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.

World Day of Consecrated Life Celebration With the Sisters of Mercy

Pray, play and eat! That was how the Sisters of Mercy celebrated this year’s World Day of Consecrated Life, together with thirteen young adults, at Tai Mercy Convent on Saturday, February 7, 2015. Dubbed as “Fun Day with the Nuns,” the afternoon gathering saw the sisters opening their hearts to joyfully welcome guests interested in learning more about consecrated life. They prayed together Psalm 34: the psalm of thanksgiving, intercessions for those discerning their vocation in life, read from scripture, and viewed a video that showed sisters reflecting on what attracted them to a life as a Sister of Mercy. They also viewed a video produced by the National Religious Vocation Conference highlighting different men and women religious and their response to three questions about their vocation: What initially drew you to consecrated life? Why have you stayed? What do you love most about community life?

mercy friends
The prayer service concluded with an uplifting song, “Wake the World with Dawning Joy!” based on the words of Pope Francis to the consecrated religious of the world. The young adults who attended the fun get-together included students from the Academy of Our Lady of Guam, women who are exploring the possibility of a religious vocation, as well as young men and women friends of the Sisters of Mercy who support our life and mission in encouraging young women who are searching their vocation in life.

farkel

There was much fun, laughter and joy in the sharing of meals and in playing a wonderful group game of Farkel! Young and old joined in the fun! The circle of mercy is timeless. We will wake the world with dawning joy!

We invite you to pray for vocations and for discerners using the following prayer from our Holy Father, Pope Francis:

LORD of the Harvest,

BLESS young people with the gift of courage to respond to your call.
Open their hearts to great ideals, to great things.

INSPIRE all of your disciples to mutual love and giving—
for vocations blossom in the
good soil of faithful people.

INSTILL those in religious life, parish
ministries, and families with the confidence
and grace to invite others to embrace
the bold and noble path of a life
consecrated to you.

UNITE us to Jesus through prayer and sacrament,
so that we may cooperate
with you in building your reign of mercy
and truth, of justice and peace. Amen.

— Pope Francis

Adapted from the Message on the 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

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