Sisters of Mercy set direction, elect new leaders

PARSIPPANY, N.J. -- Mercy Sister Mary Waskowiak, president of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, compared leadership to the story of Exodus in Scripture that took the Israelites on a long journey across the desert.

"It's the story of who is in charge, and it's certainly not the leaders," she said April 8 to laughter among participants at the Sisters of Mercy mid-Atlantic assembly at the Hilton Hotel in Parsippany, N.J. About 500 sisters representing portions of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania participated in the conference to pray, discern a direction for the next five years and choose new leadership.