A Word of Farewell from Sister Mary Daly to the Friends of Mercy by the Sea

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Ministering at Mercy by the Sea for the past 31 years has been a life enriching, life-giving experience.

Just consider the place of the ministry; the woods, the ever-changing sky, the grounds with its gardens and rocks, the sunrises and sunsets, the moon over the sea, to say nothing of the sea itself – in calm, in storm, at high tide and low - and when it is rolling over my outstretched arms. Could there be a more beautiful spot to serve?

Then there are the people enabling my ministry, those who over the years have supported and furthered the work of this ministry by planning, registering, cooking, cleaning, cutting trees and painting walls, answering phones, and scores of hidden services.

There are those with whom I lived and collaborated in the ministry, spiritual directors and program presenters. And there are the people to whom I ministered, God-seekers from all walks of life who are the reason for the place, the workers, the collaborators, and my presence here for 31 years.

What a great joy.