New Membership

Please continue to pray that more women will choose to follow the path of Catherine McAuley and become Sisters of Mercy. For more on New Membership, please contact Sister Ivette Diaz, RSM or Sister Terry Saetta, RSM

The Vocation Ministers for the Mid-Atlantic Community would like to meet with community members to update you on the programs and activities we have planned for the year. We would also like to hear your suggestions and feedback. Our ministry depends on your active support and participation. We are so grateful for your prayers and encouragement.

Final Profession

Merion, Pennsylvania
June 8, 2019

Sister Jennifer Barrow, RSM
Sister Marybeth Beretta, RSM
Sister Danielle Gagnon, RSM
Sister Marjorie Tapia, RSM

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Sisters Marjorie Tapia, RSM, Danielle Gagnon, RSM, Jennifer Barrow, RSM, and Marybeth Beretta, RSM (left to right)

On Saturday, June 8, 2019, Sisters Marybeth Beretta, RSM, Jennifer Barrow, RSM, Danielle Gagnon, RSM, and Marjorie Tapia, RSM, professed their final vows as Sisters of Mercy. Over 500 sisters, family members, associates, and friends gathered for the Eucharistic liturgy. The four sisters individually pronounced and signed their vows and received their rings which symbolize the promise of their vows. The rings are inscribed with their personalized mottos which inspire their lives.

See the links below for coverage of the event...

-- View highlights from the profession.

-- Enjoy photos from the day (password: mercy1831).

-- Read the Instruction on the Vows presented by Sister Sheila Carney, RSM.

-- See this article in CatholicPhilly.com.

-- The profession is featured in this week's Mercy Now.

-- Check out the links on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram about the profession, too!


 

New Members 2019

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Click on the image above to download an 8 1/2" x 11" PDF of the New Members poster for 2019.

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Click on the image above to download an 11" x 17" PDF of the New Members poster for 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News and Updates

New Members Attend Workshop

image of MAC participants at New Members workshop in St. Louis March 2019

During the weekend of March 22-24, 2019, Sisters Jennifer Barrow, RSM, Marybeth Beretta, RSM, Danielle Gagnon, RSM, and Marjorie Tapia, RSM, participated in a New Member Workshop at Mercy Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Sister Ellen Murray, RSM, facilitated the conversation on the topic of community. Also present were Sisters Eileen Campbell, RSM, Anne Kappler, RSM, and Megan Brown, RSM. Please see this recent report from the National Religious Vocation Conference indicating an increase in perpetual professions. Let us continue to pray for vocations.


Share Vocation Brochure
Sisters, at our Fall Consultative Gatherings, you were given a new vocation brochure, Together in Mercy, and encouraged to give it to someone in your sphere of life or ministry whom you thought might be thinking of religious life. If you still have your brochure, perhaps you can think of a young woman who may be curious about our life and wants to know more. We invite you to give it to her. If you’ve given yours away, please ask us for another. Contact Mid-Atlantic Community vocation ministers Sisters Theresa Saetta, RSM, or Ivette Diaz, RSM. For National Catholic Sisters Week (March 8-14), some of our sisters express what Mercy means to them in this video. Look for Sister Marjorie Tapia, RSM, at the end of the video. As we end National Catholic Sisters Week and continue our Lenten journey, thank you for being a merciful presence to others in your life and ministry.


Read InFormation
The spring issue of InFormation is now available on the Religious Formation Conference website: www.relforcon.org. The feature article by the general minister of the Order of Friars Minor, Michael Perry, OFM, reflects on lifelong formation in the context of the Franciscan tradition. While situated within that specific charism, his "musings from the margins" encompass the whole of religious life. Additionally, in the article "A Committed Way of Life," Jeanne Connolly, president of the North American Conference of Associates and Religious, explores the associate-religious relationship. (login for Members section—username: mercymidatlantic; password:  12americas34)


Retreat Connects Students with Sisters

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Sisters with students from Mercy Career & Technical High School

On February 27, 2019, Sisters Ivette Diaz, RSM, and Theresa Saetta, RSM, vocation ministers for the Mid-Atlantic Community, hosted a Gift of Mission retreat day for high school juniors at the Convent of Mercy in Merion, Pennsylvania. The purpose of Gift of Mission was to provide an opportunity for young women to get to know religious sisters. The day was sponsored by vocation ministers from different religious communities. Seventeen young women from three Pennsylvania high schools—Merion Mercy Academy in Merion, Mercy Career & Technical High School in Philadelphia, and Lancaster Catholic High School in Lancaster—participated in the day. See the complete article. (3/7/2019)


Share Life Awareness Retreat Information

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The Sisters of Mercy along with other vocation ministers from the Philadelphia area are sponsoring a co-ed Life Awareness Retreat. Please share the attached flyer with any young adult you feel might be interested in discerning life's choices.

