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Living Mercy summer 2011 from the Cedar Rapids development office.

Transcript of Cedar Rapids 2011

  • S I S T E R S O F M E R C Y W E S T M I D W E S T C O M M U N I T Y S U M M E R 2 0 1 1

    Spiritual Directors Help People Listen for God

    Sisters of Mercy Celebrate as Two Members Profess Final Vows

    The Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community rejoiced Saturday, June 4, as Sisters Mary Omolara Oladimeji of San Francisco, Calif., and Trinette Charmaine Jayawardene of Auburn, Calif., professed perpetual (fi nal) vows in a special Mass held at 4 p.m. in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel located at the Communitys Auburn site.

    The two sisters took the fi nal step in their journey to become Sisters of Mercy when they each publicly vowed to live, for the rest of their lives, lives of chastity, poverty, obedience and service to those in need, especially women and children. (continued on page 8)

    Is this all there is? What does it all mean? How do I draw closer to God? If you have ever pondered these questions, you, like many others, may have reached a point in your life when you seek a deeper relationship with God. Ready to help are spiritual directors who have the extensive training, education and experience needed to facilitate your journey.

    The Sisters of Mercy have a long and rich history in this area of faith formation.

    Take Sisters Mary Ann Scofi eld, Anne Pellegrino and Mary Ruth Broz for examples. While each of these sisters may have taken different paths to this ministry, each has experienced the joy of helping hundreds of men and women from different faith traditions take their relationship with God to another level.

    When people come for spiritual direction, many times its because theyve had an experience in life that they are trying to make sense of, especially in terms of God, said Sister Mary Ann, who is retreat and spiritual director at Mercy Center in Burlingame, Calif., and internationally known for her work in this fi eld. I ask them, what moved in you that brought you here today? She sees her role as listening for

    God in a persons life. They have had a genuine experience of God and I help them get in touch with that experience, she said. When they do, its often life-changing.

    Her education in theology and spiritual direction, and her years of experience, enable her to help people do the internal work it takes to see God working in their life and grow deeper in that relationship. It is very holy work, she said. Spiritual direction is not advice-giving and it is not problem-solving. It is paying attention to God in the life of another person and helping him or her identify whenever and wherever this experience happens. I help them to live it, to own it. (continued on page 6)




    Sisters Mary Oladimeji, left, and Charmaine Jayawardene after their vow ceremony.

    When people come for spiritual direction, many times its because theyve had an experience in life that they are trying to make sense of, especially in terms of God. Sister Mary Ann Scofield

    Sisters Visit Women & Spirit Exhibit Page 4

    Inspired to Help the Less Fortunate Page 9

    Sister Marie Angele is new Director of Development Page 3

  • Living Mercy


    Sisters of Mercy West Midwest


    It is only with your prayers, commitment and continuous support that individual lives will be mercifully touched.

    Dear Frien ds of Mercy Welcome to Living Mercy, Summer 2011

    Living Mercy is published by the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community Development Offi ce7262 Mercy Road Omaha, NE 68124 (402) 393-8225 www.mercywestmidwest.org

    Director of Development Sister Marie Angele, RSM

    West Midwest Development TeamDavid Hohl, Burlingame dhohl@mercywmw.orgMelissa Pence, CFRE, Cedar Rapids mpence@mercywmw.orgCatherine Pappas, Detroit cpappas@mercywmw.orgNancy Smith, Omaha nsmith@mercywmw.org

    West Midwest Communications TeamSandy Goetzinger-Comer, DirectorPatti Kantor and Elizabeth Dossa, Communications Managers

    Contributing Writers Molly Altorfer, Sandy Goetzinger-Comer,Liz Dossa, Patti Kantor

    Graphic Design Pat Osborne

    Photography Jamie Lynn Ferguson, 22nd Century Media newspapers, Sandy Goetzinger-Comer, Liz Dossa, Todd Hartman

    Copyright 2011 Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community Living Mercy articles may be reproduced with written permission from the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community Communications Offi ce. Direct reprint requests to: wmwcommunications@mercywmw.org

    2 Living Mercy Summer 2011

    On July 1, we celebrated our third year as the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community. These past three years have been fi lled with the challenges of combining six regional communities each with its own culture and its own processes and the blessings and energy that have come from meeting new people and learning about their ministries. In addition to developing new processes, we also established the infrastructure and engaged the people to support how we connect and make decisions across our new geography.

