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.

Sister Brigid Perez lauded for service

by Sr. Trinie Pangelinan

Shown here during the award ceremony at the Guam Legislature on January 22, 2014 are: (L-R) Sister Mary Brigid Perez, Senator Aline Yamashita, First Lady Christine Calvo and Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron.

To many people, Sister Brigid is sometimes synonymous with “Alee Shelter”, but she has a much longer history of service to women and children on Guam and the Marianas. Sister is no longer with “Alee” but is currently employed as “Development Director” at St. Anthony Catholic School in Tamuning.

When Senator Aline Yamashita became aware of this, she decided to honor Sister Brigid with a “Certificate of Appreciation” for her many years of service. Aside from her early years of teaching in our Guam Catholic Schools, Sister also served as the Director of Religious Education in the Diocese of Chalan Kanoa from 1990-98. After that, she moved to Rota to become Principal of San Francisco de Borja School from 1998-2002.

Returning to Guam in 2002, Sister Brigid became the Vice-Principal of Bishop Baumgartner Memorial School before taking on the directorship of the Alee Shelter for Catholic Social Services, a position she held for 10 years, from 2003-2013. During this time, she not only guided the work of the women’s Spouse Abuse Shelter, but the Children’s Shelter as well. In this capacity, she also became involved with the “Guam Coalition against Sexual Assault & Family Violence”.

Having celebrated her Golden Jubilee of religious service as a Sister of Mercy in May, 2006, Sister continues to be share her gifts and talents in the Lord’s service. The people of Guam and the Northern Marianas celebrate and thank you, Sister Mary Brigid Perez!

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