Sisters Attend DC Celebration of World Youth Day

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Sisters Mandy Carrier, RSM, Kelly Williams, RSM, and Ivette Diaz, RSM, (left to right) participate in Panama in the Capital in Washington, DC.

Last weekend, vocation minister Sister Ivette Diaz, RSM, participated in a one-day Catholic festival with two temporary professed sisters, Mandy Carrier, RSM, from the Northeast and Kelly Williams, RSM, from South Central. The three sisters joined 1,400 young adults at Panamá in the Capital for a taste of the simultaneous international celebration of World Youth Day in Panama. Their purpose was to connect with other vocational ministers from the Delaware Valley representing religious communities at an exhibit booth talking to participants about vocations and their congregations. From noon to night, participants enjoyed speakers, prayer, music, food trucks and Panamanian cuisine. Confession and Eucharistic adoration were available, in addition to a vigil Mass, and candlelit Stations of the Cross. “To see young adults freely sharing their Catholic faith with one another and wanting to deepen their spirituality was so fulfilling,” says Sister Ivette. “And I loved the theme of reflecting on Mary’s words at the Annunciation – She listened to the voice of God and responded boldly with a ‘yes!’”


Pray for Vocations
In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2. This feast is also known as Candlemas Day, the day on which candles are blessed, symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church. World Day for Consecrated Life is observed in parishes on the Sunday after February 2. In 2019, this day is celebrated in parishes on February 2-3. Pray for vocations.


Please Pray for Vocation Events
We ask that you keep these vocation events in your prayers.


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The Religious Formation Conference shares two videos on Engaging our Diversity: Interculturality and Consecrated Life. The videos are from a recent program from the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life and provide thoughtful viewpoints as we approach the World Day for Consecrated Life on February 2.


Pray for Vocations

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This week, November 4-10, is National Vocation Awareness Week. Pray for those responding to a call to a religious vocation. New members of the Mid-Atlantic Community are Sisters Jennifer Barrow, RSM, Marybeth Beretta, RSM, Danielle Gagnon, RSM, Marjorie Tapia, RSM, Guia Jimenez, msc, and Natalie Wing, SL. Further resources can be found at the National Religious Vocation Conference website. (11/8/2018)


Read About New Mew Members Conference
New members met from October 12-14 in Belmont, North Carolina, for days of discussion and reflection. Attending from the Mid-Atlantic were Sisters Jennifer Barrow, RSM, Danielle Gagnon, RSM, Marjorie Tapia, RSM, Guia Jimenez, msc, and Natalie Wing, SL. See the complete article in this week's Mercy Now, the Institute's biweekly newsletter. (11/1/2018)


Vocation Meetings Update
Sisters, during the summer months, Mid-Atlantic Community vocation ministers Sisters Ivette Diaz, RSM, and Theresa Saetta, RSM, traveled to various sites to meet with sisters regarding re-envisioning vocation ministry for the future, and were touched by their energy and earnest engagement on the topic. Close to 200 sisters participated in the face-to-face gatherings, where many ideas and suggestions were gleaned. The fruits of those gatherings will be brought to the Institute vocation meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, from September 26 to 28. At that time, Sisters Ivette and Theresa will hear from some of our newest members, share the collated information from the other parts of the Institute and with the Spirit’s wisdom, see where God seems to be guiding our efforts. Key learnings revolved around these broad topics: Prayer and Hospitality, Relationships and Outreach, Alternative Commitment and Service, Interculturality, Social Media, and Vocation Culture. It was clear to the vocation ministers that all sisters value their call to Mercy and want to create a Culture of Vocations throughout the MidAtlantic. (9/27/2018)


Sisters Attend Brothers/Sisters' Nite
Mid-Atlantic Sisters Ivette Diaz, RSM, vocation director, and Julia Upton, RSM, professor at St. John's University in Jamaica, New York, recently attended the fourth annual Brothers/Sisters' Nite at St. John’s University. The main purpose of Brothers/Sisters’ Nite is for students to meet, pray, and eat with sisters and brothers serving the local church. Representing 30 congregations, 97 brothers and sisters gathered together in St. Thomas More Church for the Sunday Night Student Mass, followed by a pizza party and meet and greet for religious and students. Students commented on how sisters and brothers gathered so easily sharing their love of the consecrated life. (9/27/2018)


