January 25, 2017

Registration Now Open for 2017 Pilgrimage of Young Mercy Leaders (Secondary Schools)

Registration is now open for the fourth biennial Pilgrimage of Young Mercy Leaders, which will be held from Tuesday, 18 July to Friday 21 July, 2017.

Students from Mercy secondary/second level schools will travel to Mercy International Association in Dublin, Ireland. These Mercy pilgrims will undertake their journey in the light of the story of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy. Participants will emerge with a deeper appreciation of our Mercy tradition – past, present and future.

  • Past: As they explore Mercy International Centre, pilgrims will hear the story of Catherine McAuley anew in the House she founded. They will learn about her spirituality and grow in understanding of the rich heritage of the Sisters of Mercy.
  • Present: Pilgrims will gain a profound sense of the Mercy spirit alive today. They will be challenged by engaging speakers and will encounter the Mercy charism in the diversity of their fellow delegates.
  • Future: As they reflect on their experiences in Dublin, pilgrims will come to know themselves as Mercy leaders. They will return home emboldened to strive for justice and Mercy, with the courage that Catherine demonstrated.

Students will be able to spend time in Catherine’s original foundation house: praying in the chapel she built, walking across the floorboards of the room where she died, and exploring the heritage treasures housed at Mercy International Centre. There will be keynote addresses on Mercy leadership and a global perspective on mercy mission, and a variety of workshops and discussions. Workshop themes include: discerning life choices; global Mercy mission; Mercy at the UN; opposing human trafficking; Catherine’s humour and spirituality; mindfulness; environmental sustainability. Social opportunities with Mercy students from around the world will abound, and will include a talent show and a pizza party and social.

Materials can be downloaded here:

1. Young Mercy Leaders - Flyer
2. Registration-Delegation
3. Information Sheet
4. Registration - Participant
5. Payment Options
6. Tips for Completing PDF Forms

Group Registrations must be received by Mercy International Association (either electronically or by postal mail) by Saint Patrick’s Day, Friday, 17 March 2017.

Registration materials can be returned electronically to heritage@mercyinternational.ie or through postal mail to:
Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm,
Mercy International Association,
64a Lower Baggot Street,
Dublin 2, Ireland

2015 Pilgrimage for Young Mercy Leaders. Welcome & First Day

  • Welcome to all pilgrims

  • Waiting to Register

  • Registrations open

  • Mary Reynolds rsm welcoming the pilgrims

  • A pilgrim receives her spiral badge

  • Decorating a pebble for the ritual

  • Candle and decorated stones in the centre piece

  • Receiving the candle during the ritual

  • View of Ritual Centrepiece and Musicians

  • Some of the pilgrims

  • Pilgrims ready to pray during the ritual

  • Some of the pilgrims

  • Enjoying time together

  • Meeting other pilgrims

  • LIghting the candles

  • Our Mercy Musicians

  • Patricia Walsh, facilitating the group

  • Aine Barrins rsm screening Catherine's Story during her presentation


Image: Touring the Mercy International Centre Archives © 2015 MIA

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