Venerable
Catherine McAuley

Founder of Sisters of Mercy 1778-1841

PRAYER FOR THE BEATIFICATION OF MOTHER CATHERINE MCAULEY

Loving God, You chose Catherine McAuley for the service of your people who are poor, sick and uneducated. You inspired her to found the Sisters of Mercy so that these good works might endure. Give to each of us a portion of her compassionate spirit and an ardent desire to serve your suffering people.

Bless all our undertakings and grant that union and charity may always thrive among us.

Graciously, hear our prayer for Catherine and by granting the favors we ask through her intercession, hasten the day when her sanctity will be celebrated by all the Church. Amen.

Golden Jubilarian: Sister Mary Angela Perez, RSM | Act Justly, Love Tenderly, Walk Humbly With Your God

Sr Angela Perez

SISTER MARY ANGELA PEREZ, RSM
GOLDEN JUBILARIAN – 2013

Motto: Act Justly, Love Tenderly, Walk Humbly With Your God 

Fifty years may seem long if you consider it as “half-a-century”, but for Sister Angela Perez, life has only just begun!

Dolores Torres Perez entered the Sisters of Mercy in Tai on July 2, 1963. After three years of formation, she and three other Sisters were sent to Belmont in August 1966 for further religious training.  Her companions returned to Guam after three years in North Carolina, but Sister Angela stayed a year longer to continue her education at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, earning her B.A. in Mathematics, and eventually completed her Master’s in Education at Boston College years later.  Her “group” celebrated their “Silver Jubilee” in August 1989 and is now celebrating their “Golden Jubilee”.

Sister Angela’s main ministries have been in Education and Leadership.  She taught Math in North Carolina and Guam, and then went on to become the Principal at the Academy of Our Lady of Guam and then the President of Mount Carmel School in Saipan.  As the Community recognized her leadership potential, Sister Angela was elected Guam Region President for two terms.  After this, Sister served a term in the leadership team of the former North Carolina Community and a term in the leadership team of the South Central Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

When asked what motivates her to remain a Sister of Mercy after 50 years, Sister Angela responded:  “It is the best way of life for me in my loving relationship with God and in being of service to others as a Sister of Mercy.”  She continued, “Having experienced God’s loving presence in life for the past fifty years as a Sister of Mercy and supported by my family, my community of the Sisters of Mercy and friends affirm me in my daily ‘Yes’ to my Mercy life.  A heartfelt response to God’s call to be of service to those who are poor, sick and ignorant energizes me.”

Sister Angela has ten siblings, whose parents are Francisco and Juana Torres Perez, both deceased.   Sister enjoys gardening and golf, good friends and humor!  Her greatest desire is that of being in communion with others in experiencing the presence of our loving and merciful God.  She concludes:  “I celebrate with gratitude for the blessings of everyone who has been a part of my life, for a wonderful life as a Sister of Mercy.  Si Yu’os Ma’ase!”

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