Remembering Our Newfoundland Mercy Story 15:
Sister M. de Chantal O’Keeffe

Mary Ellen O’Keeffe was born in Cork on November 16, 1838. While yet nineteen years old, she and five other young women from Cork arrived in St. John’s in May of 1858 to join the Sisters of Mercy. The Reception ceremony for the five, presided over by Bishop John T. Mullock in October of 1858, was the first of its kind to be held in the newly consecrated Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

Mary Ellen’s religious name was Sister Mary de Chantal, a name that became legendary over her nearly sixty years of Mercy ministry in Newfoundland. In September 1961, less than a year after her Profession of Vows, Sister M. de Chantal went to Brigus as a member of that founding community. In 1866 she became Superior of Mercy Convent in St. John’s, the second sister to hold that position since the death of Sister Francis Creedon. During her time of office, two new Mercy foundations were established – Conception Harbour and Petty Harbour. In 1861 she went to Burin as Superior of St. Anne’s Convent.

But it was at St. Michael’s Convent, Belvedere that Sister M. de Chantal found her true home and where she spent most of her life.  As Superior in the late 1880s she oversaw the construction of the modern brick orphanage, but the huge debt accrued became a great source of stress and anxiety for her and her sisters.  With few possibilities for funding in Newfoundland, the ingenious and resourceful Sister M. de Chantal and her companion, Sister M. Ignatius Guinane travelled to the United States, where they already had contacts, to seek the needed assistance. The bishops of Boston, Brooklyn and Philadelphia facilitated their access to Newfoundlanders living in their dioceses and the response to their plea was overwhelming. The Daily News of April 22, 1927 records that the sisters returned, delighted with the success of their endeavor and “carrying golden dollars in exchange for the golden impressions they life behind.”

Sister M. de Chantal died on April 5, 1927 at the age of 88. The newsletter of Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Inter Nos of May 1927, gives a glimpse of the esteem in which she was held by sisters, students and the wider community:

                  The limited confines of her convent walls could not narrow her broad mind,
                  while her large generous Irish heart but grew and expanded with her years,
           and in it she seemed to find place for everyone… with increasing years she
          seemed to grow more forgetful of self and more concerned for the happiness
         and comfort of those around her. 

Mary Ellen O’Keeffe nació en Cork el 16 de noviembre de 1838. Cuando aún tenía diecinueve años, ella y otras cinco jóvenes de Cork llegaron a St. John’s en mayo de 1858 para unirse a las Hermanas de la Misericordia. La ceremonia de recepción de las cinco, presidida por el obispo John T. Mullock en octubre de 1858, fue la primera de este tipo que se celebró en la recién consagrada catedral de San Juan Bautista.

El nombre religioso de Mary Ellen era Sor Mary de Chantal, un nombre que se hizo legendario a lo largo de sus casi sesenta años de ministerio de la Misericordia en Terranova. En septiembre de 1961, menos de un año después de su Profesión de Votos, la Hermana M. de Chantal fue a Brigus como miembro de esa comunidad fundadora. En 1866 se convirtió en Superiora del Convento de la Misericordia en St. John’s, la segunda hermana en ocupar ese cargo desde la muerte de la Hermana Francis Creedon. Durante su mandato se crearon dos nuevas fundaciones de la Misericordia: Conception Harbour y Petty Harbour. En 1861 fue a Burin como superiora del convento de Santa Ana.

Pero fue en el convento de San Miguel de Belvedere donde la hermana M. de Chantal encontró su verdadero hogar y donde pasó la mayor parte de su vida. Como superiora, a finales de la década de 1880, supervisó la construcción del moderno orfanato de ladrillo, pero la enorme deuda acumulada se convirtió en una gran fuente de estrés y ansiedad para ella y sus hermanas. Con pocas posibilidades de financiación en Terranova, la ingeniosa e ingeniosa hermana M. de Chantal y su compañera, la hermana M. Ignatius Guinane viajaron a Estados Unidos, donde ya tenían contactos, para buscar la ayuda necesaria. Los obispos de Boston, Brooklyn y Filadelfia les facilitaron el acceso a los habitantes de Terranova que vivían en sus diócesis y la respuesta a su petición fue abrumadora. El Daily News del 22 de abril de 1927 recoge que las hermanas regresaron, encantadas con el éxito de su empresa y “portando dólares de oro a cambio de las doradas impresiones que dejaron a su paso”.

