Mercy Day Greetings
For many years, Sisters, Associates, Communities, Ministries, Congregations and Institutes, as well as members of the wider Mercy network, have sent in their Mercy Day Greetings for posting on our mercyworld.org website. These are widely read and greatly appreciated.
Enjoy reading this year's messages.
Messages to: Anne Walsh - Mercy eNews Editor
May you be cheerful and happy animating all around you,
and in all your tripping about, may your heart remain centred in God.
May many little cheering things come your way.
May every candle you light remind you to be a shining lamp
giving light to all around you.
May you open your door often to friends, and share a good cup of tea.
May peace be in your heart and may the sun never go down on your anger.
May you flourish in the midst of the cross, even when more than a common lot falls your way.
and as those you love journey to God, may you be comforted
by the joy of believing we shall all meet in heaven.
Blessings on Mercy Day Mary Reynolds, Team, Staff and Volunteers at Mercy International Centre
Across the miles, we here in Colon, Panama, send special greetings and prayers for you, our Sisters and Associates. We thank God for the gift of your lives! Love, Your sisters Barbara and Dina and Associates
Blessings for the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy 24 September From the Sisters of Mercy North Sydney
Greetings on this Mercy Day 2018 as we journey together in our understanding of Mercy Global Presence. The call to us from the participants of the Mercy International Reflection Process was to hear the Cry of Earth and Cry of the poor in a new way as we respond by seeing Mercy in a new way and daring Mercy in a new way. Our hopes are:
‘In a world of displacement, Mercy Global Presence will champion inclusion. In a world of degradation of the environment, Mercy Global Presence will realise its oneness in the sacred communion of all creation.’ (MIRP Review 2017 p19).
If we utter aloud the word mercy,
standing, each of us, by an open window
anywhere we are in the world,
then the word mercy will carry on the soundwaves
onwards and unceasing,
through the air of the wounded world.
And maybe, when it takes flight
into deed and kindness, justice and effort,
it will effect a healing, a hope and a blessing.
It may call the homeless home,
it may coax to hope the betrayed and broken,
it may ease the burdened earth.
Listen for it, the repeated word mercy, on this Mercy day,
Listen for its neighbourly dialects and global idiom.
Imagine those who, like you, are saying it aloud,
and those who need to hear it, today- the word- mercy.
One word, one deed of justice, one kind effort at a time.
Creator God, sustainer of life,
Jesus, our companion Word,
Spirit, who, like the air, inspires,
give us the simple daring this day
to say and to be Mercy. (Mary Wickham rsm). Denise Fox rsm Chair, Board of Mercy International Association
A Mercy Day greeting from Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women in Rochester, New York Blessings to all as we celebrate Mercy Day across countries and continents. The faculty, staff, administration, and students from Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women in Rochester, New York offer our prayers for a holy and happy Mercy Day wherever you are! As we celebrate our Mercy Day Mass here at school we will remember Mercy around the world and give thanks for the legacy that is ours. Sister Pat Beairsto, Campus Minister
Happy Mercy Day to all our Sisters, Associates, Colleagues, and friends. God has called us to be mercy following in the footsteps of Catherine McAuley and her love for the poor and underserved. May we be faithful to Catherine's vision to bring MERCY to a wounded world in our own time and in our respective cultures...and to do all in a spirit of love and joy. Amen Fran Repka rsm, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Greetings and happy Mercy Day to sisters, associates and friends of Mercy around the world! What a blessing it is to celebrate this Mercy Day and Catherine’s rich legacy this year, when the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas will also honor the way Frances Warde and her six sister companions carried her mission to the U.S. 175 years ago. We humbly accept the call to continue the work of being Mercy for our suffering world each day. Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
On Mercy Day and each day may we remember…
The Gospel is the book of God’s mercy, to be read and reread, because everything that Jesus said and did is an expression of the Father’s mercy.
John the Evangelist reminds us that ‘Not everything Jesus said and did was written down’ (John 20:30); and so the Gospel of mercy remains an open book, in which the signs of Christ’s disciples – concrete acts of love and the best witness to mercy – continue to be written.
We are all called to become living writers of the Gospel, heralds of the Good news to all men and women of today. (Papal Audience, April, 2016)
as we continue to be merciful, spread the power of the Gospel everywhere, and write those pages of the Gospel which John did not write Blessings in Mercy from Sisters of Mercy Brisbane
On Mercy Day we celebrate the opening of the House of Mercy in Dublin, which included the very first Mercy classroom for the very first Mercy students. Though our classrooms are much changed, the rich Mercy charism with which we animate our students is much the same.
