Sister’s belated birthday present worth waiting for

Bob Sharpless, Sr Angela Mary and Maha Sinnathamby (The Catholic Leader)

Mercy Sister Angela Mary Doyle has received a belated birthday gift worth $1 million, which will see her former convent turned into a sanctuary for mothers battling postnatal depression. Source: The Catholic Leader.

Sr Angela Mary, the first and former administrator of Brisbane’s Mater Hospital for 21 years, turned 95 in August. To celebrate, her close friends and philanthropists Maha Sinnathamby and Bob Sharpless last week gave her the late $1 million gift to go towards building the Mater Family Wellbeing Unit.

That was on top of the “wonderful” donation she received the week before.

“A week ago, somebody else gave me $500,000 for the same thing,” Sr Angela Mary said.

Mr Sinnathamby and Mr Sharpless had already donated a record $6.5 million to the Mater in honour of Sr Angela Mary’s birthday. That donation, which was the largest received by Mater Hospital, was given to spearhead medical research at the hospital.

When Sr Angela Mary learnt of the rising rates of postnatal depression, she and other health professionals at the Mater wondered what could be done to support mothers in need.

“When the chairman of the board said one day, we are looking at the Mater convent to look after these mothers, it brought tears to my eyes. I thought, what a wonderful place,” Sr Angela Mary said.

The Mater Family Wellbeing Unit will be for all mothers, not just those admitted to the hospital, with access to professional and medical support, and in serious cases, a live-in option for husbands and children.


Sister’s million-dollar birthday present going to mothers with postnatal depression (By Emilie Ng, The Catholic Leader

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