La hermana M. de Chantal falleció el 5 de abril de 1927 a la edad de 88 años. El boletín de la Academia de Nuestra Señora de la Merced, Inter Nos, de mayo de 1927, da una idea de la estima que le tenían las hermanas, las alumnas y la comunidad en general:

                            Los limitados confines de los muros de su convento no pudieron estrechar su amplia mente,
                            mientras que su gran y generoso corazón irlandés crecía y se expandía con los años,
                            y en él parecía encontrar lugar para todos… con el paso de los años parecía
                           parecía olvidarse más de sí misma y preocuparse más por la felicidad de los demás.

 

 

Earth Hour – March 23

Earth Hour on Saturday, March 23 is an opportunity to make a positive impact on our planet. While many individuals, organisations and communities switch off power for an hour, it is up to us to decide how to give an hour for Earth.

Give an hour for Earth by spending 60 minutes doing something – anything – positive for our planet. Together, let’s create a moment the world can’t miss!

Holy Week 2024: March 24 – March 31

Given the right kind of conditions, it is possible to enter Holy Week from the inside rather than the outside – not as a series of commemorative events surrounding the final days of Jesus’ earthly life, but as a way of actually accompanying Jesus on His timeless passage through death to the very source of life and back into this world, with the unshakable certainty that “nothing can separate us from the love of God.”

It is a passage, as Christian mystics from time immemorial have proclaimed, that changed the very foundations of this world. And it is a passage that we ourselves will personally make, carriedon the wings of this one Great Passage, when our own human lives have reached their fullness of time.

-Cynthia Bourgeault

Si se dan las condiciones adecuadas, es posible entrar en la Semana Santa desde dentro y no desde fuera: no como una serie de actos conmemorativos en torno a los últimos días de la vida terrena de Jesús, sino como una forma de acompañar realmente a Jesús en su paso intemporal a través de la muerte hasta la fuente misma de la vida y de vuelta a este mundo, con la certeza inquebrantable de que “nada puede separarnos del amor de Dios”.

Es un paso, como han proclamado los místicos cristianos desde tiempos inmemoriales, que cambió los cimientos mismos de este mundo. Y es un paso que nosotros mismos daremos personalmente, llevados por las alas de este Gran Paso, cuando nuestras propias vidas humanas hayan llegado a su plenitud.

-Cynthia Bourgeault

 

Documentary “They Came for the Children”

“They Came for the Children” is a 5-part documentary based on the residential schools in Canada and the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which was completed in 2015.

The documentary is the work of film maker, Kevin Moynihan with the financial help of a number of religious orders in Canada. Our congregation has contributed to his work over the years.

In a commentary on this series, Father Peter Bisson, SJ wrote: It is a very good tool to educate people about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s mission … The film gently and soberly introduces Canadians, including Christian Canadians, to these little – known dark sides of our story  and how they have shaped and harmed our life as a country …

The five segments of the film can be accessed here 

 

World Water Day 2024 – March 22

In 1993 the United Nations designated March 22 as World Water Day, a day to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the water and sanitation crisis in our world.  The theme for this year’s World Water Day is Leveraging Water for Peace.

More than three billion people worldwide depend on water that crosses national boundaries, but only 24 countries have cooperation agreements for their shared water. With the critical impacts of climate change and the growth of populations, there is an urgent need, within and between countries, to unite around protecting and conserving this most precious resource. Public health and prosperity, food and energy systems, economic productivity and environmental integrity all depend on a well-functioning and equitably managed water cycle.

