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Adelaide welcomes new candidate

Twenty-three year old Elizabeth Young, a circus arts performer and theology student from Kalangadoo in South Australia, was welcomed as a candidate of the Adelaide Sisters of Mercy on September 24, the Feast of Mary, Mother of Mercy. Sister Bernadette Marks reports.

Photo: Elizabeth Young with friends after the Eucharist.

At 6pm on September 24, the Feast of Mary, Mother of Mercy, Adelaide sisters and those from Wilcannia-Forbes, gathered for a Eucharist celebrated by Father Tom Gleeson at the Adelaide College of Divinity. During this Eucharist, and in the presence of her parents and friends, Elizabeth Young was warmly welcomed as a candidate of the Sisters of Mercy.

Elizabeth is a student at the Adelaide College of Divinity, and since March this year has been living with the Renown Park Community.

The scripture readings Elizabeth chose for the Eucharist were Colossians 3:12-17 and Luke 9:1-6. During the liturgy she made the following request:

“I have come to see who you are and where you live and I now would like to remain with you.

“I want to continue listening and learning from you and to become more fully a Mercy woman –loving God and living daily according to the spirit of the Gospel of Jesus.

“Inspired by Catherine McAuley and the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy to seek justice and see God in the face of the most marginalised, I ask for your prayers, guidance and companionship as I take this new journey into the life of Mercy.”

From: Sister Bernadette Marks RSM (Local Communications Facilitator, Adelaide)