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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 733  |  02 August 2017
Featured Story

Editor: Today, 2 August, is  Earth Overshoot Day (EOD), 'the date on which humanity's resource consumption for the year exceeds Earth's capacity to regenerate those resources that year'.

By the end of today humanity will have used up all of the renewable natural resources —water, soil and clean air —that the planet can replenish in 2017. After today we will be living on credit for the remainder of this year.

Earth Overshoot Day has been coming around earlier and earlier each year since first occurring in the 1970s, a sign that the consumption of renewable natural resources continues to rise. Last year Earth Overshoot Day occurred on 8 August.

Mercy International Association (MIA), as an outcome of the Mercy International Reflection Process, has committed to addressing the often inter-connected issues of 'Displacement of People' and 'Degradation of Earth'.

One simple step we can all take today is to measure our ecological footprint and determine to tread more gently by living more simply. A new mobile-friendly version of the footprint calculator is being launched to mark Earth Overshoot Day.

The Season of Creation (1 September - 4 October) commences in one month's time. MIA will make our calendar in English and Spanish —prepared especially for this season —and other resources available in MercyeNews Issue #735 and on our Mercyworld.org website on 16 August. We invite you to use and to share these resources which are designed to help us all 'grow in awareness of being one in the sacred communion of all creation' (MIRP Review p.15).
 

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Director MIA
 

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Vision in Action
Archival Collection Returns to MIA

Editor: On Wednesday, 26 July, Marianne Cosgrave, archivist for The Congregation, began the process of the physical transfer of documents back to the MIA collection. These materials had been housed in The Congregation's archives for safe-keeping.

24 boxes containing papers of Catherine McAuley, letters to early Sisters of Mercy, ecclesiastical correspondence and registers were among the materials transferred. Material still to come includes documents concerning early foundations and Baggot Street account books.

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

L-r: Áine Barrins rsm (Resource Person to MIA ), Marianne Cosgrave (The Congregation Archivist)

There's just over one week left till the closing date (10 August) for this survey.

All are welcome to fill in either the complete survey or the section/s that most interest you.

Sections are:

  • Administration & Finance
  • Communications
  • Global Action
  • Heritage & Spirituality
  • New Horizons
  • Organisational Structure

Here is the print copy (19pps; PDF) of the questions should you wish to prepare your answers  prior to completing the form online. The online survey is linked to this item.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited the faithful in all 26 dioceses of the country, together with all people of good will, to join in prayers for peaceful elections when the country goes to the polls on 8 August.

MIA joins with the Sisters of Mercy in Kenya in praying for 'Just, Fair, Peaceful and Credible Elections'.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Editor: Mercy International Association (MIA) is among the members of the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons to sign the Statement on World Day Against Trafficking in Humans (30 July), calling on all governmental, non-governmental and international organisations to intensify their efforts to address this  issue.

That Statement is linked to this item.

  • Pope Francis' 2017 Appeal: End Human Trafficking can be read here
  • Comments by the UNODC on this day can be read here
  • Statements from Special Rappoteurs (OHCHR) can be read here

Messages to: Denise Boyle fmdm - Team Leader Mercy Global Action

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MIA Members News

With the peace of the Spirit alive and active among us, our Chapter has ended.  Our theme, Mercying into the future...Misericordiando hacia el futuro..., was the lens through which we looked back at our past four years and imagined the unfolding of our next four years.

The Chapter also elected a new Leadership Team: Elizabeth Davis, rsm, as congregational leader, and team members – Diane Smyth, rsm, Betty Morrissey, rsm, and Eileen Penney, rsm. The transfer of leadership will happen on August 31, 2017.

We thank you for your gift of prayers  for us in these days. 

Messages to: Sisters of Mercy Newfoundland

Image: L-r: Srs Betty Morrissey, Diane Smyth, Elizabeth Davis, Eileen Penney

Circles of Mercy Celebrate 20 Years a-growing (The Congregation)

Memories, reflections, a look back on the past with an eye to the future! We are talking about Circles of Mercy. What are they? When and why were they formed? What is the function of a Circle? Who inhabits them?

To begin with, Circles of Mercy were formed in the spirit and practice of Venerable Catherine McAuley Foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, a woman of deep compassion for the homeless, exploited, unseen, forgotten people of her native city of Dublin in the 1800’s...

Download the complete article (PDF)

Messages to: Catherine McEvoy rsm - Co-ordinator Northern Province

Mercys Among the Thousands of Religious Sisters Who Lobbied Senate to Reject President Trump's Healthcare Cuts (Americas)

Many Mercy Sisters are among the 7,150 Catholic Sisters from all 50 states in the USA and Washington, DC who sent a letter to the US Senate on 24 July asking them to reject the Better Care Reconciliation Act, and any upcoming proposals that would repeal the Affordable Care Act or cut Medicaid.

Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice and leader of Nuns on the Bus, who wrote the letter, said: 'It’s outrageous for us as Catholic sisters who work with the most vulnerable in our nation to see that 22, 23 million people could lose health  care because of this foolishness. That’s wrong.' Read more

Sisters of Mercy's Institute Justice Team have since issued a statement in response to the failure of the legislation to pass the Senate. Read: Mercy Grateful to Senate for Not Repealing and Replacing Affordable Care Act

Messages to: Institute Justice Team

Each year since 2008 The Independent newspaper has published their 'Happy List' of Great Britons who make life better for others through their 'kindness, courage and selflessness'. Among the 50 nominees from their readers for the 'Happy List' this year are Paul Pulford and Peggy Ennis rsm (GB Institute).

After beating heroin addiction, Paul Pulford, former client of Providence Row Housing Association (PRHA), built a garden in the concrete courtyard of the hostel he was living in. Determined to help other people whose lives are affected by homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, he founded Grounded Ecotherapy

Sr Peggy has supported hundreds of people to build new lives away from addiction and crime during her 22 years as a volunteer with RAPT - Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners' Trust. Her work includes running workshops for people recovering from drug addiction and she is motivated by her unwavering belief that everyone has the capacity to change their lives for the better.

Messages to Paul and Sr Peggy c/- Gabrielle Peattie - Secretary GB Union

Scripture with Kathleen Rushton rsm (Aotearoa New Zealand)

Kathleen Rushton rsm explains the use of the lectionaries and interprets what is involved in following Jesus in Matthew 16: 21-28. Sr Kathleen says that 'her passion for writing in [Tui Motu] is because it is in the Sunday liturgy that most Christians hear the Word of God.'

Download the article here (2pps; PDF)

Messages to: Kathleen Rushton rsm

'On any given day several people stop into the Catholic Rural Ministry offices on the outskirts of Oil City.

Some are there for monetary assistance, while others visit just to have someone with whom to talk.

“What we are realizing is the need — as most parishes in this area have populations that are aging — is that the issues of grief, sickness, death, pre-death, dealing with ailing parents, caregiving ... all are striking us as a need among the parishes in our whole deanery,” Sister Tina said. “This whole idea of grief ministry is what has captured our heart and our spirit...'

Messages to: Marian Wehler osb and Tina Geiger rsm c/- Sr Tina

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Mercy Matters

'The Feast of the Transfiguration takes precedence over the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time and features its own particular readings. Today we are invited to reflect on a transformative moment in the life of Jesus as experienced by his closest followers...'

Reflection on the Gospel by Veronica Lawson rsm (ISMAPNG)

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

The NativityMiguel Middle School is a faith-based middle school transforming the lives of underserved students in a secure and nurturing environment on single gender campuses: the St. Monica Campus for girls and the St. Augustine Campus for boys.

Our mission

We have a vision of East London as a thriving, vibrant area which is a welcoming, friendly and multicultural place for people to visit and live in. When people do become homeless we will be a place they can go to for safety, help and support to address what has gone wrong.

Apple’s new mobile OS is upon us. Make sure you secure your data before upgrading, in case of disaster.

Source: PC& Tech Authority

1945: Death of M Cecilia Cunningham, Adelaide, South Australia

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

'Reflected faith experiences and shared concerns deepen our sense of commitment to the mission of mercy in whatever way God calls us.'

-M Carmela Cabactulan

Further Resources

Worth Playing:

'Oh Happy Day' from Sister Act. Sung by The South African Youth Choir. Watch/listen here (03:35).

Worth Watching:
-Degradation of Earth

Climate Change

'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power' (2017) - Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures. Watch it here (02:31). Film released 28 July 2017. Sign up for education resources here   See Al Gore on "An Inconvenient Sequel" | Climate change "ends with a victory to humanity" on CBC's program 'The National' (24 July 2017). Watch it here (14:13).

Worth Reading:
-Degradation of People

Homelessness

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti convened more than 100 religious leaders from across L.A. on 20 July to launch Days of Compassion — an interfaith effort to rally faith community support in the fight to end chronic homelessness. Read the article here


Water & Sanitation

SDG 6 is 'Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all'. MIA- MGA has identified Goal 6 as one of the SDGs most relevant to the mission of the Sisters of Mercy. This article in the August 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine highlights how achieving the milestone would radically improve public health. Read the article here An article on Haiti's sewage problems can be read here

Worth Investigating:

Catholic Women Preach

'Catholic Women Preach is an innovative project designed to address some of the most pressing challenges facing the Church today by responding to Pope Francis’ call for broader and more active engagement of the baptized in the preaching mission of the Church.' Visit the site

The Bottom Line:

'Everything in the Heavens, on the Earth and under the Earth is penetrated with connectedness, is penetrated with relatedness'

-Hildegard of Bingen

Send suggestions and contributions for the 'Worth...' section 2017 to: the Editor

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