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Volunteer Spotlight Catherine’s Corner Inspired by the Gospel and by the example of our founder Catherine McAuley, the Sisters of Mercy envision a just world for people who are poor, sick and uneducated and are committed to serving, advocating for and praying with those in need around the world. The Sisters work passionately together with our Associates, Companions and Partners in Ministry to reduce poverty, violence and racism as well as the widespread denial of human rights, the degradation of Earth, the continued oppression of women, the abuse of children, the mistreatment of immigrants and the lack of solidarity among people and nations. Suzin Varro, who calls herself the Rainbow Warrior, volunteered her time by holding mindful meditation and yoga workshops for the boys and girls at our Syosset Campus. The workshops help in managing stress and empowering individuals. Suzin does outreach work for the LGBT community and volunteers her time giving motivational talks and presentations to students at high schools across Long Island. MercyFirst Board Member News: MercyFirst Board of Trustees member, Leonard Stekol, was recently appointed to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Chief Executive Officer of Ridgewood Savings Bank. Mr. Stekol has over 25 years of banking experience at Ridge- wood. Most recently, he served as a member of the Bank’s Board of Trustees, and as the Bank’s President and Chief Op- erating Officer. Leonard joined the Mer- cyFirst Board of Trustees in 2011. He has been an active member of the Fundraising and Finance Committees of the Board. In addition, Len and Ridge- wood Savings Bank are ac- tive supporters of Mercy- First’s Annual Golf Outing and Angel of Hope Recep- tion. “Len is a terrific asset for MercyFirst – from having his busi- ness expertise on our Finance Committee to his involvement with our fund raising efforts. Len strengthened our relation- ship with Ridgewood Savings Bank that now goes back over 40 years,” Jerry McCaffery. We examine the root causes of these issues and promote systemic change in the communities in which we minister in the U.S., Latin America, the Caribbean, the Philippines and Guam. We connect our efforts on a global scale with Sisters of Mercy congregations throughout the world through Mercy International Association and Mercy Global Action at the United Nations. The Sisters of Mercy were founded out of a deep concern for persons who are poor. Today, that commitment is focused in five “critical concerns” that we address through attention to personal and institutional choices, advocacy with legislators and other government leaders, and corporate engagement. Our Critical Concerns are: NON-VIOLENCE, IMMIGRATION, EARTH, IMMIGRATION, WOMEN In this Mission Corner let us reflect on the critical concern - Earth. Sisters of Mercy strive to act in harmony and interdependence with all of creation. “Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live. We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it.” - Pope Francis, Laudato Si, #139 * Mercy is growing in awareness of how our choices impact Earth and persons who are poor. The Sisters of Mercy together with our associates, co-workers, students, volunteers and friends are called upon to change personal habits and behaviors, adopt new policies and guidelines for institutions, and advocate with corporations and government leaders to reverence Earth and sustain life. I ask you to ponder the question “How can we at MercyFirst make changes that will help us to make the right choices to reverence Mother Earth? Sister Maureen King, RSM VP of Mission Integration