Sisters of Mercy Jubilee Year comes to a close

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The Sisters gave a treat to the 70th anniversary gala attendees as they sang the Suscipe of Mother Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy. (Photo provided by RSM)

By the Sisters of Mercy
For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

The 70th anniversary jubilee year of the Sisters of Mercy came to a close with a thanksgiving liturgy at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Hagåtña presided by Archbishop Michael Byrnes and a gala dinner held at the Hyatt Regency Guam hotel in Tumon.

Spearheaded by a strong planning committee, working subcommittees, the vital network of “Mercy” schools’ participation, alumni, sponsors, benefactors and friends, the yearlong celebration marked a memorable celebration of the Sisters of Mercy’s tapestry of life with the church and the people of Guam.

Addressing the critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy and the Mercy Associates – earth, immigration, women and children, racism, and non-violence – individuals and groups from the Mercy community conducted projects throughout the past year.

These included a Traveling Museum showcasing the tapestry of the narrative and pictorial history of the lives of the Mercy Sisters and Associates. Another was the Traveling Pantry, still reaching out to people in need in villages throughout the island and picnic with those who are homeless in the community.

An event in May 2017 called the Mañahak Run/Walk 2K/5K was held in support of the ministry to working parents for the Mercy Heights Catholic Nursery and Kindergarten and Infant of Prague Catholic Nursery and Kindergarten. Additionally, there was the most recent tree planting in response to Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’” with the Pledge Campaign and the Blessing of Pets.

Looking forward to the 75th anniversary in 2021, the Sisters of Mercy continue to respond to the needs of the church and the people of Guam inspired by the mercy of God, their patroness, Our Lady of Mercy, their foundress, Venerable Catherine McAuley, and the generous lives of their founders and deceased sisters and associates.

‘Let nothing delight me’

Father Eric Forbes, more commonly known as “Pale’ Eric,” was the homilist this past Sunday at the thanksgiving Mass for the close of the year-long celebration of the platinum anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy on Guam.

“Only God can be the motive for doing our work on earth,” Father Forbes said. “The God who put us here, the God who gave us our work to do, and the God who will be our reward when the work is done.

“And what makes God’s reward so much more satisfying, so much more fulfilling is that He knows very well our weaknesses and failures, and yet, he loves us just the same,” Father Forbes continued.

To the Sisters of Mercy, Father Forbes stated, “Out of love for God, you have lifted more than a finger to relieve people of their burdens, you have literally saved lives from despair, from a lack of education, from abuse in the family.

“You have answered the call that Jesus speaks of in the Gospel today, to be the servant,” Father Forbes went on. “Whatever good we can return to you for all that you have done, none of that can outdo what God has in store in heaven for you.”

Father Forbes said of the sisters, “Their good works speak for themselves, much of it hidden and behind the scenes.

“The answer lies in the very -Suscipe their foundress, Mother McAuley, prayed: ‘Let nothing delight me, but the hope of coming to the possession of you, my God and my all in heaven.’”

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