A Cup of Mercy

Artist: Denise Faulkner
Mary Benedict’s Room
Catherine McAuley’s Teacup
27 April to 29 August 2021

The warmth and welcome felt when hospitality and kindness is shared through the offer of a fortifying cup of tea is a universal experience that is common to many cultures.

Within the Mercy family, the sharing of the teacup symbolises circles of welcome, inclusion, connectedness, warmth and belonging that can be traced to the hospitality of heart of Sisters of Mercy Foundress Catherine McAuley.

Visit the A Cup of Mercy exhibition, currently displaying a teacup and saucer set used by Catherine McAuley when caring for the Callaghan’s at Coolock House, Ireland in the early 1800s.  The two pieces were given to Sisters Mary Frances O’Donoghue and Mary St Brigid Higgins in January 1962, and are now part of the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Collection.

A Cup of Mercy offers a unique way of discovering stories of the people and the service of Mercy through teacups from the Sisters of Mercy, Brisbane Collection and the Sisters themselves.

Come and see Catherine McAuley’s teacup and the tumbling teacups by artist, Denise Faulkner and share your own special blend of welcoming kindness by creating a ‘cup of kindness’ to add to the exhibition.

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