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Posted on 04/01/2015 9:56:43 AM PDT by Salvation
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A religious order of men, founded by St. Peter Nolasco about 1220, and also called Nolascans. Its two fold purpose was originally to tend the sick and to rescue Christians who had been captured by the Moslems. Their rule derives from St. Raymond Peñafort (1175-1275). In addition to taking the usual three vows, they pledge themselves to become hostages if needed for the deliverance of Christian captives. A corresponding order of nuns was established at Seville, Spain, in 1568. The Mercedarians took their present name from their traditional devotion to Our Lady of Mercy. Hence their official name, Orden de Nuestra Señora de la Merced. They are currently engaged in preaching, in hospital and pastoral work.
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Tim Russert, a cradle Catholic, was instructed by the Sisters of Mercy:
Russert, a devout Catholic, said many times he had made a promise to God to never miss Sunday Mass if his son were born healthy. In his writing and in his news reporting, Russert spoke openly and fondly of his Catholic school education and of the role of the Catholic Church in his life.
He was an outspoken supporter of Catholic education on all levels. Russert said that his father, a sanitation worker who never finished high school, "worked two jobs all his life so his four kids could go to Catholic school, and those schools changed my life." He also spoke warmly of the Catholic nuns who taught him. "Sister Mary Lucille founded a school newspaper and appointed me editor and changed my life," he said. Teachers in Catholic schools "taught me to read and write, but also how to tell right from wrong."
Sister spoke at his funeral; the two had maintained close contact throughout the years.
Very interesting tidbit.
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