A brief look at the Sisters of St Paul de Chartres journey to Australia and where they are today.

Fr. Albert Chan of Brisbane had a dream that one-day a congregation of Chinese Sisters would start a nursing home in Brisbane. The news that the Sisters of St Paul de Chartres had been running Aurora College in Moss Vale N.S.W for 3 years was like awakening from a sweet dream.

Fr. Chan introduced himself to the provincial Superior, Mother Lucie Marie Ko and whilst enduring many setbacks Mother Lucie waited with prayerful patience that finally led her and the Community to this providential signpost.
In December 1989 parish priest, Father McHugh, who offered the Sisters temporary accommodation in St. Catherine’s Convent Wishart met the arrival of the Sisters of St Paul de Chartres at Brisbane Airport. The Sisters immediately set to work; Sr. Teresa volunteered to work in other hostels, reaping experience in personal care of residents. Sr. Lucie helped in the parish, visiting families and bringing them Holy Communion, while Sr. Nancy taught children in the parish.

In October 1990 the Sisters purchased land at 12 Fedrick Street Boronia Heights and an application for rezoning was submitted to local council. In 1991 Logan City Council accepted the Sisters application and construction of the hostel began.
On the 15th August 1991 the laying of the foundation stone by His Grace, Francis Rush, Archbishop of Brisbane and the following May in 1992 the first group of 7 seven residents moved into St Paul de Chartres Villa.

In mid July 1992 construction of 18 retirement units and a chapel commenced and upon completion the Chapel was blessed by Bishop John Gerry. In 1994 residents began residing in the retirement units and in 1995 construction of an additional 28 units and a community centre commenced.

From the year 2000 onwards the Sisters desire to provide all levels of care was still very strong and following the needs of the community the Sisters set out to build an additional 38 high care bed nursing home.

In June 2004 the facility had grown into a modern 98 bed aged care facility and 46 retirement units now known as St Paul de Chartres Residential Aged Care.

Now in 2010 and after 2 years of planning construction of additional retirement units on site are under way.

Still today regional superior Sr. Teresa Lau, Sr. Lucie Ko and Sr. Nancy Wong remain at the forefront of the facility, overseeing the management of St Paul de Chartres Residential Aged Care and Retirement Units whilst working closely on the new developments.

The Sisters work in Brisbane to provide a place of peace, love and joy for the retired and elderly has evolved over many years and their dedication to continue their journey is still paramount today.

May St. Paul our Patron continue to guide and support us in the service of leading others gently to treasure the meaning of this gift of life.