Young Mercy Leaders
The Young Mercy Leaders programme commenced in 2011 with the visit of Mercy secondary school and college students from across the globe to Mercy International Centre to experience together the riches of the Mercy story before returning to daily life better equipped to be leaders in their schools and world.
The programme was such a success that it is now being offered annually with secondary school and college programmes being offered separately in alternate years.
Inquiries to: Anna Nicholls rsm - Team Leader Heritage & Spirituality
The 2019 Pilgrimage for secondary/second level school students will run from Tuesday, 16 July to Friday, 19 July 2019. Please note change of date.
The 2018 Pilgrimage for post secondary/college age students. Access the accounts of each day's activities from the links below:
Day 1: The Pilgrimage for aged 18+ Young Mercy Leaders Has Begun!
Day 2: Day 2 of YML Pilgrimage: Another Great Day was had by all!
Day 3: Day 3 of YML Pilgrimage: And the Sun Came out!
Day 4: A Fitting Conclusion to a Wonderful Week
- ALL attendees (pilgrims, mentors, volunteers, staff) need to register their attendance online here.
- Earlybird registrations and payments of €250 per participant are due by St Patrick's Day, 17 March 2018. After 17 March the registration cost will be €280 per participant.
- An information letter can be downloaded here: A4 Paper size, US Letter size (3pps, PDF)
- A poster for advertising the pilgrimage can be downloaded here: A4 Paper size, US Letter size (PDF)
2017: Secondary/second level Students. Arrival & Registration
2016: College Students and Young Adults. Welcome and Opening Ritual
2015: Secondary School Students. Welcome and Day One
Video: 'Mercy Beckons a New Generation' 2014 (07:45)
During the 2014 Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage for University Students and Young Adults, Sheila Carney rsm, Special Assistant to the President at the Mercy Centre for Service in Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, travelled with a group of students to Catherine's House at Baggot Street, Dublin, Ireland. The group spent time exploring Catherine's House and finding out about her life, her work and about the person of Catherine.
The group revealed that being at Baggot Street was an experience like no other, where they discovered that Catherine was woman who experienced many struggles and yet had wonderful determination, never taking no for an answer. Having spent time in Catherine's places and spaces, the students expressed their desires to carry forward her dream of compassion, of service and of Mercy.
Reports on the 2014 College Students & Young Adults Programme
Reports from the 2014 College Students & Young Adults programme can be accessed below. These give an overview of each day's activities and an insight into the responses from the participants.
Video: 'Fan Into a Flame’ 2013 (32:06)
'Fan into a Flame' was filmed during the Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage, held in Baggot Street in August 2013 when over 100 young people from Mayo to Belize and Melbourne to New Jersey, gathered in Dublin to undertake a journey of self-discovery and of leadership, inspired by Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.
Reports on the 2013 Secondary Schools programme
Reports from the 2013 Secondary Schools programme can be accessed below. These give an overview of each day's activities and an insight into the responses from the participants
Video 'Home of Mercy' 2011 (17:22)
This 17 minute video captures highlights from the various keynote presentations, rituals, workshops, and theatrical performances; talent show acts of the Melbourne Congregational Schools, and high school students Ryan Boulton-Lear (Liverpool, Great Britain) and Katie Kavanagh (Athy, Ireland); and interviews with participants from four USA universities and four high schools in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, and Ireland.
Reports from the 2011 Secondary Schools programme
Reports from the 2011 Secondary Schools programme can be accessed below. These give an overview of each day's activities and an insight into the responses from the participants