Welcome to Adderton: house & heart of mercy, an exciting initiative of the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation.

This visionary cultural space to explore ideas of justice and mercy in contemporary society is situated within one of Queensland’s oldest surviving residences, Adderton. For over 155 years, Adderton has been an important part of the social and ecclesial fabric of Brisbane and the state of Queensland.

In 1863, Adderton, once home to the Fullerton family, became known as the Convent of Our Lady of Mercy, All Hallows’ Convent. It is the foundation or mother house of the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation, a community of Catholic women religious who are inspired by the call of the Gospel and the charism of Mercy as expressed in the vision and life of their foundress, Catherine McAuley.

Since the mid-1800s this vision for mercy has flowed from All Hallows’ Convent throughout the length and breadth of Queensland and beyond finding its expression in compassionate service in areas such as healthcare, education and social welfare. Today, Sisters of Mercy along with their partners in ministry, continue to be engaged in God’s mission of mercy as we recognise our responsibility for one another and the Earth community with whom we share a common destiny.

In a spirit of welcome, I invite you into the experiences and surprises of Adderton: house & heart of mercy. Take time to discover more about the All Hallows’ Convent building and the Sisters of Mercy who lived and ministered from there. Enjoy Adderton’s galleries, social enterprise projects and their call to make a difference through action, its places of quiet reflection and spaces for activities for children and adults alike.

Sr Catherine Reuter
Congregation Leader, Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation



Our Vision

Adderton is a unique, values-driven space for the community that promotes learning, justice, engagement, hospitality and reflection.

We welcome people into the heart of mercy. We offer experiences that nurture spirituality, inspire creative activity and encourage new ideas for visitors of all ages and from all walks of life.

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