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.

The 2018 Pilgrimage for post secondary/college age students will run from Tuesday, 31 July - Friday, 3 August 2018

The 2017 Pilgrimage for secondary school students will run from Tuesday, 18 July to Friday, 21 July 2017.

Group Registrations for the 2017 pilgrimage closed on Saint Patrick’s Day, Friday, 17 March 2017.

Previous Programmes:

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

  • d

  • Reflection Time

  • Sr Bernie Makes Her Move

  • s

  • All Join in

  • Moving to Healing Balm

  • Joining in the Movement


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: Secondary School Students. Welcome and Day One

  • Welcome to all pilgrims

  • Waiting to Register

  • Registrations open

  • 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

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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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