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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 743  |  04 October 2017
Featured Story
Concluding the Season of Creation while Continuing our Commitments from MIRP

Editor: Today, 4 October, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, formally concludes the Season of Creation, but not our efforts to hear anew and respond to 'the cry of the Earth and the cry of the Poor'.  Over the weeks of this Season, as our attention has been drawn to the beauty of our world, particularly through the lenses of our Mercy network photographers, we have heard the cries magnified in reports of the impacts of Wildfires, Floods, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Tornadoes, the likelihood of Volcanoes and the exodus of the Rohingya from Myanmar.  While enjoying beauty, gazing in wonder and celebrating our Mercy story, our prayers and thoughts have been with Earth and the Earth community experiencing enormous suffering, utter degradation in parts and ongoing displacement of vulnerable persons.

All Sisters, partners-in-Mercy and all who engaged in the Process are invited in the MIRP 6 month Update: Mercy Global Presence – Emerging/Presencia Global De la Misericordia -Emergente to take the next steps, 'faithful to the spirit' and 'to build on all that has happened since the MIRP Report was released'.  Eight steps for action have been identified on page 3 of the Update. 

We encourage, welcome and look forward to you sharing your response to this invitation with the Mercy world over the coming weeks through MercyeNews .

Messages to:
Elizabeth Davis rsm
Mary Reynolds rsm
Anne Walsh

Image: A sculpture of St Francis in an Olive Grove in Assisi. Photo: Adele Howard rsm (ISMAPNG)

Vision in Action
MIA Prayer Intention: Concluding the Season of Creation

As we bring the Season to its conclusion, let us pray, in the words of Chris Polhill,

'Living God
Where there is waste, let us bring recycling,
Where there is recycling, let us bring reuse,
Where there is reuse, let us bring sustainability,
Where there is sustainability, let us bring justice
Where there is justice, let us bring love.'

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Reminder: Mercy Pilgrimage: Focussing on the Education Tradition within Mercy

Due to high demand for places in the education tradition programme running in January 2018, Mercy International Association will be offering it again from 9-13 July 2018.

This five day programme is open to all in the Mercy family. Based in Catherine McAuley’s house and city, the programme will provide an opportunity for all who want to deepen their connection to the Mercy story: past, present and future.

Download the flyer here: A4 Paper Size (PDF); US Letter Size (PDF)

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

Special Prayer Intention: Victims of Mass Shooting in Las Vegas

We are confronted by news reports of multiple deaths and injuries in Las Vegas, the resort city famed for its vibrant nightlife and regarded as the entertainment capital of the world. Violence and murder now overshadow this tourist destination.

We pray with the 59 deceased, the 527 known injured, the witnesses, the relatives and the communities of persons affected by the Las Vegas mass shooting.

We pray for ourselves, with our neighbours, for us all that we continue to prize our common humanity and work for justice and peace.

The Institute of Sisters of Mercy of the Americas has issued a Call to Prayer and Action for Victims of the Mass Shooting in Las Vegas. Read it here

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

The 5th intergovernmental session working towards the 2018 Global Compact on Migration took place at UN Vienna on 4-5 September 2017. The focus of the two day session was smuggling and trafficking of migrants. Numerous NGOs and faith based organizations, including MIA at the UN, participated in the sessions.

The issues brief highlighted that in the absence of regular migration pathways, many migrants are subject to often perilous journeys and forced to engage a smuggler whilst seeking peace and safety. This can also result in migrants being trafficked.

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

MIA Members News
'Catherine, September 24th and Our Lady of Mercy' (ISMAPNG)

Berenice Kerr rsm has presented the inaugural 'Living Mercy' Lecture at Catholic College, Bendigo.

In her presentation - 'Catherine, September 24th and Our Lady of Mercy', Berenice sought to understand why Catherine placed her Institute under the care of Mary the Mother of Mercy, and what she may have understood by the title.

Download a copy of the lecture (23pps; PDF)

Messages to: Berenice Kerr rsm

Image: Sr Berenice with students Amy Wardell and Genevieve Ellis

 

On Friday September 15, Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta students and staff were joined by Bishop of Parramatta, Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv DD, Deena Yako from the Refugee Council of Australia and the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta to celebrate Mercy Day in the College’s 128th year...

After the Mass, Congregation Leader of the Parramatta Sisters of Mercy, Sister Mary-Louise Petro, challenged the community to engage in ‘contemplative action’ and to ask ourselves: “In light of what I have heard today, what is one small action I can now do, where God’s Spirit is inspiring me to live Mercy?” ...

Messages to: Christine Pace - Communications Officer OLMC

Led by an interdepartmental steering committee of faculty and staff, Salve Regina [University] is implementing a civic action plan (16pps; PDF) which seeks to strengthen the University’s commitment to living out its mercy mission and vision in increasingly tangible and measurable ways.

Through curricular and co-curricular programming, the plan envisions a transformation of the University by focusing on the critical concerns (2pps; PDF)of the Sisters of Mercy – earth, immigration, women, racism and nonviolence – as the basis for social action.

The civic action plan follows a four-year cycle, with each year focused on one of the critical concerns and a baseline of nonviolence. The focus of the current academic year is race...

