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June 20, 2014

A young girl in the Philippines stands with a fruit

A young typhoon survivor in the Philippines receives fresh fruit from a relief package.

What takes longer to rebuild: a home, or a grieving heart? A school, or a broken spirit?

Typhoon Haiyan—called Yolanda in the Philippines, which bore the brunt of her destruction—made landfall on November 8, 2013, ravaging a northwesterly course across the Visayan Islands. Over 6,000 lives were lost, with 1,061 people still missing and 28,689 people injured. In total, 4,095,280 persons were displaced in the most destructive storm to ever hit the Philippines (source: www.ndrrmc.gov).   Read More »

June 9, 2014

By Sarah E., Class of 2014 at Mount Mercy Academy in Buffalo, New York

The following is the excerpted text of the graduate baccalaureate reflection by Sarah Emmerling, a senior at Mount Mercy Academy in Buffalo, New York. The reflection captures the essence of Mercy charism, with a focus on service to those who are most vulnerable. 

Sarah was a member of the 110th graduating class from Mt. Mercy.

Sarah was a member of the 110th graduating class from Mt. Mercy.

Good evening. My name is Sarah E. I have attended this school for the past four years and I can honestly say it feels as though this part of my life has flown by. … Nurtured by our dedicated teachers and mentors, [my classmates and I] developed into a group of young women who value character and promote spirituality. We united together to celebrate each other and everything we have to offer. Our faith has been enriched and our spirituality deepened.

Catherine McAuley built the House of Mercy to serve as a school for girls and a shelter for the homeless. It opened in Dublin, Ireland, in 1827. Mother McAuley displayed an unyielding desire and a firm commitment to help others. She put the needs of others before her own and taught us the importance of sacrifice. She also fought injustice by educating young women and protecting the poor. After being advised by the Archbishop of Dublin to start a religious congregation, she founded the Sisters of Mercy. This is our heritage.  Read More »

May 27, 2014

By Lauren Tyrrell, Institute Communications Office

Sister Mary Anita Iddings in her home.

Sister Mary Anita Iddings in her home.

Sister Mary Anita was training to be a Navy nurse at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California, when she met Sister Geraldine, who asked her the question that changed her life: “Did you ever think of being a nun?” Her answer was, “No, never.”

“Her words drove me crazy,” said Sister Mary Anita. “Now I look on it as my call.” She entered the novitiate and finished her training as a nurse afterwards at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco, California. She served for many years in healthcare and ministered to retired sisters. She recently celebrated her 90th birthday and her 70th year as a Sister of Mercy. A friend, Sister Marilyn K., asked Sister Mary Anita to write an article for the MAST Journal. That article, “A Special Call,’’ was later reprinted in Catholic San Francisco. In the article Sister Mary Anita looks at retirement needs and invites people to see old age as a part of life to be lived and in preparation of meeting God.   Read More »

May 22, 2014

By Sister Rita P.

The basic ingredients were perfect: a blend of women and men students from five Mercy colleges and universities in Illinois, Maine, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; high motivation; and deep passion for justice.

These students participated in Mercy-U.N. Justice Advocacy, a three-day immersion workshop through Mercy Global Action at the United Nations in New York City, New York, from May 11-13, 2014.

Group picture from the MERCY-UN Justice Advocacy workshop.

Group picture from the MERCY-U.N. Justice Advocacy workshop.

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May 6, 2014

By Carlene T., Nurse at Francis Warde Convent in Portland, Maine

Carlene has been a nurse at the Francis Warde Convent in Portland, Maine, for the past 11 years.

Carlene has been a nurse at the Francis Warde Convent in Portland, Maine, for the past 11 years

After finishing nursing school, I worked for a few years, and then I spent a number of years at home raising my children. When I was ready to rejoin the workforce, it was at the Sisters of Mercy motherhouse in Portland, Maine. I told my husband I’d try it out for six months—well, it’s been 22 years now with the Sisters of Mercy! Eleven years ago I moved from the motherhouse to the Francis Warde Convent, caring for sisters in assisted living.

