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Reflections of hope amid the COVID-19 pandemic

May 5, 2020

By Karel Lucander

Sister Judy Mouch, RSM, is Mercy liaison to the College of Health Professions at the University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Michigan.

For nearly 30 years, Sister Judy Mouch has studied the 1918 Spanish flu with University of Detroit Mercy nursing students. And since 2011, she’s examined the movie Contagion with them, tracing the effects of SARS. But those historic viral references didn’t really resonate until the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Fast-forward to the past two months in Detroit, Michigan: home to Sister Judy, now a retired associate professor of nursing at the University of Detroit Mercy. Detroit has been one of the country’s metro areas hardest hit by COVID-19, and Detroit Mercy nursing students, faculty and alumni have seen its ravaging effects first-hand.

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A new vision in ministry

August 13, 2019

By Amanda LePoire

In more than 50 years as a Sister of Mercy, Sister Victoria Incrivaglia has ministered as a teacher and licensed therapist. But a gift of a digital camera for her 50th  Jubilee reignited her passion for photography, which has become a catalyst for redesigning the therapeutic approaches of the ministry.

Tulips and bee, taken in April 2019 at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.
Tulips and bee, taken by Sister Victoria in April 2019 at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

Almost 20 of the 37 years Sister Victoria spent as a licensed therapist were at McAuley Counseling Services, which she co-founded in 1999 in Springfield, Missouri. Knowing that it was the right moment to engage in a transition and a different journey professionally, she asked to have time for a sabbatical. Simultaneously, she approached the board of directors regarding the hearing loss she had experienced and its implications for her role within the ministry.

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Una nueva visión en el servicio

August 13, 2019

Por Amanda LePoire

En más de 50 años como Hermana de la Misericordia, la Hermana Victoria Incrivaglia ha servido como maestra y terapeuta profesional. Pero el regalo de una cámara digital para su 50° jubileo reavivó su pasión por la fotografía, y esto se ha vuelto un catalizador para rediseñar los enfoques terapéuticos de su servicio.

Tulipanes y abeja, tomada en abril de 2019 en el Jardín Botánico de Missouri en San Louis.
Tulipanes y abeja, tomada en abril de 2019 en el Jardín Botánico de Missouri en San Louis.

Casi 20 de los 37 años que la Hermana Victoria pasó como terapeuta profesional fueron en los Servicios de Asesoría McAuley, de la que fue cofundadora en 1999 en Springfield, Missouri. Pidió un año sabático, sabiendo que era el momento adecuado para iniciar una transición y un viaje profesional diferente. Simultáneamente, se dirigió a la directiva pues padeció de una pérdida auditiva y por las implicaciones que esto conllevaba para el desempeño de su servicio.

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Lifting Spirits in Coastal Mississippi

June 19, 2019

By Karel Lucander

In high school, Sister Janice Kaiser became interested in broadcast journalism and planned to make that her career. Growing up in southern Louisiana and central Mississippi, she enrolled in the area’s best program at the University of South Mississippi.

“But then I took one class and couldn’t imagine shoving a microphone in someone’s face when they are suffering,” she says. At that time, she was also active in the Catholic campus organization and became good friends with a woman who wanted to enter religious life. Janice tagged along while her friend was “convent shopping.”

“That’s when the seed was planted,” she adds.

Sister Janice Kaiser (left) meets with Tai Nguyen to discuss possible resources for his elderly grandparents. Tai is a translator for the area’s large Vietnamese-American population.
Sister Janice Kaiser (left) meets with Tai Nguyen to discuss possible resources for his elderly grandparents. Tai is a translator for the area’s large Vietnamese-American population.
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Sister Martha Milner keeps ‘fighting the good fight’ in Mississippi

May 16, 2019

By Karel Lucander

Sister Martha (left) and Gabrielle Brown, Mercy Housing and Human Development (MHHD) counselor, discuss the Mercy Housing Homebuyer Education clients who have qualified for home ownership.
Sister Martha (left) and Gabrielle Brown, Mercy Housing and Human Development (MHHD) counselor, discuss the Mercy Housing Homebuyer Education clients who have qualified for home ownership.

Born and raised in Mississippi, Sister Martha Milner has stood up against racism as far back as she can remember. At 15, she drove some dear friends—who happened to be black—home from school. In response, the Ku Klux Klan adorned her family’s front yard with a burning cross. This incident, along with others that her friends and neighbors endured, ignited Martha’s lifelong battle against ignorance and prejudice. “I can smell racial discrimination, whether obvious or hidden. And I can be fierce when I encounter racism or misogynism. I have no fear; I’ll go in where fools fear to tread. My family was like that, especially my mom,” says Martha.

