Letter from the Executive Director

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Dear Friends,

Today we begin the Triduum retreat at Mercy by the Sea, one continuous prayer, a single celebration of the Paschal Mystery spread over three days, which will culminate with the Easter Vigil.

We are also united these days with the religious traditions and sacred days of our Muslim neighbors who are in the midst of Ramadan and our Jewish brothers and sisters as they look to Passover in the coming weeks. We join in one prayer and journey together. 

Gathering in this sacred time, Earth is erupting into spring with all its magnificence, and it is also a time of over 110 active wars – Middle East, Ukraine, Haiti… Our own country is plagued with political, racial, and economic divides. Our common home, Earth, is in crisis. Palm Sunday through Good Friday into Easter is a heart-stretching pilgrimage which requires us to hold the very real grief of so much death, with the astonishing promise of rebirth. 

At the heart of the story is God's transforming one of the worst symbols, the cross, into one of the most beautiful, the Tree of Life. These days invite us to love – to Love in Service – Love in Surrender and Love in New Life!

May these days be holy for each of us, for our world. Let us walk this sacred time, together, in great love.

In Mercy,

Sr. Anne Curtis, RSM
Executive Director