It’s a very unique work environment. Working there for so many years, I get to know sisters well and get insight into their spirituality. I also have become more aware of social issues, in which the sisters are very involved, and it affects how I live, how I vote and how I form opinions about various issues. I try to approach things now from a faith-based perspective. And I believe that being more aware of the struggles of people around the world, and the fragility of our planet, has made me in turn a little kinder and more understanding. My consciousness has grown.  Read More »

May 6, 2014

Por Carlene T., enfermera en el Convento Francis Warde en Portland, Maine

Carlene ha sido enfermera en Francis Warde Convent en Portland, Maine los últimos 11 años.

Carlene ha sido enfermera en Francis Warde Convent en Portland, Maine los últimos 11 años.

Después de terminar mi educación de enfermería, trabajé por unos cuantos años y luego pasé otros en casa criando a mis hijos e hijas. Cuando estaba lista para volverme a unir al campo laboral, fue en la casa madre de las Hermanas de la Misericordia en Portland, Maine. Le dije a mi esposo que lo intentaría por seis meses—¡Pues bien, han sido 22 años ahora con las Hermanas de la Misericordia! Hace once años me trasladé de la casa madre al Convento Francis Warde para cuidar de las hermanas en vida asistida.  Read More »

May 2, 2014

By Cindy W.

Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) is an annual weekend gathering held in Washington, D.C. that connects faith to public policy. The Sisters of Mercy are among dozens of co-sponsors. This year’s focus was on the culture of violence and our Christian call to peace-making. Here, Cindy W. reflects as an EAD participant and advocate on Capitol Hill.

Ty B. and Sister Rose Marie T. stand with Cindy at the EAD Conference.

Ty B. and Sister Rose Marie T. stand with Cindy at the EAD Conference.

On March 22 to 24, 2014, I had the privilege of attending the Ecumenical Advocacy Days, which drew nearly 1,000 people from around the world. This year’s annual event focused on “efforts to reduce the acquisition and use of guns for purposes that cause harm, and to rebalance funding priorities toward preventing violence and enhancing human security.” The theme was “Jesus Weeps—Resisting Violence, Building Peace.”   Read More »

May 1, 2014

By Lori W.

Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) is an annual weekend gathering held in Washington, D.C. that connects faith to public policy. The Sisters of Mercy are among dozens of co-sponsors. This year’s focus was on the culture of violence and our Christian call to peace-making. Here, Lori reflects on her experience and how it translated to classroom learning for her students.

Sister Rose Marie T. and Lori stand at EAD. The bright paper cranes behind them signify peace.

Sister Rose Marie T. and Lori stand at EAD. The bright paper cranes behind them signify peace.

Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2014 was a very intense weekend. It was a powerhouse of an experience containing a treasure trove of information. The conference participants were highly educated, organized, passionate and faith-filled individuals from several different religious traditions. The speakers throughout this weekend were quite impressive as they shared stories of the incredible strides they have made in influencing government policies as well as those in the pews.   Read More »

April 29, 2014

By Kelly

Kelly helped over 120 people file their income taxes at St. Mary’s Center.

Kelly helped over 120 people file their income taxes at St. Mary’s Center.

Answering the call I heard in my heart to pursue my vocation with the Sisters of Mercy has taken me places I never would have imagined. Specifically, it brought me to income taxes.

When I began my formal discernment process, I realized that my lifestyle would have to change, and as I became open to follow where God led, I moved back to my hometown of Savannah, Georgia. I had a volunteer position to substitute for one of the Mercy high school religion teachers for a month. As my month of teaching was drawing to a close, I had a meeting with my vocations director, Sister Sue W., and she said, “Well, Kell, now that you’re teaching position is winding down, what’s next?” I had absolutely no idea. She told me that Sister Pat B. was looking for volunteers to prepare taxes for two months and if I had the time I should look into it.   Read More »

February 26, 2014

By Catherine Walsh, Communication Specialist, Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community

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I was filled with anticipation upon arriving at Flowing River Mercy Place, the cozy home of Mercy Sisters Suzanne Lachapelle and Judith Oliver on Indian Island in Maine. This former rectory is filled with Native American art, crafts and images of saints, including Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint. It also serves as the heart of the Immersion Experiences that Sisters Sue and Judy hold for non-native people as a way to combat racism in all its forms, one of the five Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

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