Mamre, originally a project of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, and founded by Sister Mary-Louise Petro, commenced in 1986 with a vision to be ‘A place of promise where individuals are enabled to realise their potential and contribute to the community’.
Mamre Homestead was built by Rev Samuel Marsden who gave the property its name. Rev Marsden developed a model farm here producing wool, wheat and fruit. He is also credited for bringing the Merino breed of sheep to NSW.
Today the homestead is still the jewel in Mamre’s crown, we attract visitors from all over the world interested in visiting our homestead. Currently the homestead and the cafe/restaurant are closed for renovations. We anticipate reopening in late 2016.
Mamre currently operates programs for people with disability and refugees and is proud to be part of the local St Marys community.
In mid 2014 the lease for Mamre was handed over to CatholicCare Social Services Parramatta Diocese. CatholicCare covers many of Mamre’s current community programs as well as many others within their scope. Supported employment for people with a disability has continued and broadened to cater a day support service. Mamre’s RTO which is open to long term unemployed, migrant and refugee families is able to deliver Certificates II & III qualifications in Hospitality, Horticulture and Business.
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