For all of us the trip was filled with much excitement and promise. We were a bit of a motley crew in many respects, a mixture of Sisters, Archivist, Associate, staff and volunteers with a wide spectrum of knowledge of Catherine and experience of Mercy and the Mercy story. We all either live or work at the convent which was Catherine’s last foundation. We too have a centre for heritage, hospitality and outreach. How could a visit to Baggot St inform our lives at St Mary’s? Some wanted to improve knowledge of Catherine’s story and early days of Mercy, some wanted to get to know Catherine, and some wanted to understand her early 19th century Dublin, where it all began almost 200 years ago.
We thank all those responsible for our time with Catherine and I’m sure some of that spirit has some back with us to Handsworth.
Comments from two of the group;-
“I was fortunate to walk with Catherine on her own Holy ground and was influenced by the passion of the Sisters at Baggot Street: their faith inspired vision and their spiritual conviction. I take away my devotion and gratitude to all Sisters of Mercy worldwide. God bless.” - Damian Kerley, Volunteer at St Mary’s Convent, Handsworth and Mercy Associate
“I enjoyed the pilgrimage very much. Very different from the pilgrimage I've been before. It was a very moving and memorable experience. Catherine McAuley is very accommodating and adaptable with powerful spiritual belief. She's an adorable, inspirational ambassador which shown on most of the Sister of Mercy I've met. She's inspired me a lot and include her help in my daily prayer.” - Minerva Wan, Mercy Assosciate
Archivist, Sisters of Mercy of the Union of Great Britain.