Saint Luke President Commissioned as a Missionary of Mercy
Capuchin Father David Songy, S.T.D., Psy.D., president of Saint Luke Institute, was commissioned a “Missionary of Mercy” by Pope Francis during a Mass held at the Vatican on Ash Wednesday 2016.
Missionaries of Mercy are to be to be “a living sign of the Father’s welcome to all those in search of his forgiveness,” the Holy Father told the priests on the eve of Ash Wednesday, according to Vatican Radio.
The Holy Father said, “Being a missionary of mercy is a responsibility I have entrusted to you because it requires that you be witnesses in the first person of God’s closeness and his way of loving. It is not our way, always limited and at times contradictory, but His way of loving, His way of forgiving, that is indeed mercy.”
In an interview with Catholic News Service in Rome, Fr. Songy spoke about what this means, “One of the things the Pope has been inviting us as a Church to do is to welcome those who have been hurt by the Church. I think the most important message I would want to communicate to priests is that they don’t need to worry about anything except for being a new opportunity for this person.”
Fr. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., is interviewed by Catholic News Service in Rome.
Just over 1,000 priests (125 of them in the United States) were chosen by the Holy Father to be Missionaries of Mercy. They have been given special permission to pardon sins reserved to the Holy See during the Year of Mercy and their names are being given to the world’s bishops, who can call upon them to give missions and preach on mercy or otherwise be part of Year of Mercy initiatives, focusing particularly on the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The Jubilee of Mercy began Dec. 8, 2015 and concludes on Nov. 20, 2016. Learn how you can participate at the official website and sign up for a webinar by Fr. Songy, “Rediscovering the Face of Mercy,” live on Feb. 22, 2016 (on demand afterward) at SLIconnect.org.