New Year 2016

                                                            

This is message is being written in the final days of 2015 and so our thoughts turn to high-lights of the year that is closing as well as what may lie ahead in the year to come.

Year of Consecrated Life November 30, 2014 to February 2, 2016: A wonderful way we, Sisters of Mary Reparatrix in United States, were able to celebrate this was the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the vowed commitment of two of our members:

                                      Pat Mullen                               Gerry McCullagh

                          Pat                   Gerry

Both of these sisters were born of Irish born parents and both of them deeply appreciate and celebrate that heritage. Sister Pat was born in Long Island, New York. She has served in the Mary Reparatrix Retreat Houses in Detroit, Michigan; Cincinnati, Ohio and Manhattan, New York. For the last thirty years she has lived and ministered in Queens, New York. She spent many years in Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Parish in Ridgewood, New York and is currently living in Glendale, New York.

Sister Gerry was also born in Long Island, New York. Sister Gerry also lived and served in the Mary Reparatrix Retreat Houses in Detroit, Michigan; Cincinnati, Ohio and Manhattan, New York and was involved in pastoral ministry in Brady, Texas. For almost the last thirty years Sister Gerry has lived and ministered in Yonkers, New York.

In September many of the USA sisters were able to gather in Michigan and celebrate the joyous occasion of the Golden Jubilee of these two women.

PeaceAs we look forward to 2016 we encourage our readers to reflect on the message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Peace (January 1, 2016). Core themes of the message are mercy, solidarity and interconnectedness. Pope Francis reminds us that solidarity and compassion are so necessary for attaining peace.

“…all of us are called to realize how indifference can manifest itself in our lives and to work concretely to improve the world around us, beginning with our families, neighbors, and places of employment.”                                                            Pope Francis, World Day of Peace Message, January 1, 2016.

Margaret Hoey