Water can create peace or spark conflict. When water is scarce or polluted, or when people struggle for access, tensions can rise. By cooperating on water, we can balance everyone’s water needs and help stabilize the world by fostering harmony, generating prosperity and building resilience to shared challenges.

Prosperity and peace rely on water. As nations manage climate change, mass migration and political unrest, they must put water cooperation at the heart of their plans.

Water can lead us out of crisis. If we play our part, we can create a positive ripple effect. We can foster harmony between communities and countries by uniting around the fair and sustainable use of water – from United Nations conventions at the international level, to actions at the local level.

En 1993, las Naciones Unidas designaron el 22 de marzo como Día Mundial del Agua, un día para concienciar e inspirar la acción para hacer frente a la crisis del agua y el saneamiento en nuestro mundo. El lema del Día Mundial del Agua de este año es Aprovechar el agua para la paz.

Más de tres mil millones de personas en todo el mundo dependen del agua que cruza las fronteras nacionales, pero sólo 24 países tienen acuerdos de cooperación para el agua que comparten. Con los impactos críticos del cambio climático y el crecimiento de la población, hay una necesidad urgente, dentro y entre los países, de unirse en torno a la protección y conservación de este recurso tan preciado. La salud pública y la prosperidad, los sistemas alimentarios y energéticos, la productividad económica y la integridad medioambiental dependen del buen funcionamiento y la gestión equitativa del ciclo del agua.

El agua puede crear paz o desencadenar conflictos. Cuando el agua escasea o está contaminada, o cuando la gente lucha por acceder a ella, las tensiones pueden aumentar. Cooperando en materia de agua, podemos equilibrar las necesidades de agua de todos y ayudar a estabilizar el mundo fomentando la armonía, generando prosperidad y creando resiliencia ante los retos compartidos.

La prosperidad y la paz dependen del agua. A medida que las naciones gestionan el cambio climático, las migraciones masivas y los disturbios políticos, deben situar la cooperación en materia de agua en el centro de sus planes.

El agua puede sacarnos de la crisis. Si ponemos de nuestra parte, podemos crear un efecto dominó positivo. Podemos fomentar la armonía entre comunidades y países uniéndonos en torno al uso justo y sostenible del agua, desde las convenciones de las Naciones Unidas a nivel internacional hasta las acciones a nivel local.

 

 

Synod on Synodality Updates

July 12

On July 9 the guiding document (Instrumentum Laboris) for the October 2024 session of the Synod on Synodality was presented at a Vatican press conference. Hannah Brockhaus, Rome correspondent for Catholic News Agency wrote an article on July 3 that you may find interesting. To access the article click here 


July 5

This link will take you to a press release from the Vatican dated June 14, 2024. It signals the completion of the work of a group of theologians commissioned by Pope Francis to work on preparing a document for the October 2024 session of the Synod on Synodality. This new document is titled A Church Alive and on the Move.”


June 28

Speaking at a June 13, 2024 meeting for moderators of international associations of the faithful, ecclesial movements and new communities, Pope Francis said that synodality is a process that moves us to share in others’ suffering. He also stressed the importance of spiritual conversion in the synodal process. Click here to read more regarding this talk.


June 21

Work is underway for the October 2024 session of the Synod on Synodality. Theologians from around the world are in Rome, working on the document Towards October 2024 which will be used to further the work of the Synod. This link will give you more information.


June 15

This article gives an idea of what is happening regarding the Synod in the US Church. You may find it interesting.


June 7

Father Thomas Helik, a Czech theologian and   philosopher, spoke at the gathering of parish priests in Rome in early May about clericalism as a huge obstacle to synodality. A report on that event can be found here


May 31

This link  brings you to an interview with Cardinal Michael Czerny relating his experience of the Synod on Synodality. Cardinal Czernywas born in Czechoslovakia but was raised in Montreal. He joined the Jesuits in 1964 and taught a year at Gonzaga High School in St. John’s. He has a long history of working for Social Justice. In December 2016 Pope Francis appointed him to the Migrants and Refugee Section of the Dicastery for Providing Integral Human Development. He was a voting member of the Synod.


