Student Review of Virtual Young Mercy Leaders Programme 2021
The three-day Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage virtual conference was an extraordinary experience, which I was very grateful to be a part of. Even though it was held virtually, it opened up opportunities for the global Mercy community to unite as one. The retreat consisted of many inspirational speakers, such as Susan Clarke, the Mercy International Association - Global Action Team, as well as Sr Karen Schneider. They shared their wisdom, their stories, their values and passions that inspire them to lead mercifully.
Their presentations were very moving and left me wanting to explore the topics of ethical leadership, the Sustainable Development Goals, and advocacy for justice on a deeper level. Similarly, it also sparked self-reflection, and in particular self-exploration in what makes me feel alive. For me, this is simply just spreading kindness. It also made me self-reflect on issues I am passionate about and issues I wish to advocate for, including climate justice which incorporates environmental racism.
The breakout rooms were a wonderful opportunity for we, Mercy leaders, to collectively discuss and reflect, as well as engage in formulating social justice action plans on issues such as poverty and gender equality.
This retreat has provided me with the gift of the global Mercy community. It has taught me to lead authentically and to lead with compassion and empathy, whilst guided by the teachings of Catherine McAuley.
Year 11 student
Academy of Mary Immaculate