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March 14, 2013

By Claudia G., Mercy Associate


Becoming a Mercy associate is a summons to a great call by Catherine McAuley. It is a living power of witness and language that captures my soul like a strong current that is always there, even on the most tragic day of my life.

Thirteen years ago, as I was on track to become a Mercy associate, my 26-year-old only son Paul was hit by a drunk driver. Paul was declared brain dead and died days later in the hospital when we took him off of life support. Sister Lee, a Sister of Mercy who has been my friend since childhood, was with my family at the hospital when I signed the consent form to donate my son’s organs, a choice that has changed my life.

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February 26, 2013

By Brittney T., student
Mercy High School, San Francisco

DSC_3250The Sisters of Mercy distinguished themselves from other orders with their dedication to “walking” in solidarity with those who suffer and their mission of serving the poor, sick, and uneducated. And though I do not have R.S.M. attached to my name, being a student at a Mercy school, the legacy of the early “walking” nuns has had a profound influence on me.

When I learn about the values of compassion, respect, and service, I fittingly learn about them in the context of real life issues. Mercy High never tries to shelter their students and instead encourages a curiosity and hunger for knowing and serving the suffering in our community. And this active learning can best be embodied in our school’s V-Day assembly.

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February 20, 2013

By Liz B., Mercy Volunteer

DSCN6381Some of my peers and I, we look around us and we know that something has gone wrong. We can see that our “representatives” have stopped listening to us and that they’ve already laid our futures down on the roulette table. We think to ourselves, “This is madness,” but despite all of the warning signs we wonder if we’re not the crazy ones when everything around us screams, “It doesn’t matter! Get on with your lives!” There has to be something else we can do.

For me, such an opportunity came in the form of the Forward on Climate Rally in Washington, D.C., calling for President Obama to address climate change and, as a first step, reject the Keystone XL pipeline that proposes to carry higher carbon-emitting tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas.  Finally, after falling short of political activism so many times before, timing and convenience allowed me and a friend to attend the demonstration. Read More »

January 29, 2013

Marianne Dunne-croppedBy Marianne D. – Mercy Associate

Being a Mercy all of my life, whether as a sister or associate, is the deep, deep part of where my energy, passions and therefore my spirituality lay.  And that’s why I ran for County Commissioner in Alamosa County, Colorado, and what I’ll bring to that office now that I’ve been elected. Read More »

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January 23, 2013

Serving poor and homeless at St. Vincent de Paul in Middletown, ConnecticutPhoto by Bob Walsh

Serving poor and homeless at St. Vincent de Paul in Middletown, Connecticut | Photo by Bob Walsh

By Amanda

I always thought I was going to get married. That’s not how most people would think discerning religious life would start, but that’s how my journey began. I was in high school when a teacher, who was discerning the diaconate, planted the first seed when he said, “If you’ve ever ruled something out, just keep it on the back burner.” I have no idea why I took this to heart except that it must have been an act of God because once I’ve made up my mind I can be kind of stubborn. Fortunately, God kept nudging me and throughout college I began to slowly move toward the Sisters of Mercy although I didn’t know it at the time. Read More »

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January 23, 2013

Serving poor and homeless at St. Vincent de Paul in Middletown, ConnecticutPhoto by Bob Walsh

St. Vincent de Paul en Middletown, Connecticut | Foto de Bob Walsh

Por Amanda

Siempre pensé que me iba a casar. Ésta no es la forma en que la gente piensa que se comienza a discernir la vida religiosa, pero así empezó mi jornada. Estaba en la escuela secundaria y un maestro que estaba discerniendo sobre el diaconado sembró la primera semilla al decirme: “Si alguna vez has desechado una opción, consérvala en algún lugar de tu mente.” No me explico porque respondí a sus palabras pero debe haber sido un acto de Dios, pues una vez que tomo una decisión tiendo a ser terca. Afortunadamente, Dios continuó empujándome suavemente y durante mis años universitarios fui poco a poco considerando a las Hermanas de la Misericordia, aunque en aquellos momentos no lo reconocí.

