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Mercy sister named 49th chaplain of State Senate

January 30, 2015

Mercy Sister Michelle Gorman, the first woman religious to hold the post of chaplain to the California State Senate, opened the body’s first session Jan. 5 with prayer.

“For over 157 years the Sisters of Mercy have offered spiritual guidance and devoted service to members of the Sacramento community and the State of California,” said California Senate president pro tempore Kevin de León who named Sister Michelle as chaplain. He said her “lifelong service to education and the needs of the poor and infirm, as well as her leadership in her religious community has deeply inspired me.”

The Mercy Sisters said Sister Michelle “is grateful for the opportunity to minister at the Capitol as chaplain to the Senate” looking to “facilitate the senators’ connection with their God so that their work on behalf of the people of California and the larger world can proceed from a spirit of humility and gratitude in the face of so many unresolved issues.”

When the Sisters of Mercy of Burlingame and Auburn joined the new West Midwest Mercy Community, Sister Michelle served on the first leadership team from 2008 to 2013. She has also served on the faculty at Sacramento diocese schools including Holy Spirit School, Bishop Manogue High School and Christian Brothers School.

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