Handing Over, Handing On
Editor: On Saturday, 29 February 2020, Mary Reynolds rsm completed her term as CEO of MIA, handing over to Berneice Loch rsm.
Mary-Louise Petro rsm, President, on behalf of the Members, and Sheila Carney rsm, Vice Chair of the MIA Board, on behalf of the Directors, offer words of thanks to Sr Mary and of welcome to Sr Berneice.
Visionary, inspirational filled with the spirit of Catherine, innovative, enabling, passionate about all things Mercy, unstinting in generosity, unwavering in focus to MIA, far reaching in influence, steeped in the charism and spirituality of the Mercy Mission and warm and personable are just a few of the many qualities Mary Reynolds has shared with our Mercy World in her years as director and CEO.
On behalf of the Members I offer our deepest gratitude to Mary for her dedication to the growing of MIA into a strong and vibrant presence of Mercy that stretches from Catherine’s original House of Mercy across numerous countries, cultures, landscapes, languages and diverse philosophies. She has built a bridge along which we all travel back and forth on the journey of Mercy.
We wish Mary an abundance of blessings as she commences a new chapter in her life and wish her good health and a profound sense of satisfaction in all she has been and achieved at MIA.
As Mary hands over the keys of MIC to Berneice we welcome Berneice into a new era where she will bring her many gifts and skills to unlock new paths, dreams and encounters of Mercy. We offer our support and co-operation and look forward to building relationships that are mutual and warm. —Mary-Louise Petro rsm
The original key to Catherine’s house was huge – a fitting symbol of the enormity of what her house would come to symbolize. Today’s lock and key are perhaps more manageable but the task they represent – preserving and enhancing the unity of the Mercy world - is no less challenging. We offer our deepest thanks to Mary Reynolds for her fidelity to the vision of Mercy International Association and for her years of effort to keep the doors of Mercy ajar, literally and figuratively, for the family of Mercy. At the same time, we call down God’s blessing on Berneice Loch as she takes up the leadership of MIA. — Sheila Carney rsm