Read the Fall Edition of InFormation
The fall 2018 edition of InFormation, published by the Religious Formation Conference, is now available online. This issue delves into the topic of discipleship. The feature article speaks of discipleship as "a tool for formation for mission."  To view, please go to www.relforcon.org and click on Member Login in the top right corner to access the Members section (username: mercymidatlantic; password: 12americas34).


Discerning Religious Share Experience
Enjoy this video tribute from the Religious Formation Conference's 2018 Life Commitment Program, a gathering of women and men religious discerning vows and how to live them. Sister Roslyn Bacchus, RSM, a CCASA member from Guyana, shares her experience. Her portion begins at minute 10 of the video. You are encouraged to use the following posters to celebrate and pray for the women who are currently in the process to become Sisters of Mercy.


New Membership Attends Washington, DC, Events

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Sister Theresa Saetta, RSM, (far left) with students and professors from Misericordia University (Dallas, Pennsylvania), Gwynedd Mercy University (Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania), and Carlow University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) at Senator Bob Casey's office while in Washington, DC, for Ecumenical Advocacy Days in April

Sister Theresa Saetta, RSM, Mid-Atlantic Community vocation minister, joined students and professors from five Mercy universities as well as Institute Justice Team members at the Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, DC, in April. The event, attended by hundreds of faith advocates, focused on responding to migrants, refugees and displaced people. Sisters Jennifer Barrow, RSM, Megan Brown, RSM, Danielle Gagnon, RSM, and Margie Tapia, RSM, traveled to Washington on May 29, 208, to attend a panel presentation on the book In Our Own Words: Religious Life in a Changing World. The panel consisted of young women religious who co-authored chapters in the book. Read more from Sisters Theresa and Megan and also in this week's Mercy Now, the Institute's biweekly newsletter.


Read the Spring Edition of InFormation

image of tulipsThe spring 2018 edition of InFormation, the publication of the Religious Formation Conference, is now available online. This edition gives witness to the holy extravagance taking root in religious life today, whether springing forth from the article "Rethinking Religious Formation for the 21st Century" or the book review of In Our Own Words. To view, please go to www.relforcon.org and click on Member Login in the top right corner to access the Members section (username: mercymidatlantic; password: 12americas34).


Read Religious Formation Newsletter
The Winter 2017 issue of InFormation is now available. The feature article by Luisa Saffiotti, PhD, explores the experience of encounter. Dr. Saffiotti was the facilitator at the Mid-Atlantic Community Convocation in 2014. Read InFormation on the Religious Formation Conference website, www.relforcon.org. Click on Member Login in the top right corner to access the Members section. Username is mercymidatlantic, and the password is 12americas34.


New Membership Attends Youth Conference

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Grace Weisenbach, former Mercy Volunteer Corps member; Sister Kathleen McClelland, RSM; Angie Giuffré, vocation animator; Sister Terry Saetta, RSM; Sister Kelly Williams; Sister Laurie Orman, RSM (left to right)

Sister Terry Saetta, RSM, Mid-Atlantic Community vocation minister, was one of several Sisters of Mercy and Mercy partners in ministry to attend the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in Indianapolis, Indiana, earlier this month. This event, hosted every other year, provides opportunities for participants to visit with organizations that provide resources and other support to youth and youth ministry, to spend time in personal and communal prayer, and to engage in service to others. "As a Sister of Mercy," said Sister Terry, "I was proud to speak to a number of young women, past and present, who were educated in Mercy schools, and alive in their faith." See this update for more information about the event.


Support and Encourage New Members
The week of November 5-11 has been designated National Vocation Awareness Week. We are grateful for each sister who, by her prayer, life and ministry, witnesses to the joy of her religious vocation. For our Mercy lifestyle to reach more potential future Sisters of Mercy, we encourage you to invite young women you encounter in your ministries, parishes or volunteer sites who are energized by merciful service, to join us for Taizé prayer, for days of reflection and weekends of discernment. Younger religious tell us that your invitation could be the catalyst a woman needs to begin her religious vocation journey. Please remember to pray and offer support to Mercy's newest members. See this 2018 poster of our new members.


