and Pastoral Care Coordinator at the hospital, delivered a heart-felt tribute to the generosity of Bishop Michael and the Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton, the Sisters of Mercy, doctors, staff, business owners, families, friends and supporters of the Mater without whose prayerful and financial support the refurbishment of the Chapel would not have taken place. Sr Maria also thanked and paid tribute to Mr Mark Carpenter who hand crafted the new and magnificent stained glass window that is a feature of the refurbished Chapel.


The refurbished Mater Rockhampton Chapel featuring the beautiful stained glass window, handcrafted by Mr Mark Carpenter.


“The Chapel will always be an integral part of the fabric of the Mater, a place where patients and their families can come, collect their thoughts and pray,” Sr Maria said.


“To see the Chapel now with its lovely stained glass window is just so beautiful and a wonderful testament to and reflection of the Mercy values of our Mater Hospital.” Sr Maria added.


The beautiful stained glass window showcases Mark Carpenter’s incredible talents and skills and displays a scene from the Parable of “The Good Samaritan”. The Chapel is freshly painted, has new flooring and modern comfortable seating. A Plaque now graces the entrance of the Chapel and displays the names of the many donors who generously contributed to the refurbishment.


Sue Thurbon, Executive Officer of the Mater Rockhampton, especially thanked and congratulated Sr Maria Jean Rhule RSM.


“It is an absolute privilege each and every day to work alongside Sr Maria and to witness first-hand the love and compassion she has for all of our patients and their families. Sr Maria gives so much to the Mater and to see her dedication, her hard work and her vision for our Chapel come to fruition with this lovely Blessing Ceremony today is just wonderful” Sue said.


Over 70 guests were in attendance at the ceremony, which was held earlier this year, for what was another milestone day in the 100 plus year history of the Rockhampton Mater.


The Most Reverend Michael McCarthy, Bishop of Rockhampton officiated at the Blessing Ceremony. Guests included Michelle Landry MP, Federal Member for Capricornia, members of the Board of Directors of Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland, Priests of the Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton, Sisters of Mercy, members of the Mater family and the many donors who generously contributed to the refurbishment of the Chapel.


Following the Blessing of the Mater Chapel, Bishop Michael McCarthy also blessed the Mater’s Emergency Care Centre which opened its doors in September last year. Following the Blessing Ceremony, guests enjoyed a morning tea in the Hospital’s historical Kenmore Building.


Messages to: Sr Maria Jean Rhule RSM