We pray: On this Mercy Day 2018, may we remember Catherine McAuley’s passionate commitment to hear the cries of those in need and to respond by connecting them with those who have resources and influence. Refugees, immigrants, those in prison, those who are abused and those experiencing homelessness, as well as students in our schools and patients in our hospitals, all call out to us for Mercy. As people of Mercy, may we recommit to using our resources and influence each day in our efforts to live mercy and seek justice. Amen.
El Día de la Misericordia celebramos la apertura de la Casa de Misericordia en Dublin, que incluyó la primera sala de clase de Misericordia para los primeros estudiantes de Misericordia. Aunque nuestras salas de clase están transformadas, el carisma rico de la Misericordia con que animamos a nuestros estudiantes es prácticamente igual.
Oramos: Este día de la Misericordia 2018, recordemos el compromiso apasionado de Catalina McAuley de escuchar el clamor de los necesitados y de responder por conectarlos con la gente adinerada e influyente. Los refugiados, los inmigrantes, los encarcelados, los abusados y los desamparados, así como los estudiantes en nuestras escuelas y los pacientes en nuestros hospitales, todos nos llaman para recibir la Misericordia. Siendo personas de Misericordia, que volvamos a comprometernos a usar diariamente nuestros recursos y nuestra influencia mientras nos esforzamos a vivir la misericordia y abogar por la justicia. Amén. Mercy Education System of the Americas (MESA)
Happy Mercy Day to all our Sisters, Associates, Volunteers, the Staff at Mercy Center and all of the Mercy World. May Catherine and Our Lady of Mercy fill your hearts with their Peace and Love this Mercy Day. Let Catherine guide us all in our work who we help thought out our journey. So have a blessed Mercy Day with lots celebrated. Anne Simons Mercy Associate (Canberra – Australia)
Peace, joy and many rich blessings on Mercy Day, to all our Sisters, Associates and Partners in Ministry, You will be remembered in prayer. from Sister Colette and all the Sisters of the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy, Great Britain.
Mercy Greetings to each Sister of Mercy, Associate of Mercy, partner-in-ministry and co-worker. Wishing each of you every blessing Union of the Sisters of Mercy Great Britain
Celebrating our 60th Mercy Day and Greetings of Peace and Love to our Mercy Family & Friends! We are reminded this 2018 Mercy Week that God has given us the greatest gift of having the company of one another on our journey. We will continue Catherine McAuley’s legacy of caring and compassion in the name of Mercy and each day embrace one of Maria's core values. the Maria College Community in Albany, New York
Omaha Mercy is sending you well wishes for the upcoming Mercy day on Monday, September Twenty-Fourth.
We are praying and thinking of you amidst our celebration during this time.
Enjoy a comfortable cup of tea! Omaha Mercy High, Nebraska, U.S
The Conference for Mercy Higher Education (The Americas) wishes all who work in Mercy's name many graces as we celebrate Mercy Day 2018. Serving over 35,000 students, Mercy colleges and universities foster a spirit of Mercy while encouraging attention to a world so much in need. For a growing snapshot of how our 17-member colleges and universities across the US are commemorating Mercy Day in service and reflection, please visit our website: mercyhighered.org/mercy-week/index.html Dr. Moya K. Dittmeier Executive Director
Happy Mercy Day Te Ngakau Waiora Mercy Spirituality Centre, Epsom, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
Peace, joy and abundant blessings on Mercy Day, to all our Sisters, Associates and Partners in Ministry, You will be remembered in prayer. Maureen and Agnes from rural Victoria, Australia
Greetings and loving good wishes to all at Mercy International for a very Happy Mercy Day. We will be united in prayer and Celebration. Sister Brigid Collins and Associates St Johns Wood London
Our Mercy Mass focused on how Mercy connects us - to our faith tradition, to our past, present and future, to other people and our planet. We were so glad to be joined by a number of Sisters from our region, and Sr Joan Wilson reflected beautifully on what Mercy means to her. We moved from our Mass (which was held at our neighbouring school, St Joseph's College) to have a "comfortable cup of tea" - a shared morning tea - back at Sacred Heart. That was followed by some time considering how our school community could respond to the call of the Season of Creation, and an "earth hour" - a time when we operated in a way that had a low impact on our planet. We wish all our Mercy friends around the world a Happy Mercy Day. God bless. Laura Doherty (Liturgy Co-ordinator) on behalf of Sacred Heart College, Geelong, Australia.