Desearía que mi decisión de entrar a la vida religiosa hubiera ocurrido en un momento específico que pudiera describirles, pero al contrario, el deseo fue creciendo en mí. Fue sin duda un proceso gradual en el que influyó mucho un grupo de estudiantes que conocí en la Universidad. Nos reuníamos frecuentemente y compartíamos lo que teníamos en mente; las cosas que temíamos y las que nos entusiasmaban al pensar en lo que Dios tenía planificado para nosotras/os. Nunca pensé que podría sentir ambas inquietudes simultáneamente, pero se me hizo más fácil al estar con otras personas que estaban tratando de descifrar esto al igual que yo.

Durante este tiempo asistí a Mercy Challenge con otras que estaban pensando entrar en la Misericordia. Pasamos una semana sirviendo a los pobres en Sacramento, pero lo que más recuerdo no tiene nada que ver con esto. Mi acompañante de vocaciones estaba con nosotras y un día estaba enseñándome la casa madre cuando nos encontramos con una hermana anciana que estaba perdida; no recordaba donde estaba su habitación. El ver la ternura de mi acompañante hacia esa hermana a quien nunca había conocido dejó una impresión permanente en mí como un verdadero ejemplo de lo que significa ser una hermana y ser misericordiosa.

Al pasar más tiempo con las Hermanas de la Misericordia no pude negar que sentía que había llegado a “mi hogar.” El amor y el apoyo que he recibido durante mi transición a la vida comunitaria, al servir como jefa de cocina en el comedor local, y al navegar las experiencias de los años recientes me han hecho reconocer la maravilla y fortaleza de esta familia de mujeres. Ahora, al anticipar el ir al noviciado, valoro este apoyo más que nunca.

December 18, 2012

woman whose house was taken - cropped.jpgBy Kathy G., Companion in Mercy

The following is captured from daily writings prepared by Kathy G., a Companion in Mercy, during her recent three-week stay in Palestine.  She journeyed there with an interfaith group to witness and learn about the tense situation that continues to escalate there among the all of the people seeking to call that land ‘home.’

We began our time by touring all different parts of Old Jerusalem.  We heard how the Israeli government is trying to get rid of all Palestinians living near the border of Israel.  We stood on a hill and could see a number of Jewish settlements and the wall that the Israelis have built to separate them from the Palestinians.  A very passionate young Israeli woman spent about two hours explaining the situation.  We then drove around one of the settlements and the Palestinian community that was right next to it.  The settlement has water piped up in, but the Palestinians are told that it is impossible to get them water even though sometimes they are right next to a settlement.  The Palestinians have no garbage pickup but the settlers do even though they pay the same taxes.  We also saw homes that were taken from Palestinian families.

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December 4, 2012

Sister Pierre D., right, a coordinator for the ministry in Erie, PA, leads her group in a prayer over shawls during a recent meeting at Mercy Terrace Apartments, Erie. Pictured from left are Rosemary H., Jean D., Mercy Associate Pat S. and Joan A.

Sister Pierre D., right, a coordinator for the ministry in Erie, PA, leads her group in a prayer over shawls during a recent meeting at Mercy Terrace Apartments, Erie. Pictured from left are Rosemary H., Jean D., Mercy Associate Pat S. and Joan A.

By Gary Loncki

To see Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Associates and others come together in a balance of work and prayer to create beautiful prayer shawls to bring comfort to those who need healing is very much a visible act of Mercy. The seed for this ministry was planted in a yarn store in Madison, Conneticut 11 years ago.

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November 28, 2012

By Sister Anne Frances P.

Four decades ago, while teaching first grade, I came up with  a new story about a kitten who wanted to fly. I always enjoyed flying and loved kittens. The story was enjoyed by young and old alike and the opinion was to publish it! There were no illustrations! The project was placed aside for future reference.

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November 21, 2012

By Sister Renee Y.

 Let’s pray for one thing for all of us this Thanksgiving:  May we not overlook the power of this special day.  Somewhere in the fog of our football, food and parading, may that flash of insight come to each of us that everything we have is gift.

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