On Saturday 24th June, two of our associate members made their commitment. The other members supported and encouraged them and presented them with their candles, certificates and badges. Both Denise Whittaker and Audrey Robbins have been associated with us at St. Mary’s for some time as well as attending the Associates Meetings. Denise has been our Secretary for over three years and Audrey has been our Monday Volunteer. It was a moving and joyful occasion.
Again, I didn’t know what to expect before being inaugurated as a Mercy Associate two weeks ago. I was moved by the simple beauty of the ceremony; the support and congratulations extended to Audrey and myself by Sisters and fellow Associates as we stood before the altar and made our affirmations; the participation of fellow members as they welcomed us into the group and presented us with tokens of our commitment. One of the Sisters said I was now a ‘Mercy woman’ – I hope I can live up to this accolade!” Denise looked very smart in black and white.