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.

August 30, 2014

By Colleen Maher, director of development for Merion and Dallas, Pennsylvania
Mid-Atlantic Community | 18 Years with the Sisters of Mercy

Colleen has worked with the Sisters of Mercy for over 18 years!

Colleen has worked with the Sisters of Mercy for over 18 years!

What I noticed immediately in working with Mercy was that I was not just an employee; I was a co-minister of the mission of Mercy. I was partnering with, rather than working for, the sisters. One day in my first year as director of development, I visited three sisters who were ministering in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a very poor area. We had to talk about money, which was tight. But they had a quiet passion, an intense commitment, and an absolute certitude that their work was God’s work. Financial issues certainly would not hold them back from doing what they needed to do. “God will give us the tools we need,” they told me. “And you are one of those tools.” Read More »

August 30, 2014

Por Colleen Maher, directora de desarrollo para Merion y Dallas, Pennsylvania
Comunidad Medio Atlántico | 18 años con las Hermanas de la Misericordia

Colleen has worked with the Sisters of Mercy for over 18 years!

Colleen Maher

Cuando empecé a trabajar con la Misericordia, me di cuenta de inmediato que no era solamente una empleada – era colaboradora en la misión de la Misericordia.  Estaba trabajando con las hermanas, no para ellas.  Un día en mi primer año como directora de desarrollo, visité a tres hermanas que servían en la parte Norte de Filadelfia, Pennsylvania, un lugar muy pobre.  Tuvimos que hablar sobre el dinero, que hacía falta.  Ellas tenían una pasión calmada, un compromiso intenso y la certeza absoluta de que su trabajo era el trabajo de Dios.  Los asuntos de finanzas seguramente no las detendrían en hacer lo que tenían que hacer.  “Dios nos dará las herramientas que necesitamos”, me dijeron.  “Y, eres una de esas herramientas”. Read More »

August 29, 2014

By Colleen Gregg, director of Mercy Center in Auburn, California
West Midwest Community | 15 years with the Sisters of Mercy

Saturday mornings at Mercy Center Auburn are busy times for me, as many retreats are taking place at our Center. One morning, I remember rushing from one group to the next to give a welcome and orientation. As I left one group, they began to pray in song. It was so lovely, yet I had more groups waiting! I began walking at a high speed when in the hallway I heard more music, men’s voicing singing in harmony. Then at the other end of the center, another group broke out in song. “I need to just slow down,” I said to myself. The air was filled with sacred music, and I felt so blessed.

Colleen-Gregg

Colleen smiles at her desk at Mercy Center in Auburn, California

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August 29, 2014

Por Colleen Gregg, directora de Mercy Center en Auburn, California
Comunidad Oeste Medio Oeste | 15 años con las Hermanas de la Misericordia

Los sábados por la mañana en Mercy Center Auburn son tiempos ocupados para mí. Una vez, recuerdo que corría de un grupo al otro para recibirlos y darles una orientación. Al dejar un grupo, empezaron a cantar una oración. Fue tan bello, pero ¡me esperaban otros grupos! Empecé a caminar rápido cuando oí en el pasillo, las voces de hombres cantando en armonía. Luego otro grupo empezó a cantar, al otro lado del centro. “Tengo que ir más despacio”, pensé. La música sagrada lo invadía todo y me sentí tan bendecida.

Colleen-Gregg

Colleen a Mercy Center en Auburn, California

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August 28, 2014

By Dawn Stringfield, executive director of Mercy Conference and Retreat Ministry

A reflective space outside of Mercy Center

A reflective space outside of Mercy Center

Dawn gave these opening remarks at a prayer service at Mercy Center in St. Louis, Missouri, located just twenty miles from Ferguson, Missouri.

Almost every morning of every day, we see on TV, hear on the radio or read in the paper or on our computers of some act of violence or aggression. Many of these acts of aggression and their ensuing protests and riots have their roots in tension around religion, ethnicity and race. Until recently, I would never have believed that it would happen in our own community.   Read More »

August 25, 2014

By Sister Anne M.

Sister Anne

Sister Anne

When I heard that several hundred migrant children were being housed in Oxnard, California—a place where I spent several years in ministry—I felt like I had to do something to help them.

