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Catherine McAuley: Social Mystic

A Special Mercy Event with Mary Pat Garvin, RSM

Friday, June 28, 2019
10:00 am to 3:00 pm


Coffee and tea will be provided
Bring a bag lunch from home

$30 registration

Catherine McAuley was a social mystic; a woman deeply rooted in God and sent on mission! 

In Catherine we see clearly that her relationship with Jesus had direct social implications for the people of her day, especially women and children. To this day, Catherine’s life proclaims that explicit love of neighbor is the primary act of the love of God! As followers of Jesus, in the tradition of Catherine, we too are called to be social mystics in our own day, in our own way! 

Our time together will include prayer, conversation and exploration of our call to be social mystics.  Women gifted, blessed and sent to accompany and heal with God’s mercy.





Mary Pat Garvin, RSM, Ph.D. is a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

From 2011-2017 Mary Pat served as a member of her congregation's general leadership team. Mary Pat holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the Gregorian University where she was a faculty member from 1994-2001. Prior to being in leadership Mary Pat ministered for twenty years with national and international conferences of religious, as well as with over 50 religious congregations throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

A life-long educator, Mary Pat has taught at Creighton University, Gwynedd-Mercy University and Seton-Hall University. Mary Pat's research interest is the interplay of spirituality and psychology in the promotion of a healthy and holy living of the Christian life. She is the author of over 20 articles on topics pertaining to vocation discernment and the formative process. She co-authored "Leadership in Consecrated Life Today" in Formation and The Person: Essays on Theory and Practice (2007).

In 2013 Mary Pat offered a keynote address at the UISG international meeting of over 800 leaders of women's religious congregations. In 2017 Mary Pat was the recipient of the Sr. Mary Emil Penet Award from the Religious Formation Conference in the United States. This award was presented in recognition of Mary Pat's extraordinary contribution to the ministry of lifelong formation for religious in North America and internationally.





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