May 24

Calls for fuller participation of women in the leadership of the Catholic Church have increased since last October’s session of the Synod. Groups like Future Church, Women’s Ordination Conference, Discerning Deacons, and Catholic Church Reform International continue to advocate for women’s leadership in the church. To learn further about this ongoing advocacy work, you can check Heidi Schlumpf’s article from the National Catholic Reporter of May 3, 2024


May 17

An event “Women and Synodality: Where Do we Go From Here?” took place at the Jesuit School of Santa Clara University in Berkeley on May 3- 4. Read about this event here


May 10

Speaking to members of the Italian Catholic Action lay association in St. Peter’s Square on April 25, Pope Francis urged lay Catholics to prepare for the “prophetic” stage of the Synod. Read more here


May 3

Anna Rowlands, a professor of Catholic social thought and practice from Durham University in Cambridge and a key Synod advisor, writes a theological reflection on Synodality. The attached article may give you a sense of her thinking.


April 26

Two articles related to the Synod that might be of interest to you:


April 19

Many religious congregations are struggling with interculturality and its impact on all aspects of their life.

In our own congregation our four Peruvian- born sisters all come from different cultures.  In the past couple of years, they have been studying interculturality and its impact on their personal and community lives. As we look around us today, we can see how intercultural we are becoming as a church and as a society. This  article shows that the key themes of the synod –  communion, participation and mission – are very much tied to a deeper understanding and experience of interculturality


April 12

Father Thomas Reese, SJ, former editor of America magazine, wrote an article in late March on Pope Francis’ insistence that the main focus of this Synod is synodality, rather than specific controversial issues.
Access the article here


April 5

From April 28 to May 2, 2024 parish priests, selected by Bishops’ Conferences and Oriental Catholic Churches from around the world, will meet in Rome.
The intent of the meeting is to listen to parish priests, to underline the value of their experience in their local churches and to provide an opportunity for them to experience synodality at a universal level. Participants in this international meeting were chosen from a variety of pastoral contexts, largely because of significant parish involvement in the perspective of a synodal Church.


March 22

Pope Francis has announced that the October 2024 assembly of the Synod will focus on “How to be a Synodal Church in mission.

The pope has also set up ten study groups to examine ten topics that were prominent during the October 2023 session of the Synod. The work of these groups is not expected to be completed until mid- 2025, but there will be a report given at the October 2024 session on their progress to date. This article will give you a sense of the areas being studied by these groups.

El papa Francisco ha anunciado que la asamblea del Sínodo de octubre de 2024 se centrará en “Cómo ser una Iglesia sinodal en misión.”

El Papa también ha creado diez grupos de estudio para examinar diez temas que ocuparon un lugar destacado durante la sesión del Sínodo de octubre de 2023. Se espera que el trabajo de estos grupos no concluya hasta mediados de 2025, pero en la sesión de octubre de 2024 se presentará un informe sobre los progresos realizados hasta la fecha.


March 15

The synthesis report from the October 2023 session of the Synod stated that “a profound conversion is needed to meet the desire to promote a Church in which men and women dialogue together … without subordination, exclusion and competition.” 

In an article in Global Sisters Report of February 26, 2024, five panelists speak of the need for this spiritual conversion.

Read the article here


March 8

On February 17 2024 the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has launched synodal study groups to analyzekey issues in preparation for the October 2024 session of the Synod.
The synthesis report from the October 2023 session listed 75 different matters which were not able to be addressed at that time. Among these were priestly celibacy and women’s access to the diaconate. The General Secretariat of the Synod will coordinate the work of these study groups and experts from around the world will be involved.

