About the Conference

The Mercy International Research Conference was held at Mercy Center, Burlingame, California, on November 9-12, 2007.

The twenty-six invited researchers came from all over the Mercy world, including nearly all of the congregations of Sisters of Mercy whose leaders compose the Mercy International Association (MIA).

They engaged in a Theological Reflection Process. The theme of the conference was:

“‘Fire Cast on the Earth—Kindling’: Being Mercy in the Twenty-First Century.”

The words of Catherine McAuley in the theme are from her letter to Elizabeth Moore on 28 July 1840. She is commenting on the Christ-given zeal and mercifulness of the English postulants preparing for the foundation in Birmingham.

Photo taken by Genemarie Beegan rsm in the Burlingame Chapel