School buildings at Yarapos, Papua New Guinea, 1967. Image from Sisters of Mercy Brisbane collection

The Work they have at Heart

In The Work They Have at Heart you will meet a group of sisters who left the comforts of Queensland to go on mission to Papua New Guinea. The Sisters of Mercy responded quickly to a request for missionary assistance in Papua New Guinea after the devastation of WWII. In 1957 seven sisters from the Brisbane Congregation travelled to Wewak to assist with education and medical care.

From humble beginnings the mission stations began to grow as the Sisters established primary and secondary schools, a teacher’s training college, health centres, maternal and child health clinics and a maternity hospital.

Once these services were well established the Sisters supported localisation with the emphasis to educate and empower the locals to take on their positions as teachers and nurses. The Sisters began to serve in support roles and continued their focus on enabling women to become leaders. This work continues in Papua New Guinea today through the first and second generations who were supported by the Sisters.

Learn more about this life changing work, when you see, ‘The Work they have at Heart’ at Adderton.

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