September 27, 2020
By Jackie Coffer, Marketing & Events Manager, Mercy Center Auburn
The sacred grounds of the Sisters of Mercy’s Auburn campus welcome all who visit. Located in the beautiful foothills of northern California’s Sierra Nevadas, the 33-acre property includes living quarters and a chapel for the sisters. It is also home to Mercy Center Auburn, a retreat and conference center.
Caring for these grounds are two longtime employees of the Sisters of Mercy, Lindy Virgil, Jr., and Joseph Oliveira, with more than 68 years of combined service. Technically, Lindy brings even more years of experience since, at age 16, he used to drive from the local high school to the convent to work with his grandfather, Joe Costa. Joe’s commitment to the sisters left an indelible mark on these grounds – a legacy that Lindy now helps to preserve and enhance.
Both men’s hard work and talents create a picturesque landscape where we witness each day the miracles of nature. “We’re dedicated to preserving the beauty of these grounds,” Lindy says. “But we also understand the importance of protecting our natural resources that we’ve got to handle with respect.” Joseph agrees, adding, “We all need to take full responsibility for what we use.”Read More