On August 29, 2013 Sisters Elizabeth Davis, Sheila O’Dea, Diane Smyth and Elizabeth Marrie were surrounded by over sixty of their sisters in a prayer of blessing as they took up the call to leadership in their Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland.
The Missioning Service was held in the chapel of St. Bride’s Convent at Littledale, Waterford Bridge Road. These four women had been elected or re-elected to the ministry of leadership for the next four years during the 20th General Chapter held earlier in June.
Readings were taken from Sacred Scripture, a text by Carmel Bourke “The Feminine Qualities of Leadership”, a paragraph from their Constitutions on “The Nature of the Institute”. There was also a reading of the interim statement from the Chapter.
The sisters warmly greeted Elizabeth, Sheila, Elizabeth and Diane in a sign of peace before moving to a pleasant social gathering and refreshments. The service was professionally video-taped so that sisters who could not be present might be able to see the event at another time.
May these four women be blessed by “A fire that claims us. A fire that sends us.”