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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 776  |  20 June 2018
Featured Story
No Borders, Only One Human Race

...The situation of refugees across our world, illustrates how much we fail as human beings to love others as ourselves. There is only one human race and all of us are made in the image of God which means the same standards of justice apply to all.  I believe the situation of refugees diminishes each of us because we are all interconnected.  This places a responsibility on us to confront our own attitudes and fears and to look for ways whereby we can come together to form a global Mercy presence and voice which can take risks, show our solidarity and enable a world without borders to grow, embracing each other as one, as members of one human race...

Read the complete article: A4 Paper size (2pps, PDF), US Letter size (2pps, PDF)

Messages to: Sheila Curran rsm (The Congregation) - JPIC Coordinator for the Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI)

Image: © 2018 MIA

Vision in Action
MIA Prayer Intention:
A Moment for Grace,
A Prayer for Refugees

God of our Wandering Ancestors,
Long have we known
That your heart is with the refugee:
That you were born into time
In a family of refugees
Fleeing violence in their homeland,
Who then gathered up their hungry child
And fled into alien country.
Their cry, your cry, resounds through the ages: “Will you let me in?”
Give us hearts that break open...

Download this prayer from Catholic Relief Services USA  here (PDF)

Download the World Refugee Day toolkit from USCCB here (10pps PDF)

Watch the award-winning Vatican video 'Migrants and Refugees' here (03:35)

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA

The fourth round in May began with completing a read through of the Draft Rev 1 followed by an opportunity to have a practical discussion surrounding some migration policy areas that had been left unsettled such as "international cooperation and capacity building", "pathways for regular migration/regularization", "natural disasters, climate change and migration", and "fundamental human rights and spectrum of services" to name a few. With these areas debated, the Co-facilitators were able to prepare a revised version of the text to be negotiated during the fifth round of negotiations which took place last week...

Messages to: Angela Reed rsm - MIA Coordinator at the UN - Mercy Global Action

Image: Photo of UNHCR banner '1 family torn apart by war is too many' Nieuwland photography

On this, the third of our nine days of prayer celebrating the third anniversary of the public release of Laudato Si', we are invited to reflect on these lines from the Prayer for our Earth:
'Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty'.

Our suggested action: to 'Celebrate your current efforts to care for creation.'

Messages to: the MIRP Continuation Group - Elizabeth Davis rsm, Mary Reynolds rsm, Anne Walsh

Image: © 2017 MIA

As a Mercy Community, we pray with those in need of physical healing through the intercession of Catherine McAuley.

God of love and mercy, touch with your healing power and restore to full health Maree, Dom, Paul and all who have previously asked for our prayers.

We ask this with confidence through the intercession of Venerable Catherine McAuley. Amen.

Messages to: the Vice postulators

Feliz cumpleaños Gustavo!

The Mercy Sisters worldwide send greetings to Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez OP on his 90th birthday and thank him for his contribution to theology and especially for helping us to understand what it means to have 'a preferential option for the poor'.

Feliz cumpleaños Gustavo!

Messages to: Gustavo Gutiérrez OP

Image: Youtube screen

Pope Francis has released his message for the Second World Day of the Poor, 18 November. It can be read here

Watering the Roots at the Wellspring of Mercy: Enrolments Welcome for 2019

Following a most successful 2018 programme, inquiries and enrolments for the 2019 programme (19 May - 14 June) for vowed Mercy women are being taken, with a number of bookings already made.

Messages to: Anna Nicholls rsm - Team Leader Heritage & Spirituality

Image: 2018 Wellspring Presenters and Participants in Catherine's Room at Baggot Street

MIA Members News

Bridging the gaps between generations can be challenging – but so rewarding.

The staff of Mercy House Pretoria, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence, is involved in community development in a tribal area 30 km north-east of Pretoria. The community in this area, Erasmus, is challenged by poverty, substance abuse, teenage pregnancies and the lack of basic services. The members of the community, however, are determined to build their lives and create a better living space for all...

Colleen Wilkinson rsm c/- Denise Brennan - Congregation Communications Coordinator

I had never felt called to civil disobedience before.

It had felt fulfilling enough to participate in numerous rallies, engage our Mercy network in advocacy, and support Mercy sisters and coworkers in their actions protesting immigration policies, militarism and federal budget cuts to programs serving persons who are poor and vulnerable.

But joining in a short sit-in in Senator Mitch McConnell’s office last fall with survivors of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, demanding solutions to climate change, gave me a glimpse of the power of taking a risk with people most impacted by issues I care about....

Messages to: Marianne Comfort - Institute Justice Coordinator for Earth, Anti-Racism and Women

NS Mercy Chapter (North Sydney)

Our Chapter of Affairs begins 25 June. The Chapter of Elections begins week of  9 July.
We invite you to join us in prayer that our deliberations will be life-giving and grace-filled.

Messages to: Loreto Conroy rsm - Congregation Leader

Eloise Rosenblatt rsm is a Sister of Mercy of the Americas from California. For 10 years, she has been practicing family law as a civil attorney in private practice, serving both paying and pro bono clients, mostly women.

Her article is linked to this item.