    During these fi rst three years, we have experienced both joys and losses. We have rejoiced as we welcomed our newest candidates and novices and witnessed fi nal vows for our newest members. We also have experienced sorrow from the loss of sisters, associates and staff who have died, among them the President of our Community, Sister Norita Cooney, and our Development Director, Sister Stella Neill. Both sisters were beloved and visionary leaders and are so missed.

    As West Midwest Vice President, Sister Judith Frikker assumes the responsibilities of the president, while an election is underway for the president of the community. We have completed our search for the West Midwest Development Director and on August 1, 2011, Sister Marie Angele will join the development staff as director.

    For the next two years, our work in the West Midwest is to give serious discussion and discernment as to what we want our reality to be as Sisters of Mercy. Underway is a process for this important work called Transforming Mercy/Mercy Transforming. We have prepared retreats and other opportunities for our sisters to come together for deep discussion in preparation for two important meetings. The fi rst is a gathering in June of 2012 and the next is our Assembly in 2013 during which we will set the direction for the next fi ve years and elect our next leadership team.

    As you can tell, it is an exciting time to be a Sister of Mercy. We thank you for all of the support you give us each year. Your contributions, whether they are volunteer, fi nancial or prayer, are very important to us and we hope this newsletter keeps you updated on the ministries and happenings throughout the West Midwest Community.

    Our gratitude is expressed in our prayers for you and remains in the memory of our hearts and minds.

    Sister Sheila Megley, RSMFor the West Midwest Community Leadership Team

  • Living Mercy Summer 2011 3

    Sister Marie Angele has been named Director of Development for the West Midwest Community and will assume her responsibilities on August 1, 2011. A member of the Community since 2003, Sister Marie has a background in education, theology and theatre arts. In May, Sister Marie graduated from Creighton University in Omaha with a MBA degree and she received the Graduate School Outstanding Service Award.

    Sister Marie Angele Named Development Director As Director of Development, Sister Marie will work with the development offi ces throughout the West Midwest Community and establish development offi ces in Chicago and Omaha. Her offi ce will be located at the Central Administration Offi ce in Omaha. Sister Sheila Megley notes the West Midwest Community is blessed to have such a gifted individual assuming the leadership role for development and we are fortunate she has a passion for this work. Sister Marie says she is passionate about our Mercy Charism and the vitality of our ministries. Im excited about this opportunity to serve the future of the West Midwest Community through this ministry of service to our donors and I look forward to creating meaningful partnerships that will help extend our mission of Mercy long into the future, she said.

    Sister Norita Cooney, RSM Age 71September 21, 1939 - March 7, 2011Sister Norita Cooney was a Sister of Mercy for 53 years. After graduating from Mercy High School in Omaha, Neb., in 1957, she entered the Sisters of Mercy and began her ministry in education in 1962. During the next 12 years, she advanced from teaching in

    high school to chairing the Sociology department at College of St. Mary in Omaha. Sister Norita then headed the Pastoral Development Offi ce of the Archdiocese of Omaha. In 1976 Sister Norita served the fi rst of her terms in leadership, fi rst as councilor and then as provincial for the regional community of Omaha.

    In 1986 the world of healthcare beckoned and she was named chief executive offi cer of Bergan Mercy Health System where she served until Alegent Health was formed in 1995. At that time, she was named chair of the board of directors for the Alegent Health System. In 2002, Sister Norita became vice-president of mission services and community affairs for Alegent and served on the boards of several organizations including the Health Systems of the Sisters of Mercy in St. Louis, Mo. In March 2008, Sister Norita was elected as the fi rst president of the newly formed West Midwest Community. A woman of vision, compassion, inspiration, charisma and commitment, Sister Norita believed in the power of institutions for good and gave her time, energy and wisdom to governance in both the health and housing ministries of the Sisters of Mercy.

    Remembering Sister Norita Cooney and Sister Stella Marie NeillThe West Midwest Community pays tribute to two of its leaders who were