December 23, 2015

More Christmas Greetings: Send in Yours for Posting on our Website

Editor: As we bring this year of sharing our global Mercy story to its conclusion and enter into the Year of Mercy, we invite you to tell us all how it has been for you in your Mercy community or ministry - through an anecdote, a greeting, a prayer, a wish, a dream you have or a plan for 2016.

Messages to: Mercyenews



Syrian refugees take shelter in Greece
. Image courtesy of Trocaire

The MIRP team—Helen, Anne and Elaine—wish you blessings of this Christmas season when we celebrate the Word taking on the flesh of our world.

We look forward to exploring with you during 2016, mercy incarnated in response to the cry of the Earth and the cry of those who are Poor.




2015 has been an exciting and interesting year for Mercy International Association.  This Christmas marks the commencement of the Jubilee Year of Mercy which we all hope will bring renewed energy and commitment to God’s Mission of Mercy.  As we celebrate the feast of God coming among us as a small and helpless child, may we give thanks for those who have taught us Compassion and Mercy. 

I wish you every blessing of the Christmas Feast and hope that the Year of Mercy will be a wonderful opportunity for you to be inspired anew by the presence of and need for God’s Mercy in our lives. 

Messages to: Berneice Loch rsm - President MIA


This holiday season finds us so mindful of how we make our home in a world community where violence, terrorism and hatred starkly greet us each day.  The gospel of joy, embodied by our brother Pope Francis and held out to each of us right now to make our very own during this Jubilee Year of Mercy, is our gift for this Christmas time.  We pray that as women and men of Mercy that we will, personally and collectively, embrace this gift.

With blessings of deep peace and joy to each of you who name yourself Mercy!

Ron Ashworth, Peter Burnett, Jim Peppiatt Combes, Maura Hyland, and Sisters Margaret Casey, Colette Cronin, Denise Fox, Pat McDermott, Scholasticah Nganda and Mary Reynolds
                                             Mercy International Association Board of Directors

Messages to: Pat McDermott rsm - Chair, MIA Board


This Christmas, let us in the spirit of the Jubilee year, open wide our doors to allow God’s Mercy to enter in and touch our lives. In turn may we be the channels through which God’s Mercy and Compassion flows to those whose lives we touch. As we enter into the mystery and wonder of this season and start the journey into the Year of Mercy we echo the words of Pope Francis: Let us allow God to surprise us.

May our journey give birth each day to the Love which will heal and transform our world.

May the promise and blessing of Christmas be yours!

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MA


I have had the opportunity to coordinate the Holiday Project at the Center where I minister for the past few years. This year we helped 30 families of our students who are Developmentally Disabled. Small signs of God's blessing happen especially during the project that show God's Mercy: this year, a donor got a coffee maker as the family requested gift. When they brought it in with the other gifts they noted they should have gotten coffee to go with it. An hour later, in the midst of other items being brought in for other families, a donor handed me a bag with 2 pounds of coffee and said 'if there is a family who would like this, please pass it along!' Another family received more gift card funds than requested and was able to use it for needed car repairs - unexpected yet signs of hope. I was more humbled this year than before at how God works if I but humbly let God lead the way.

-Rosemary Sherman, RSM NyPPaW Community (Americas)


Greeting to all our Mercy Sisters and friends from the Sisters in Coolock House, Dublin.
Wishing you all a prayerful Jubilee Year of Mercy with special graces and blessings.Maybe we wlll see some of you during the year.

Kathleen Somers rsm


Dear Sisters,

May God love and bless all of you with a most Blessed Christmas and a Joyous Happy and Healthy New Year of Mercy!!

Love & special greetings to all,

Sister Ruth Hollen, RSM

Dallas, Pa

Mid-Atlantic community


The Sisters of the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy, UK, send Christmas Greetings and Blessings to our Mercy family worldwide. May we be filled with wonder, peace, joy and complete trust in God as we strive to be Mercy to each other, all God’ creatures and our planet earth.

We ask that His energy, compassion, and guidance will accompany us on our journey as we continue to kindle the fire of Mercy’s flame throughout this Jubilee Year of Mercy.



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