A Thank You to Anna Nicholls rsm
Anna Nicholls rsm finishes as the Head of Heritage and Spirituality at MIA at the end of the year. As many of you are aware, Anna is a member of Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand. Her wide range of gifts , her creativity and her enthusiasm for the spirit and story of Catherine McAuley will be greatly missed. Among her initiatives was the Pilgrimage visiting several Mercy places in Ireland which was to have been conducted for the first time in 2020. It needed to be cancelled along with all other programmes once the pandemic made travel impossible. However, we hope this programme, to which many had looked forward, will be offered in the future. Anna also initiated an extensive programme for the digital storage of Archival material which will be of great benefit in the Mercy world.
These are only a few examples of how Anna has contributed to the life and work of MIA. She has been working from Auckland for several months now. Anna was to have completed her time in the position at the end of September but she continues to give some time each week to MIA work so that some attention to the work of Heritage and Spirituality has been possible.
It is very likely that among Anna’s most memorable and best known achievements will be coordination of the presentations of the Mass for Mercy Day and the 11 November Liturgy in 2020. Her creative skills made it possible for many of us to experience something of the rich diversity of the Mercy world and be inspired by the commitment of others from around the world.
Thank you, Anna. You have already moved into a new position at Carmel College in Auckland where you will be bringing the message of Mercy to young women. We hope your years at Mercy International Centre will be a source of happy memories in the rich tapestry of your Mercy life.
Messages to: Berneice Loch rsm - CEO Mercy International Centre