Their survival is miraculous. As Linda Cooper and James Hodge describe in the National Catholic Reporter:

They set out — alone, terrified and at the utter mercy of gangs and criminals … Most children must not only endure the blazing desert sun, but get through La Arrocera, a lawless region where many have been beaten, robbed or raped. … they might catch a ride on the roof of a freight train that could bring them near the U.S. border … If they do make it to the border, they face swimming the Rio Grande. … If they don’t drown, they arrive strangers in a strange land. More than a few of the girls are pregnant from rape. After a 1,500-mile trek through a modern-day heart of darkness, they are greeted with hostility by U.S. Border Patrol agents. More than 60,000 children have been arrested so far this year, many of whom are warehoused in detention centers, where they often languish in a legal limbo. (Read the full article.)

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August 25, 2014

Por la Hermana Anne M.

Hermana Anne

Hermana Anne

Cuando tuve conocimiento que varios centenares de niños y niñas migrantes estaban siendo alojados en Oxnard, California—un lugar donde serví varios años en el ministerio—sentí que tenía que hacer algo para ayudarlos/as.

Sus supervivencias son milagrosas. Como Linda Cooper y James Hodge lo narraron en el National Catholic Reporter (Reportero Católico Nacional):

Emprendieron—solos, aterrorizados y a la merced absoluta de las pandillas y los criminales… La mayoría de los niños no sólo soportaron el sol abrasador del desierto, pero también tuvieron que cruzar La Arrocera, una zona en la que no impera la ley, dónde muchos han sido golpeados, asaltados o violados. … ellos podrían transportarse en el techo de un tren de carga que puede llevarlos cerca a la frontera con los EE.UU.…si llegan a la frontera, deben atravesar el Río Grande nadando. …si no se ahogan, ellos llegan como extraños en una tierra extraña. Algunas niñas están embarazadas a raíz de las violaciones. Después de un recorrido de 1.500 millas a través del  moderno corazón en las tinieblas, son recibidos con hostilidad por los agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza de EE.UU. Más de 60.000 niños han sido arrestados este año, muchos de ellos se encuentran en centros de detención, dónde con frecuencia languidecen en un limbo jurídico. (Lea el artículo completo—solamente en inglés.)

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August 22, 2014

By Catherine Walsh, Northeast Community Communications Specialist

Sister Lorraine works with a client in Burlington, Vermont.

Sister Lorraine works with a client in Burlington, Vermont.

Sister Lorraine’s life changed forever when she attended the funeral of Sister Beatrice, a fellow Sister of Mercy who had been a vital force in Vermont’s prison ministry. Thirty inmates, some in shackles, placed roses on the casket.

“I saw some beautiful and struggling souls, and I thought about this sister who had made a difference in their lives,” she recalls. That moment, more than 25 years ago, took Sister Lorraine’s life in a new direction.   Read More »

August 21, 2014

By Amanda LePoire, South Central Communications Department

Patricia Baca, left, receives a Mercy candle lit from the paschal candle from Sister Jane at the end of the Welcoming Ritual on August 11, 2013.

Patti Baca, left, receives a Mercy candle lit from the paschal candle from Sister Jane at the end of the Welcoming Ritual on August 11, 2013.

Five seconds was all it took. After
20 years of running from a vocation
to religious life, five seconds with
a Sister of Mercy made Patti Baca
say yes.

Patti, a second-year candidate, knew she had a call to religious life, but she “kept pushing it aside.” She spent 19 years as a search and rescue expert in the Coast Guard on the West Coast and in the Great Lakes region. She was working on her associate’s degree in nursing when she went on an Alternative Spring Break trip to Baltimore, Maryland, in March 2010. One meeting with two Sisters of Mercy–Sister Kitty Nueslein and Sister Karen Schneider–and Patti was ready to answer the call to religious life.  Read More »

August 19, 2014

By Sister Marilyn F.

Bracelets served as a tangible reminder to students and faculty about Mercymount’s commitment to nonviolence.

Bracelets served as a tangible reminder to students and faculty about Mercymount’s commitment to nonviolence.

Mercymount Country Day School, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, serves students from preschool through eighth grade in Cumberland, Rhode Island. Last year we made a conscious effort to focus the school year on a major critical concern of our time: nonviolence.   Read More »