Six new consultors to the General Secretariat have also been appointed, three of whom are female professors:

  • Dr. Tricia Bruce, a sociology professor at Maryville College in Tennessee, USA
  • Dr. Maria Clare Lucchetti Bingemer, a theology professor at the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro
  • Dr. Birgit Weiler, a Medical Missionary Sister and theology professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru

El 17 de febrero de 2024, el Vaticano anunció que el Papa Francisco ha puesto en marcha grupos de estudio sinodales para analizar cuestiones clave en preparación de la sesión del Sínodo de octubre de 2024.
El informe de síntesis de la sesión de octubre de 2023 enumeraba 75 asuntos diferentes que no pudieron abordarse entonces. Entre ellos figuraban el celibato sacerdotal y el acceso de las mujeres al diaconado. La Secretaría General del Sínodo coordinará los trabajos de estos grupos de estudio y en ellos participarán expertos de todo el mundo.

También se han nombrado seis nuevos consultores de la Secretaría General, tres de los cuales son profesoras:

Dra. Tricia Bruce, profesora de sociología en el Maryville College de Tennessee, EE.UU.
Dra. Maria Clare Lucchetti Bingemer, profesora de teología en la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Río de Janeiro
Dra. Birgit Weiler, Hermana Médico Misionera y profesora de teología en la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú


March 1

This link will bring you to an article from inside the Vatican’s Synod office, featuring Sister Nathalie Becquart, undersecretary of the Synod, published in February in Global Sisters Report.   


February 23

Australasian Catholic Coalition for Church Reform (ACCCR), established in 2012, is a network of nineteen diverse groups in Australia and New Zealand, united under the call for renewal in the Church. Its stated role is to foster collaboration and support among member groups and to disseminate messages of hope and opportunity. These groups have been meeting over many issues in the Church, and since Pope Francis’ call of the Synod, they have made this a particular focus for their work.

The Introduction to ACCCR’s submission to the Synod in August of 2022 states: The coalition is guided by Vatican 11 and the leadership of Pope Francis, with a strong commitment to co-responsibility for the Church’s mission among all Catholics.


February 16

The following is a segment of a lengthy article by James Hanvery, SJ, exploring Pope Francis’ theology:

It is clear that so much of the papacy of Francis has been about opening up spaces of dialogue with the world and with other religions. Indeed, part of the whole process of synodality has been opening up spaces within the Church as well. Dialogue is not only the necessary prerequisite for understanding, but it is also integral to reconciliation. It is notable, that not only has Pope Francis carried on the facilitation of dialogue between religions and between nations, especially where there is tension and conflict but he has expanded and encouraged dialogue within  the Church.

El siguiente es un segmento de un extenso artículo de James Hanvery, SJ, que explora la teología del Papa Francisco:

Está claro que gran parte del papado de Francisco ha consistido en abrir espacios de diálogo con el mundo y con otras religiones. De hecho, parte de todo el proceso sinodal ha consistido en abrir espacios también dentro de la Iglesia. El diálogo no sólo es el requisito previo necesario para el entendimiento, sino que también forma parte integrante de la reconciliación. Es notable que el Papa Francisco no sólo haya facilitado el diálogo entre religiones y entre naciones, especialmente allí donde hay tensiones y conflictos, sino que haya ampliado y fomentado el diálogo dentro de la Iglesia.


February 9

From April 28 to May 2 there will be a listening session for parish priests in Rome. The 300 priests who will attend will be chosen by their local Bishop’s conferences. This is another step in preparation for the October 2024 session of the Synod. This item from NCR gives more information:


February 2

The January 26 issue of the Synodal Times had the following item – an interview with Sister Mary T. Barron, President of UISG. The interview focused on the joint meeting organized in Rome by the Executive Councils of UISG and USG in late November 2023. Read the interview here


January 26

Read this article by Kimberley Hetherington in Global Sisters Report , November 9, 2023, where religious share how synodality shapes their decisions, their way of life and how their experience can help the wider church.


