BELMONT, N.C.— Sisters of Mercy from the Toledo area traveled to North Carolina in June to attend the 2012 Assembly of the Sisters of Mercy — South Central Community, joining some 300 sisters from 17 other states, Guam and Jamaica for prayer, reflection and updates on community business.
After her election to the new leadership team of the Sisters of Mercy — South Central Community, Mercy Sister Linda Falquette of Fremont received a blessing from Mercy Sister Kathy Green, the community’s current president, and the entire assembly. (Photo courtesy of Sisters of Mercy)
On June 23, the community elected a new leadership team of six sisters to serve for the term 2012-2016. Among them is Mercy Sister Linda Falquette, who currently serves in the business office of Toledo Notre Dame Academy and is a member of Fremont St. Ann.
Born in Fremont, Sr. Falquette entered the Sisters of Mercy in Cincinnati in 1984. She received a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Her ministries have included serving as executive director of Double ARC and director of planning of Mercy College of Ohio. When she assumes her new position on the leadership team of the Sisters of Mercy — South Central Community, she will relocate to the community’s headquarters in Belmont, N.C.
Additional members of the new leadership team, who will take office on Sept. 1, are: Mercy Sister Jane Hotstream, president; Mercy Sister Paulette Williams, vice president; Mercy Sister Mary Rose Bumpus, team member; Mercy Sister Patricia Coward, team member; Mercy Sister Deborah Lee Kern, team member.
During the assembly, sisters set aside time in their agenda to call their representatives in Congress to advocate for passage of the DREAM Act, which would offer a path to citizenship for young people who were brought to the U.S. when they were children. During the “Dial a Dream” social justice action, sisters used their cell phones to contact their representatives in the U.S. Senate and House and to encourage them to pass the legislation.
Throughout 2012, the Sisters of Mercy are celebrating the 100th anniversary of their ministry in the Diocese of Toledo, where 42 serve today. The Sisters of Mercy are the primarily sponsor of the Northern Region of Catholic Health Partners and also sponsor Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center in Fremont.