The renowned Sister Marilyn Lacey, a Religious Sister of Mercy (RSM) will speak on the topic, 'Mercy: the Unexpected Path to Justice' at Mercy Week Panel Discussions to be held in Commemoration of Jamaica's first Mercy Week, proclaimed to be an annual event by His Excellency, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen.
The Panel Discussions will be held on Tuesday, Sept 20 at 5pm at the UWI Library, Mona, and on Thursday Sept 22 at 4pm at the Mount Alvernia Conference Centre.
Sister Marilyn Lacey is passionate about making the world a more welcoming place for refugees and migrants. She has stood with displaced persons for over 30 years. Marilyn was personally honored by the Dalai Lama in 2001 as an "Unsung Hero of Compassion" for her life's work.
Although she holds an Master's in Social Work from U.C. Berkeley and 3 honorary doctorates, she insists that the poor have been her best teachers. In 2009 Marilyn wrote a memoir, 'This Flowing Toward Me: A Story of God Arriving in Strangers'. She is the founder and Executive Director of Mercy Beyond Borders, a nonprofit partnering now working with displaced women and girls in South Sudan and in Haiti to alleviate their extreme poverty.
Sister Marilyn has helped refugees in the Lao-Thai border, Sudanese and Somali camps in Kenya and has also worked extensively with the Lost Boys of Sudan helping them to resettle safely in the United States.