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Historic Exhibit unveils 150 years of Catholic Treasures

The 150th anniversary of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane is being commemorated in a historical exhibit open to the public from April 17, 2009 until January 29, 2010.

The exhibition, entitled “Graced Tradition” – A Catholic Miscellany: Treasures from 150 years, is being hosted by the Mercy Heritage Centre, situated within All Hallows Convent in Ann St, Brisbane.

A joint initiative by the Sisters of Mercy and the Archdiocese of Brisbane, the exhibition explores the Catholic story, within the broader context of Brisbane and Queensland history, focussing on significant objects from diocesan collections.

Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.

Exhibition opening times during the working week are Mondays and Fridays only from 9.00am to 4.00pm (excluding public holidays). In addition it will be open on the first Sunday’s of the month from 9.00am to 4.00pm. Group bookings are available for other days.

Peter Connell, the Director of the Mercy Heritage Centre said the exhibition offered a unique opportunity to view long “hidden” treasures and rare artefacts from Brisbane Catholic collections.

“Many of these items have significant historical and aesthetic associations, highlighting aspects of 150 years of the Catholic story in Queensland,” Connell said.

“Some interesting objects include a chalice given to Bishop Quinn in 1859 as ‘Bishop of Brisbane, New South Wales’, a Donor’s plaque and plans for the Holy Name Cathedral, a pectoral cross given to Archbishop Duhig by Pope John XXII for the Archdiocesan Centenary in 1959, and 21 foundation trowels from across the State.”

“The exhibition features a rich diversity of objects and we are deeply grateful to the Catholic Archives, Cathedral of St Stephen, Holy Spirit Seminary, the Archbishop and Bishops of Queensland, and the Dean, St Stephen’s Cathedral for their support of this exhibition.”

Whilst the exhibit is on display until early 2010 a special series of monthly lectures will be presented by noted Catholic scholars and historians.

Scheduled topics include the Bishops of Brisbane, art and architecture and its influence on Catholic culture, the founding of the Religious Orders in Queensland and grave matters: mythologies and necrologies.

These lectures are to be held on specific Sundays and bookings are essential as numbers are strictly limited. Group bookings to visit the regular exhibition also require phoning in advance. Please contact the Mercy Heritage Centre on 3831 2252.
Released by the Catholic Communications Office

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