West Midwest Community Sisters of Mercy

Sister Judith Frikker elected president of West Midwest

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July 29, 2011 –  Judith Frikker, RSM, MD, was elected president of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community . She succeeds Norita Cooney, RSM, who died in March after serving as president since 2008. Sister Judith, who previously served as vice president, will complete the remaining two years of Sister Norita’s term.  Sister Judith was recognized by the Sisters of Mercy at a special liturgy held July 30 at College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb.

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Sister Renee Kettering Welcomed

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Sister Julie Brown, incorporation minister, on left, and Sister Judith Frikker, president of the West Midwest Community, bless Sister Renée Kettering at her Reception to the Community on July 16.

Sisters of Mercy Celebrate Reception of Novice

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI, July 18, 2011-- Saturday, July 16, was a day of tremendous joy for the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest (WMW) Community as Renée Kettering of Detroit, Mich., was received as a novice during a Reception Ritual held at Mercy Center Chapel.  Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Associates, Companions in Mercy, family and friends gathered at the Farmington Hills Campus to witness and celebrate Renée’s desire to further her discernment of religious life.  On Saturday she was named Sister Renée and received the Mercy Cross which identifies her as a novice of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community.

Sister Judith Frikker, RSM, interim President of the WMW Community, said:  “It is with immense joy that I, on behalf of the Sisters of Mercy, introduce Sister Renée Kettering. We welcome Renée into the Novitiate.” She added, “This day affirms that God continues to call women to religious life.”  

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Public Witness. Stop Deportations!

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Contact: Stephanie Heiland
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For Immediate Release



On Saturday, June 25 at 9:30 a.m. more than 400 Sisters of Mercy along with leadership and members of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Eighth Day Center for Justice, and the Chicago Archdiocesan Office of Immigrant Affairs will be gathering on the grounds of Saint Xavier University in Chicago to take a stand against deportation of immigrants.The Sisters of Mercy recognize an urgent duty and challenge to stand in solidarity with immigrants seeking fullness of life.   “Our immigration system is broken,” explained Sisters of Mercy JoAnn Persch and Pat Murphy, organizers of the event.  “We see families being torn apart and it is destroying the very fabric of our nation.”

The public is invited to join the Sisters of Mercy as they sign letters to President Obama to stop deportations and stop ripping families apart.  Silhouettes of men and women facing deportation will be held by the Sisters of Mercy and placed in the ground at Saint Xavier University, as a sign of their solidarity with these those who have been deported leaving families behind.  The witness will also include prayer, song and testimonies.Saint Xavier University was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846.

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Sister Pat McDermott Elected Institute President

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June 29, 2011--The West Midwest Community is honored to have one of its own - Sister Pat McDermott, RSM - named president of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.  Sister Pat was elected at a Chapter meeting of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Also elected to leadership were Sister Eileen Campbell, RSM, vice president; Sister Anne Curtis, RSM; Sister Mary Pat Garvin, RSM; and Sister Deborah Troillett, RSM.

A native of Omaha, Pat appreciates her Midwestern roots. "My father was a Nebraskan and my mother was an Iowan. I've always been grateful to grow up in the Midwest where family, neighbors and hospitality are great values," she said.

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