In February this year, Southern Cross Care (Qld) completed forty glorious years of providing care and compassion to aged citizens. A celebratory Mass was held on Thursday, 28 February 2019, to mark the momentous occasion of 40 years since Southern Cross Care first opened its doors at Holland Park.
Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell was the principal celebrant at the Mass of Thanksgiving, with Fr Paul Chanh, Fr Ted Houlihan and Fr Aidan Carvill concelebrating. More than 200 guests from the community attended the Mass, with Duhig Village residents and their loved ones also taking part in the celebrations.
Where it all started
The Southern Cross Care site at Holland Park has witnessed the creation of history and progressive transformation over the years. From the first Archbishop Duhig Court Hostel in 1979 offering 48 beds to the 41-bed high care facility Archbishop Duhig Court Nursing Home in 1983; and finally to the 142-room multi-storey Southern Cross Care Duhig Village in 2013 – the development over the years is a strong testament to the work of the Knights of the Southern Cross and Southern Cross Care (Qld) employees.
Named after Brisbane’s well-known and long-serving Archbishop James Duhig, the nursing home was Queensland’s first accredited not-for-profit, aged care facility.
The commitment of the Knights
Bishop Howell commended the Knights of the Southern Cross for their commitment to aged care. “This mission of the Knights is their love for Christ and his Church, which has been lived out here at Duhig Village for these past 40 years,” he said.
“It has been the driving force for the beginning of this project that has brought so much good, so much good fruit, for so many people,” he said.
Driven by passion
Duhig Village Residential Manager Linda Howard was beaming with pride after the Mass. “Through all of the changes over the years, one thing has remained constant and that is our passion for providing the best of care for our residents,” Mrs. Howard said.