Painting of “The Visitation” by Sr. Aloysius McVeigh R.I.P.
Visiting people in their homes has always been part and parcel of Mercy ministry since the early days. Today Sisters continue this work especially to the sick and dying at home, in hospital or nursing home. They also visit and listen with an accepting and understanding ear at times of loss and bereavement. Some distribute religious magazines to homes, connecting them with local people and supporting missionary activity while others try to create a supportive, hospitable environment especially for Sisters home on breaks from Nigeria and Zambia.
One Sister serves on the committee and works with Smart Project (South Meath Area Response to Teenagers) which aims to divert young people from becoming involved in criminal/anti social behaviour, those at risk of offending or coming into conflict with the law.
A Sister works with Meath Community Drug and Alcohol Response group which aims at empowering the community through awareness, education and support to respond to issues relating to alcohol and substance use in a positive way and offers a comprehensive support service to those experiencing difficulties with addiction.
Sisters are involved in spiritual development and counseling, serve on the board of directors for low-cost counseling or engage in the energy/healing work of complementary therapies.
Sisters strive to reach out in compassion to the vulnerable. Some are members of St. Vincent de Paul Society, Rainbows and the second-chance education organisation, Youthreach. Some are engaged in raising awareness of and promoting attitudes and policies for safeguarding children.
Some work with Meath Living Links programme to help families bereaved by suicide while others are helping those who struggle because of cultural difficulties including refugees and asylum-seekers in Direct Provision accommodation.
In all this the Sisters remain true to their foundress’ advice to be open to “the patient hearing of sorrows”.