Connect With Mercy

Read about how sisters, associates, companions, volunteers, social justice advocates, staff and friends of Mercy live and experience the spirit of responding to the needs of those who are poor, sick and uneducated.
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July 29, 2016

By Sister Diane Guerin

Sister Diane Guerin recently celebrated her 50th year as a Sister of Mercy during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. The following is a reflection she shared at her celebration.

Sister Diane (front, right) protesting against violence.

Sister Diane (front, right) protesting against violence.

Doors can be closed to isolate or exclude, or doors can be opened to invite and include.

In your lifetime, how many doors have been opened to you—bidding you to cross the threshold to find a new space, a better opportunity, a healing presence?

How many doors have you opened for another?

Doors of mercy are myriad.

Venturing forth one finds joy, compassion, laughter, presence, pain and suffering. Read More »

July 27, 2016

By Sister Marilyn Lacey, director of Mercy Beyond Borders

Mercy Beyond Border nurses with an armed civilian.

Mercy Beyond Border nurses with an armed civilian.

South Sudan is once again besieged by violence. Heavy gunfire erupted in Juba, the capital city, on June 8, the eve of the fifth anniversary of its independence as a nation. Because of two men who hate each other (the president and vice president), the whole country is being dragged back into civil war. Reports describe 200 dead in one weekend, many more injured, and the conflict spreading to other regions of South Sudan. Thousands of displaced are once again fleeing for safety to United Nations camps for displaced persons, to church buildings or to the gated compounds of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Vehicles crammed with women and children trying to escape into Uganda have been attacked on the road. The border crossing has been shut down, trapping innocent people. Relief organizations report that their warehouses in Juba have been looted. Food is scarce. No one feels safe. Foreign embassies, including the U.S. Embassy, have evacuated all non-essential personnel.   Read More »

July 27, 2016

Por la Hermana Marilyn Lacey, directora ejecutiva de Misericordia Sin Fronteras

Mercy Beyond Border nurses with an armed civilian.

Enfermeras de Misericordia Sin Fronteras con un civil armado.

Sudán del Sur está otra vez asediado por la violencia. Los intensos disparos estallaron en Juba, la capital, el 8 de junio, la víspera del quinto aniversario de su independencia como nación. Debido al odio que existe entre dos hombres (el presidente y el vicepresidente), todo el país está siendo arrastrado de nuevo a la guerra civil. Los informes describen 200 muertos durante un fin de semana, muchos más han resultado heridos, y el conflicto se está extendiendo a otras regiones de Sudán del Sur. Miles de desplazados están huyendo nuevamente hacia la seguridad de los campamentos de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para personas desplazadas, a los edificios de las iglesias o los complejos cerrados de las organizaciones no gubernamentales (ONGs). Los vehículos repletos de mujeres y niños que tratan de escapar a Uganda han sido atacados en el trayecto. El cruce entre fronteras está cerrado, atrapando a gente inocente. Las organizaciones de auxilio informan que sus almacenes han sido saqueados. Los alimentos escasean. Nadie se siente seguro. Las embajadas de naciones extranjeras, incluso la Embajada de los EE.UU., han evacuado a todo el personal no esencial.     Read More »

July 22, 2016

By Sister Kathleen Turley

silhouette mosqueDuring the month of Ramadan, three friends invited me to join them at a Ramadan Iftar Dinner at the Masjid Al-Islam Mosque in North Smithfield, Rhode Island. I was pleased to accept the invitation because I knew very little about the Islam religion.

This year, as so many people have been forced to flee their home countries because of wars and extreme suffering, one of our presidential candidates has declared that Muslims should not be allowed in the United States because of their supposed violent actions. In this statement, he labels all Muslims as violent, because of the actions of a few. But as Sisters of Mercy we are committed to the dignity of each person, regardless of race or religion.   Read More »

July 22, 2016

Por la Hermana Kathleen Turley

silhouette mosque

Durante el mes de Ramadán, tres amigas me invitaron a asistir a la Cena Iftar de Ramadán en la Mezquita Islámica Masjid Al en North Smithfield, Rhode Island. Me complació aceptar la invitación porque sabía muy poco sobre la religión islámica.

