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Sisters of Mercy welcome new Associates

June 25, 2008

(Farmington Hills, MI) – Colleen Connolly and Dorothy Gereke became Associates of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Regional Community of Detroit, in a ceremony on June 20, 2008 at Mercy Center in Farmington Hills.

connollyColleen Connolly first met the Sisters of Mercy in 1980 when she worked for the Province of Detroit as business manager. She has continued to serve on finance committees for sponsored organizations including Mercy High School in Farmington Hills and Mercy Education Project in Detroit. Colleen is currently finance officer for the College of Health Professions of University of Detroit Mercy.

Dorothy Gereke served for 21 years as a nurse and hospital administrator during her 26 years as a Sister of Mercy. During those years she, along with Father Matt Fedewa, co-founded TEC (Teens Encounter Christ). After leaving the Sisters of Mercy, Dorothy continued to work as an RN. She maintains an active role in TEC and her parish ministries in Boca Raton, Florida. These ministries include Koinonia, Young Adults and as Eucharistic Minister to the homebound.

During the June ceremony, nine Mercy Associates renewed their covenant: Romanita Castillo, Cecilia Farrell, Kathy Grantz, Blanca Johnson, Jennifer Kreft, Vicki Looker, Mary MacDonald, Nadine Maynard and Kimberly Winn. In addition, three women celebrated 25 years as Mercy Associates in 2008: Ann Dillon, Toni Gross and Sally Owen.

Mercy Associates are women and men 25 years or older who enter into a covenant with the Sisters of Mercy to participate in the life of the Mercy Community. They take the Mercy spirit and mission to everyone they meet and extend the ministry of Mercy in their own way through prayer and works of Mercy. They remain financially independent from the Sisters of Mercy.

The Regional Community of Detroit is part of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, an international community of Roman Catholic sisters who address human needs through collaborative efforts in education, health care, housing, and pastoral and social services. The Detroit regional community includes sisters and associates serving in Michigan, Iowa and several other U.S. states.