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A Gift of Communion in Eastern Kentucky

November 20, 2018

By Cynthia Sartor, Companion in Mercy

In mid-winter, I am reminded of Albert and his mother Sueanne, and time I spent at their home midway up a mountain in the Eastern Kentucky town of Hilly. Albert suffered from mental illness with hallucinations that led him to violence. His mother was a small, gracious woman; she cared for Albert. I visited them weekly to make sure Albert was taking his medication and that Sueanne was safe.

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Connecting to God’s Creation

November 15, 2018

By Virginia Fifield, Mercy Associate

Every morning for generations, the Haudenesaune (Iroquois) people have greeted the dawn with what has become known as “The Thanksgiving Address.”

It begins by saying to the Creator “it is an honor to be a human being and to have been invited into the circle of Creation.”

We then turn our attention to that circle of creation and give thanks for everything that the Creator has given us. We begin with the grasses and the trees, move upward to the other plants, the water, the winds, the sun, the moon and the stars. We continue onward until our choicest words are given in thanks to the Creator who has given, and continues to give, us all we need.

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Ireland Vow Experience: A Journey to the Beginnings of Mercy

November 8, 2018

By Sister Patti Baca

Recently I had the privilege of traveling with four other Sisters of Mercy to Dublin, Ireland, to attend Irish Sister of Mercy Máire Hearty’s profession of first vows at the Parish of the Assumption in Booterstown on October 13. Máire was at the U.S. Novitiate in St. Louis, Missouri, for her canonical year along with Sister Kelly Williams and me, during my apostolic year; we three overlapped in residence for several weeks, and Máire quickly became part of the St. Louis Mercy Community.

From left: Sisters Mary Cleary, Beth Dempsey, Kelly Williams, Marilyn Gottemoeller and Patti Baca stand at the door to Mercy International Centre on Baggot Street in Dublin before setting off to Booterstown.

From left: Sisters Mary Cleary, Beth Dempsey, Kelly Williams, Marilyn Gottemoeller and Patti Baca stand at the door to Mercy International Centre on Baggot Street in Dublin before setting off to Booterstown.

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Votos en Irlanda: Un Caminar hacia los Comienzos de la Misericordia

November 8, 2018

De Hermana Patti Baca

Recientemente tuve el privilegio de viajar con cuatro Hermanas de la Misericordia a Dublín, Irlanda para asistir a la profesión de votos temporales de la Hermana de la Misericordia, Maire Hearty en la Parroquia de la Asunción en Booterstown el 13 de octubre. Maire estaba en el Noviciado de los Estados Unidos en San Luis, Missouri para su año canónico junto a la Hermana Kelly Williams y conmigo, durante mi año apostólico; nosotras tres vivimos juntas por varias semanas y Maire rápidamente se hizo parte de la Comunidad de la Misericordia de San Luis.

Desde la izquierda: Hermanas Mary Cleary, Beth Dempsey, Kelly Williams, Marilyn Gottemoeller y Patti Baca en la puerta del Centro Internacional de la Misericordia en la Calle Baggot en Dublín antes de ir a Booterstown.

Desde la izquierda: Hermanas Mary Cleary, Beth Dempsey, Kelly Williams, Marilyn Gottemoeller y Patti Baca en la puerta del Centro Internacional de la Misericordia en la Calle Baggot en Dublín antes de ir a Booterstown.

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140 Years of Mercy at St. Peter’s School in San Francisco

November 6, 2018

As we continue to celebrate our 175th anniversary as the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, we commemorate other anniversaries of Mercy-related institutions. The 140th anniversary of St. Peter’s School in San Francisco was celebrated this past Sunday, Nov 4. Established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1878, St. Peter’s has the longest continuous history of any parish elementary school in the San Francisco Archdiocese. Here Sister Marian Rose Power reflects on the school’s rich Mercy heritage.

By Sister Marian Rose Power

Sister Marian Rose Power at St. Peter's School in San Francisco, California.

Sister Marian Rose Power at St. Peter’s School in San Francisco, California.

St Peter’s was the first school I wanted to go to when I was to receive my assignments in 1956, but instead God’s call was to the new school of St. Bartholomew in Hillsborough, CA.

