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Are you drawn
to deepening your spirituality?
to serving the poor and the marginalized?
to relationship with others who share the spirit, heritage and mission of Mercy?

We invite you to explore Mercy Associates

An associate member of the Sisters of Mercy is a woman or man who agrees to share the Mercy community life and mission in the tradition of Catherine McAuley through ministry, prayer, study, retreats, celebrations and bonds of friendship. Joined together, Associates and Sisters of Mercy strive to support one another through prayer, participation in community life, and service to those with whom they live and work.

"I see the Associates as a call...a drawing to spirituality, to community and to compassion. At the same time, I do not see the Associates as replacing vowed life, but accompanying it."
--Johna Peterson, associate, hospice and palliative care nurse

Groups of pre-associates meet throughout the year in various sites throughout the West Midwest for orientation. Following the reorganization of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community, West Midwest Associate Co-Directors Ann Dufour and Trish Trout were appointed in March 2010.

Ann Dufour ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) is the elected director of associates in the former Auburn region and is a member of the WMW Mercy Associate Directors Council. She has been intimately involved in the planning of the new structure. As an associate for 10 years, Ann has led her region's associates in becoming financially self-sufficient, built their website to enhance communications and conducted a "Come and See" gathering for persons interested in Association. She is a hospital chaplain assistant at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. Ann stated, "My passion and strong commitment for the Mercy mission lead me to see this position as a committed vocation. I am highly motivated and very enthusiastic to continue in the process of bringing to fruition the new structure."

Trish Trout  ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) is the local leader of associates in Portland, Ore. An associate for 10 years, Trish was a planner and participant in the Mercy Associates Leadership Training Program for Omaha associates during 2005-2006. She is a contracted consultant for non-profits specializing in fund development, volunteer management, board/staff training and development, grant writing and special events. In her expression of interest, Trish noted that "every step I have taken with Catherine McAuley in Mercy has affirmed my love of its charism and its followers, whether vowed members or committed associates."

The West Midwest Community Associate Area Coordinators (below) work with Ann and Trish to organize and communicate with local associate groups and their leaders. Contact the Area Coordinator for your state for information about Association.

  • Julianne Dent ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) is Area Coordinator for California.  A Mercy Associate for four years, Julianne has worked side by side with the Sisters of Mercy for 12 years.  She holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies and has studied spiritual direction at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, CA.  She has served on the Burlingame Associate leadership team as co-chairman of the spirituality interest group, mentored pre-associates and been a guest presenter at associate meetings.  Julianne notes as she begins her new role, “I bring all that I am, all my gifts, blessings and experiences grounded in the love of God and anchored in my commitment to Mercy.”
  • Catherine Colby ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) is Area Coordinator for Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.  Catherine has been a Mercy Associate for 15 years in Portland, OR.  She has prepared pre-associates, served as offsite and spirituality coordinator for Mercy Volunteer Corps members, and implemented spiritual experiences for local associates and sisters.  She was Director of Pastoral Care at the former Mt. St. Joseph Continuing Care Center and is now pastoral coordinator in a Portland area parish.  Catherine says, “I believe that the gifts that I have been given, skills that I have developed, and the call to Mercy that I have answered, have prepared me to take on this position."
  • Beverly Kelley ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) is Area Coordinator for Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Alabama, Florida, and Massachusetts.  A Mercy Associate for eight years, Beverly has been involved in the reconfiguration process in Michigan.  She has been active on the Advisory Council and hosted retreats and Days of Reflection for associates and sisters.  Beverly is a chaplain in a healthcare facility and a specialist in bereavement.  As she begins her new position, Beverly notes, “I have an enthusiasm for Mercy Associates which drives me to constantly think of creative ways to energize and celebrate the ministries and values of the Sisters of Mercy.”
  • Ann Dufour and Trish Trout are interim Area Coodinators for Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, and North Dakota. They will support local leaders until the position is filled.

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