|L to R: Cathy Hickey, Sonia Harvey, Marilyn Thrurston, |
Jo Anne Stevenson, Sr. Elizabeth Davis
|Mother & Daughter|
Gita Penney and Catherine (Penney) Ryan
In addition to the Scripture readings, prayers and songs, there was a special reflection on “What "mercy" means in my life.” This was beautifully shared by mother and daughter Associates, Gita Penney and Catherine (Penney) Ryan.
Sister Elizabeth Davis, Congregational Leader, accepted the commitment of each new Associate and presented her with an Associate pin, certificate and candle. In speaking to the gathering she asked that each time Associates light their candle, they be reminded to pray for the upcoming General Chapter. The theme for this Chapter is “Tending the Flame of God’s Mercy.”
The congregation extended their hands in blessing as Sister Elizabeth prayed a special blessing for the new Associates. In a spirit of solidarity with all Mercy Associates throughout the province, the Associates present renewed their commitment of fidelity to the spirituality, community and mission of Mercy Associate relationship.
|L to R: Sisters Charlotte Fitzpatrick, Betty Morrissey,|
& Maureen Lawlor
Associates Sheila Connolly and Sara Sexton
Following the ritual, all gathered in the Fleming Room to share the warmth of true friendship over the Catherine McAuley cup of tea and sample the rich variety of Associate homemade goodies.
What a beautiful afternoon “tending the flame of God’s mercy.”