I feel blessed to call MERCY my family. For all the ways they have contributed to my life, I want to give back to the Sisters of Mercy.
For over 20 years I’ve been a Mercy Associate, but my relationship with Mercy began when I was young. As the eldest of four children, I grew up in a Detroit parish staffed by the Sisters. I attended Mercy High School and then on to Mercy College, entering the community at a young age. I loved religious life but found God calling me in a new direction. Nonetheless, my Mercy education and religious formation provided me with a deep love and commitment to lifelong learning and service.
My passion for Mercy defines me in many ways, especially with ministries that serve the poor and women and girls. In my local parish, I am a regular volunteer making and serving meals to the homeless both at the South Oakland Shelter and the Pope Francis Center. Mostly, I do a lot of listening to our guests. My number one passion, however, is supporting and being involved with both Mercy High School and Mercy Education Project. I truly believe that to invest in education, especially the education of young women, is an investment in our future.
Not only do I volunteer, but I understand the value of supporting the Sisters of Mercy and Mercy ministries financially. For me, giving is very personal. I give to people and causes I know about, care for, and love. I am blessed to be able to make annual gifts, including the required distributions from my IRA, and bequeathing a gift to the Sisters in my estate. And of course, I’ve discussed my plans with my son Christopher, and he wholeheartedly supports my commitment to the Sisters and the ministries they founded.
My focus these days is giving back for all the blessings I have received. It feels empowering to know and love the Sisters and support their ministries. Mercy is my family and I’m very proud of our good works. I want Mercy to continue forever. In the future, it might look different, but the compassion, love, and understanding will endure.