Mercy Sisters elect new leadership - Catholic Courier

Mercy Sisters elect new leadership

The newly elected leadership team of the Sisters of Mercy of Rochester was installed in a June 26 ceremony at the order’s motherhouse chapel in Brighton.

The new team will govern the Sisters of Mercy in the Diocese of Rochester and the sisters’ Chilean mission. The leaders are: President: Sister Gaye Moorhead, RSM; Vice President: Sister Jane Schur, RSM; and Councilors Sisters Kathleen Ann Kolb, RSM, and Kathryn Wahl, RSM. They will each serve a four-year term.

“I feel privileged to serve at a time when we are forging new relationships in order to strengthen our mission and ministries,” said Sister Moorhead.

Sister Moorhead served as a member of the leadership team from 1989-1993. Prior to her election as president she was staff attorney for Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services in El Paso, Texas. Before that, she served as coordinator for the Mercy Migrant Education Ministry and ministered for many years as staff attorney at the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children. She is a founder of Andrew Center, a special-service foster home which continues to be a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. Sister Moorhead served on the board of the Women’s Intercultural Center in Anthony, New Mexico.

Sister Schur has served on the leadership team since 2001. Her primary responsibilities include justice, new membership, special events and motherhouse administration. She serves on the board of Mercy Residential Services. Prior to her service to the regional community she served as a case manager with Diocesan Catholic Charities AIDS Service.

Prior to her election, Sister Kolb, a registered nurse, served as director of Mercy Outreach Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy that provides health care, dental care and advocacy services for the uninsured and under-served. Before that, she served as director of the infirmary at the Mercy motherhouse.

Sister Wahl has served as an incorporation minister guiding those women who are becoming Sisters of Mercy. She previously served as a teacher and school administrator and as a parish faith-formation coordinator. Prior to her service on the leadership team, Sister Wahl was a board member for Mercy Residential Services.

Founded in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland, and once made up of separate groups, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas joined together in 1991 to form a 25-region institute with a common mission. All regions throughout the United States elect leadership teams which work in conjunction with the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

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