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Sisters of Mercy celebrating jubilees

Left: Sister of Mercy Virginia Cain. Right: Sister of Mercy Patricia Murtagh Left: Sister of Mercy Virginia Cain. Right: Sister of Mercy Patricia Murtagh
Two Sisters of Mercy will be honored as they celebrate their 70th jubilee on Sept. 18 at the community’s Mercy Day celebration.

Sister Patricia Murtagh and Sister Virginia Cain will be the guests of honor at the celebration.

Sister Murtagh grew up in Montpelier and entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1946. She taught in parochial schools in Burlington, Barre and Middlebury as well as religion classes in the surrounding parishes and in the diocesan religious education program for the developmentally disabled. She served in parish ministry and as director of religious education in Woodstock, Enosburg Falls and Northfield.

In addition, she ministered for several years in the Diocese of Ogdensburg, N.Y., based in Keeseville, as pastoral associate and director of religious education.

She represented the Sisters of Mercy of Vermont on the Council for Religious in that diocese as vice president, president and treasurer. 

She ministered at the Howard Mental Services in Burlington and St. John’s Hospital in Tewksbury, Mass., and she volunteered with Birthright and hospice.

Sister Cain spent 20 years teaching and 20 years as a registered nurse caring for sick and elderly sisters. She spent 27 summers at Camp Marycrest in Grand Isle. 

She ministered for six weeks in Haiti, six weeks in Jamaica and two years in Selma, Ala. “All of these various ministries afforded me the opportunity to bring mercy wherever I was,” she said. “God gifted me with a call to mercy, and it is my gift to bring His love and mercy wherever I find myself.”
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