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Sisters of Mercy Welcome Seven Novices to Laredo Novitiate

August 24, 2006

August 17, 2006 This month, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas welcome seven women from throughout the United States to their Institute Novitiate in Laredo, Texas.

The seven novices — Marie Brown, Charmaine Jayawardene, Maureen King, Cathy Manderfield, Mary Oladimeji, Shari Roeseler and Madeline Rockwell–– join second-year novice Laurie Orman. “We are excited about having a group of this size at the novitiate and the overall growth in new membership,” said Sister Carol Mucha of the Mercy New Membership Office.

The novitiate is a home in which new members learn more about religious life, and specifically about the Sisters of Mercy. The women will be immersed in the heritage, charism and mission of the Sisters of Mercy while receiving instruction on the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience taken by all Roman Catholic Sisters. They will also engage in ministry to experience first-hand the Sisters of Mercy’s fourth vow of service to the poor, sick and uneducated.

“This time enables each novice to discern the authenticity of her call from God and better understand the essential aspects of the life she is choosing,” explains Sister Carol. Novices also have time for personal and communal prayer, for reflection and quiet.

Novice Directors, Sisters Donna Conroy and Ellen Murray will guide the novices in their preparation for life in the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

Laredo was selected as the novitiate for its location on the border, for the unique cultural experiences afforded, and for its proximity to the sisters in the 11 other countries and one territory in which other Sisters of Mercy live and minister. Opened in August of 2001, this novitiate serves all the Mercy Communities of the United States, Guam and Jamaica.

Women interested in becoming a Sister of Mercy are encouraged to contact the New Membership Office at 1-314-909-4664 or or visit

Contacts: Ellen Murray, RSM or 956-794-8832
Donna Conroy, RSM or 956-794-8831

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