Youth Mercy Associates launched in Sierra Leone

Maricourt Catholic High School in Liverpool, supported by a grant from the British Council’s Global Schools’ project has established a link with St. Raphael's Catholic Secondary school in Waterloo, Sierra Leone.  

A small but enthusiastic group of Youth Mercy Associates was established in 2010 led by teacher, Mr. Raphael VandI pictured below with the group. 

On 9th February 2011 a group of 11 Youth Mercy Associates were commissioned at St. Raphael’s during a one-week school partnership visit.

The service was led by Fr. Paul Jusu, Headteacher, in the parish church next to the school. Visiting teachers and sixth-form students from Maricourt also joined the service. Each YMA member received a badge, certificate and T-Shirt to mark the event along with photographs and messages form the Maricourt YMA group.  The group meets regularly, prays and visits vulnerable members of the community.

Sierra Leone YMA group

The group includes the Head boy and Head girl who will visit Maricourt in June 2011.  Also pictured are Mr Varey (Maricourt) and Mr Raphael Vandi (YMA leader) and Fr. Paul Jusu.

10Anniversary of YMA

July 1st 2010 was the 10th anniversary of the enrolment of the first eight YMA members. To mark the occasion a wonderful celebration was held in North shields with a special Mass followed by a reception in the Hall. Past YMA members joined the group for the special celebration.

Sister Patricia enrolled two new members and she presented the special Catherine McAuley award for long service to Jennifer Keilor and Lydia Walsh.


News from the Philippines – From Youth Leader – John Wraith

Over the past few years we have had a very active group of young people, all received as Youth Mercy Associates. Our work has been involved mainly with poor families and supporting very poor children to continue their education, in a country where over five million children do not attend regular classes.

My young people are moving on to pastures new this year, so I shall be recruiting new young people to help in our work.  There are Mercy Sisters in the Philippines, but not in large numbers, so there is some curiosity about the Englishman with the Mercy badge! I can openly tell you that Catherine is truly with us here and always supporting our mission, never too little, never too much, just enough. Trusting in Providence is my great support! Always there when really needed!

Catherine lives!

North Shields YMA

There are 14 absolute regulars in the North Shields YMA group. We meet every Tuesday. Recently we had a visit from Geraldine the postulant.
Bag-packing at Morrisons again this month - half the proceeds will go to children in need, at the request of the YMA. The group went down to Hartlepool to hand the proceeds over to the BBC, “Children in Need “ appeal. All those who bag-packed were taken to the Panto in the city centre, and had a good time. Before Christmas the group went Carol singing around the wards at Royal Victoria infirmary in the city. Other activities included the collection of chocolate bars for the people’s kitchen in Newcastle, where they feed the disadvantaged every day and the filling of a shoebox for operation Christmas child.
It is wonderful to have children helping children.

YMA sorting clothes for the homeless

Maghull YMA Group

8th December 2009 – A group of five Year 8 YMA students set off for “Coolock”, Newcastle Under-Lyme in the school minibus driven by Mr Varey.  On arrival they received a warm welcome from Sr.  Bridie and Sr. Betty and given a tour of the Chapel and beautiful Christmas garden.  Following lunch, Sr. Bridie met with the young people and discussed the enrolment service before returning to the meeting room where the five members received their YMA T-shirt and badge and were officially enrolled.  Sister Augustine from the next-door community joined the group.  After the ceremony the children were given a tour of the garden and they were excited to see the memorabilia connected to Catherine McAuley and her generation. 

The Maghull YMA Group enrolment at Coolock

The group meet weekly at lunchtime with Maria, the School Chaplain; Miss Hargreaves, Sr. M. Teresa and a senior YMA Sixth Form student. 

Before February 2010 half-term the group provided a scrap book for Mr. Varey, Mr. Naughton Mrs. Pinnington and Miss Daly to take to St. Raphael’s school in Sierra Leone during their visit. The group were delighted to hear that staff in St. Raphael's hope to set up their own YMA group


Preparing a scrap book

Date for your Diary:

25th March 2010 - 10th Anniversary of YMA Foundation


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