Welcome Emma Llewellyn
On Saturday, 4 March, a small group of Sisters gathered at the Mercy Hub in Melbourne to formally welcome Emma Llewellyn into Enquiry Stage II of the Initial Formation Program of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Margaret Moore rsm, Acting Community Leader South C, gave a warm welcome to Emma and her immediate family, including her 95 year old grandmother, as well as other Sisters from the South C Community. Mary Maloney rsm who had been Emma’s Principal at Sacred Heart College Kyneton also attended.
Joan Doyle, Director of Initial Formation, then led a short ritual during which she presented Emma with a Morning and Evening Prayer Book of the Sisters of Mercy. After Emma responded, all present raised their hands in a blessing over her. The ritual concluded on a joyful note with the viewing of “The Circle of Mercy” depicting scenes of Sisters of Mercy in ministries across the globe. All then enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea and a traditional Mercy “cup of tea.”
During Enquiry Stage II (formerly known as postulancy), Emma will begin to explore more deeply her call to religious life and commitment to the Sisters of Mercy. She will continue in her present living and employment while establishing a closer association with the community.
The Initial Formation Team is very grateful to Kerry Thomas rsm who will continue to accompany Emma on her journey into Mercy this year and to Margaret Moore rsm and the Sisters in Community South C who will offer Emma more possibilities to learn of our story through our ministries past and present and our ways of day to day living.
During this initial stage
the members of the Institute help the enquirer grow
in her relationship with Christ,
and assist her to reach a decision
as to whether she is called to this way of life.
They help her to develop to that degree
of spiritual and human maturity
which will give her freedom to surrender to God’s will,
whatever it might be.
She, In turn, contributes to our growth in mercy
as she shares with us the riches of her own journey so far.
(ISMAPNG Constitutions. 7.04).
Messages to Joan Doyle rsm