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Advent Reflections to Focus on "Welcoming the Stranger"

November 27, 2017

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Contact: Bob Keenan: or 202-320-3632


Silver Spring, Md., Nov. 21, 2017 – The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Advent reflections for 2017 will contemplate both the experience of displaced peoples – migrants and refugees – and the Gospel mandate that we welcome the stranger. A meditation will be offered for each of the four weeks of Advent; the first will be available on Nov. 30. Subsequent reflections will be available on the Sisters of Mercy website ( on Dec. 7, 14 and 21.

The reflections will examine various causes of displacement, including environmental degradation, legal and physical borders, human trafficking and isolation because of disabilities, mental illness or poverty, with each piece accompanied by original artwork.

Three of the reflections will be written by Mercy Sisters; the meditation on displacement because of legal and physical borders will come from faculty and students at the College of St. Mary in Omaha, NE.

  1. Nov. 30: People displaced from their homes caused by the degradation of our earth (Sisters Marielena McKenna and Roxana Contreras, RSM);
  2. Dec. 7: People displaced due to legal and physical borders (faculty and students at the College of St. Mary);
  3. Dec. 14: People displaced because of human trafficking (Sister Jeanne Chistensen, RSM);
  4. Dec. 21: People displaced from society because due to disabilities, mental illness or poverty (Sister Chris Kavanagh, RSM).


Each reflection will also be available on Facebook ( and Twitter ( or @SistersofMercy).


About the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

The Sisters of Mercy — an international community of Roman Catholic women — dedicate their lives to God through vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and service. For more than 185 years, motivated by the Gospel of Jesus and inspired by the spirit of their founder, Catherine McAuley, the Sisters of Mercy have responded to the changing needs of the times.


Through prayer and service, the sisters address the causes and effects of violence, racism, degradation of Earth and injustice to women and immigrants. The sisters serve in more than 200 organizations that work with those in need in the U.S., Central and South America, Jamaica, Guam and the Philippines.



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