As the Roman Catholic Church worldwide celebrates the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Sisters of Mercy in Jamaica will be hosting a Week of Mercy from September 16-23.
The Week of Mercy, which will be held for the first time, will feature several events geared towards celebrating and imparting values of Mercy and Justice across Jamaica,
The Sisters of Mercy, who originally came to Jamaica from Bermondsey, England, have been on the island since 1890.
They joined with Jamaican Jessie Ripoll who, with her friends had bought the property at South Camp Road in 1880, and later became a Sister of Mercy, Superior Mother Claver. The Sisters of Mercy and Alpha have been nation-builders, advancing education, medical care and music, islandwide. Indeed, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Most Hon. Andrew Holness and The Roman Cathoic Archbishop, Most Rev. Kenneth Richards are both graduates of St. Catherine High School, founded by the Sisters of Mercy.
Mercy Week begins on Friday, September 16 at McAuley Hall, Alpha, 26 South Camp Road, Kingston, with the launch of a Mercy Historical Centre to depict the history of the Sisters of Mercy in Jamaica and illustrating their significant and continuing impact on the cultural, social and educational development of the country.
Guest speaker will be the Deputy High Commissioner of Britain, Mr. Graham Glover.
The Centre, which will be at South Camp Road in downtown Kingston, is a part of the Sisters of Mercy’s efforts to make a significant contribution to the revitalization of the entire area, which is now being undertaken by the Government of Jamaica and the private sector. A Mercy Award is also being established as an annual activity to laud students and Jamaican citizens who demonstrate Mercy values and who perform acts of mercy.
Today, Alpha and other Mercy-led institutions stand as seats of learning for thousands of students in Kingston, Mandeville and Hatfield where the John Bosco Home for Boys is located. These Mercy-led institutions will be host to a Combined Mercy School concert as a part of the week-long celebration.
Another special feature will be presentations in Kingston, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. This includes a public discussion, “The Force that Reawakens to New Life,” on Tuesday, 20th September chaired by Dr. Leith Dunn, Dean, Gender & Development Studies at 5:00pm at UWI.