A pilgrimage of Mercy

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Mercy Award winners June Adams and Chris Hill arrived in Dublin, Ireland for the Mercy Leadership Pilgrimage on 1 April 2008, ready to explore leadership in the context of the life and ministry of our foundress, Catherine McAuley.

The pair, winners of the Clinical and Support Services Mercy Awards in 2007, completed the 10-day pilgrimage with seven of their colleagues—Leaders Program participants Kay Wilson, Michael Beckmann, Tim Davidson and Sallyane Wissmann, Mater Lawyer Justin Sharp and Mater executives Nigel Harris and Mark Waters.

The Mercy Leadership Pilgrimage is designed to help deepen pilgrims’ understanding of Mercy spirituality and Mission and apply what they’ve learnt to their work area after returning home.

June and Chris traced Catherine McAuley’s life in Dublin from the house she grew up in, to the place she died. They were told of her economic and social background and learnt of her many struggles, while also discussing Mercy in today’s world.

The group also visited men’s and women’s prisons, saw a number of Irish chapels and lochs, went to a game of football, visited the beautiful Glendalough and even dined in a few Irish pubs as part of their journey. Another highlight was visiting the Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Dublin, another Mater hospital on the other side of the world.

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    Chris Hill with June Adams in front of Mercy International.Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin.

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