Guiding Principles and Understanding Retirement

Guiding Principles

1.   Reach out to Sisters during times of transitions;

2.   Encourage the development of Individual short & long term plans;

3.   Provide supportive living environment that allows each Sister to perform optimally while meeting her needs;

4.   Provide a quality, person-centered environment conducive to religious life;

5.   Offer resources which enrich the Sister’s spiritual life, while she shares her wisdom and legacy with others;

6.    Assist each Sister to explore services, options, and living environments that optimize the quality of her life;

7.   Base communal & Personal decisions based on resources & the common good of both the individual and community;

8.   Encourage each Sister to participate in decision making related to her desires and needs;

9.   Ensure that decision making done by the PC, LCC and CLT is thoughtful, respectfully and in the best interest of the Sister;

10. Assure that stewardship of human & financial resources is consistent with our co

WMW Understanding Retirement

Retirement for a Sister of Mercy is a time to continue personal growth and awareness

of this life’s sacred journey into a closer relationship with God.


Ideally, retirement is a self-identified time for a Sister to have the opportunity for personal reflection, spiritual and intellectual enrichment, meaningful service, leisure, strengthening of community relationships and interactions with family and friends. For some, this time may be enhanced for them in a supportive living environment where there is a continuum of services, physical care, stimulating activities and spiritual enrichment.


Retirement becomes a reality as a Sister’s self-awareness informs her that she has a need to attend to her body, mind and spirit. This self-awareness may occur in varying ways. One way is through self-knowledge that energy and stamina are waning, or that her ability to perform ministerial responsibilities as efficiently and professionally as desirable is limited. At other times, the need for a transition becomes apparent when a Sister recognizes she is not able to fulfill the shared household responsibilities in a small community, or if living singly she recognizes her need for assistance with some activities of daily living. A Sister who lacks this awareness and self-knowledge may need others to share their concerns about her well-being and encourage her to make decisions that provide for her safety and every day needs. This may come from a Personal Contact, a Life Care Coordinator, co-workers, Sister companions or others who observe a need for her to lessen her responsibilities or to better care for herself.


This may be a time when a Sister’s ministry is “to be,” rather than “to do”.


All of this is a common understanding of retirement for the Sisters of Mercy as each one of us transitions through her later yearsmmitment to ministry and the care of the dignity & respect of our members.


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