THE CONVENT

The Sisters of Mercy originally moved to a cottage called ‘the Palms’ in 1922.  Following this in 1939, The Convent for the Sisters of Mercy was built on Twelfth Street.

Currently, the Heritage Centre is located in one of the original parlours in the front of the Convent of Mercy.  In 2014, the College began to focus on capturing the history of the education provided by the Sisters of Mercy in Mildura.  The Heritage Centre will also showcase the Sisters of Mercy themselves, the student’s work, uniforms and changes; particularly in technology.  The Grandfather clock originally stood proudly on the first level of the centre staircase and the piano was used for private playing by the Sisters as well as for teaching students.  The old Blackboard and wooden desk are original treasures used over many decades of education.

Part of the Convent, was the Chapel, which was built in 1933. The Chapel was used for over 70 years by the Sisters for worship.  In 2006, for the College Centenary, Sr Gael O’Leary, a New Zealand Sister of Mercy and sculptor, was commissioned to tell the Mercy Story in Bronze.  She amazingly captured something of the rich history of the Sisters of Mercy in Mildura and the contribution they have made to Catholic Education in the local area and outlying districts.  Over a hundred years ago a group of courageous pioneering Sisters of Mercy came to Mildura to minister to the spiritual, physical and educational needs of the many families who had settled here.  The Mildura Mercy story is one of triumph over adversity, courageous initiatives and remarkable confidence in the providence of God.  As Mildura is so reliant on the Murray River, it seems fitting that this icon of the area should also be symbolised in the Centennial Bronze Sculpture.
ST JOSEPH’S COLLEGE MILDURA FOUNDED IN 1906

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