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Reflections from Mercy Challenge

June 5, 2013

IMG_3220As I sit here reflecting on the amaaazing time we had with the 13 women who joined with us for Mercy Challenge last week, a big smile comes to my face.  These women were so eager to learn about our lived experiences incorporating acts of compassion, prayer, the critical concerns, and our vowed life together.  It was such a blessed experience to be with them as they discerned how they will incorporate the gospel mandate Matthew 25 into their lives.  –Sister Katherine H.

Some of the participants at Mercy Challenge share their thoughts on the experience: Read More »

My Journey to Becoming a Sister of Mercy

January 23, 2013

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

Serving poor & 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 »

Mi jornada para convertirme en Hermana de la Misericordia

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.

Who is Catherine for Me?

September 26, 2012

By Mercy Associate Kristen S.

Sister Fran and Sister Barbara and our Frances Warde Night at McAuley Village

It is impossible to find one word that encapsulates the essence of Catherine McAuley. She had so many important qualities. She loved Jesus, really understood what He wanted us to do for others, and demonstrated that by her acts of mercy. She was articulate, magnetic, charismatic and savvy. How else could a woman of her time accomplish all that she did in such a short period of time? Even following her death, her message continues to resonate with so many and her mission lives on thanks to the work and dedication of the generous people who work in the many Mercy ministries worldwide. Read More »

This Mercy Day “I Stand with the Sisters”…

September 25, 2012

By Richard Z., Mercy Associate and Executive Director – Circles of Mercy, Rensselaer, NY

It is hard to avoid the media reports of the Vatican’s inquiry into the internal workings of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).  The LCWR organization is recognized by the Vatican as one of the representatives for communities of women religious.  The Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community who sponsor Circles of Mercy are members of the group.  As a lay director of this ministry and also a Mercy Associate, it is difficult to read and hear about this inquiry.  Why?  Partly because I was educated by women religious throughout my entire Catholic education; in grammar school, high school and as a college student.  I was fortunate to have had some of the brightest, most spiritual women I have ever known, share their gifts of knowledge, understanding, aptitude and time with me during those formative years.

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Participating in the Mercy Challenge with an Open Heart

June 11, 2012

By Eileen H.

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the Mercy Challenge in Cumberland, RI. During this four day event, I, alongside five other young ladies, learned about Catherine McAuley, founder of Sisters of Mercy, and the mission of the Sisters of Mercy. Excited and nervous, I flew out of the West Coast and back to the beautiful East Coast although I had never been to Rhode Island before. With an open mind and an open heart, I was prepared for whatever I was to experience, not knowing how powerful and how precious an impact it would make on my heart.  Read More »