Mercy Life Panel members l-r: Associate Co-Director Trish Trout, Companion Jane Bower, Mercy Volunteer Coordinator
"Gathering 2012 – Celebrating Who We Are and Who We Are Becoming" brought 400 sisters, associates and companions from across the West Midwest Community to
The meeting allowed members of the community who live and minister in many different cities an important opportunity to meet in person, hear new ideas and have significant conversations. Sister Sandra Schneiders, IHM, a renowned scholar of religious life as well as a sister herself addressed the Gathering presenting a hopefilled message reminding the Sisters to remain faithful to the promptings of the Holy Spirit as they continue to minister to those in need today.
The Gathering, which took more than a year and 100 volunteers to plan, is important preparation for the 2013 Assembly during which sisters will select the new WMW leadership team and collectively set the direction for the next five years.
Participants met in groups to discuss new ideas for ministries during one afternoon. Other presentations included a panel featuring representatives of the four forms of Mercy commitment: Mercy Associates, Companions in Mercy, Mercy Volunteer Corps and vowed religious life as a Sister of Mercy. The meeting closed with reflections on the future from Sisters
After four days of discussions, inspiring talks and informal conversation, the meeting concluded June 25 with a celebratory prayer ritual that provided an emotionally moving combination of video, prayer, dance, and song. Those present were reminded to embrace the message from the prophet Isaiah (43: 19) “Thus says the LORD: Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; I am doing something new! Can you not see it?”