“The blessing of unity still dwells amongst us…the
true spirit of Mercy flowing on us.”
Years… Our Sesquicentenary in 2013!
many events planned to celebrate and commemorate our sesquicentenary.
Already, as a College, the girls had the opportunity to enjoy our 150th
Birthday with a fun day that coincided with International Women’s Day. On
the 8th March, as well as enjoying birthday cake and pizzas, the
girls enjoyed a walk back in time, with a Uniform Parade, and participated
in events such as The Running of the Nuns and Ballgames.
wider community, and specifically our Past Associates, including past
students, past parents and past staff, the College, along with St Mary’s
Primary School have planned a number of events to fall between the 1st
and 5th May. May is the month of Our Lady after whom both schools
are names, and the Sisters of Mercy arrived in Ipswich on the 1st
May 1863. And so, we could not have found a better time to celebrate our 150
program across these days will include:
Wednesday 1st May
Opening and Blessing of the restored Mercy House Commencing at 1.30
Followed by a High Tea
A wonderful occasion
was enjoyed by a large number of Mercy Sisters, Past and Present
Associates of the College.
Thursday 2nd May
Friday 3rd May
“The Belles of St Mary’s – Musical”
7.30 pm McAuley Centre
Saturday 4th May
Launch of the History Display, Ipswich Art Gallery
Saturday 4th May
150 Mercy In Ipswich Celebration Dinner
A wonderful night of
friendship, fine food and dancing.
Sunday 5th May
Sesquicentenary Eucharistic Celebration and Open Day Mass
held in the St Mary’s Church at 11.00 am.
Open Day across the two schools 12.30 – 3.30 pm
events across the year…
addition to these celebrations, we are excited about Archbishop Mark
Coleridge celebrating Eucharist with our two schools in September, and the
launch of Catholic Education Week being hosted by St Mary’s College on
Wednesday 24th July.
a number of items which can be purchased as keepsakes for these
celebrations. This includes two publications namely a recipe book,
“Cooking at Catherine’s Table” organised by the St Mary’s College
Parents and Friends Association and a history book written by Sr Dr Patricia
Blundell rsm, called “In
God’s own time: St Mary’s College, Ipswich, celebrating 150 years of
Education in the Mercy tradition.”
College has also being working on a Journal Project which has seen 150
Journals circulated to capture stories and reflections from Past Associates
on their experience of the College. These will be available on the May
weekend for visitors to add their contributions as well as to read the
thoughts of others.
the College is excited about our inaugural Social Justice Trip to Cambodia.
We have a band of approximately 20 travellers who are well on their way to
being prepared for this epic adventure departing in late November this year.
The group includes current staff, parents, and past and present students.
all, a big year full of special celebrations but more importantly
opportunities for Past and Present Associates to gather and enjoy community.
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