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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 718  |  26 April 2017
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Editor: We are delighted to make available here and on our website the Report: Review of the Mercy International Reflection Process: "What has been discovered? What has been revealed?" which was released on Friday, 21 April, 2017.

This Report is intended for every Sister of Mercy and all partners in Mercy, for all participants in MIRP groups, for all those who accompanied the process by their prayerful support and attention to each Stage of the Process, and all those who were engaged in the Process through alignment with other processes unfolding through their congregations or institutes.

MIRP Coordinators will be working with their Congregation and Institute Leadership Teams to explore ways to support the recommendations of this Report. MIA Leaders and Board Members will be discussing the Report and its recommendations at their annual meeting in Dublin in May 2017.

MIRP Coordinators commenced circulating the MIRP Report through their congregations and institutes to all MIRP participants, Sisters of Mercy and partners in Mercy following its release on 21 April. We invite you to share this Report with your own networks and with anyone interested in the vision and ministry of the Sisters of Mercy.

Download the Report:
Full Colour: A4 Paper Size (22pps; PDF); US Letter Size (22pps; PDF)
Black & White: A4 Paper Size (22pps; PDF); US Letter Size (22pps; PDF)

Messages to: Anne Walsh- Director of MIRP Communications

 

Image: © 2017 MIA. Cover of the MIRP Report.This image is available to any Mercy group who would like to use it. Please contact the Editor

 

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Vision in Action

'A Closer Look at Waste' is the topic of part 6 of this 12 week series.

Each week's reflection includes:

  • Excerpts from Pope Francis (primarily from the encyclical Laudato Si')
  • A video clip that you can watch (just hover your cursor and click the link to watch)
  • An opportunity for action and prayer reflection

Download Part 6: A4 Paper Size (PDF); US Letter Size (PDF)

Previous issues are linked to this item.

Messages to: Bridget Crisp rsm - MGA Intern at the UN

MIA Prayer Intention: The Safety & Success of Pope Francis' Visit to Egypt

On 28 and 29 April Pope Francis will visit Egypt. Amongst his official duties he will be speaking at the peace conference on 28 April alongside Eastern Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Let us pray for the Pope's safety and the safety of all who will gather to meet him. Let us pray also for the success of this, his 18th visit outside Italy since his election in March 2013.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Image: Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0

Volunteers need to be able to commit to 8–12 weeks between 22 January 2018 & 30 November, 2018.

Volunteer positions are open to Sisters, Associates and Friends of Mercy, to Single persons or couples.

Further details, including comments from our current volunteers, Pat and Mary Ann, are linked to this item.

Applications will be accepted up to 30 April 2017.

Please send a simple Curriculum Vitae, including your preferred dates, to: Margaret Scroope rsm

Messages to Margaret Scroope rsm - Team Leader Administration & Finance

Image: L-r: Pat O'Connor Marley (Thousand Oaks, California) and Mary Ann Ryan (Camarillo, California)

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: Jesse Ces, Mary Ann Malia, Iris Morend, and all whose names are on our prayer list.

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

Messages to: the Vice postulators

MIA Members News
An Ecological Reading of Matthew's Gospel: Part 3 (ISMAPNG)

In her reading of Matthew 8: 14-15, Elaine Wainwright rsm pays particular attention to the interaction with the environment of Peter's house and his mother-in-law's place in it. Sr Elaine writes: 'Teaching and healing constitute the Galilean ministry of Jesus and both are rich in potential for ecological readings'.

Download the article here (2pps; PDF)

Messages to: Elaine Wainwright rsm

Image: House of Peter. BiblePlaces.com Used under licence

Sister Richard Mary Burke helps employees at Mercy Springfield Health Communities come together for the greater good—whether they carry food trays, check blood pressures or operate on hearts.

“We need to leave behind a hierarchical mindset. It doesn’t matter if someone is a physician or an environmental worker in housekeeping, everyone is equal,” she says...

Messages to: Richard Mary Burke rsm

Mercy Futures Event & Young Mercy Network (Parramatta)

On Wednesday March 22 there were two very important social justice presentations for the Mercy community held at OLMC Parramatta and the Convent of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta.

Matt Potts from Jesuit Refugee Service presented for the Young Mercy Network's first meeting for 2017, in the Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre at the College. Founded as a collaborative initiative of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta and North Sydney, Young Mercy Network is a Sydney-based group of young women (aged 18-35) who have attended Mercy schools or wish to be associated with the Mercy tradition of the Sisters of Mercy. At the Convent, Sister Noelene Simmons (President of ACRATH) and Sister Kathleen Dowse gave a compelling presentation on Human Trafficking at the Mercy Futures event.

Messages to: Christine Pace - Communications Officer, OLMC Parramatta

Rising almost organically from a naturally wooded, 40-acre site, Mercy’s Virtual Care Center is transforming health care and changing how new commercial buildings are planned, constructed and function.

The first-of-its-kind center opened in the fall of 2015, connecting patients with clinical expertise and convenience. In concert with Forum Studio, Inc. and Clayco, Mercy developed plans that minimized the impact on the earth and provide a better environment for those who will work there – and ultimately those they serve.

