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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Irish archbishop pays tribute to Sisters of Mercy
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¬†At a Mass marking the 150th anniversary of St Vincent's Secondary School in Dundalk, yesterday the Archbishop of Armagh, Dr SeŠn Brady, paid tribute to the Sisters of Mercy. During his homily he said: "Today I salute in a special way the Mercy Sisters. No group has contributed more to the development of Irish society as the Mercy Order. Involving great sacrifice and generosity, the Sisters of Mercy have for over 150 years educated countless thousands of women, enabling them to take their place in society, and by extension, have shaped and influenced the lives of the husbands, sons and daughters of their pupils. "If Ireland today is to some degree, North and South, a more confident and prosperous place, taking its rightful place among the nations of the world, holding its head high and commanding a key role in many aspects of the world order, it is in no small portion due to the self-giving of the Mercy Sisters. Notwithstanding the difficult and painful issues from the past which the Mercy Order, as other Religious Congregations, and indeed the Church in general in Ireland must courageously confront, I pay warm tribute to the Sisters. It would be a travesty of truth and justice if the excellent work the Mercy Sisters have done in the past were to be forgotten in the present. Irish society owes the Mercy Order a debt which can never be repaid and that we must remember." Source: Communications Office, Irish Bishops Conference
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