Fr. Rob Clements welcomes to this edition of Catholics Matter Sr. Margery Therese Harkin, a sister of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate religious order.
As profiled in July 2013 by The Catholic Sun: With her soft Irish brogue and sparkling blue eyes, Sr. Margery Therese Harkin, PVMI, is out pounding the streets, looking for the lost sheep. Accompanied by seminarians or lay people, Sr. Margery visits homes, inquiring if there are any baptized Catholics in residence and inviting them to church. A religious sister belonging to the New York-based Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, Sr. Margery said some of those whom she visits decide to attend her RCIA classes.
She and two other sisters reside in a convent at Christ the King Parish in Mesa, but 30 hours a week, Sr. Margery is working to bring people into — or home to — the Catholic Church at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Phoenix.
This is her third year at the west-side parish and she estimates she’s visited about 4,000 homes. Previously, Sr. Margery worked in the neighborhoods surrounding Queen of Peace and St. Timothy in Mesa and St. Daniel in Scottsdale. She’s also trained teams of parish visitors in other states.