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Mercy in a Basket

April 29, 2012

By Sister Cynthia

Mercy in a Basket is what the Sisters of Mercy call the sacred place where we hold in prayer the names of all the women who are discerning with a vocation minister about the possibility of becoming a sister.

Close your eyes and think for a minute…

 How many names do you think are in the basket right now?

If you said 4, that’s a good number, but it’s not what’s in our basket. But four is the number of women who are currently becoming candidates. That’s a good number! These women have been through at least a year of discernment with their vocation ministers and are ready to take the next step to enter the Sisters of Mercy.

If you said 8, that’s a good number, too, but there’s more than that. Eight is, however, the number of young women who are attending Mercy Challenge in May. They are anxious to “Awaken the Dreamer” as they participate in this special program that teaches about and celebrates justice for Earth and all her life systems.

Perhaps you thought there might be 28 names in the basket. But 28 is the number of candidates, novices and temporary professed sisters throughout the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Sixteen of these live in the US, 3 in the Philippines, 6 in Central and South America and 3 in Jamaica.

Or maybe you said 34. If so, you are getting closer, but still not close enough. Thirty-four would be the number of inquiries that came to the New Membership Office through our website in February 2012. Each of these inquiries receives a response and some of them (8 in February) are ready to be handed on to a vocation minister to begin discernment.

Actually there are 57 women who are currently in touch with our vocation ministers. Sometimes these are exploratory conversations; sometimes they begin and then go on hold. And sometimes they move ahead and the woman becomes a potential candidate for the Sisters of Mercy.

We are praying hard for all of the women in our basket, as well as those who have made the leap out of the basket and into candidacy. We trust in God’s loving providence that there will always be women who want to follow Jesus Christ by doing the works of Mercy in the good company of others and in the tradition of Catherine McAuley.

Please join us in our prayer for all women and men who are listening for God’s voice in their hearts. Let’s pray together on Sunday April 29 the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Nancy permalink
    April 29, 2012 2:53 pm

    Articles are fine, but the last 5 deal with vocations…is this the intended focus of the blog?

    • Connect with Mercy Blog permalink
      April 29, 2012 8:34 pm

      Hi Sister Nancy. In preparation for today, the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, we just wanted to share more information about becoming a sister. This blog covers a wide range of topics–if you click on the links on the right side of the screen, you can find blog posts that address those particular topics. For example, “Social Justice” will return a list of posts that address our Critical Concerns.

      Thanks for reading! If you have any further questions, please let us know.

    • Renee permalink
      May 2, 2012 5:18 pm

      We all have vocations, Nancy. Let’s help one another find them with loving encouragement. Thanks.

  2. April 29, 2012 7:05 pm

    Love this post, SCynthia….great job, informative and fun!

  3. Andre Dembowski / Mid-Atlantic permalink
    April 29, 2012 8:58 pm

    Creative, informative,an easy-read,enjoyable. Would pass it on to anyone I knew interested.
    Sincerely appreciate good writing.

    • Sister Cynthia permalink
      April 30, 2012 9:46 am

      Thanks Sheila and Andre,
      Many sisters ask about the numbers, so we wanted to provide a quick glimpse at the current ones. Of course, they change every day!

  4. Rev.Dr. Peter Abas permalink
    May 7, 2012 12:03 pm

    Great article ! I pray that more women will come forward to be Sisters of Mercy.
    I pray that some women in my parish might be callled to respond to this call.
    Peace and Hope,
    Rev. Dr. Peter Abas
    Geriatric Consultant and Clinical counselor
    Borneo Island

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