The Mercy Associate movement has greatly expanded in recent years and this includes groups of Youth Mercy Associates.
These groups stretch from the North of Scotland through to North England, Wales, Lincolnshire, Birmingham, Midlands and the South. The YMA are concentrated in London, Liverpool, Peterborough, Colwyn Bay and Newcastle upon Tyne.
The formation of these groups consists of a Pre Initiation Programme of nine monthly meetings.
Following the Commitment there is a Pack available for on going formation. It includes scripture, the life and writings of Catherine Mc Auley, days of recollection and pilgrimages following in the footsteps of Catherine.
Pictured right: Sister Agnus and Associates in Baggot Street
On a social level groups are encouraged to meet up and join with the Sisters in celebrating special Mercy Feast Days.
This is what an adult Mercy Associate has to say about what it means to her to belong to the group.
A Youth Mercy Associate says "I like being a member of YMA where I can pray, do good and help others"
They produce a magazine twice a year; have their own prayer book and handbooks
For the easy flow of communication there is a National Commission of six Sisters and six Associates; together with Chaplaincy, Finance and Communication Teams, The responsibility of this group is to evaluate and plan for the future.