Joyous Mercy Day Celebrations Held Across the Institute
On Sunday September 24, Sisters and people of Mercy around the world celebrated Mercy Day. This year’s celebrations took on a special significance, with it being 190 years since the House of Mercy opened in Baggot St, Dublin.
With Mercy Day falling on a Sunday, it meant that in many parts of the Institute celebrations were held over the days leading up to Mercy Day, as well as the day itself, meaning it was a ‘rolling celebration’!
Celebrations ranged from prayer services, Eucharist, lunches and a good old-fashioned cup of tea! Through livestreaming of the Mercy Day Mass from the Chapel at the House of Mercy, we were also able to celebrate with our Sisters in Dublin. While diverse, all of the celebrations had a common theme – an admiration for the women and men who have gone before us, and a refocussing on how we can continue the important mission of bringing Mercy to our world.
One of the areas in need of Mercy, is our common home and as part of furthering the Institute’s commitment to Sustainable Living, all Sisters and staff on Mercy Day received an ‘Institute Keepcup’. These cups are designed to be used when purchasing takeaway coffee. It is estimated that 500 billion disposable cups are discarded to landfill every year (or one million cups a minute). Pictured above is Marge Daly rsm with her Keepcup!
Celebrating 70th Jubilees in Singleton on Mercy Day
In Singleton, there were celebrations not only for the Feast Day of our Lady of Mercy, but also the 70th anniversary of Patricia Lake rsm and Moya Lantry rsm (pictured above) in taking their vows in the Singleton Sisters of Mercy Chapel.The Sisters were able to attend the local Parish mass in the Chapel, with fellow Sisters and family members and once again show their commitment to the Order of the Sisters of Mercy by renewing their vows. The mass was taken by both Fr George Mullappallil and Fr Peter Street in front of many members of the Singleton parish with the Sisters then being presented with good wishes, a resounding round of applause and bunches of flowers by Fr George and Fr Peter. To round off the morning, the Sisters joined in a cup of tea before moving on to a celebratory lunch.
Mercy Day Homily by Mary Wickham rsm
Mary Wickham rsm was invited to present this year’s homily during the Mercy Day Eucharist for residents and staff at Mercy Place, Rice Village, Geelong, Victoria. Rice Village comprises a large aged care facility, providing low and high care and a memory support unit, as well as a large number of independent living units on the same site. A number of Sisters of Mercy are residents. The talk has been modified slightly for publication.
We are pleased to present below photos capturing some of the celebrations:
Marge Daly rsm
Dawn Furse rsm
Wendy Piggott rsm and Francis Mary Whelan rsm
Alberta Busuttin rsm
Patricia Powell rsm
Margaret Commins rsm, Anglea Jordan rsm, Maria Assunta Roberts rsm and Carolyn Nolan rsm
Frances Fitzpatrick rsm, Angela Jordan rsm, Jo Doyle rsm and Carolyn Nolan rsm
Gabrielle Maree Owen rsm, Margarita Duffy rsm, Loretta Corrigan rsm, Maria Assunta Roberts rsm, June Cassidy rsm and Ursula Drennan rsm enjoying lunch to celebrate Mercy Day.
Rita Savage rsm and Anne Marie Elliott rsm
Jo Doyle rsm and Ursula Drennan rsm
Marie Kearns rsm, Maria Assunta Roberts rsm, Ursula Drennan rsm and Margaret Webb lcm
Jenny Rolls rsm, Trish Nugent rsm and Paula Smith rsm
Michelle Farrugia rsm and the Bathust Sisters including Patricia Powell rsm, Tricia Nugent rsm, Bernie Evens rsm, Janet Walker rsm and Paula Smith rsm, sharing Catherine’s story with the children at Holy Family School Kelso.
Captions to come.
Loretta Maher rsm, Anne Hannigan rsm, Rosie Carroll rsm, Yvonne Channells rsm, Marg Bannon rsm and Cabrini Mainey rsm.
Front Row: Janet Quade rsm, Bonnie Daly rsm, Beatrice Chesworth rsm. Back Row: Patricia Higgins rsm, Mavis Dick rsm, Anne Stedman rsm, Patricia Duffy rsj,and Lorna Blackhall rsj who hosted the Mercy Gathering.
Eileen Tobin rsm and Mary O’Hearn rsm
Paula Redgrove rsm, Fr Bill Burston and Kath Williams rsm
Patricia Adams rsm, Marie Matthews rsm and Monica Sinclair rsm
Gaye Foley rsm, Margaret Sinclair rsm, Therese Wilkinson rsm
Mercy Friends, Clare Inness and Yvonne Purdon talk with Dorothy Campion rsm
Catching up after Mass
Fr George and Fr Peter are presenting Srs Patricia and Moya with flowers to congratulate them on their Jubilee anniversary
A welcome cup of tea to celebrate Mercy Day
Anne McMillan rsm and Anne Forbes rsm
Joan Dalgleish rsm, Noreen Torney rsm and Emmanuel Cook rsm
Chris Coughlan rsm and Kylie Garraway
Noreen Torney rsm, Emmanuel Cook rsm, Anne McMillan rsm, Carmel Giles rsm, Helen Nolen rsm and Mary Ryan.
Noreen Torney rsm and Emmanuel Cook rsm
L –R: David Payne, Tina Grant, Louise Willis, Mary Geason rsm, Michelle Thompson, Mark Noonan Natalie Anderson and Peter Byrne
INSTITUTE CENTRE, STANMORE
Anne Foale rsm
John Hume, Joan Doyle rsm and Barbara Bolster rsm
Morning Tea at Stanmore
Shirley Carter, Denise Fletcher and Elizabeth Maskin
Maria Rallis, Elizabeth Grady and Nichol Plumbe
John Rochester and Elizabeth Grady
Standing: JudyBreen rsm Front left around to right: Nance Cale rsm, Kathy Fuller, Ailsa McKinnon rsm, Annette Schneider rsm and Berneice Loch rsm.
Berneice Loch rsm, Margery Jackman, Anne Foale rsm, Deirdre Gardiner rsm, Denise Fletcher, and Elizabeth Maskin.
Prayer Service at Stanmore Left to right: Annette Schneider rsm, Anita Meale and John Rochester
SISTERS OF MERCY GATHERING IN SYDNEY
Anne Foale rsm and Veronica Earls rsm.
Anne McGuire rsm and Jacinta Dolan rsm.
Bernadette Mansour rsm, Audette Mansour rsm, Patricia Bolster rsm and Raphael Shoveller rsm
Berneice Loch rsm, Catherine Corbett rsm, and Jenny Bailey rsm.
Catherine Ryan rsm and Georgette Rolland rsm
Eileen Quade rsm and Anna Koeneman rsm
Faith Jones rsm, Pauline Murray rsm, and Deirdre Gardiner rsm
Kate McCarthy rsm, Marlene Fitzgibbon rsm, Cecelia Rowe rsm, Margaret Collis rsm
Loreto Conroy rsm, Bernie Evans rsm, and Denise Fox rsm
Mary-Louise Petro rsm, Joyce Vella rsm, Mary McEnearney rsm
Maureen Shakesharft rsm and Valda Finlay rsm
Margaret McGrath rsm and Kathleen Dowse rsm
Rebecca McCabe rsm, Antoinette Doyle rsm and Jenni Ryan rsm
Tricia Nugent rsm, Jackie Forde rsm and Rosarii O’Connor rsm
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