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Blessings to Mercy Sisters

March 20, 2015
Father Joe Gordon

Re “Sisters of Mercy travel to Peru to remember and celebrated,” Feb. 27:

Fifty-one years ago when I was a newly arrived college seminarian at St Joseph’s College, our beloved professor and music director, Father John Olivier, taught us something recently composed by Mercy Sister Suzanne Toolan, “The Mission Hymn.” Powerful verses set to majestic music, refraining, “Great is the Lord, worthy of praise, tell all the nations God is king; spread the news of his love!” Thirty years after that, retired Mercy Sister Sylvia Grandsaert explained to me that Suzanne composed and titled her hymn to joyfully send forth her sisters to Peru in 1964: To the Sisters of Mercy, to Suzanne, and to their beloved people in Peru, thanks and many blessings to you all.

Father Gordon is retired pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, East Palo Alto.

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