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Sisters of Mercy - Northeast Community Honors Two Distinguished Philanthropists

December 06, 2017

The Sisters of Mercy honored Darlene Ferland Ph.D., and Father Kevin Brassil as 2017 Partners in Philanthropy at this year’s National Philanthropy Day breakfast. The event was sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Rhode Island Chapter and held November 17 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, Rhode Island. On this occasion, nonprofits recognize and celebrate individuals and companies who impact our communities through their compassion and generosity.

About our honorees:

Darlene has embodied the Mercy charism throughout her life. A graduate of Saint Mary Academy – Bay View and Salve Regina University, she has served on Bay View’s board of trustees and as a committee member of the Sisters of Mercy’s annual Celebration of Mercy fundraiser for many years. Darlene is a faithful supporter of the Sisters of Mercy and our “critical concerns,” which include working for change on behalf of women, the climate and immigrants, and seeking an end to racism and violence. She epitomizes what it means to be Mercy in the community, and we greatly appreciate her philanthropic and volunteer support.

Father Kevin, pastor emeritus of St. Barnabas Parish in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, attended Mercy Cleary Grade School, where he first met the Sisters of Mercy and began a long-lasting partnership with the Mercy sisters. As a diocesan priest, he served in many parishes where Sisters of Mercy ministered. He is an advocate for those who are poor, a strong voice for peace and justice, and a crusader who strives to right wrongs on all levels. We are proud to honor him.

Father Brassil

(From left) Sister Mary Reilly, co-founder of Sophia Academy; Sister Jacqueline Marie Kieslich, president, Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community; Father Kevin Brassil, honoree; and Sister Irene Nerney, special gifts officer.

Darlene Ferland and Sister Irene Nerney

(From left) Darlene Ferland, Ph.D. and Sister Irene Nerney.

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