Women’s Month Interview with Sister Grace and Sister Rita

In Honor of Women’s Month, we asked Sister Grace and Sister Rita their thoughts on current issues:   1. What women have inspired and influenced you? Why? SG: My mother, because of the way she brought us up. She was from Italy, and a hard worker. She lived for her kids. They were her whole life. Both parents, I know we meant the wold to them. SR: My mother, grandmothers, and Sister Grace. My mother was very religious, loved kids, loved being a mother, the she got ill at 37 leaving eight of us. So both my grandmothers pitched in to help. They supported my father and helped raise us. Sister Grace because being at the House of Mercy has opened my eyes to what is really going on. The myths I was taught, the racism, I became very determined to learn.   2. What do you think is the biggest issues facing women today? SG: Equality. They are still considered second, and clericalism in the church doesn’t help that. SR: Poverty. There is very little support for women who are poor and raising families. Sometimes no support at all.   3. Do you think it is harder for a woman to be homeless? SG: I think it’s hard on both, but I think it’s harder on the women because the women often have the children. And in homelessness, it is very hard to find somewhere who will take both women and children, and if they do, they only take them for a short amount of time. And women are often responsible for the education of the child, and...

Stations of the Cross

This past Friday, Sister Grace Miller along with members of the House of Mercy and St. Josephs House of Hospitality, took to the sidewalks to honor the Catholic tradition of the 14 Stations of the Cross for Good Friday. The Stations of the Cross, also referred to as the Vio Dolorosa, is a narration of the final hours of the life of Jesus Christ. These stations are meant to serve as a reminder of Christ’s humble demeanor during his crucifixion process as he set aside any of his privileges as a deity so he could provide a path of salvation during his sacrifice.  There are various accepted versions of these stations and Christ’s last few hours of his life, one being biblical and the others being much more traditional tellings of the Christ’s final hours. Some of these stations are: ‘Jesus is Condemned to Death’ ‘Jesus Meets His Mother Mary’ and ‘Jesus Dies on the Cross’. House of Mercy members started out over by High Falls and Factory Street at Kodak with the first station being ‘Jesus is Condemned to Death’. They stopped at Kodak, since it was a symbol of corporate wealth and power and once was the most powerful corporation in Rochester. By stopping there, it was an outright example of all the promises that global capitalism can’t keep. The purpose of this station is said to be that Jesus is still teaching the importance of being obedient to God’s Word no matter the situation.  The next station stopped underneath the underpass to downtown from High Falls and that one was to symbolize Jesus carrying the cross. Stopping at the underpass...

The House of Mercy Welcomes You

The House of Mercy is honored to support the poor, homeless and in need in Rochester, NY. We welcome all through our doors — real and virtual — who require loving support, or who wish to help their brothers and sisters in the community. Thank you for being a part of the work that we...