January 19

Read this item dated December 13 on the Synod on Synodality is taken from The Synodal Times. 


January 12

The following articles may be helpful for better understanding and fuller absorption of some of the insights from the October 2023 session of the Synod.

Religious share how synodality shapes their decisions, common life — and can help the wider church

Synod small-table discussions put all on equal footing, UISG members say


December 22, 2023

This press release, dated December 13 giving guidelines for preparing for the October 2024 session of the Synod on Synodality. The actual document can be read here

Este comunicado de prensa, fechado el 13 de diciembre, ofrece orientaciones para preparar la sesión de octubre de 2024 del Sínodo sobre la Sinodalidad. El documento propiamente dicho puede leerse aquí


December 15

The presence of 54 women at the Synod in October was not only historic; it also brought about a new energy for lifting up women and other excluded populations in our Church.

There were proposals in the Synod synthesis to advance women’s role and ministry in the Church, but the energy and hunger for women’s leadership, ministry and decision-making authority that was so evident in the preparatory documentation seems to have been muted. A new sign of hope came when Pope Francis met recently with his Council of Cardinals.  For further information, click on the following links:

Last week a webinar – the first of two sessions – featuring the UISG delegates at the October session of the Synod sharing their synodal experiences was held.


December 8

Cardinal Robert McElroy address to the Religious Formation Conference in Chicago in November on the Synod can be accessed here.


December 1

The following articles from The National Catholic Reporter may be helpful in our further reflection on the October 2023 session of the Synod on Synodality and its synthesis document:

Thomas Reese, a Jesuit and former editor of America magazine, 15 hidden gems in the synod on synodality report

Phyllis Zagano, a Catholic lay theologian,‘Excuse me, Your Eminence, she has not finished speaking’


November 24

View the multimedia version of the Letter from the October session of the Synod to the People of God


November 17

While Phase One of the Synod is over, we need to keep in mind Pope Francis’ call to the whole Church to continue on the synodal journey through prayer, listening to the Spirit and one another and consciously walking together as God’s family, missionary disciples on a shared journey. The Synod’s letter to the Church states that “the months leading up to the second session in October 2024 will allow everyone to concretely participate in the dynamism of missionary community indicated by the word Synod.” The following statement from the letter puts forward the hope and belief of the Synod: “It is precisely the path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.”

Video “Tribute to the Women of the Synod”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAfoJENIM-8

To get another look at sisters’ experience of the Synod click on the following:

https://www.globalsistersreport.org/news/how-has-synodal-process-affected-catholic-sisters


November 10

The following links may be of interest as we look back on the October session of the Synod on Synodality and come to a clearer understanding of the synodal process:

https://www.globalsistersreport.org/news/process-key-sisters-respond-2023-synods-synthesis-document

“Tribute to the Women of the Synod” video with quotes and music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAfoJENIM-8


 

Jubilee 2025

Preparations are underway in Rome for the celebration of the year of Jubilee on October 8-9, 2025. This is an event that ordinarily occurs every 25 years, the last one being in 2000. Pope Francis also called an extraordinary Jubilee year in 2015, the Year of Mercy.

In his Sunday Angelus address of January 21, 2024, the Pope designated 2024 as a special year of prayer in preparation for the upcoming Jubilee.
The theme of Jubilee 2025 – Pilgrims of Hope – is intended to offer hope to a broken world, suffering the impacts of war and violence, widespread displacement of people, a climate emergency, the ongoing effects of the Covid19 pandemic and a host of other critical problems.

Millions of pilgrims are expected to converge on Rome for this special Jubilee celebration.
Further information on the Jubilee year can be found on its official website

En Roma se están llevando a cabo los preparativos para la celebración del año jubilar los días 8 y 9 de octubre de 2025. Se trata de un acontecimiento que se produce ordinariamente cada 25 años, siendo el último en el año 2000. El Papa Francisco también convocó un año jubilar extraordinario en 2015, el Año de la Misericordia.

