Transfer Celebration in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan (The Congregation)
In 1951 the young idealistic Frances Fairclough set off from Drogheda to join the Sisters of Mercy in Auckland, New Zealand...The ensuing years were busy ones, as Frances immersed herself in this new culture...
After forty years, Frances returned to Ireland to care for her invalided mother and later her very ill brother. These changes she accepted with equanimity and soon carved a ministry for herself in Drogheda, helping young people with literacy problems...
Castleblayney was proud and happy to host her ceremony of Transfer Profession on 9th May 2011...
A particular poignant moment was the singing of the Maori hymn, Mo Maria. As the voices of the New Zealand Sisters were raised in song, one sensed lifetimes of dedication and love.
Messages to Frances Fairclough rsm
Mercy honoured (Americas)
Sister (Dr.) Carol Rittner, RSM, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Community (USA), was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters by the College of St. Mary, Omaha, Nebraska on Sunday, May 15, 2011.
The honorary degree citation, read by Sister (Dr.) Maryanne Stevens, President of CSM, drew attention to Sister Carol’s extensive scholarship, and her work in the areas of Christian-Jewish Relations, Holocaust & Genocide Education, and in international work for peace in Israel-Palestine and in the north of Ireland. Sister Carol delivered the college's commencement address, “The Legacy of Mercy Education” to 283 graduates, plus more than 1,200 family and friends of the graduates.
Messages to Carol Rittner rsm
Sisters of Mercy arrive in Brisbane! (Australia/Brisbane)
Students from All Hallows’ School dressed up in traditional Mercy garb along with Brisbane Sisters of Mercy and 150 Ambassadors to recreate the arrival of the Sisters of Mercy in Brisbane 150 years ago with photos on the boat.
The event is one of many activities planned for this special celebration year, including the"Living Mercy" Conference (21-24 September).
Messages to Andrew Beiers - Project Officer