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.

Sisters of Mercy explore their future at 2010 Assembly in North Carolina

Concord, North Carolina – July 2, 2010 – Almost 400 Sisters of Mercy from 18 states, Guam and Jamaica gathered at the Concord Convention Center, outside of Charlotte, for the Sisters of Mercy – South Central Community Assembly June 23-26, 2010. The Assembly theme “The tender mercy of God has given us one another” guided the sisters’ conversations.

 Sister Mary Cabrini Taitano, RSM, of Barrigada, Guam

Sister Mary Cabrini Taitano, RSM, of Barrigada, Guam, blew the conch shell as part of the opening ritual of the 2010 Assembly of the Sisters of Mercy – South Central Community held outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, June 23-26.

The Assembly celebrated the geographic and cultural diversity of the Community, while addressing issues pertinent to the Community’s future including mission, ministry and new membership. Keynote speaker Sister Margaret Farley, RSM, presented “Mercy Under the Sign of the Cross,” which addressed the unique challenges faced by Sisters of Mercy in today’s world. Sister Margaret is an author and the Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics at Yale University Divinity School. The Community also celebrated the reception of Sister Claudia Cano, who will enter the Sisters of Mercy novitiate in Laredo, Texas, in August.

Three Guam sisters were elected delegates to the Sisters of Mercy Institute Chapter: L-R: Sister Angela Perez, Sister Marian Arroyo and Sister Maria Rosario Gaite

Three Guam sisters were elected delegates to the Sisters of Mercy Institute Chapter: L-R: Sister Angela Perez, Sister Marian Arroyo and Sister Maria Rosario Gaite

Sister Kathy Green, RSM, president of the South Central Community, spoke during the opening session. “I see hundreds of faith-filled women who have passionately and authentically lived the call to follow Jesus in service to the poor, sick and ignorant with a generosity of spirit and a never-ending desire to meet the needs of the times.”

During Assembly, the South Central Community chose its delegates for the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Chapter, which will take place June 20-30, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois. The sisters elected and the cities in which they minister are:

Sister Marian Arroyo, RSM – Hagåtña, Guam
Sister Patricia Coward, RSM – Savannah, Georgia
Sister Linda Falquette, RSM – Toledo, Ohio
Sister Susan Frazer, RSM – Manchester, Jamaica
Sister Maria Rosario Gaite, RSM – Dededo, Guam
Sister Doris Gottemoeller, RSM – Cincinnati, Ohio
Sister Mary Haddad, RSM – St. Louis, Missouri
Sister Jane Hotstream, RSM – Belmont, North Carolina
Sister Elizabeth Ann Linehan, RSM – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sister Ray Maria McNamara – Portland, Oregon
Sister Martha Milner, RSM – Biloxi, Mississippi
Sister Áine O’Connor, RSM – Baltimore, Maryland
Sister Angela Perez, RSM – Belmont, North Carolina
Sister Fran Repka, RSM – Cincinnati, Ohio
Sister Larretta Rivera-Williams, RSM – Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Sister Pat Smith, RSM – Baltimore, Maryland
Sister Mary Stanton, RSM – Cincinnati, Ohio
Sister Deborah Troillett, RSM – Little Rock, Arkansas
Sister Paulette Williams, RSM – Charlotte, North Carolina
Sister Barbara Wheeley, RSM – Gastonia, North Carolina

Alternates:
Sister Mary Rose Bumpus – Seattle, Washington
Sister Rose Marie Tresp – Gastonia, North Carolina

2 comments to Sisters of Mercy explore their future at 2010 Assembly in North Carolina

  • Sr. Karen Bernhardt HM

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