En su discurso dominical del Ángelus del 21 de enero de 2024, el Papa designó 2024 como un año especial de oración en preparación para el próximo Jubileo.
El tema del Jubileo 2025 -Peregrinos de la esperanza- pretende ofrecer esperanza a un mundo roto, que sufre los impactos de la guerra y la violencia, el desplazamiento generalizado de personas, una emergencia climática, los efectos actuales de la pandemia Covid19 y una serie de otros problemas críticos.

Se espera que millones de peregrinos acudan a Roma para esta celebración especial del Jubileo.
Encontrará más información sobre el año jubilar en su sitio web oficial

Solidarity Sunday – March 17

This coming Sunday, the 5th Sunday of Lent, is designated as Solidarity Sunday, a day that Catholic communities in Canada unite and collect funds to support the work of Development and Peace – Caritas Canada.

It is, in effect, our faith communities’ way of being in solidarity with those who are actively working for peace and justice around our world.

Solidarity Sunday also gives all of us an opportunity to stand in solidarity with all of humanity who hold the same dream for justice, peace and freedom.

Let us pray for all involved in Development and Peace- Caritas Canada and for all those they help through their community-building efforts and their promotion of sound economic and social development projects.

El próximo domingo, 5º domingo de Cuaresma, se celebra el Domingo de la Solidaridad, día en que las comunidades católicas de Canadá se unen y recaudan fondos para apoyar la labor de Desarrollo y Paz – Caritas Canadá.

Es, en efecto, la manera en que nuestras comunidades religiosas se solidarizan con quienes trabajan activamente por la paz y la justicia en todo el mundo.

El Domingo de la Solidaridad también nos brinda a todos la oportunidad de solidarizarnos con toda la humanidad que tiene el mismo sueño de justicia, paz y libertad.

Recemos por todos los implicados en Desarrollo y Paz – Caritas Canadá y por todos aquellos a los que ayudan a través de sus esfuerzos de construcción comunitaria y su promoción de sólidos proyectos de desarrollo económico y social.

St Patrick’s Day Greetings

On this St. Patrick’s Day, we send greetings to Irish Sisters of Mercy, Associates, Partners in Ministry and Friends of Mercy all over the world and to all Sisters of Mercy and the extended Mercy Family, who can claim Celtic roots through our foundress, Catherine McAuley.

About St. Patrick

Little is known about the life of St. Patrick. Even his birthplace is uncertain, some sources placing it in England, others in Scotland or Wales. According to his autobiographical Confessio, he was taken from his home and sold into slavery in Ireland, where he worked as a shepherd. Patrick himself said that he first truly discovered God was with him during this lonely and difficult time. After six years he escaped, returned to his family, became a cleric and came back to Ireland to spread the Christian faith. Known as the “Apostle of Ireland,” he was never canonized by the Church but was declared a saint by popular acclaim. On March 17, the presumed day of his death, he is remembered and honoured all over the world. We invoke his intercession today for all Christians, especially for missionaries and for those who are facing persecution for their faith.

En este Día de San Patricio, enviamos saludos a las Hermanas de la Misericordia irlandesas, Asociados, Colaboradores en el Ministerio y Amigos de la Misericordia en todo el mundo y a todas las Hermanas de la Misericordia y la Familia de la Misericordia ampliada, que pueden reclamar raíces celtas a través de nuestra fundadora, Catalina McAuley.

