This week Mercy Hospice Auckland celebrated its 38th Birthday with a sumptuous breakfast. Many thanks to the Mission team and all who came.
As the story goes 38 years ago (1979) the Sisters of Mercy, who had cared for the dying as part of their work at Mater Misericordia Hospital, decided it was time to have a special place for the aged and dying and their whanau. Sister Margaret Timms who had studied hospice work with Cecile Saunders in England, spearheaded the development of hospice care here in Auckland with the support of three amazing doctors – doctors Tom Marshall, Leo Cooney and Graeme Campbell (their photos are displayed in front foyer of the Hospice). The sisters wanted a set up hospice in a house in the Epsom area but pressure from the local people meant that they were unable to do so. However, they did take over a section in the Mater hospital called the St Joseph’s Unit where they stayed until 2007 when hospice was moved to the current sight in Ponsonby.
Let us acknowledge and celebrate this important work and may the spirit of Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy continue to inspire us in the years to come.