|Mid-Atlantic Associate Maureen McCullough during a visit to Pakistan.|
Mercy Associates with the Mid-Atlantic Community are a diverse group of men and women who have been called to witness to Mercy and to share the values and traditions of Catherine McAuley, Sisters of Mercy founder.
Although committed to lay life, they support and expand the life and works of Mercy in ways appropriate to their gifts, talents and lifestyles.
Mercy Associates are women and men who are Christian, 21 years of age or older, who:
• desire to strengthen their commitment
to the Gospel
• want to deepen their prayer lives
• seek to share in the mission of mercy
Mercy Associates demonstrate love of Christ in service to the poor, sick and uneducated with special concern for women and children. In solidarity with people who are marginalized, associates join with sisters to promote works of justice and charity.
Associates live their unique calls to Mercy in personal ways, given their current life circumstances. As lay people committed to contemplation and action, associates engage in ongoing discernment reflecting their continual call to inner conversion and outward service to others.
Mercy Association offers a rich orientation program for those who are considering a call to Mercy. Each associate enters into relationship with the Sisters of Mercy to share in their life and mission. They formalize this relationship through a covenant that describes how the individual will extend the mission of Mercy through prayer, community, and service in her or his own life.
To become an associate, a person meets with the local coordinator of association, becomes acquainted with other sisters and associates, and enters into a yearlong discernment process.
Kathy Schiro, Director of Association
Nanci Bachman, Watchung, NJ
Louise Simon, Brooklyn, NY
Steve Stritch, Hartsdale, NY
Sally Barnes, Dallas, PA
Marianne Finnegan, Merion, PA