Messages to: Laura O'Toole - Chair Community Engagement Steering Committee

Saint Joseph’s College Announces Launch of Institute for Local Food Systems Innovation with $4 million in Funding (Americas)

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine announced at a press conference [on 20 September its launch of the Institute for Local Food Systems Innovation–a strategic partnership with federal, regional, and local governments, as well as corporations and individuals–that pursues the College’s long-standing initiatives in sustainability and community engagement, while contributing solutions to Maine’s need to recover manufacturing jobs, develop the state’s food and beverage industry, and meet regional food security goals...

Saint Joseph’s College President James Dlugos, Ph.D. said, “Our strategic plan identifies local, sustainable food production and distribution as a place where our skills as educators, as conveners, and as advocates for the environment, positioned us to address some of Maine’s most pressing economic and workforce preparation needs...'

Messages to: St Joseph's College Maine

To promote community understanding of issues synonymous with MercyCare’s values, this year’s MercyCare Oration 2017 takes you on the personal journey of a lost five-year old boy from the backstreets of India to the beautiful city of Tasmania.

Shining the light on MercyCare’s fostering services, there was no one better to tell the story than Saroo Brierley himself. Held at the Hyatt Regency Perth on 21 September and presented by the man himself, Mr Brierley talks about his remarkable life story that inspired the Hollywood film, Lion...

Messages to: MercyCare

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture.  Every year, for a long weekend in September, places open their doors to celebrate heritage, community and history.  As part of this effort, the Sisters at St Mary’s Convent in Handsworth opened their doors on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September for visitors to experience a tour of the convent and to learn some of the history of the Sisters of Mercy, and particularly their story in Birmingham...

Messages to: St Mary’s Convent Community c/- Annette McCartan rsm

Mercy Matters
Feast of St Francis Video Reflection

Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHAUSA) to which U.S.Mercy Health systems belong, has once again produced a short video reflection for the Feast of St Francis (02:03). The video is linked here. A PDF of the prayer text in the video can be downloaded here

Last year we published a list of video resources to do with St Francis for MIRP participants to choose from to mark the end of this Season. That list of resources can be accessed here

1883: Foundation to Joplin, Missouri from Kentucky - M Ignatius Walker

1892: Foundation to Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire from Elgin, Scotland - Sr Bernard Garden

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

How much of the world’s electricity is still reliant on coal, oil and gas? Flick the switches to see where the world would go dark without fossil fuels, which countries rely the most on nuclear, and who is using entirely renewable power to keep the lights on.

Nuestra misión
Queremos:

Una escuela inclusiva, centrada en la persona, que ayude a desplegar las potencialidades personales y grupales, respetando los ritmos individuales de aprendizaje.
 
Una escuela que haga cultura desde la formación académica con un claro compromiso social y trascendente, siendo la Misericordia su sello distintivo.   
 

Google Translate

'While the international community has long-since outlawed slavery, we have become increasingly aware of the persistence of a lucrative global industry structured around the sexual and labour enslavement of vulnerable people. Groups such as MIA-MGA (Mercy Global Action) and ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking of Humans) are taking action on behalf of those enslaved...'

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

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

New Mercy Resource: The Master Puzzler

In her book 'The Master Puzzler', Mary Naomi Buniff rsm invites the reader to enter into the mystery, to read Holy Scripture with new eyes and discover greater depths as the puzzles in your own life blend into this most beautiful of all masterpieces.

You can purchase The Master Puzzler for US $10 by check, payable to Sisters of Mercy. Order from:
Sister Mary Naomi Buniff, McAuley Convent,
1768 Cedar Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45224, USA

Further Resources

Worth Playing:

To mark the conclusion of this Season, 'Canticle of the Sun' . Music by Marty Haugen. Reflection by Michelle Sherliza OP. Watch/listen here (03:30).

Worth Reading:

LCWR

The October issue of LCWR's newsletter, Update, is online here. All presentations from the 2017 Assembly can now be accessed here

- Degradation of Earth

Climate Change

On 30 September, Trócaire released a report 'Still Feeling the Heat' which highlights how climate change is devastating vulnerable communities in the Philippines, Honduras, Kenya, Malawi and Ethiopia. Read the report (74pps; PDF)

Commentary: Water Stress is Helping Drive Conflict and Migration. How Should the Global Community Respond? Read the article here

Several countries in the Caribbean have been devastated by hurricanes. Some of those countries are already heavily indebted, partly due to rebuilding efforts following previous disasters. A petition asking all creditors, including the IMF and World Bank, to suspend debt repayments, can be signed here

- Displacement of Persons

The October 2017 issue of the Stop Trafficking Newsletter is now online. This issue highlights the role of the legal profession and law in stemming human trafficking. Read the issue here (9 pps; PDF)
 

Worth Visiting online:

- Displacement of Persons

Refugees and Migrants

“Share the Journey,” is a 2 -year campaign by Caritas, launched by Pope Francis on 27 September, to urge Catholics to understand and get to know refugees and migrants. More about the international campaign can be found here: journey.caritas.org More information and a toolkit on Share the Journey in both English and Spanish developed by US organisers is available online at www.sharejourney.org
 

The Bottom Line:

'A flourishing humanity on a thriving planet rich in species in an evolving universe, all together filled with the glory of the Creator: such is the vision that must guide us at this critical time of Earth's distress, to practical and critical effect.'

-Elizabeth Johnson in Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love, p286

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

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