Wishing all the members of the Mercy family far and near a blessed and joyfilled celebration on Mercy Day. Sisters of Mercy Downpatrick
As we celebrate another Mercy Day, may all of us share the mercy we have experienced in small and big ways throughout our lives. Go n-éirí an tádh leat! Go néirí an grá leat! Má éiríonn an dá leat Tá leat! Nancy Clarke (Ballina)
God requires that we should be shining lamps giving light to all around us.
Through our pathways of Vision, Charism, leadership, Vulnerability, Healing and Mission
may we respond to the invitation to be shining lamps
and to see the divine in all of life.
Love and blessings
Margaret, Marie Louise, Patricia, Cecilia, Schol
Happy Mercy Day to all the Mercy family - Sisters, Members of the Circle of Mercy, Associates and Together in Mercy. May Catherine continue to bless us all in our work as we continue to make her name known and loved in our everyday lives. Catherine McEvoy, Circle of Mercy (Northern Province) Ireland
Hafa Adai! Mercy Heights Catholic Nursery and Kindergarten from the beautiful island of Guam would like to greet the Sisters of Mercy a Happy Mercy Day! Ms. Belen De Fant, Director
May this Mercy Day be a time of reflection and grace as we continue on our shared journey of bringing Mercy to the world All the Sisters at the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea
"For as the heavens reach beyond earth and time, we swim in mercy as in an endless sea* …. Mercy Day Greetings and Blessings to all who manifest our Global Mercy Presence, responding in love to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. As we reflect on our beginnings and give thanks for all that has brought us to this day, may we commit anew to the call of the Gospel and Catherine’s ideal: We can never say: “It is enough”. (Ps103.11, as translated by Lynn Bauman) Sisters of Mercy Parramatta
Mercy Day blessings to Sisters, Associates, Companions and Collaborators in Mercy! May the same Spirit that animated Catherine to give all for the care of the most vulnerable fill the hearts of each one of us on this special day. From Sheila Harrington, RSM...Spanish teacher and coordinator of the Friends of Mercy Club of St. Mary Academy-Bay View, Riverside, Rhode Island. USA!
All of us here send Mercy Day Greetings to the Sisters of Mercy all over the world. We will be celebrating with prayer and tea on Mercy Day! Mercy High School Middletown, Connecticut
Greetings for a very happy celebration of Mercy Day from Mercy Sisters Blarney
Greetings from sisters and associates in Latin America and the Caribbean. May the inspiration of Catherine continue to MERCY in us as we strive to care for Earth, our common home, and to struggle against violence in all its forms.
Saludos de la Familia Mercy en América Latina y el Caribe. Que la inspiración de Catalina siga siendo misericordiosa en nosotros mientras nos esforzamos por cuidar la tierra, nuestro casa común, y luchar contra la violencia en todas sus formas. Con mucho cariño, Deborah Watson, RSM Communications Coordinator: CCASA (Americas)
This is an exciting time for Mercy around the world! The Sisters, Associates and our colleagues from Newfoundland extend warm greetings to the Mercy World as we celebrate 191 years since the opening of the House of Mercy. We are grateful for the interconnectedness we have with each other through social media, through Mercy-eNews, through the works of the Mercy International Association, through opportunities offered through the Centre and through personal contacts that many of us are privileged to have all over the world. We are living in a great time and now hear the call to engage in being a Mercy Global Presence. We pray for many blessings in these days and months ahead. Happy Mercy Day! ¡ Feliz día de la Misericordia! The Sisters of Mercy, Newfoundland
Wishing you every blessing as we gather to remember once more the opening of Baggot St the source and inspiration of all that has come forth in Mercy.
May you abound with Catherine’s spirit as you reflect and celebrate. We will be with you in spirit and in prayer giving thanks for each of you in your individual journeys in Mercy.
May we continue to be tender to each other in Mercy. Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand
Happy Mercy Day ! from 5th class members of the Mercy family at Our Lady of Mercy N.S., Cahir, Co. Tipperary!