510 Years of Mercy Commitment Celebrated
Contributed by Sr. Liz Callen RSM
A striking centre piece in the chapel at Singleton was the setting for the liturgy celebrating 510 years of vowed commitment to the Mercy way of life.
Many sisters and friends joined the celebration of 6 Diamond and 3 Golden jubilarians on 10th September.
Liturgy began with each jubilarian speaking her motto while lighting a celebratory candle which brought a profound sense of the spirit that motivated each youthful commitment all those years ago. Renewal of vows spoken by each was followed by the traditional singing of Vota Mea and the sign of peace.
Diamond jubilarian, Sr. Margaret Sinclair RSM, reflected on the passage of the ‘widow’s mite’, (Mark 12:41-44), linking it with the life of Catherine McAuley and the cost for each of us of following the crucified and risen One, our giving of ‘all we have to live on’, the cost of discipleship. Margaret reminded us that like Jesus we will be upheld by the same faithful God. She said, ‘Like Jesus and the widow and Catherine we have felt the cost of giving all we had to live on – and we have been sustained and nurtured by God’s on-going, revealing presence in our lives and the lives of our sisters.’
The liturgy was followed by dinner in the refectory, gift giving and the joyful singing of the jubilee song, Jubilate in Aeternum.
Sr. Faith Jones RSM, Congregation Leader, congratulated the jubilarians ‘who have indeed “gone out” and crossed boundaries and met, listened and stood with the other, who might otherwise be named “the stranger”’. She thanked each sister ‘for who you are and for the gifts, talents and skills you have readily shared with us as we have journeyed together in community.’ Faith noted that ‘Like Jesus and Catherine there have been no lines drawn between the need and the ministry that has been offered by each of (the jubilarians).’
Faith thanked the sisters for their ‘service as a Sister of Mercy (which) has been generous, broad as well as long, skilful, talented and far reaching’.
So to all our jubilarians, we say congratulations!