On Tuesday, February 16, 2010, Sue McDonald, Mary Taylor and Alice Whelan made their commitment as Mercy Associates in a moving ritual service in the chapel at Conception Harbour. Sister Elizabeth Marrie accepted the statement of commitment of the new Associates, presented their pins and certificates of membership and welcomed them on behalf of the Congregation.
Sister Betty Morrissey brought to light the life, vision and charism of Catherine McAuley as she shared her recent experiences at Baggot Street. Referring to the 2009 Chapter Proclamation, Sister Maureen O’Keefe remarked that the “growth of our Associate relationship could be seen as part of the ‘something new’ that God is doing in our midst. In these challenging times, Sisters and Associates of Mercy together are called to bring to fruition the commitments of our Proclamation – to deepen our relationships, enhance our ministries and strengthen our visible presence as instruments of God’s mercy in our world. The energy and dedication of new Associate members give renewed impetus to our efforts”.