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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 726  |  14 June 2017
Featured Story
Mercy Responses to the call to “care for Our Common Home”

While participating in a Global Catholic Climate Movement meeting in Assisi earlier this year, I became totally smitten with a piece of artwork in a shop that had each of the stanzas of Saint Francis’ Canticle of the Creatures portrayed on a painted tile. Together, the tiles form a beautiful representation of the prayer that inspired the title of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’.

Now we have a modern day version of this prayerful attentiveness to all of God’s creation, in the pope’s Prayer for Earth that concludes the encyclical. His prayer is both a hymn of praise and an invitation to transformation in a world so in need of justice and mercy. It seems a fitting framework for looking at just some of the ways that Mercy around the world has responded to the call to “care for Our Common Home” since the encyclical’s release two years ago...

Download the complete article: A4 Paper Size (3pps; PDF); US Letter Size (3pps; PDF)

Messages to: Marianne Comfort - Institute of the Americas Justice Team
 

Image: © 2017 MIA. Download this reflective logo and the poster version here

Vision in Action
MIA Prayer Intention: for the Philippines,

MIA joins in praying for peace and safety for all in the Philippines.

There are two Mercy congregations represented in the Philippines, the Religious Sisters of Mercy (Philippines) and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas who report:

'Since May 23, areas on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, including the city of Marawi, have been under siege by ISIS militants. President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in the southern region where nearly 40 Sisters of Mercy of the Americas live and minister.'

A timeline of events and an outline of how Mercy is responding to the situation can be read here

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

NGO Committee on Migration

Mercy Global Action at the UN recently joined the NGO Committee on Migration. In accordance with the United Nations Charter, the NGO Committee on Migration seeks to protect and promote the human rights of migrants.
The NGO Committee on Migration is comprised of NGO member organizations that focus on sub-themes in relation to migration such as: Follow-Up on the New York Declaration, Climate-Induced Displacement, Refugee Children, and Campaign Against Xenophobia and for Social Integration. These committees have been active in the thematic sessions and negotiations while the United Nations works towards a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration; for example, UN Mission visits to Member States, oral and written statements and interventions during sessions, advocacy letters to Ambassadors, responding to issue briefs, and hosting events at the UN.

To read more about the activities of the NGO Committee on Migration, visit their website

Messages to: Angela Reed rsm - MGA Coordinator at the UN

MIA Reflection Process

9 Days of Prayer with Laudato Si' continues this week, concluding this coming Sunday, 18 June which in Ireland is being celebrated as National Holy Well Day.

Today (14 June) is Day 5. Access the reflection for today here or click the link connected to this item to access the landing page (entry point) for the 9 Days.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Image: © 2017 MIA

MIRP Review Endorsement Available Now in Both Spanish & English

At their May meeting the MIA Members (Leaders) and Board endorsed the MIRP Review.

Download the Endorsement in English: A4 Paper Size (PDF); US Letter Size (PDF)

Download the Endorsement in Spanish: A4 Paper Size (PDF); US Letter Size (PDF)

Messages to:

Berneice Loch rsm - President, MIA
Denise Fox rsm - Chair, Board of MIA

Image: © 2017 MIA

 

 

MIA Members News

Catholic Women’s Mentoring is a new, volunteer run program launched at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney on Saturday, 20 May. Christine Pace, Development Officer at OLMC Parramatta is one of the coordinators behind the program and Maria Lawton rsm is one of the first mentors.

Asked what attracted her to the role of mentor Sr Maria responded: '! greatly admire this initiative from Christine, and was particularly impressed with her recognition of her experience of mentoring as significant and “life-changing”...I believe we should always be open to giving to others that which we have received. So in that spirit, although I see myself as very ordinary, I agreed to be open to assisting others on their life’s journey in whatever small way I can'...

Messages to:
Christine Pace
Maria Lawton rsm

Image: Stephen Walsh (Principal OLMC Parramatta ), Danielle Dwyer (Director of Finance OLMC), Marie Wood (Deputy Principal OLMC), Christine Pace (Communications Officer OLMC), Maria Lawton rsm (Mentor), Geraldine Starr (former chair OLMC Board) 

How to Follow the Sixth Institute Chapter (Americas)

The Sixth Institute Chapter of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas will be held June 19-29 in Buffalo, New York. For those who wish to follow communications from the chapter, please bookmark this web page. Each day communicators will prepare an update describing the day’s events. The update will be translated overnight and posted to the web page by approximately 12 noon Eastern Time. You can expect to see a new Chapter Update each day, June 19-30, except for June 25, because the previous day, June 24, is a free day. The Chapter Update will contain links to photos and video clips as well. Please keep the Institute in your prayers, particularly the organizers of the event, the members of the Chapter body, those Sisters who are discerning Institute leadership and those traveling great distances to be a part of this event.

Para quienes deseen ver el Informe del Capítulo en castellano, por favor señalen esta página como su favorita.

Messages to: Lauren Albright - Institute Communications Office

'Praised for offering mercy and hope to many in her 35 years of teaching, writing and service, ethicist Mercy Sr. Margaret Farley was honored by women theologians June 8 at the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

[Sr Margaret] Farley received the Ann O'Hara Graff Memorial Award for her scholarship and liberating action on behalf of women in the church and broader community...'

