10 August 2011
The morning of August 10th dawned dull and cool in Dublin and although dark clouds threatened to dampen the area around Baggot Sreet, the Young Mercy Leaders arriving for the first day of their Pilgrimage to Catherine McAuley’s home brought with them the warmth and brightness of their energy and enthusiasm for Mercy.
Registration went smoothly with everyone being welcomed with a true Irish welcome and the mornings proceedings began in the school hall with three creative ice-breaker activities. It was a great opportunity for the young people to meet and begin to get to know one another.
During the Opening Ritual
Mary Reynolds rsm, Executive Director of Mercy International Association, then welcomed all present and gave them a ‘Cead Mile Failte’(hundred thousand welcomes) to Catherine’s home. She reminded us that what joins us together in a common bond is that we are all inspired by Catherine McAuley and it was this inspiration that sent us on pilgrimage to her home place. Mary hopes that we will be changed by the experience and that we will go back to our place of origin with renewed energy. She challenged us to ‘Be Catherine to one another’ and to enjoy the laughter, fun, joy, dance and camaraderie.
To read a full account and view video from the event visit the Mercy World Website