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.

MOVING FORWARD in Hope

By Sister Mary Angela Perez

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Moving Forward in Hope, a workshop designed by the National Religious Vocation Conference, has propelled the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas in Guam with new initiatives to invite women to discern their calling to religious life. One of the initiatives is to “Pray, Eat and Play with the Sisters” at least twice a year. Thus far, we have had gatherings to coincide with two annual events: National Vocation Awareness Week in November 2013 and the World Day of Consecrated Life in February 2014. Prayer has involved the group with either faith sharing or adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. A simple meal followed by games such as Rummikub, Farkle, Scrabble, PingPong, or just enjoying wonderful conversations have generated much energy, vibrancy and fun! One of the women was having great fun that she was reluctant to call her mom at the appointed time to take her home. We weren’t sure where this new initiative will take us but the feedback from the women and sisters indicates moving forward in hope! One of the positive ingredients in the initiative is the fact that the local area community is in it altogether. We have a sense of the whole in inviting women to discern our Mercy way of life and to further the charism of Mercy.

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