Young Mercy Leaders

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.

Dates of forthcoming programmes

In 2017, the the Young Mercy Leaders' Pilgrimage for secondary school students will run from Tuesday, 18 July to Friday, 21 July 2017.

Previous Programmes:

2016

Day One of YML Pilgrimage 2016
Day Two of YML Pilgrimage 2016
Day Three of YML Pilgrimage 2016
Day Four of YML Pilgrimage 2016

2015

Day One of YML Pilgrimage 2015
Day Two of YML Pilgrimage 2015
Day Three of YML Pilgrimage 2015
Day Four of YML Pilgrimage 2015

2014

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.

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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

Day One of YML Pilgrimage 2014
Day Two of YML Pilgrimage 2014
Day Three of YML Pilgrimage 2014
Participant's Diary 2014: Molly Onufer
Participant's Diary 2014: Ruth Kilcullen

2013

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.

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Feedback from some of the participants in the 2013 Secondary Schools programme

  • 'Wonderful pilgrimage! Going into it, I didn't know what to expect, but it was more than I could have ever hoped for or imagined. I feel able to carry out the practical ways of exemplifying Catherine McAuley. Thank you so much for that life-changing experience!'
  • 'The highlights of this pilgrimage were meeting such wonderful people from the fellow pilgrims from Ireland, Belize, America, England and Australia to the sisters I met. It was a great experience to make new friends and meet such inspiring and interesting people. Another highlight for me was learning about the different ways in which I can speak to God, through music, through art, or through movement.'
  • 'I feel really inspired to be a leader in my school and show other students in my school the great work Mercy does and also how they can do this work by simply being kind to one another. I really want to lead the other students in my school to helping other people and I want to inspire them with Catherine's story and Sr Karen's stories too.'
  • 'This pilgrimage definitely brought Catherine 'alive' more because the love of all you Sisters for Catherine shone from you, and you all spoke with passion. It was so much more than just reading her life in a book. You spoke of her as if she was a beloved family member! Also, the knowledge and scope of Mercy presence worldwide was new to me.'
  • 'The in depth workshops not only focused on our lives but on how we are connected to Mother McAuley today. She was so strong in her faith and she never lost her way even in times of utter despair. Knowing now that I am part of the continuation of what she started all those years ago is so overwhelming and amazing!'

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

2011

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.

               

Home of Mercy from Park MultiMedia on Vimeo.

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

First Day of the YML Pilgrimage 2011
Second Day of the YML Pilgrimage 2011
Final Day of the YML Pilgrimage 2011

 Messages to: Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality