Connect with Mercy

An oasis for the economically disadvantaged

September 20, 2018

By Karel Lucander

Sister Paula Cockerham (right) meets with a student at St. Mary’s Community Center in Savannah, Georgia. As financial coach and adult educator, she helps those living in the area navigate a road to financial self-sufficiency.

Sister Paula Cockerham (right) meets with a student at St. Mary’s Community Center in Savannah, Georgia. As financial coach and adult educator, she helps those living in the area navigate a road to financial self-sufficiency.

She was working in research and development in chemistry and physics at a Fortune 500 company when, at age 29, she first met a Sister of Mercy. Through that sister, she connected to a group of sisters working close to her home, among the economically disadvantaged. She knew at once that these women understood her values. She would travel with several of them on mission trips to Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala before entering the Sisters of Mercy in 1994. Read More »

Five Ways to Practice Nonviolence

September 18, 2018

By Sister Rose Marie Tresp

Photo by Tamara Menzi on UnsplashWhy use the term “nonviolence” instead of “peace”? In Pope Francis’s message for the 2017 World Day of Peace, he says. “I would like to reflect on nonviolence as a style of politics for peace. I ask God to help all of us to cultivate nonviolence in our most personal thoughts and values. May charity and nonviolence govern how we treat each other as individuals, within society and in international life.”

How do we practice nonviolence? I offer these five ways. Read More »

Cinco formas de practicar la no violencia

September 18, 2018

De Hermana Rose Marie Tresp

Photo by Tamara Menzi on Unsplash¿Por qué utilizar el término «no violencia» en lugar de «paz»? En el mensaje para la Jornada Mundial de la Paz 2017 del Papa Francisco, él dice: «Deseo reflexionar sobre la no violencia como un estilo de política para la paz, y pido a Dios que se conformen a la no violencia nuestros sentimientos y valores personales más profundos. Que la caridad y la no violencia guíen el modo de tratarnos en las relaciones interpersonales, sociales e internacionales».

¿Cómo practicamos la no violencia? Te ofrezco estas cinco formas. Read More »

Faithful Presence: A Sister’s Unexpected Call to Funeral Ministry

September 12, 2018

By Maureen Falcon

Sister Georgita CunninghamSister Georgita Cunningham once believed she was going to get married and have 10 kids, but that was only until she participated in a retreat during her senior year of high school. “All of a sudden it came to my mind that maybe God was calling me to become a sister,” she said.

God has continued to call Sister Georgita to a variety of ministries during her 65 years as a Sister of Mercy. “Where is God asking of me right now?” is a question she would often ask herself. The answer to this question even once led her to Las Vegas, Nevada, to serve as a pastoral associate at St. Joseph, Husband of Mary parish. Read More »

Presencia Fiel: La llamada inesperada de una hermana al ministerio de funerales

September 12, 2018

By Maureen Falcon

Sister Georgita CunninghamLa Hermana Georgita Cunningham una vez creyó que se iba a casar y tener 10 hijos, pero eso fue hasta que participó en un retiro durante su último año en la escuela secundaria. «De repente se me vino a la mente que quizá Dios me estaba llamando para ser hermana», comentó.

Dios ha seguido llamando a la Hermana Georgita a una variedad de ministerios durante sus 65 años como Hermana de la Misericordia. «¿A dónde me está llamando Dios en este momento?», es una cuestión que a menudo se pregunta. La respuesta a esto incluso una vez la llevó a Las Vegas, Nevada para servir como asociada pastoral en la parroquia de San José Esposo de María. Read More »

Nazareth House lifts hearts

September 6, 2018

By Karel Lucander

Sister Mary Vernon Gentle (center) watches while Gianna (lower right) puts the finishing touches on her tower with the assistance of catechist Sophia (left). Gianna looks forward to building a different tower each week.

Sister Mary Vernon Gentle (center) watches while Gianna (lower right) puts the finishing touches on her tower with the assistance of catechist Sophia (left). Gianna looks forward to building a different tower each week. (Photo courtesy of Catholic Charities)

The young woman was pregnant and struggling for answers. She had been told her baby most likely would have Down syndrome, and her doctor advised ending the pregnancy. But she consulted Sister Mary Vernon Gentle. “I told her I could not advise her in that direction,” Sister Mary Vernon says. After careful consideration, the young woman decided to carry her pregnancy to term and had a healthy baby without the chromosomal disorder. As associate director of Nazareth House in the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama, Sister Mary Vernon has encountered this scenario, and many similar ones, during the 50 years she has ministered in the diocese.

“Pregnant mothers have come to me to learn more about special- needs children. We are often contacted when their babies are born with disabilities,” she says. “That’s a hard phone call for them to make, but they are glad we are here, doing what we are doing.” Read More »

Madres e Hijas de los Desaparecidos

September 6, 2018

De Hermana Rose Marie Tresp

El dolor y la incertidumbre causados por las noticias de la desaparición de un ser querido son siempre personales para mí. El Día del Trabajo de este año es el 20 aniversario de la desaparición de mi madre, Emma Harbrecht Tresp, probablemente en un bosque nacional cerca de Santa Fe, Nuevo México.

Su auto fue ubicado, pero ni ella ni su bolso fueron encontrados. A pesar de la extensa búsqueda realizada por el Equipo de Localización y Rescate de Nuevo México, la amplia publicidad, el trabajo de la policía local, un detective privado y consultas con psíquicos, nunca se han hallado rastros.

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Mothers and Daughters of the Disappeared

August 30, 2018

By Sister Rose Marie Tresp

The pain and uncertainty caused by news of the disappearance of a loved one always is personal to me. Labor Day this year is the 20th anniversary of the disappearance of my mother, Emma Harbrecht Tresp, probably in a national forest near Santé Fe, New Mexico.

Her car was located but neither she nor her purse were found. Despite extensive searching by the New Mexico Search and Rescue Team, extensive publicity, the work of the local police, a private detective and consultations with psychics, no traces have ever been found.

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Take the One-Day Mindfulness Challenge

August 23, 2018

By Sister Leslie Porreca

Mindfulness photo by Lesly Juarez on Unsplash

Photo by Lesly Juarez on Unsplash

We are the human body of Earth. Let us make our way being mindful.

Living mindfully is an invitation to fully participate in your life, in your work, in your community and in your family.

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Toma el reto de «Un día de conciencia plena»

August 23, 2018

De Hermana Leslie Porreca

Foto de Lesly Juarez, Unsplash

Foto de Lesly Juarez, Unsplash

Somos el cuerpo humano de nuestra Tierra. Caminemos siendo plenamente conscientes.

Vivir plenamente conscientes significa participar de lleno en tu propia vida, en tu trabajo, en tu comunidad y en tu familia.

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