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Sisters spotlight 150 years of QLD Catholicism

The 150th anniversary of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane is being commemorated in a historical exhibition open to the public from April 17, 2009 until January 29, 2010. The exhibition, entitled A Catholic Miscellany: Treasures from 150 years, is hosted by the Mercy Heritage Centre, situated within All Hallows’ Convent in Brisbane.

The exhibition, entitled "A Catholic Miscellany: Treasures from 150 years", is hosted by the Mercy Heritage Centre, situated within All Hallows’ Convent in Ann Street, Brisbane. (Download the flyer for this event here.)

A joint initiative of the Sisters of Mercy and the Archdiocese of Brisbane, the exhibition explores the Catholic story, within the broader context of Brisbane and Queensland history, focussing on significant objects from diocesan collections.

Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.

Peter Connell, Director of the Mercy Heritage Centre, said the exhibition offered a unique opportunity to view long “hidden” treasures and rare artefacts from Brisbane Catholic collections.

“Many of these items have significant historical and aesthetic associations, highlighting aspects of 150 years of the Catholic story in Queensland,” Mr Connell said.

“Some interesting objects include a chalice given to Bishop Quinn in 1859 as ‘Bishop of Brisbane, New South Wales’, a donor’s plaque and plans for the Holy Name Cathedral, a pectoral cross given to Archbishop Duhig by Pope John XXIII for the Archdiocesan Centenary in 1959, and 21 foundation trowels from across the State.”

“The exhibition features a rich diversity of objects and we are deeply grateful to the Catholic Archives, Cathedral of St Stephen, Holy Spirit Seminary, the Archbishop and Bishops of Queensland, and the Dean, St Stephen’s Cathedral for their support of this exhibition.”

Whilst the exhibit is on display until early 2010 a special series of monthly lectures will be presented by noted Catholic scholars and historians.

These lectures are to be held on the first Sunday of the month (May – November 2009) in conjunction with special open days (9am – 4pm). See the website for further information www.mercyheritage.com 

Archbishop John Bathersby and Sister Margaret King officially open the exhibition

Exhibition Images, Mercy Heritage Centre