• We have one solid comfort amidst this little tripping about, our hearts can always be in the same place, centered in God, for whom alone we go forward or stay back.

    - Catherine McAuley

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Leadership Team

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The West Midwest Community is led by a team comprised of a sister elected from each of the former regional communities. Leadership consists of (seated left to right): Sisters Judith Frikker, RSM (Detroit); Norita Cooney, RSM, president, (Omaha); and Sheila Megley, RSM (Chicago); (standing) Kathy Thornton, RSM (Cedar Rapids); Judy Cannon, RSM (Burlingame); and Michelle Gorman, RSM (Auburn). Our leadership team is located in Omaha, Neb.


The Sisters of Mercy West Midwest mourn the death of our beloved President, Sister Norita Cooney on March 7, 2011. To read about her remarkable life with links to eulogies, a video of her funeral service and a blog about her, go to

Sister Norita Cooney--A life of healing


Mercy Story

  • srdoloreszurekAfter spending an hour on the phone with Medicare, or a doctor’s office, or an insurance company, Sister Dolores hangs up the phone with a sigh and a fervent prayer, “Help me, Jesus.”