September 24, 2015

Sharing Mercy Day Greetings With One Another (1)

The great feast that unites the Mercy world is Mercy Day, 24 September.

All members and friends of the Mercy network are invited to send in your greetings for posting on for Mercy Day. Greetings will be posted online as they are received.

Greetings should be sent to by 23 September to make sure they are published for Mercy Day.

Messages to: the Editor


Sing out our Joy to God rich in Mercy,
Loving us like a mother her child
Who in kindness gives us Mary,
Our Lady of Mercy.

Warmest Greetings on the feast of Our Lady Of Mercy
to all joined in Mercy throughout the world.
With love and Prayers,
Sr Catherine Ryan and the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta.

Download the greeting here (PDF)


Dear Sisters, Associates and partners in Ministry,

On behalf of the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation be assured that our prayers and wishes
are with you and your colleagues as you celebrate Mercy Day 2015 .

May the readings
…. from Venerable Catherine McAuley

'What Jesus said and did was said and done
to give us an example, which our lives
should be spent in copying.'


'The life and teaching of Jesus should be
as a book always opened before us….
and as a seal whose image we are to impress
on our hearts'

continue to be a source of inspiration and challenge for each
as you practise Mercy in real and practical ways
that do make a difference for our fragile world and its people.

May Jesus Christ, God’s human face among us bless you abundantly.

Catherine Reuter rsm (on behalf of the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation)


Mercy Day is both a time of reflection on the past and a time of looking to the future as we continue writing the remarkable story began by Catherine McAuley in 1827.

For us, this focus on Mercy began when Catherine placed her new House of Mercy and her work under the care and protection of Our Lady of Mercy in 1827 and it continues today.

It is a time when we pay tribute to the hard work, commitment and devotion of the Sisters and people of Mercy for what has been achieved over the past 188 years. Their dedication in living out the Gospel, through the following of the charism of Catherine McAuley, has made and continues to make a positive difference in the lives of so many people. Read more here

Berneice Loch rsm
Institute Leader
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea


¡Feliz Día de la Misericordia!

Pope Francis says that, in this coming Year of Mercy, “the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God.” The logo for our mercy international reflection process, unfolding during this Year, is centered on the red doors of Baggot Street. In a profoundly mystical way, these red doors connect all our doors of Mercy – in our convents and houses, in our places of ministry, in holy places around us, in Earth which nourishes us, in the cosmos which holds us in communion, and in the hearts of all Sisters of Mercy.

As we celebrate this Mercy Day, we rejoice in our shared privilege of being Mercy doorkeepers. May all the doors we keep be truly doors of Mercy.

Blessings of welcome, inclusion, justice and joy from
Sisters Elizabeth, Sheila, Elizabeth and Diane for all our Sisters in Canada and Peru

Sisters of Mercy Newfoundland


Blessings of this Mercy Day to all Mercy persons globally!

The Mercy International Association Board feels deeply honored to steward our common mission as we approach this special jubilee year of Mercy! Our blessing and prayer is one of deepened interconnectedness among us as we celebrate Mercy Day, enter into our common international reflection process, and await the Year of Mercy.

May all of our initiatives deepen our merciful response to the needs of our world.

Pat McDermott rsm
Mercy International Association Board of Directors


May we celebrate and share the Mercy of God on this special feast.
Mercy blessings
From the Sisters of Mercy North Sydney

The celebration of Mercy Day at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, North Sydney was held last Friday, 11 September.

The Mass of Celebration was followed by the Blessing of the Mercy Walk, ’The Voyage’, in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy North Sydney.

A video of the Monte Mercy Day and Celebration Week 2015 can be watched here (03:27) The brochure of the Mercy Walk, ‘The Voyage’ can be downloaded here (6pps; PDF)


Mercy Congregation Leadership Team
Download a PDF of the message here


Blessings for Mercy Day from all of us in the Western Province, Ireland.

May our reflections together during the Jubilee Year of Mercy stir our hearts and renew our commitment to respond to the needs of our time.

Caitlín Conneely rsm


Sincere greetings and blessings to our Mercy Family worldwide and to all those whose lives we touch.

May the day be filled with peace and joy and may Catherine continue to guide and direct us as we strive to influence our troubled world in 2015

Sr. Colette and the Sisters of the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy, Great Britain
Marion McCarthy rsm


Happy Mercy Day!

On this Mercy Day 2015, we recall the words of Catherine McAuley: “We should be as shining lamps, giving light to all around us.”

Our gift, the light of mercy, is a gift to be shared by all! On this Mercy Day let us pray that the upcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy enlivens a spirit of compassion, charity and love in the hearts of all the faithful, and that this spirit may bring grace and light to all those who suffer in our world. May the charism of mercy be a shining light for all the world!

¡Feliz Día de la Misericordia!

En este Día de la Misericordia de 2105, recordemos las palabras de Catalina McAuley: «Deberíamos ser como lámparas que brillan, dando luz a todo nuestro rededor».

Nuestro don, la luz de la misericordia, ¡es un don que todas/os hemos de compartir! En este Día de la Misericordia, oremos para que el Año Jubilar de la Misericordia que viene revive un espíritu de compasión, caridad y amor en los corazones de todos los fieles y que este espíritu traiga gracia y luz para todos los que sufren en nuestro mundo. ¡Que el carisma de la misericordia sea una luz resplandeciente para todo el mundo!

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas


The richest of blessing to all as we celebrate this lovely, unifying feast.

A special thanks to all who have taken the time to write to Pope Francis of our hopes for Catherine's beatification during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

May the ardency of our desire touch his heart!

Sheila Carney rsm
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas



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