Catherine McAuley

Founder of Sisters of Mercy 1778-1841


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.

Mercy Justice Director Visits Ministries

By Sr. Trinie Pangelinan, RSM

After experiencing the longest plane ride she ever had, Sr. Rose Marie Tresp, RSM arrived on Guam on April 9 to see where her Mercy Sisters live and minister.  Sr. Rose Marie wanted to see firsthand how the Mercy schools and other ministries were relating to the “Critical Concerns” of the Sisters of Mercy Institute.  As Director of Justice in the South Central Community, Sr. Rose Marie also wanted to offer resources to the local ministries to enhance their “works of mercy” and justice.

Sr. Cecilia Camacho, Guam Mercy Local Administrator; Edna Hardy and Sr. Cabrini Taitano, Guam Justice Committee members welcome Sr. Rose Tresp upon her arrival. (Photo by Sr. Trinie Pangelinan, Guam Justice Coordinator).

As she visited each Mercy school — from Academy of Our Lady of Guam to St. Anthony Catholic School, Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School, Santa Barbara Catholic School — and the Mercy-sponsored ministries (Infant of Prague Nursery/Kindergarten, Mercy Heights Nursery/Kindergarten and Mercy Action Marianas, Ltd.), Sr. Rose Marie discovered that much was being done on Guam in the area of justice, especially in sharing resources with economically poor persons, disaster victims and the marginalized.  She emphasized “right relationships” and caring for others as the hallmarks of “Justice”.

April 17, the Guam Justice Committee sponsored a forum or “town hall” at Sister Roberta Center for Sisters and Mercy Associates on the topic of the pending military buildup. Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares and Atty. Therese Terlaje of the women’s group, “Fuetsan Famalaoan” were invited as resource persons.  Their remarks were preceded by a showing of the PBS show, “The Marines are Coming” produced by Therese Matanane, which aired December 2009.  After an interesting discussion, the audience was asked to share their stance on this issue.

Sr. Rose Tresp fields questions from Sr. Angelica and others at the Sister Roberta Center in Oka at the Justice community meeting on the Military Buildup April 17.

Along with her school visits, which included Saramen Chuuk, Sr. Rose Marie was treated to various spring productions showcasing the many talents of the students.  An added feature of Sr. Rose Marie’s visit was participation in the local “Earth Day” festivities, the “Wave” sponsored by the Guam Energy Office, and planting of trees in honor of Earth.  Sr. Rose Marie summarized her visit thus: “Learning about Guam and its people has been a gift. The Sisters and Associates here have beautiful ministries in education and social services.

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