Sisters of Mercy

June 13, 2019
Congratulations to the "Nuns & Nones" project for being covered in The New York Times! The project received funding through an NCSW mini-grant, and we're proud that it is has continued to expand in scope and impact. The Times article is fascinating (like the project itself), giving voice to...
August 01, 2016
Coming into this project, although nervous, I was certainly excited! Although, I am Protestant Christian, I have been in Catholic school since Kindergarten and I have always loved the nuns I encountered. I have a deep respect for those in religious life and the Sisters of Mercy have come to hold a...
May 27, 2016
SIster Rita has always had a passion to work and connect with Spanish-speaking people. One day, while she was discerning whether or not to work with detained immigrants, her favorite song, "Pescador de Hombres" was playing. When she heard the lyrics in Spanish, "Together with you, I will seek other...
May 23, 2016
Life as part of a community of women religious today is not the same as it was when Sister Rita entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1959. The Second Vatican Council called on religious communities to look back on their founder or foundress. The members of Vatican II also wanted the religious...
May 19, 2016
Currently Sister Rita lives in an apartment complex, but she used to live with other Mercy sisters. She is often meeting up with other sisters for prayer group, programs and many other activities. She frequently meets with other sisters at Mercy Circle in Evergreen Park, Ill. Many retired sisters...
May 13, 2016
Sister Rita celebrated her golden jubilee in 2009, and she has enjoyed being a Mercy Sister since she joined the order in 1959. She shared that the Sisters of Mercy were known as "The Walking Sisters" because, unlike some women religious, they were not cloistered; they went out and served the...
May 05, 2016
Sister Rita Specht entered into the Sisters of Mercy in 1959.  She first served as an elementary school teacher as a young sister.  Then, she moved on to teaching Spanish at the high school level, which she enjoyed because she liked the Spanish language.  She was also part of the...
April 06, 2016
One of the extraordinary things that Sister Jacquie did as a Sister of Mercy was assist in opening the Frances Warde Health Service, a clinic that served those who lived in the rural areas of North Carolina for a total of 29 years. Hearing about this incredible adventure was the focus of today....
April 03, 2016
Growing up, Rita lived with her two parents and many siblings in Chicago, Illinois.  Her family was Catholic, and she attended Catholic schools with her siblings.  She was a shy child, and did not interact much with people.  In high school Rita was influenced by some of her teachers...
March 30, 2016
It was a warm welcome back I received from Sister Jacquie, and I hope I was able to convey that to her just the same! I just got back from my service trip to Kansas City, Mo., a few days ago, and she just returned from her trip to New Jersey. We shared lunch again today and a fellow Sister of...