The first Sisters of Mercy convent on Australia’s east coast has been entrusted into the care of a Melbourne Catholic secondary school “for the furtherance of the ministry of education”. Source: Melbourne Catholic.
A ritual handover of the NIcholson Street, Fitzroy, convent from the Leadership Team of the Institute of Mercy into the care of Academy of Mary Immaculate, led by principal Sr Mary Moloney RSM, was held on April 20.
The date marked the 164th anniversary of the opening of Academy, which was the first Catholic fee-paying secondary school for girls in Melbourne, by Mother Ursula Frayne RSM.
The handover event, held at the college, commemorated the history of the foundation, celebrated the Mercy legacy and created possibilities for the future at the College.
Institute leader Sr Eveline Crotty RSM said: “Buildings are only available to us to enable the mission of the Gospel to continue. They are not our personal property, but always a means to enable something that we are being called to as Sisters of Mercy to take place.
“It doesn’t mean that we don’t feel regret or sadness, but we know, particularly in this instance, that there is a future to enable not only something new but something important to continue – the education of young women.”
Sylvia Williams RSM, chair of Mercy Education, received from Sr Eveline the original key to the convent and a camellia tree, an evergreen shrub symbolising strength and revitalisation.
In thanking Sr Eveline, Sr Sylvia assured those present that the current leadership of the Academy “and all who follow them will care for the convent in the best possible way”.
From age to age: Melbourne Mercy convent entrusted to Academy (By Anne Walsh, Mercy World and Melbourne Catholic)