History of Mast


MAST [The Mercy Association in Scripture and Theology] met for the first time in June 1987 at Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania. Called together by Eloise Rosenblatt, R.S.M. and Mary Ann Getty, then a Sister of Mercy. Twenty Sisters of Mercy theologians and Scripture scholars from fourteen regional communities formally established the organization to provide a forum for dialogue and cooperation among Sisters of Mercy. MAST has been meeting annually since 1987.

The purpose of the organization is to promote and support scholarship and theological reflection on Scripture, theology, spirituality, ethics, and related sciences undertaken by Sisters of Mercy around the world, our colleagues, and friends in order to serve the Church and the Institute, especially women. To this end the association encourages the publication of scholarly writing through the MAST Journal; the convening of an annual conference focused on issues of theological or spiritual concerns; and mutual support for its members engaged in scholarly pursuits through study, writing, teaching, and administration.

Members act as theologians in the Church and carry on theological work in their respective disciplines and ministries. They also seek to be of service to the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas by providing a forum for theological education.

Ellen Murray, R.S.M., currently serves as MAST’s Executive Director. The Executive Committee includes Marie Michele Donnelly, R.S.M., Katherine Doyle, R.S.M., and Eloise Rosenblatt, R.S.M.

For information about becoming a member and being added to MAST’s mailing list, contact the Executive Director, Ellen Murray. by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Dues can be paid by check, payable to MAST, and sent to MAST Treasurer, Katherine Doyle, R.S.M., Holy Spirit Convent, 3920 West Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822-1123. Her e-mail is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Since 1991, The MAST Journal has been published three times a year. Maryanne Stevens, R.S.M. was the founding editor of the Journal. The present Editorial Board is: Eloise Rosenblatt, R.S.M. Editor, Patricia Talone, R.S.M, Aline Paris, R.S.M., Sharon Kerrigan, R.S.M., Mary-Paula Cancienne, R.S.M., and Doris Gottemoeller, R.S.M. Writers for the Journal include theologians living and working in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, as well as Central and South America.

Past issues of the Journal from 1990 to 2023 are available free at MAST Journal Archives.