Messages to: Eloise Rosenblatt rsm

Editor: Sr Eloise is the Editor of the MAST (Mercy Association in Scripture and Theology) journal. Discover MAST and subscribe here

Editor: Patricia Powell rsm is a recipient in the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List. These honours are awarded each year in June to members of the Australian community for outstanding contributions to society across a range of sectors. Sr Patricia was awarded the OAM (Order of Australia Medal) for service to the Catholic Church in Australia and Diocese of Bathurst. A report in her local newspaper is linked to this item.

Sr Patricia was one of the interviewees in the VOICES project. Her interview can be watched here

Messages to: Patricia Powell rsm

Appointment of New CMHE Associate Director (Americas)

The Conference for Mercy Higher Education (CMHE) Board of Directors welcomes Dr. Mary-Paula Cancienne rsm to the new CMHE position, Associate Director for Mission Integration and Support.

Currently serving as Chair of the Religious Studies, Theology and Philosophy Department at Georgian Court University (NJ), Sister Mary-Paula brings both deep experience and enthusiasm to this new role and expresses an appreciation for both the integration of Mercy in Catholic higher education and for the opportunities within CMHE for advancing the Mercy mission in myriad ways.

Messages to:
Moya K. Dittmeier - Executive Director
Mary-Paula Cancienne rsm

Mercy Matters
Birthday of John the Baptizer (Luke 1:57-66, 80)

'Today’s gospel is a good news story. Most of us respond with joy to the birth of a child, especially when the odds are stacked against the parents conceiving...'

Read the Reflection on the Gospel by Veronica Lawson rsm (ISMAPNG)

Listen to the Gospel read by Fr Eamonn O'Connor (Ireland)

Image: John the Baptist (right) with child Jesus, in the painting 'The Holy Children with a Shell' by Bartolomé Esteban Perez Murillo. Public domain

Thomas Keifer, then a janitor at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Arizona, spent seven years looking through the trash for personal items taken from detainees, preserving them, and photographing them for his project, El Sueño Americano. His story, along with a number of his photographs, was featured in the New Yorker last year...

TEDxKakumaCamp took place on 9 June 2018 in one of Africa’s oldest and largest refugee camps. Kakuma Camp houses 185,000 people - South Sudanese, Somalis, Burundians, Ethiopians and others- in north-western Kenya. Some have lived there for 20 years.
Originally streamed live, the programme was recorded and can be watched here (5:29:07)

1854: Foundation to Nenagh from Birr - M Anastasia Beckett
1888: Foundation to Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary from Birr - M de Pazzi Fitzgerald
1911: Foundation to Rosslare from Wexford - M Agnes Maguire

Contribute a fact about the Story of the Sisters of Mercy in your congregation or institute to our online archive

7-year-old Malak fled with her family from war-torn Syria and braved a dangerous journey across the Mediterranean. 'I had a lot of friends, now there is no one left', Malak says. (01:57)

The Romero Centre was established in 2000 in response to the needs of people arriving in Australia seeking safety and human rights. In December 2003, the Romero Centre came under the care of The Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation.

Further Resources

Worth Playing:

'Pie Jesu' sung by Carla Maffioletti (Brazil) and Akim Camara (Germany). Watch/listen here (03:46)

Worth Watching:

Religious Life

Elena Lasida is a sociologis and professor at the Catholic Institute of Paris. She gave a reflection on the theme “The nights are laden with life. Watcher, what do you say?” at the 32nd General Assembly of the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC) held 24-27 May 2018. Watch it here (1:26:25)

Worth Exploring:

- Displacement of Persons

Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Roxham. Get transported to the little known road that has become the location with the largest number of irregular border crossings from the USA into Canada. A virtual reality project by photographer Michel Huneault. National Film Board of Canada. An immersive experience based on 32 stories. Explore the interactive here

Worth Reading:

- Displacement of Persons

Refugees and Asylum Seekers

'Five myths about the refugee crisis'. The cameras have gone – but the suffering endures. Daniel Trilling deconstructs the beliefs that still shape policy and public opinion. Read the article here

'30.6 million people displaced inside their country in 2017.' among the key findings in the Global Report on Internal Displacement 2018. Reads the article here

At least 2.5 million migrants were smuggled in 2016, first UN global study shows. Read the study here

-Degradation of Earth:

Extractive Industries

'The World in Our Hands.'  A response to 'Does fracking violate human rights?'
Kathleen Dean Moore, environmental philosopher and writer, reflects on the transformative power of a human-rights narrative. Read the article here

The Bottom Line:

'In today’s economy, the hallmark of which is the global common good, requiring cooperation at all levels, a system of governance is possible that, among other things, makes migration – which is a human right – a free choice rather than a necessity. Even if this takes time, wisdom and foresight, it is not impossible. It calls for action on the causes of migration, which is, for the most part, the consequence of human decisions, be they political and economic inconsistencies, injustices, ideological impositions and the search for profit at any cost. As such, these could be resolved with an effective political will and a strong commitment to stability and peace...'

- from the Keynote Address "Co-operative Globalisation" of His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, Global Foundation "Rome Roundtable" Dinner, 15 June 2018

Send suggestions and contributions for the 'Worth...' section 2018 to: the Editor

 

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