Read Religious Formation Newsletter
The summer 2017 issue of InFormation is now available on the Religious Formation Conference website, www.relforcon.org. Click on Member Login in the top right corner to access the Members section. Username is mercymidatlantic, and the password is 12americas34.


New Members Gather in St. Louis

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New members and ministers at meeting in St. Louis

During the weekend of March 31 through April 2, 2017, new members and their ministers gathered in St. Louis, Missouri.  Sister Katherine Doyle, RSM, facilitated a conversation with welcoming communities from Joplin, Missouri, and St. Louis, while novices and temporary professed participated in a presentation facilitated by Sister Fran Repka, RSM, on consecrated celibacy.


New Membership Team Attends Conference


Sisters Terry Saetta, RSM, Kathleen Keenan, RSM, Anne Kappler, RSM, Megan Brown, RSM, and Ivette Diaz, RSM (left to right), at the Mercy Conference of New Membership Personnel, are wearing scarves designed by South Central vocation minister Sister Pat Pepitone, RSM, which feature the Sisters of Mercy logo.

The New Membership team, along with Sister Kathleen Keenan, RSM, leadership team liaison, attended the Mercy Conference of New Membership Personnel's annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, February 12-16, 2017. The week began with a retreat day led by Sister Helen Cahill, OP. Sister Helen explored the New Cosmology and its implications for vocation/incorporation ministry. In subsequent days attendees worked with the draft of the New Membership Design Team proposal, a process to deepen understanding of racism, and on business meetings to plan for next year.


Explore Mindfulness as a Tool to the Sacred

image of leaf on stoneIn the Advent webinar Mindfulness: A Window into the Sacredness of the Present Moment, participants will explore mindfulness as a Christian discipline and practice that helps uncover the sacred in the everyday. See complete information and register online for this Religious Formation Conference presentation, which takes place Monday, December 12, 2016, at 3 p.m. Eastern time. (username: mercymidatlantic; password: 12americas34)


Read New Membership Update!
See photos and learn about a recent retreat with students at St. Catharine Academy, Bronx, New York, and a vocations summit attended by Sisters of Mercy in Lake Placid, New York, in this New Membership Update!


Vocation Ministers Sponsor a Think Tank
by Sister Theresa Saetta, RSM, New Membership

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Sisters and associates gather to discuss ways to promote vocations.

On June 27, 2016, ten sisters and associates gathered with the Mid- Atlantic Community vocation ministers, Sisters Theresa Saetta, RSM, and Ivette Diaz, RSM, to share ideas on ways to engage in vocation ministry. Two of the thoughts generated were to sponsor a contest for our high school students to develop a vocation video for the Mid-Atlantic Community and to explore a website with the domain #Make Mercy Real featuring pictures of sisters engaged in works of mercy, so it reaches a broader audience. Also, one of the target goals for the vocation ministers is to spend quality time on our Mid-Atlantic Community college campuses engaging with students through connections with campus ministry. Both the video and the website will be useful tools in support of that endeavor. The evening was an affirmation of the vocation ministers' goals for this year. The hope is to have a similar gathering in the New York area this fall.


Become a Pen Pal!

Fifty-one sisters have signed on to be Extraordinary Pen Pals of Mercy with Mercy high school students, an initiative from new membership. "Your prayers are deeply appreciated!" responded Our Lady of Mercy Academy's campus minister in Syosset, NY. "Our young women deal with many pressures academically, socially, personally, as you might imagine. Our collective prayers and support are an anchor for them in their hectic worlds." Sisters, to participate in the program and become an Extraordinary Pen Pal of Mercy, please email Sister Ivette Diaz at idiaz@mercymidatlantic.org. (3/10/2016)


Learn about a New Community Initiative
Please read about an initiative of the vocation ministers for a new community in Philadelphia. (originally posted in Mid-Atlantic Messages, 1/28/2016)


View Videos of New Members
Click on this link to view a video of Sister Marybeth Beretta's reception ceremony.

To learn more about Mid-Atlantic Community novices Sisters Danielle Gagnon, Jennifer Barrow, and Marjorie Tapia, watch this video.


Read Reflections About Welcoming New Members
“Hurray for new members! They make the old young and the young merry!” This paraphrase of Catherine’s comment about new foundations seems apt for the following reflections. During this Year of Consecrated Life, we asked sisters who are members of communities who have welcomed new members to reflect on the gifts and challenges of their experience. Here is a compilation of their responses. (5/14/2015)


See below for recent issues of New Membership Update.