Source: National Catholic Reporter

Editor: Sr Margaret was interviewed for the Stage 3 MIRP VOICES project. You can watch her interview here
Messages to: Margaret Farley rsm

Stop Press: The Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, meeting prior to the CTSA convention, recognised Ana Maria Pineda rsm, associate professor at Santa Clara University, with its Virgilio Elizondo Award for achievement in theological writing. Read more
Messages to: Ana María Pineda rsm

Image: Margaret Farley rsm

Scripture with Kathleen Rushton rsm (Aotearoa New Zealand)

In this month's issue of Tui Motu, Kathleen Rushton rsm explains how the meanings of “the world” in John 3:16–18 are related to our involvement in good works. Sr Kathleen writes, 'In a wonderful phrase, Pope Francis described the world as God’s construction site.
Each person,
society and humankind — “the world” —responds by choosing light or darkness, to believe or not to believe the Word. Faith and action are linked...'

Download the article here (PDF)

Messages to: Kathleen Rushton rsm

Image: 'The Seven Acts of Mercy' by Pieter Brueghel II. Public domain

Mercy Investment Services and Other Investors are 'Still In' the Paris Agreement (Americas)

Mercy Investment Services, along with more than 1,000 fellow investors, U.S. governors, mayors, businesses, and colleges and universities, have declared their continued commitment to U.S. action on climate change, despite the recent announcement regarding U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Learn more at www.WeAreStillIn.com

Messages to: Pat Zerega - Senior Director of Shareholder Advocacy

Betty Schonfeldt rsm Awarded the Order of Australia (ISMAPNG)

Betty Schonfeldt rsm of South Australia is a recipient in The Queen’s Birthday 2017 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 Betty has been awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) medal for service to social welfare in Adelaide. The biographical note accompanying her award cites her service as the  Administrator of Carrington Cottages, a boarding house for 50  homeless men in the City of Adelaide from 1989 - 2014 and where she is still involved in running social activities.

Messages to: Betty Schonfeldt rsm

Mercy Matters

Our Mission

Creating collaborative strategies by and among African Women Religious for the prevention of HIV-AIDS and the support of those affected by it in subSaharan Africa.

Together we can offer our sisters in subSaharan Africa an opportunity to come together to empower each other and to unite in order to address the HIV and AIDS pandemic.

Need to make an international phone call and not sure which dialing code to use? This International Dialing Code finder will help you find the dialing and area codes for a large selection of countries and cities.

1841: M Clare Moore returned from Bermondsey foundation, MC Agnew in charge
1861: Sr Bernard Dickson and founding party arrived in Wellington, New Zealand
1992: Opening of new Rehabilitation Centre, Athy, Co Kildare - M Consilio Fitzgerald

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

Reflection: Poetry by Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver's poetry has been described as an 'indefatigable guide to the natural world' and as 'an excellent antidote for the excesses of civilization'.

Two of her poems— 'At Blackwater Pond' and 'The Sun'— are read by her in this interactive presentation from the New York Times.

Here are the texts of each poem:
'At Blackwater Pond'
'The Sun'

Mark the second anniversary of Laudato Si', by watching one of the interviews with theologians, scripture scholars and other experts that comprises VOICES, or revisit the collection of resources for engaging with Laudato Si' on our Mercyworld.org website.

The Body and Blood of Christ Year A (John 6:51-58)

'Bread is staple food for much of the world’s population. It is also a metaphor for the food that sustains the life of the human community...'

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

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

Further Resources

Worth Playing:
'Touch the Earth' by Kathy Sherman CSJ. Listen here (03:53). Purchase from *iTunes or Ministry of the Arts

Worth Reading:

- Displacement of People
Poverty
Pope Francis has released his message 'Let us love, not with words but with deeds' for the first World Day of the Poor to be held this year on 19 November. Message here. Article here

-Degradation of Earth
Oceans

'The environment cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live. We are part of it, included in it and in constant interaction with it,' said Cardinal Turkson at the Ocean Conference. Read his statement here

The Ocean Conference has ended with the adoption by consensus of a 14-point Call for Action

Worth Watching:
-Degradation of Earth
Oceans

'Our Ocean, Our Future' - a stunning reflective video from BioQuest Studios calling us to live sustainably. Watch it here (03:20) and ‘The ocean and us’ - produced by  BBC Earth for the UN Ocean Conference.  Watch it here (04:13)
For future ease of reference, both have now been added to our site here

- Displacement of Persons
Human Trafficking

' In conflicts and disasters, protect children from child labour'. Produced by the International Labour Organisation for World Day Against Child Labour (12 June). Watch it here (08:29). Documentation can be downloaded here

Worth Knowing:
-Degradation of Earth
Desertification and Drought

17 June is UN World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. This year's theme examines the important link between land degradation and migration. Among others, environmental degradation, food insecurity and poverty are causes of migration and development challenges. Find out more here

- Displacement of People
Human Trafficking
A new guide by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to mark World Day Against Child Labour (12 June). urges child labour concerns be integrated in agriculture, food security and nutrition programs during crises and disasters. Download the document here (30pps; PDF)

The Bottom Line:

'Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.'

- Mary Oliver (1935-), from her poem 'Sometimes'

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

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