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Bishop Persico to preside at mass honoring Sisters

Friday, April 6, 2018

Erie Bishop Lawrence T. Persico will join the Mercyhurst community on Monday, April 16, to celebrate a “Mass of Thanksgiving” honoring the contributions of the Sisters of Mercy.

“Like so many of us, I am devoted to the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy, our founders,” said Mercyhurst President Michael T. Victor. “All that we have been, all that we are, and all that we will be, we owe to them. The Spring Mass of Thanksgiving is our opportunity to come together as a community and honor the vision and inspiration of the Sisters.”

Victor noted that he also plans, during this inaugural event, to pay special tribute to Sister Lisa Mary McCartney, RSM, who will leave her full-time post on his cabinet as vice president for mission integration at the end of the year.  “As the only Sister of Mercy currently working full time on our campus, we are gratified that she promises to continue in a part-time capacity,” he said. “I hope everyone will join me in extending Sister our best wishes for the future.”

Bishop Persico will preside and preach at the Mass of Thanksgiving, which will begin at 3 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.

Like the Mass of the Holy Spirit, which traditionally opens each academic year at Mercyhurst, the Mass of Thanksgiving will include special music by the Mercyhurst Concert Choir, directed by C. Thomas Brooks, accompanied by organ, brass and strings.

The Mercyhurst Liturgical Dance Ensemble, directed by C. Noelle Partusch, will dance to a musical setting of the “Suscipe,” the prayer of Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, in 1831.

Sister Lisa Mary McCartney and other Sisters of the Erie community will take part in the liturgy as well, serving as readers, gift bearers and Eucharistic ministers.

All are welcome to attend the Mass and the reception to follow in the chapel foyer and the first floor of Old Main.