The Young Mercy Leaders programme commenced in 2011 with the visit of Mercy secondary school and college students from across the globe to Mercy International Centre to experience together the riches of the Mercy story before returning to daily life better equipped to be leaders in their schools and world.
The programme was such a success that it is now being offered annually with secondary school and college programmes being offered separately in alternate years.
Registration is now open for the 2017 Pilgrimage
for secondary school students. It will run from Tuesday, 18 July to Friday, 21 July 2017.
Registration Materials can be downloaded here:
Group Registrations must be received by Mercy International Association (either electronically or by postal mail) by Saint Patrick’s Day, Friday, 17 March 2017.
Registration materials can be returned electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or through postal mail to:
Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm,
Mercy International Association,
64a Lower Baggot Street,
Dublin 2, Ireland
2016: College Students and Young Adults. Welcome and Opening Ritual
Mary Reynolds rsm lighting pilgrimage candle
Mary Reynolds rsm lighting the three candles representing the 3 prayer intentions
Pilgrims in Chapel
Pilgrims in Chapel
Footprints on the Focus Space
Footprints at the Door of Mercy
Sr Bernie Makes Her Move
All Join in
Moving to Healing Balm
Joining in the Movement
2015: Secondary School Students. Welcome and Day One
Welcome to all pilgrims
Waiting to Register
Mary Reynolds rsm welcoming the pilgrims
A pilgrim receives her spiral badge
Decorating a pebble for the ritual
Candle and decorated stones in the centre piece
Receiving the candle during the ritual
View of Ritual Centrepiece and Musicians
Some of the pilgrims
Pilgrims ready to pray during the ritual
Some of the pilgrims
Enjoying time together
Meeting other pilgrims
LIghting the candles
Our Mercy Musicians
Patricia Walsh, facilitating the group
Aine Barrins rsm screening Catherine's Story during her presentation
Video: 'Mercy Beckons a New Generation' 2014 (07:45)
During the 2014 Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage for University Students and Young Adults, Sheila Carney rsm, Special Assistant to the President at the Mercy Centre for Service in Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, travelled with a group of students to Catherine's House at Baggot Street, Dublin, Ireland. The group spent time exploring Catherine's House and finding out about her life, her work and about the person of Catherine.
The group revealed that being at Baggot Street was an experience like no other, where they discovered that Catherine was woman who experienced many struggles and yet had wonderful determination, never taking no for an answer. Having spent time in Catherine's places and spaces, the students expressed their desires to carry forward her dream of compassion, of service and of Mercy.
Reports on the 2014 College Students & Young Adults Programme
Reports from the 2014 College Students & Young Adults programme can be accessed below. These give an overview of each day's activities and an insight into the responses from the participants
Video: 'Fan Into a Flame’ 2013 (32:06)
'Fan into a Flame' was filmed during the Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage, held in Baggot Street in August 2013 when over 100 young people from Mayo to Belize and Melbourne to New Jersey, gathered in Dublin to undertake a journey of self-discovery and of leadership, inspired by Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.
Reports on the 2013 Secondary Schools programme
Reports from the 2013 Secondary Schools programme can be accessed below. These give an overview of each day's activities and an insight into the responses from the participants
Day One of YML Pilgrimage 2013
Day Two of YML Pilgrimage 2013
Day Three of YML Pilgrimage 2013
Day Four of YML Pilgrimage 2013
Video 'Home of Mercy' 2011 (17:22)
This 17 minute video captures highlights from the various keynote presentations, rituals, workshops, and theatrical performances; talent show acts of the Melbourne Congregational Schools, and high school students Ryan Boulton-Lear (Liverpool, Great Britain) and Katie Kavanagh (Athy, Ireland); and interviews with participants from four USA universities and four high schools in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, and Ireland.
Reports from the 2011 Secondary Schools programme
Reports from the 2011 Secondary Schools programme can be accessed below. These give an overview of each day's activities and an insight into the responses from the participants
Messages to: Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality