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Mater Convent closes after 89 years

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

On Friday 8 May 2015, more than 150 people gathered on ‘Mater Hill’ to officially acknowledge the closure of the Mater Convent as a residence for the Sisters of the Brisbane Mercy Congregation.

The Sisters of Mercy Congregation Leadership Team made the decision to officially close the Mater Convent in early 2015, following significant damage to the building as a result of storms which impacted Brisbane in November 2014.

The event was attended by members of the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation Leadership Team, many Sisters of Mercy, Mater Board and Executive representatives and Mater People.

A special ritual, led by Sr Patricia Kirchner saw the Convent door closed by the Sisters of Mercy and keys to the building entrusted to Chairman, Mater Health Services Board, Mr Brian Flannery.


Since opening in December 1926, the Mater Convent has been home to more than 300 Sisters of Mercy who have lived and ministered on ‘Mater Hill’.

While the Convent has closed, Mater’s connection with the Sisters of Mercy remains strong, as their legacy continues in the tradition of Mercy which inspires and guides the provision of care at Mater.

Watch our special  video commemorating the event below. 

Tags: Convent, Mission, Sisters of Mercy