Gathering for a new space

The imposing Mercy cross is inlaid with pounamu which comes from Te Tai Poutini. It was gifted by Kati Mahaki Ki Makaawhio in recognition of their relationship with Sister Tui Cadigan RSM and her contribution to te hapu o Kti Mahaki ki Makaawhio. Pictured Maru Karatea-Goddard, Te Kahui Pou (left) & Sr Tui Cadigan RSM

 

Tony Harkins (Chair of Tiaki Manatū) with the Mercy Cross during the blessing ceremony

The Te Manawa Atawhai Catherine McAuley Centre was blessed in Christchurch on a cool morning on the 12th of December. Sisters of Mercy invited a diverse group of people to the blessing of a new impressive space located between Villa Maria College and the Sisters residence in Peer Street. The blessing was facilitated with the support of Te Kahui Pou. Richard Kerr-Bell, Te Kaihautū Mission Administrator of Tiaki Manatū, gave a speech emphasising the legacy the space was giving Christchurch. The legacy of the building is a lasting reminder of the relationship the sisters have with Christchurch. Architect Hamish Shaw found inspiration in French architect Le Corbusier.

 

Vaughan Smith,Te Kahui Pou (seated) with Richard Kerr-Bell, Te Kaihautū Mission Administrator of Tiaki Manatū

Below is a slide show of the blessing featuring The Sisters of Mercy, the Sisters of Mercy Leadership team, the board of Tiaki Manatū, staff and students from Villa Maria College, local clergy and members of the greater Mercy family.

 

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