100 Years ago this week, the Mercy Sisters were welcomed to the town of Fishguard – and the sisters have had a continued ministry there ever since. Their original home, overlooking the harbour and Goodwick, has been expanded in that time and the convent has also changed name to its present patronage of St Teresa. At one time the community ran a school, but since the 1980s that has become a care home for the use local community, and for the sisters themselves.
Bishop Tom celebrated an anniversary Mass for the community on January
4th. He was joined by the chaplain to the Convent, Canon Mullins, and
other Pembrokeshire clergy. The provincial of the order, Sr Philomena,
gave some heartfelt words about the ministry of the Mercy Sisters to
Wales; words which touched the hearts of all who present. In the
congregation were present the current religious community, but also
sisters from past years who have moved onto other apostolates.
After the Mass the community of sisters and care home residents were
treated to a festal meal. Bishop Tom spoke of his gratitude to the
community and all the good they do in bringing Christ to the sick and
elderly in the westernmost fringes of the diocese.
We wish the Mercy Sisters every blessing on their anniversary. Ad multos annos!