Mercy Day Celebrations Ring Out Around the World
Sisters, Colleagues and friends gathered in Parramatta to join world wide Mercy Day Celebrations
Sisters of Mercy gathered in Parramatta with Ministry Partners, Colleagues and Friends to celebrate the feast Of Our Lady of Mercy ("Mercy Day") and join the International celebrations taking place in Mercy International Centre (MIC) in Baggot St, Dublin.
September 24th marks the day all Sisters of Mercy throughout the world, and all those associated with us and our ministries, celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Mercy and the Opening of the House of Mercy in Baggot St, Dublin in 1831 by Catherine McAuley and her companions.
This year, Celebrations held a special significance as the Mercy World also commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Mercy International Association (MIA) and Mercy International Centre in the refurbished original House of Mercy in 1994.
As part of the week of celebrations, which are being streamed live via the Mercy International Association Website, Sisters, Ministry Partners, Colleagues and Friends, have gathered from around the world to commemorate the past 20 years of Mercy International and to look to the future of Mercy in our fragile and fractured world.
The Sisters of Mercy Parramatta have scheduled three gatherings to participate in the International celebrations, the first of which was held on Mercy Day. At today's gathering, we commenced with a "high tea" and much conversation before we viewed the Official Opening and Ritual of the week's celebrations which had occurred at 5.00pm (Irish Time) on September 23rd. The ritual - "Telling the Story" was prepared by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, and recalled the story of the creation of MIC in word, music and song. Subsequent gatherings scheduled for Friday and Monday next week, will also incorporate the various rituals of the coming days in MIA.
On this special day, the Sisters of Mercy extend our warmest Mercy Day Greetings to all the members of the Mercy family around the Globe, and pray with gratitude for all that has been over the past 183 years and for that which is yet to come.