Este año, como tantas personas se han visto obligadas a huir de sus países natales a consecuencia de guerras y sufrimientos extremos, uno de nuestros candidatos a la presidencia ha declarado que a los musulmanes no se les debe permitir entrar en los Estados Unidos debido a sus supuestas acciones violentas. En esta declaración, él calificó a todos los musulmanes como violentos, por las acciones de unos cuantos. Como Hermanas de la Misericordia, estamos comprometidas con la dignidad de cada persona, sin importar su raza o religión.

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July 21, 2016

By Karel Lucander

When a little boy in her pre-kindergarten class asked Sister Jean Marie Hobbs how many children she has, she told him, “I have thousands of children.”

Sister Jean Marie with several of her students.

Sister Jean Marie with several of her students.

“The children are so funny, sometimes they’ll call me ‘Mommy’ and then they’ll laugh and say, ‘I forgot, I mean Sister.’ Now that my hair is gray, they’ll sometimes call me Granny or Grandma,” she says. “At this age, they are always telling me that they love me, and I tell them that back.”

Sister Jean Marie began teaching in 1967. Her ministry since 2012 has been teaching pre-kindergarten at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Baltimore, Maryland. Most of her career has been with pre-K children, but she has taught kindergarten, first grade and second grade in Virginia, Maryland and an inner-city school in Washington, D.C. She also worked briefly at St. Mary’s Home for girls and boys in Savannah, Georgia. Her accordion-style teaching experience–moving up and down the primary grades–has provided a seasoned perspective on the best ways to prepare 4-year-olds for school.   Read More »

July 15, 2016

By Lori Williams, Mercy Associate

Ecumenical Advocacy Days, held April 15-18 in Washington, D.C., joined together over 650 faith advocates, including Sisters of Mercy, Mercy associates and Mercy co-ministers. A key component of the conference was lobbying on Capitol HilL. Lori, a first-time lobbyist, shares her experience.


Lori (second from right) stands with Congressman Carter (center) and other lobbyists.

Empowered! This is how I would best describe my feelings when I returned from my first experience as a lobbyist in Washington D.C. It was affirming, and it was exhilarating! I cannot be sure if I made a difference, but I know this opportunity made a difference to me. Over those few days I felt a connection to something greater than myself. It is really quite amazing to see democracy in action!  This participant from Savannah, Georgia, had an up-close and personal experience with the rights and privileges of living in a free country. I can honestly say I was well prepared for my first lobby experience. I was very impressed with how organized and focused it was for everyone who was in attendance at the Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) Conference.   Read More »

July 6, 2016

By Sister Cynthia Serjak

photo-1448275917012-45a8dfb184cbIn this Jubilee Year of Mercy we are reflecting on the deeper, still-unfolding meanings of Mercy, as well as its relation to other Christian virtues—hope, love, justice, etc. In John 8 Jesus promises that we will know the truth and be freed by the truth. Reflecting on this passage, it occurred to me that one way to come to know truth is through practicing mercy.   Read More »

July 6, 2016

Por la Herman Cynthia Serjak


En este Año Jubilar de Misericordia, nosotras estamos reflexionando sobre los significados de la Misericordia más profundos que aún continúan desplegándose, así también como su relación con otras virtudes cristianas — esperanza, amor, justicia, etc. En Juan 8, Jesús promete que conoceremos la verdad y la verdad nos hará libres. Al reflexionar sobre este pasaje, se me ocurrió que una manera de llegar a conocer la verdad es practicando la misericordia.
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July 1, 2016

By Catherine Walsh, Northeast Community Communications Specialist

Sister Patricia Pora and a parishioner at Sacred Heart Church in Portland, Maine, talk after Mass. Credit: Gabe Souza/Portland Press Herald.

Sister Patricia Pora and a parishioner at Sacred Heart Church in Portland, Maine, talk after Mass. Credit: Gabe Souza/Portland Press Herald.

Driving all over Maine to minister to Hispanic immigrants, who number nearly 20,000 and live in every county in this vast state, Sister Patricia Pora is propelled through 60- to 70-hour weeks by a special sense of mission. As a U.S. citizen raised in Chile, she knows what it’s like to be an immigrant. As a Sister of Mercy who has assisted thousands of newcomers—particularly those who are poor—in their struggles over the last decade, she seeks to show the “human side of the immigrant face” to the people of Maine and beyond.   Read More »