Caring for the aged has been an important ministry of the Mercy congregation since its foundation in Queensland in 1861.
The stories of the involvement of the four congregations in Aged Care Ministry differ. In Brisbane, the Sisters began this ministry initially to care for their own aged Sisters, but it was not very long before they offered their services to the wider community of aged people.
In Rockhampton and Townsville the Sisters were among the first non-government and non-profit groups to respond to the emerging need in their communities for health and aged care. These three Congregations owned and operated their aged care services, with the Townsville Congregation selling some of its aged care services in 2002 whilst retaining a range of residential aged care services.
In Cairns it was the Diocese that commenced building a large Catholic Aged Care facility and the Sisters of Mercy were asked to establish and nurture the Ministry. This they ably did for many years and the Congregation still occupied a convent on the site when the Diocese sold the facility to the Holy Spirit Care Services in 2006. The Mercy Congregation in Cairns continues to support the work of Holy Spirit Care Services in a number of important ways.
A brief timeline of our history:
1867 The Sisters of Mercy established the Nudgee site.
1972 The original Emmaus building was opened on the Nudgee site, initially as a care facility for older members of the congregation.
1991 The Holy Cross Hostel was constructed and incorporates the historic Holy Cross convent.
1993 Mercy Aged Care Services was formally established to manage the existing aged care facilities and programs operated by the Brisbane Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy.
1995 Home Care Program commenced, based at Nudgee and servicing people living in the community in the northern suburbs of Brisbane.
2001 The Allambe facility at Nudgee, originally part of the Mercy Centre at Wooloowin, was incorporated with Mercy Aged Care Services.
2003 The original Emmaus building was replaced by the current Emmaus facility.
2009 The Allambe facility was relocated to Nudgee.
2013 The Bethesda building, an extension of the Emmaus facility at Nudgee was opened.
2013 Mercy Aged Care Services began operation as Mercy Community Services Aged Care Services.