Atawhai Mercy Assisi Home and Hospital Poroporoaki & Mihi Whakatau

By Kay Ryan

Richard Kerr-Bell, Te Kauhutu Mission Administrator, Tiaki Manatū


On 27th March Atawhai Mercy Assisi Home and Hospital, situated in Hamilton, was offically handed over to it’s new owners Tamahere Eventide Residential Care.

Katrina Fabish rsm, Congregational Leader, Ngā Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since 1971 Assisi has been a Catholic facility at first run by the Franciscan Sisters. It was in 1994 that the Mercy Sisters accepted the invitation to take it over. Due to circumstances beyond their control and after months of careful negotiation we said farewell to our Mercy facility.

The poroporoaki, farewell ceremony, was attended by members of the Mercy Sisters Leadership team, Board members, local Bishops, Sisters from Mercy and other Religious orders, management and staff, residents and friends of Mercy. Richard Kerr-Bell, Te Kauhutu Mission Administrator, Tiaki Manatū, opened the ceremony with a mihi.  Those who spoke reflected the feelings in the room: our sadness at losing Mercy, gratitude for all that has been achieved, and renewed hope for the future.

The Poroporoaki was followed soon after by Mihi Whakatau.  Tamahere Eventide is owned by the Methodist Church. They will be able to carry on the Christian values at the root of Atawhai Mercy Assisi.  The passing on of these values was represented by the Mercy Cross which was given to the Methodist Bishop as a continuation of this legacy. They were also gifted a pohutukawa tree as a living reminder of the roots that have been established here and for future growth.

 

Richard Kerr-Bell, Te Kauhutu Mission Administrator, Tiaki Manatū

 

Katrina Fabish rsm, Congregational Leader, Ngā Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can view a 10 minute video of the event by clicking here.

Below is a slideshow of the Poroporoaki & Mihi Whakatau

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