Mercy Heritage Centre
The Mercy Heritage Centre on Ann Street in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia can tracing its origins back to 1858, this unique cultural heritage site overlooks the magnificent Story Bridge and Brisbane River.
It is open Monday to Friday from 9:00-4:00 with guided tours from 10:00-3:15, admission is free, although donations are appreciated.
It is one of the oldest surviving houses in Brisbane, buildings from a host of significant architects, and the long association with the Sisters of Mercy (since 1863). It tells the story of their work in areas of health, education, and social welfare. At various times thematic displays are assembled, including: biographical histories of important personalities, relics and other religious practices of the past and the overseas ministries of the Sisters of Mercy.
The Sisters arrived in Brisbane on the 10th of May 1861. The founding sisters were Mother Vincent Whitty, Sister Catherine Morgan, Novice Sisters Benedict McDermott and Cecilia McAuliffe, and Postulants Jane Townsend and Emily Conlan.
There are also over 1100 religious relics within the collection of the Mercy Heritage Centre. Relics are basically the bones of saints – defined in more detail as the body, a part of the body or some personal memorial of a saint, martyr or other sacred person, preserved as worthy of veneration. [more]
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