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Program in sister’s name helps students explore medicine

April 4, 2019

By Karel Lucander

Sister Agnese Neumann has covered much territory during her many years in ministry—producing fruit, sparking joy and serendipitously becoming the namesake of a new opportunity for future medical professionals.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Sister Agnese attended high school at Mount St. Agnes. As a young girl, she dreamed of becoming a nurse. But when she entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1947, she was asked to become an educator—which, of course, she did.

Sister Agnese Neumann (center) with the “inaugural eight” participants in the “Sister Agnese Neumann Scholars” program. These students will have a hands-on opportunity to explore careers in medicine through this new joint venture between Mercy High School Baltimore and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.
Sister Agnese Neumann (center) with the “inaugural eight” participants in the “Sister Agnese Neumann Scholars” program. These students will have a hands-on opportunity to explore careers in medicine through this new joint venture between Mercy High School Baltimore and MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital.
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Programa con nombre de hermana ayuda estudiantes a explorar la medicina

April 4, 2019

Por Karel Lucander

Hermana Agnese Neumann ha abarcado mucho territorio durante sus muchos años de servicio: produciendo fruto, esparciendo alegría y por mera casualidad convirtiéndose en el homónimo de una nueva oportunidad para futuras profesionales en el campo de la salud.

Nacida y criada en Baltimore, Maryland, Hermana Agnese fue a la secundaria en Mount St. Agnes. Cuando era muy joven soñaba con ser enfermera. Pero cuando ingresó a las Hermanas de la Misericordia en 1947, le pidieron ser educadora, lo cual hizo sin problema.

Hermana Agnese Neumann (al centro) con las «ocho primeras» participantes en el programa «Especialistas Hermana Agnese Neumann». Estas estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad práctica de explorar carreras en medicina a través de este proyecto conjunto entre Mercy High School Baltimore y el Hospital Buen Samaritano MedStar.
Hermana Agnese Neumann (al centro) con las «ocho primeras» participantes en el programa «Especialistas Hermana Agnese Neumann». Estas estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad práctica de explorar carreras en medicina a través de este proyecto conjunto entre Mercy High School Baltimore y el Hospital Buen Samaritano MedStar.
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Vocation minister documents sisters’ stories

January 3, 2019

By Karel Lucander

Vocation Minister Sister Sue Weetenkamp holds fast to one of her favorite tools – the video camera she uses to tape the stories of fellow Sisters of Mercy. To date, she has visited and video-documented 125 sisters and counting.

Vocation Minister Sister Sue Weetenkamp holds fast to one of her favorite tools – the video camera she uses to tape the stories of fellow Sisters of Mercy. To date, she has visited and video-documented 125 sisters and counting.

As a vocation minister in Baltimore, Maryland, Sister Sue Weetenkamp travels regularly to high schools and other places, talking with young women about the Sisters of Mercy. She also spends time on the road visiting with other sisters, documenting their stories with her video camera. These two passions complement each other – her special project of capturing and preserving the sisters’ experiences can be shared with the next generation of discerning women religious. During the past four years, she has interviewed 125 sisters. “For them, it’s like being on a trip down memory lane,” says Sister Sue. Read More »

Sister Mary-Anne Brings Heart to Mission Services

October 17, 2018

By Karel Lucander

Members of St. Joseph/Candler’s Emergency Department Medical Home team (from left): Jackie Lambert (full-time E.D. Medical Home coordinator, who began as a student health coach), Sister Mary-Anne Plaskon and Selmman Padridin (Georgia Southern University M.H.A. graduate intern).

Members of St. Joseph/Candler’s Emergency Department Medical Home team (from left): Jackie Lambert (full-time E.D. Medical Home coordinator, who began as a student health coach), Sister Mary-Anne Plaskon and Selmman Padridin (Georgia Southern University M.H.A. graduate intern).

Deepening the faith of teenagers was her passion. For decades, she worked in youth ministry and religious education. At one parish, she designed a curriculum for junior and senior high school youth attending public school. With a master’s degree in theology, she also completed the layperson’s associate program through the Sisters of Mercy. She remained in the program for 17 years before becoming a sister. Read More »

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 »