When my final assignment came in 1978 as principal of St. Peter’s, I was so grateful. I am amazed that I have been here for 40 years with today’s immigrant community and with those who long for a Quality Catholic Education for their children. Read More »

Sister’s personal, professional life took flight

November 1, 2018

By Gary Loncki

Sister Mary Matthew in the cockpit of a Stearman biplane for a half-hour flight over Erie in 2014.

Sister Mary Matthew in the cockpit of a Stearman biplane for a half-hour flight over Erie in 2014.

Nancy Baltus has always looked to the skies.

As a child in Erie, Pennsylvania, her eyes gazed in wonder at nighttime stars. She and her older brother, George, designed and made airplanes of balsa wood and taught neighborhood children the art of flight. Later, George, a flight instructor, taught her how to fly an airplane, and schools educated her in the finer points of aeronautics and astronomy.

At 15, Nancy, wearing a leather flight hat and goggles, sat excitedly in a Waco UPF-7, an open cockpit of a bi-plane George had rebuilt. Later, she took flying lessons.

“I just loved flying,” she said, noting that she was only five recordable hours away from the hours needed to obtain a pilot’s license. Read More »

La vida personal y profesional de la hermana tomó vuelo

November 1, 2018

De Gary Loncki

Nancy Baltus siempre ha mirado al cielo.

Cuando era niña en Erie, Pennsylvania, sus ojos miraban maravillados a las estrellas nocturnas. Ella y su hermano mayor, George, diseñaban y hacían aviones de madera de balsa y enseñaban a los niños del vecindario el arte de volar. Más tarde, George, un instructor de vuelo, le enseñó a volar un avión, y las escuelas la educaron en los puntos más finos de la aeronáutica y la astronomía.

A los 15 años, Nancy, con un sombrero de vuelo de cuero y gafas, se sentó emocionada en un Waco UPF-7, la cabina abierta de un biplano que George había reconstruido. Más tarde, tomó clases de vuelo.

“Me encantaba volar”, dijo, señalando que sólo estaba a cinco horas registrables de distancia de las horas necesarias para obtener su licencia de piloto. Read More »

Sister Caroline Sports Serving Others

October 25, 2018

Sister Caroline Tweedy, RSM, helps children choose books to read at the food pantry at St. John’s Bread and Life in Brooklyn, New York, where she currently works as the associate executive director.

Sister Caroline Tweedy, RSM, helps children choose books to read at the food pantry at St. John’s Bread and Life in Brooklyn, New York, where she currently works as the associate executive director.

By Debbi Della Porta

In high school, Sister Caroline Tweedy loved sports and the Sisters of Mercy.

A varsity basketball, volleyball and softball player all four years of high school at Catherine McAuley High School in Brooklyn, after graduation Caroline returned to her alma mater to teach physical education and coach the varsity basketball and volleyball teams.

“As one of the few lay teachers at the time, I worked side by side with the Sisters of Mercy and was enamored by their joy and commitment,” says Sister Caroline who taught there for seven years. “These women were grounded in their faith and lived out the Gospel values to serve others.” Read More »

Long Strands of Red Hair

October 23, 2018

Art by Sister Genemarie Beegan

Art by Sister Genemarie Beegan

By Cynthia Sartor, Companion in Mercy

My friend Roberta told me that when she was a child, she and her family lived on a farm in Central Indiana near a woods and creek. She said that in the spring time her mother would ask Roberta and her two sisters to go out into the yard to brush and comb their long red hair. When summer ended, and the occasional empty bird nests fell from the trees, they would find woven into the nests strands of red hair holding the twigs and leaves and bits of nothing altogether. Read More »

A Mercy Election Guide: Voting Criteria to Cut Through the Noise

October 18, 2018

By: Sister Sharon Schmitz

Vote With MercyI am a political junkie. I research all candidates’ positions and know, well in advance of any election, who will get my votes and why. I do this same research for state ballot initiatives.

Several years ago, two friends (also political junkies) in an assisted living facility in St. Louis asked me to share my research with them. One of those friends shared the data with the Residence Administrator and she asked if I could make it available to the other residents too. Read More »