Dublin Pilgrimage for Young Mercy Leaders

From 10-12 August 2011, students aged 16 - 25 from Mercy schools and universities will travel to Mercy International Centre in Dublin from Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Britain and Ireland. These pilgrims will undertake their journey in the light of the story of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.

Students who participate in this pilgrimage will emerge with a deeper appreciation of our Mercy tradition: past, present, and future.

Irish students from nine CEIST Mercy schools are already planning to attend this international celebration of Mercy worldwide.

During these three days a large variety of workshops will take place, all designed to enhance students’ understanding of Mercy and of the charism of Catherine McAuley, as they enjoy the experience of being present in Catherine’s first House of Mercy on Baggot St. Both Lloyd Bracken and Margaret Farrell of CEIST will be facilitating workshops.

Margaret Farrell is on the planning committee for the pilgrimage and was privileged to participate recently in a worldwide Conference Call with the leaders of the delegations which will be attending. Among those participating in the call was Ronel Moore from Christchurch.

We are all thinking at this time, in the aftermath of the earthquake, of the Mercy communities in Christchurch, Sisters, teachers, students and their families. Please be assured of our prayer during these difficult days and weeks. We look forward to welcoming your delegation to Ireland in happier times later this year.