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Meet Our New Executive Director


It is with great privilege and pleasure that I share with you the arrival of our new Executive Director, Donna Smith! After an extensive search and rigorous interview process, our Board of Directors and Foundresses, Sister Donna and Sister Brigid, unanimously agreed that Donna Smith is the right person to lead Well of Mercy. 

Donna Smith comes to us after spending the last 16+ years as Director of Faith Formation at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Huntersville, NC. She recently completed the Wake Forest Non-Profit Leadership program, she has a Master’s degree from Loyola in Religious Education & Theology, and an undergraduate degree in Finance & Accounting. While Donna is impressive “on paper,” we trust that our guests will find she is truly an exceptional individual when they meet her in person. She has lots of energy, a wonderful spirit, and she connects with the mission of Well. 

Balancing the traditions of the past while creating a vision for the future can be a challenging proposition, yet we know that Donna, the staff, the board, and the Sisters are all working together to ensure that Well of Mercy remains the special place that we all have come to know and love over the past 20 years. 

Donna is married to Fred Smith and has two grown daughters, Taylor and Kendall as well as a little Maltese, Bailey. She loves to read, garden, and cook ... all of which can come in handy when working at Well of Mercy! 

Please take an opportunity to welcome Donna to her role as executive director when you can.

With Gratitude for Well,

Mike Smiley

Well of Mercy Board Chair

A Thousand Thank Yous
We have truly been blessed by your generous gifts to assist in meeting our 2016-2017 operating budget.  The outpouring is humbling and serves as an affirmation of Well's mission to serve those in need of healing hospitality. May you be blessed as much as you have blessed us.

Sister Donna & Sister Brigid

2017 Wisdom Wednesdays
Three Wisdom Wednesday's remain for 2017 with the next two in July & August.  These mini-workshops offer an introduction to Well of Mercy and offer an invitation to former guests who wish to return. See the complete schedule and register to attend.

July 12, 2017 1:30pm- 4:30pm Chapel of Mercy $45

Join us for an afternoon learning techniques to interpret guidance from your dreams, develop your dream dictionary, discover your personal dream messages, break the pattern of recurring troubling dreams and become creative with lucid dreaming.  REGISTER!  The cost is $45; lunch is not provided.

Mary Ellen Shuntich has led dream workshops for over 30 years. Her personal approach is highly spiritual. Mary Ellen has a gift of seeing beyond the symbols of our dreams and leading us to unlock their secrets.

August 2, 2017 1:30pm- 4:30pm Chapel of Mercy $45

The spirit speaks and is more easily heard when we are still and are in sacred spaces.  We will begin with quiet reflection in the Chapel, move into ceremony at the Sacred Circle, and then sink into the space of soulful reflection at stations along the prayer path. Space is limited to 13 so REGISTER soon. The cost is $45; lunch is not provided.

Sandra O'Brien will guide this afternoon's meditative journey and will share her prayer path experiences over the years as a seeker, frequent guest and Well staff member.

Well of Mercy Needs You!                             Volunteer / Ambassador Program

Over the last 20 years, Well of Mercy has been incredibly blessed with hundreds of individuals and families who have supported our mission both financially and through volunteerism. As we prepare for the next 20 years at the Well, we would like to expand our volunteer program as well as identify individuals who are interested in being ambassadors for the Well of Mercy. 

You might ask yourself, “What is an Ambassador?” This is an individual that over the years has developed a wonderful rapport with the Well, and is able to articulate the mission of the Well to others. We have set aside an afternoon for both new and experienced volunteers and those interested in being ambassadors on Sunday, July 30th 2-5 pm

This afternoon session will include further insights into the history of the WOM, overview of current programming and board initiatives at WOM and lastly a summary of our current volunteer needs. Refreshments and time for a walk on the grounds will round out the afternoon. RSVP for the Friends of Well - Volunteer / Ambassador Program by Wednesday, July 26th.  If you have questions, you may address them to

Where Two or More Are Gathered

Where two or more are gathered, there is usually noise. Even among quiet individuals, noise comes in the form of shared energy and interaction.  Well's greatest gift is providing quiet sanctuary for the individual. 

Well seems like a good place to gather with friends; however, we find ourselves saying "no" to something good so we can say "yes" to something better.  

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Well of Mercy is designed to be a place where the distractions of human relationship do not interfere with rest, renewal and communion with God. Therefore, we must redirect requests for guests seeking a girl's weekend or Bible-study group to other centers designed for small group interaction so we can save space for individuals needing no agenda, no noise, and no distractions; creating white-space where they can listen to their own still small voice.

Don Carroll
Thank you Don Carroll for serving as Well of Mercy's interim executive director from January to May, 2017.  
We wish you all the best in your next endeavor.
Well of Mercy Board

In This Issue
Welcome Donna Smith, ED
Spring Appeal Update
  Wisdom Wednesdays
Well Needs You
Save the Date
Two or More
Thank you Don

Save The Date
October 15, 2017
2 - 5 pm

Well of Mercy
20th Anniversary 
Sister Donna's & 
Sister Brigid's 
50th Anniversaries 
Sisters of Mercy
Watch for more details
for the

Your support is most appreciated
as we want to offer 
Quiet Respite
for the individual at 
Well of Mercy 
for years to come. 

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July  12, 2017 
1:30 - 4:30pm

Prayer Path Meditation
August 2, 2017 
1:30 - 4:30pm

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