By Sister Renee Y.
We’ve all seen them. We’ve all ignored them. And we all have a few of them stuffed in our kitchen “junk” drawer. They’re the tough, unassuming little blue fastenings which deliver our asparagus – fresh, direct, minimally processed, appropriately proportioned. A simple – ingenious – unnoticed infrastructure.
Think about it: when you get to the produce stand, the asparagus is already standing up waiting for you. It’s not lying around in a heap like the string beans! It’s already shouting, “I’m ready! You can depend on me!” It has been marshaled to attention by those modest cummerbunds. It is well-positioned on its foundation, its delicate tips protected, its essence preserved.
By Sydney W., Mount Mercy University student
The Students in Human Resource Management Club (SIHRM) at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, IA, is thankful to have received a mini-grant from the Sisters of Mercy for a community garden project that took place over the summer. Club members were enthusiastic and we had many ideas running through our heads. We were able to pull them together and devise a beautiful garden that would yield produce to make salsa to serve at the Clubs and Organizations Fair. We kept track of our progress throughout the project and invited the Mount Mercy community to follow along and share any tips and information about their gardening experiences.
By Sister Patty M.
On Sunday, August 18, Mercy Sisters Amanda and Nordia arrived in St. Louis to begin their novitiate experience where they will spend two years in formation and discernment as novices. Sister Rayleen G., the Sister of Mercy who oversees the novitiate experience for Sisters Amanda and Nordia during their time in the novitiate, warmly welcomed them.
What is the novitiate and what does it consist of in the 21st century? The novitiate is a two-year experience beginning from the time of reception in the novices’ home communities. The first year, called the Canonical Year, is a 12-month consecutive experience that focuses on studying and living the vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and service. The second year, called the Apostolic Year, focuses more on ministerial involvement.