“Be sure you have a comfortable cup of tea for them when I am gone.”

As I was searching around the web looking for special days in January, I came across a page that had January as “Hot Tea Month“. It reminded me of a quote that  Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Religious Sisters of Mercy (RSM), said to one of her sisters on her deathbed: “Be sure you have a comfortable cup of tea for them when I am gone.” Since then a tea cup has become the symbol of Mercy hospitality.

From those early days in 1830’s in Ireland, the Sisters of Mercy spread their mission to help the poor, sick and unschooled throughout the world. The first Sisters of Mercy arrived in the United States from Ireland in 1843 and soon established hospitals and schools from coast to coast.

 

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