New Membership Update, June 2016
Mid-Atlantic Sisters Ivette Diaz, RSM, vocation minister, and Betty Calfapietra, RSM, faculty member at St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn, NY, participated in a service project at Mercy Farm in Benson, VT, with students from St. Joseph's College. Please see the attached article.

New Membership Update, March 2016

The Mid-Atlantic Community new membership team joined fellow Sisters of Mercy from other communities in St. Louis, MO, last month for Mercy Conference of New Membership Personnel. Details can be found in the New Membership Update.

Sisters Terry Saetta, RSM, and Mary Pat Garvin, RSM (front row, left to right); and Sisters Ivette Diaz, RSM, Anne Kappler, RSM, and Megan Brown, RSM (back row, left to right)

 

New Membership Update, December 2015
Sisters Ivette Diaz, RSM, and Theresa Saetta, RSM, Mid-Atlantic Community vocation ministers, took to the road during Advent this year to visit with sisters at each of the Community's regions. Together, they explored ways to connect with young people about a life of service. Read about the suggestions made in New Membership Update.

New Membership Update, August 2015, part 2
Please join the Mid-Atlantic Community New Membership Team in welcoming Sister Theresa Saetta as a new vocation minister. Terri joins Sister Ivette Diaz in this ministry. In the Mid-Atlantic Community, Sister Marybeth Beretta is being received as an apostolic novice on September 21, 2015, at 6:30 p.m., at the Convent of Mercy in Merion, PA. Our three canonical novices will complete their year in St. Louis, MO, on October 1, 2015. Their new apostolic year experiences are as follows:

  • Sister Margie Tapia will be ministering at McAuley Hall in Watchung, NJ, and living with the sisters at St. Ann's in Keansburg, NJ.
  • Sister Jen Barrow will be ministering at Catholic Charities in New York City, and living with the sisters in Queens Village.
  • Sister Danielle Gagnon will be ministering at Loaves and Fishes in Sacramento, CA, and living with the sisters in Sacramento.

Sisters Cathy Manderfield and Jackie Nedd are preparing for final profession, which will be held on October 11, 2015, in Watchung, NJ. Enjoy this video celebrating three new Sisters of Mercy, created by the communicators of the NyPPaW and Northeast communities.

We also want you to know that Marie Robson, who was planning on entering our Community in September, has discerned not to do so. We are grateful for Marie's generous spirit and offer her our continued prayers.

New Membership Update, August 2015
By Megan Brown, RSM


Sister Mandy Carrier (center) with fellow Sisters of Mercy, including Mid-Atlantic members Sister Jacqueline Nedd, RSM (fourth from left), and Sisters Megan Brown, RSM, Marguerite Pessagno, RSM, Mary Ellen Brody, RSM, and Sister Jane Urban, RSM (pictured on the right)

Recently, several Mid-Atlantic members attended the Northeast Community's celebration of Sister Mandy Carrier's First Profession of Vows. Read this month's New Membership Update for more information.

The Religious Formation Conference is hosting a free webinar, The Hidden Cost of Being Connected: Companionship, Creativity, and Contemplation, on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Registration opens Monday, August 24, 2015. Click here for complete details. (login info: username – mercymidatlantic; password – 12americas34)

New Membership Update, June 2015
By Megan Brown, RSM
Sister Ivette Diaz, RSM, vocation minister and member of the Mid-Atlantic Community, participated in a service project at Mercy Farm in Vermont with students from St. Joseph's College in Brooklyn, NY. Sister Ivette was invited by Sister Betty Calfapietra, RSM, a faculty member at St. Joseph's and member of the Mid-Atlantic Community. Please see the attached article.

New Membership Update, March 2015
By Megan Brown, RSM
Here is March's New Membership Update.

New Membership Update, January 2015
By Megan Brown, RSM
To learn about hosting an apostolic novice from October 2015 to March 2016, read this month's New Membership Moments.

New Membership Update, December 2014
By Megan Brown, RSM
For December's New Membership update, go to New Membership Moments.

New Membership Update, November 2014
By Megan Brown, RSM
For November's New Membership update, please click this link.

New Membership Update, October 2014
Please click here for the New Membership update. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Sister Honora Nicholson, RSM, the Leadership Liaison to New Membership. (10/9/14)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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