The Sisters of Mercy experience the support and collaboration of women and men with whom the values of Mercy are shared. When Catherine McAuley, the first Sister of Mercy, began her work of Mercy in Dublin, she was joined by other women who were like-minded. Today, the Sisters still need the help of those who are like-minded and are willing to join in their prayer life and support their works of mercy.
Mercy Associates are inspired by the Vision of Venerable Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy. It is an opportunity for lay people to deepen their own prayer life and spirituality. The role of lay people in the Mission of the Church is spelt out in the Vatican II Decree on the “Apostolate of the Laity.” (Vita Consecrata) It enables people to make a whole-hearted and dedicated contribution to the service of the Church and to the spread of the Kingdom of God.
The Sisters of Mercy meet monthly to share their Charism and Spirituality with the laity. Lay men and women experience the spirit of the evangelical counsels, and are encouraged to live and bear witness to the spirit of the Beatitudes. The task of Mercy Associates, in collaboration with the Sisters of Mercy, is to show Mercy where ever they are. They find their rule of life in the following of Christ as in the Gospel and in prayer and reflection. The nature and purpose of the Mercy Associates is to help members to live in tune with the Will of God in the midst of daily struggles at home, at work and living in the real world.
If you are interested in the Mercy Associates, you may like to speak with the Sisters and for further information visit the Mercy Associate Website: www.mercyassociates.org.uk and www.youthmercyassociates.org.uk