“This location is unique because it is mostly untouched,” said Shannon Sock, Mercy’s chief financial officer. “There are many trees more than 100 years old, a ravine with a small lake and plenty of wildlife. We knew we wanted to preserve as much of the beauty as possible.”...

Messages to: Nancy Corbett - Executive Director of Media Relations & Social Media

Editor: In 2013 Mercy Health, a leading provider of healthcare services in Ohio and Kentucky, entered into a partnership with Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) to strengthen the local health system in Côtes-de-Fer, Haiti

The first priority of the partnership was the construction of Côtes-de-Fer’s first hospital.  Mercy Health committed $2 million to the building of the facility.

The new hospital —Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Center for Health (BJSH)— is the only hospital in this remote and impoverished community and will serve more than 50,000 community members.

Access photos from the opening  here

The speech CMMB's Haiti Country Director, Dr. Dianne Jean-Francois, gave at the dedication/inauguration can be read here

A Report on the new hospital is linked to this item.

Messages to: Mercy Health Mission Team Haiti

Image: The Mercy Health Mission Team in Haiti – March 2017

The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and COMMERCE Magazine recently hosted their Fourth Annual Chairman’s Reception—paying tribute to the kindness and generosity of the business community. Georgian Court University was one of 39 companies honored as “Champions of Good Works” at the gala reception...

Georgian Court University was honored for supporting New Jersey charities in the areas of housing, hunger, education, and health. GCU students, faculty, and staff provided more than 87,000 hours of service in 2014–2015, providing assistance to Catholic Charities, the American Red Cross, Read Across America, food banks, domestic violence shelters, clothing drives, health prevention and nonviolence awareness programs, and other organizations with an economic impact valued at $2.3 million...

Messages to: Gail Towns - GCU Newsroom
 

Image: The GCU chapter of Habitat for Humanity helped complete this three-bedroom home for a single mother in South Toms River. GCU students spent much of their time doing siding work

Mercy Matters
Easter 3A (Luke 24:13-35)

'Extraordinary things can happen if we open ourselves to the presence of a stranger or “foreigner” on the road of life. That seems to be a key element in today’s gospel passage from the well-known and well-loved Emmaus story...'

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

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

Read the Reflection on the Text by Kathleen Rushton rsm

Gospel Readings and Reflections for May 2017 are now online

On Tuesday, 18 April, Facebook laid out its vision for the future at its its annual F8 developers conference, announcing a host of new features.

An article outlining everything Facebook announced is linked to this item.

Watch Mark Zuckerberg's keynote address here

1783: Birth of Catherine's youngest brother, James William McAuley

1813: Birth of Juliana Hardman, first Superior of St Mary's Convent, Handsworth

1880: Foundation to Mohill, Co Leitrim from Longford - M Aloysius Martin

1882: Convent opened in Beaumont, Dublin

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

Mercy in the Western Province (The Congregation) is enriched to have poets in our midst. They call us to pause and make of our living a prayer. Two of these gifted women brought some of their work to publication recently; Mary Lee with 'Bloom' and Rose Moran with 'Meadow of the Spell'. Both write here of the inspiration that drew them to write...

The Spirituality Ministry of the Sisters of Mercy at Mercy Convent provides an environment of hospitality for retreats and gatherings where persons of all faiths engage in prayer and dialogue for personal and communal transformation.

Reflection: from 'Postscript'

'...Useless to think you'll park or capture it
More thoroughly. You are neither here nor there,
A hurry through which known and strange things pass
As big soft buffetings come at the car sideways
And catch the heart off guard and blow it open.'

- Seamus Heaney, from 'Postscript'

Further Resources

Worth Playing:

'Everyday God' by Bernadette Farrell.  Watch/listen here (04:55). Video clip with lyrics.

Worth Reading:

Human Trafficking

'The Desperate Journey of a Trafficked Girl.'  Every year, thousands of teen-agers from one city in Nigeria risk death and endure forced labor and sex work on the long route to Europe. Read the article in The New Yorker here

'Largest-Ever Research Studies Find One-Fifth of Surveyed Homeless Youth in the United States and Canada Are Victims of Human Trafficking.' The Press Release can be found here.  The Study can be accessed here

Water

'Trillions of Plastic Bits, Swept Up by Current, are Littering Arctic Waters'. Read the article here

'Climate Change Reroutes a Yukon River in a Geological Instant.' Read the article here

Worth Watching:

Earth Day

'Interactive Dialogue: The 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly on harmony with nature to commemorate International Mother Earth Day.'  The Program can be accessed here
View the dialogue on UN Web TV. Watch Part 1 here (2:51:07). Watch Part 2 here (2:01:35)

Worth Acting:

On 29 April the Peoples Climate Movement will once again be marching in Washington, D.C. and across the United States to stand up for communities and climate.
You can Add your Voice to the call to the White House to Stay In and Support the Invaluable Paris Climate Agreement by signing this petition

The Bottom Line:

'There will be moments when we will all be tempted to despair. Our moral task now is resistance, resilience and repair.'

-Rabbi Michael A. Latz, Senior Rabbi at the Shir Tikvah Congregation in Minneapolis, in 'Spiritual Resistance: Hope for Today', Paperback, 2017
 

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