The community of the Sisters of Mercy in Belize and the wider community of family and friends last weekend joined in a festive celebration of the 50th aniversary of Sister Miriam Clare as a religious Sister of Mercy.
The Mercy Chapel on the second floor of the Sisters of Mercy Convent was full to capacity with friends and well-wishers for the Mass of Thanksgiving, celebrated by Bishop Christopher Glancy.
After the Mass, there was a celebratory lunch and later a game of piñata for the numerous nieces and nephews of Sister Miriam.
Sister Miriam was born Miriam Clare Ford, in the picturesque village of Succotz. She and an older sibling, Ann Marie, entered the convent within one year of one another. Ann Marie went on to become a Pallottine Sister while Miriam opted to become a Sister of Mercy.
Her whole life has been devoted to teaching the young people of Belize, first in the primary school system and later at St. Catherine Academy.
Sister Miriam was already a trained teacher in the Cayo District when she entered religious life. She has taught in Orange Walk and Belize City.
She is now retired and an active participant in the prayer apostolate of the Sisters of Mercy.