Mercy Day set to recognise longstanding Mater heritage across Queensland

24/Sep/2020     Mater Group

Mercy Day, held on 24 September, marks an important annual milestone for Mater staff across Queensland as they recognise the longstanding presence and rich heritage Mater has brought to the state following more than 100 years of healthcare. 

As an annual celebration, Mercy Day marks the anniversary of the date on which Catherine McAuley (1778–1841) established the House of Mercy in Baggot Street, Dublin in 1827—and four years later, founded the Sisters of Mercy who established Mater in 1906.

Following Mater across South-East, Central and North Queensland joining forces to legally merge as one in July of this year, this Mercy Day comes as the network begins a new era in healthcare as the state’s largest Catholic not-for-profit healthcare provider.

On this historic day, Mater right across Queensland will come together with members of the community to celebrate the past year that has seen all Mater services come under one unified Mission, as well as look back its more than a century-long history providing local, compassionate healthcare.

Mater's Chief of Mission Madonna McGahan said Mercy Day was an important acknowledgement of Mater People and their commitment to its Mission and Values. 

“Catherine McAuley—the woman who started the Sisters of Mercy story—had an incredible vision to deliver exceptional care to all people and we continue to build on this legacy today at Mater thanks to its dedicated employees and volunteers," Ms McGahan said.

“This Mercy Day will be a special moment in time as Mater staff and volunteers from right across Queensland will be more connected than ever under our new unified group, and can collectively celebrate our rich history as we continue to build on this legacy stepping into our exciting future.”

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