Sobre San Patricio

Poco se sabe de la vida de San Patricio. Incluso su lugar de nacimiento es incierto: algunas fuentes lo sitúan en Inglaterra, otras en Escocia o Gales. Según su Confessio autobiográfica, fue sacado de su casa y vendido como esclavo en Irlanda, donde trabajó como pastor. El propio Patricio dijo que descubrió por primera vez que Dios estaba con él durante esta época solitaria y difícil. Al cabo de seis años escapó, volvió con su familia, se hizo clérigo y regresó a Irlanda para difundir la fe cristiana. Conocido como el “Apóstol de Irlanda”, nunca fue canonizado por la Iglesia, pero fue declarado santo por aclamación popular. El 17 de marzo, presunto día de su muerte, se le recuerda y honra en todo el mundo. Invocamos hoy su intercesión por todos los cristianos, especialmente por los misioneros y por quienes sufren persecución a causa de su fe.

New Ministry for Sister Rosali

Our Sisters are now living in Huarmey, in the Ancash region, further north in Puerto Eten, Chiclayo region and further north in Chulucanas, Piura region. Chulucanas is a town in Piura Region, Peru. It lies in the Piura Valley just north of the confluence of the Charanal River with the Piura River. Chulucanas is the administrative seat for both Chulucanas District and Morropón Province. The town is famous for its pottery. 

Sr Rosalie with two of her students

Sr. Rosali has moved to Chulucanas where she has begun to teach a class of twenty three-year-old children.

School opened on March 1 and classes began on March 11. Rosali was welcomed to live with a community of Sisters of Mercy who are members of the Carribbean, Central and South American unit of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

We thank the Sisters of Mercy with whom Rosali is living and who welcomed her into their community.  We thank them for their loving support and encouragement.

We support and encourage Rosali in these many changes in her life. Rosali has taken on living in a new house of Mercy (she does know the Sisters of Mercy she is living with) in a new location at a distance from all that she is familiar with. Each day she must travel twenty minutes or more to get to the school using two moto-taxis. Her teaching position is in a poor school with twenty little ones in her class. She will have a teacher assistant to support her.

We keep Rosali in our prayer and in our hearts as she takes on these new and demanding challenges. She has so much to give to her new community and to the little ones in her class.  We look forward to hearing wonderful stories of their growth and achievement.

 

 

View of the school
First day at school
Classrooms
School from a distance

Nuestras Hermanas viven ahora en Huarmey, en la región Ancash, más al norte en Puerto Eten, región Chiclayo y más al norte en Chulucanas, región Piura.Chulucanas es una ciudad de la región de Piura, Perú. Se encuentra en el valle de Piura, al norte de la confluencia del río Charanal con el río Piura. Chulucanas es la sede administrativa del distrito de Chulucanas y de la provincia de Morropón. La ciudad es famosa por su alfarería.

Dónde viven nuestras Hermanas en Perú
Where our Sisters live in Peru

La Hna. Rosali se ha trasladado a Chulucanas, donde ha empezado a dar clase a una clase de veinte niños de tres años.

La escuela abrió el 1 de marzo y las clases empezaron el 11 de marzo. Sor Rosali fue acogida para vivir con una comunidad de Hermanas de la Misericordia que son miembros de la unidad del Caribe, Centro y Sudamérica de las Hermanas de la Misericordia de las Américas.

Agradecemos a las Hermanas de la Misericordia con quienes Rosali está viviendo y que la acogieron en su comunidad. Les agradecemos por su amoroso apoyo y aliento.

Apoyamos y animamos a Rosali en estos muchos cambios en su vida. Rosali ha asumido vivir en una nueva casa de la Misericordia (conoce a las Hermanas de la Misericordia con las que vive) en un nuevo lugar a una distancia de todo lo que le es familiar. Cada día debe viajar veinte minutos o más para llegar a la escuela utilizando dos moto-taxis. Su puesto de profesora es en una escuela pobre con veinte pequeños en su clase. Tendrá una ayudante que la apoye.

Mantenemos a Rosali en nuestras oraciones y en nuestros corazones mientras asume estos nuevos y exigentes retos. Tiene mucho que dar a su nueva comunidad y a los pequeños de su clase. Esperamos escuchar historias maravillosas de su crecimiento y logros.