By Odiwuor Opiyo
NAIROBI, SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 (CISA) – The Sisters of Mercy, on September 27, commemorated the annual Mercy Day celebrations at Matter Misericordiae Hospital, Nairobi, in an event graced by Archbishop Anthony Muheria of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri as the chief guest.
In his homily, Archbishop Muheria avowed that “we are here under the patronage of the most faithful servant, most faithful mother of the saviour that he sent to the world to bring mercy. Our mother, Our Lady of Mercy.”
“I pray God may look upon you with mercy; look upon your families with mercy, look upon the problems that you have with mercy, uplift you and show you, love. May he teach you and multiply your capacity of love, of charity for others; not only the sick but even your own families. May you become founds of God’s mercy, love and hope. This is what we celebrate on Mercy Day,” said the prelate.
Archbishop Muheria lauded the Sisters of Mercy in Kenya for being icons that the Catholic faithful can emulate, an example that transcends the Matter Misericordiae Hospital which is run by the Sisters.
“We pray that you may be faithful to that calling and ask our mother that she hold you by the hand because when we let her in humility, then we will be conduits, agents and messengers of God’s mercy,” he said.
The prelate blessed and opened the new telemedicine wing, renal unit annex as well as the Mother and Child Health Clinic (MCHC), a newly renovated children’s facility at the hospital poised to facilitate the treatment of little children.
Sister Mary Gitau, the Pontifical Commissary for the Sisters of Mercy in Kenya paid homage to Catherine McCauley for her deeds, her life and her efforts and declared that “as we celebrate this day, we want to emulate her courage, her care and above all, her ability to give herself fully to the people she was serving.”
Mercy Day is the anniversary of the opening of the first ‘House of Mercy’ by Catherine McCauley-Founder of the Sisters of Mercy on September 24, 1827, in Dublin, Ireland.