Caribbean, Central America, South America
This year we join in gratitude for the sisters in the Caribbean, Central America, South America Community who are celebrating their significant jubilee years. With their photos, you will find the city, state and year where they entered, their motto as well as their reflection on how they share the joys of their jubilee year.
Sister Marta Barry
Entered: Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 19, 1958
I worked as an English teacher at our school, Mater Misericordia, and then as head of Consudec, a teacher training institute. After that, I ministered in parochial family catechesis in several locations in the country. For the past twenty years I have been working at a women’s center where we help women believe in themselves and learn about their rights. We also accompany women suffering from gender-based violence. Lately, I have been accompanying women searching for God in their daily lives.
I remember two very sacred moments. When I was living in the South, a three- year-old boy called me “Marta, the one who looks after God.” I also remember that in the 1960s, during the time of Vatican II and Puebla, we opted for living in the “barrios” where the poorest people lived then—and still do. It was a time of much life and grace.
Thank you, eternal and merciful God, for my 60 years as a Sister of Mercy.
Sister Inés Villani
Entered: Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 26, 1958
As I celebrate my 60 years as a Sister of Mercy, I am called to gratefully embrace the image of the multicolored “Mercy basket.” In this basket, I find God’s fidelity, which has been bestowed on each of the Sisters with whom I have learned to journey over the course of my life; I treasure in this basket the sacred memory of so many brothers and sisters who have awakened compassion and tenderness in my life through their pain and suffering; and I find in the basket trust that in the twilight of my life the Spirit will lead me to the fullness of His/Her mercy.
Sister Mary Gregoria Lizama
Entered: Providence, Rhode Island, September 8, 1958
“God made me to know, love and serve Him in this life and to be happy with God in the next.”
This basic purpose of life was first presented to me by the Sisters of Mercy at Holy Redeemer School. I was fortunate to be taught by those dedicated followers of Catherine McAuley both in primary and secondary schools. They not only taught about the purpose of life in words, but they also presented it in action. Their simple, happy ways of serving God in the poor, sick, and uneducated were powerful lessons.
By the grace of God, I joined them in 1958. The Sisters of Mercy have opened many doors for me to obtain greater knowledge of God and to love and appreciate God more. I have come to recognize this happy, joyful, peaceful or suffering God in the people I serve. Reflecting on the past 60 years in religious life, I am filled with gratitude and appreciation for God’s many blessings through the Sisters of Mercy. I continue to experience much peace and happiness and tremendous gratitude as I encounter God in my daily life. There is not a day that goes by that I do not pray, “Thank you, God; I love you.”
Sister Magdalena Leavy
Entered: Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 4, 1948
After many years as a teacher and administrator in Mercy schools, I answered the call of the Latin American Bishops Conferences of Medellín and Puebla and went with other sisters to serve the poor on the margins of the great metropolis of Buenos Aires. I became a pastoral minister and coordinated family catechesis. Now, at 89 years old, I continue to participate in a Christian Base Community in my parish of Santa Cruz.