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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 744  |  11 October 2017
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Editor: 25 years ago tomorrow, 12 October, 1992, Mercy International Association Limited was incorporated under the Companies Act in Dublin. Mercy International Association (MIA) had officially come into existence! The First House of Mercy, Baggot Street, passed from Dublin Congregation to Mercy International Association by Deed of Transfer.

A few months earlier in July, celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Newfoundland Congregation, the first Mercy foundation 'in the new world', had taken place in St John's. An international gathering of Sisters —108 in all— had accepted the open invitation to participate in the celebrations. As a result, representatives from many parts of the Mercy world witnessed the signing by Sisters Paschal O'Brien (Great Britain) and Patricia March (Newfoundland) of the agreement to transform 64A Lower Baggot Street into the Mercy International Centre. The representatives for Australia (Kath Burke rsm), New Zealand (Judith Leydon rsm), Ireland (Regina Kelly rsm), and Americas (Mary Waskowiak rsm) had already signed. The Philippines (Carmela Cabactulan rsm) was to follow...

A video clip of the signing of the agreement in St John's, just over 11 minutes in length, is linked to this item.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
 

Image:© 2017 Mercy International Association

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Vision in Action

Members of the MIA-Global Action working group on Opposing Human Trafficking from Australia, Ireland and America met via conference call on 3 October.

Reports from members were circulated prior to the call providing the opportunity to share initiatives and best practice and to alert the group to concerns and emerging issues. The reports are linked to this item.

Messages to: Denise Boyle fmdm - Team Leader MIA-MGA

All members of the Mercy family are invited to join on 12 October in praying the prayer that was specially composed for MIA: Prayer for Mercy International Association/ Oración de la AIM’ 

Together, let us '[re] commit ourselves to preserving the best of the past, fostering the best of the present and shaping the best for the future'.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Special Prayer Intention: Those Affected by Fires in California

We pray with the people of northern California, victims this week of wildfires. We are especially mindful of  the relatives of the 15 deceased, of  the 100+ missing and the more than 200, 000 who have had to evacuate their homes and businesses and cities.

The losses and damages to structures and properties, landmarks and landscapes is heart-breaking for those effected, particularly in  the renowned wine country where so many people have enjoyed touring and where the biggest fires are raging.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director 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: Theo Malone, Kathleen Bradley Smith, Peter O'Reilly, Diane Love, Siobhan Cleary, Rachelle Harper,  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
International Day of the Girl Child

Editor: 11 October marks the fifth anniversary of the International Day of the Girl. The theme of this year's celebrations - 'EmPOWER girls: emergency response and resilience planning' - highlights complex global challenges that disproportionately effect women and girls: forced displacement, climate change and violent extremism.

In the Report of the Secretary General to UNICEF, 'The Girl Child', supplied by Deirdre Mullan rsm, the situation of the girl child worldwide is presented: 'girls everywhere still face significant deprivations and inequalities as a result of persistent gender discrimination. Further disadvantages based on age, poverty, disability, location, race, ethnicity and migration status compound the barriers girls face to building fulfilling futures for themselves and to making contributions to their communities and societies'.

Download the report here (4 pps;PDF)

Messages to: Deirdre Mullan rsm - Partnering Religious Congregations with UNICEF

'The Mercy Center for Spiritual life  at Salve Regina University organized a United in Mercy rally that took place outside McAuley Hall on September 14th.

The event was presented for students and faculty to join together to project a unified voice against intolerance, bigotry, racism, and violence. Members of the Salve community took the opportunity to speak about what it means to be united in mercy...

University President Sister Jane Gerety...offered her own interpretation of what it means to be united in mercy, which is to “love in the face of need.”'

Source: Mosaic

View the video clip here (02:21)

Messages to: Jane Gerety rsm

Environmental Refugees and Human Trafficking (Americas)

Following recent climate disasters, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the earthquake in Mexico, members of the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USACHT) believed it would be helpful to share a module entitled “Human Trafficking and Environmental Refugees” for reflection and discussion. The module, written by  Jeanne Christensen rsm, Board Member, U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, can be downloaded here (2 pps; PDF).

Messages to: Jeanne Christensen rsm

The Sisters of Mercy North Sydney Mercy Day celebrations for 2017 were held at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, North Sydney, on 15 September, 2017.

The highlight video of the Mercy Day celebrations linked to this item shows the spirit of Mercy at Monte (04:03).

Messages to: Loreto Conroy rsm - Congregation Leader

Maria College Kicked Off Mercy Week Celebration with Catherine McAuley Statue Unveiling (Americas)

Maria College’s 2017 Mercy Week celebration began on September 18, 2017 at 9am EST with an unveiling ceremony of a bronze sculpture in the likeness of Catherine McAuley, the first sister of Mercy, created by artist, Marie Henderson rsm.

Maria President Dr. Thomas Gamble warmly welcomed those gathered in Fitzgerald Court in Marian Hall, a historic space whose stained glass windows were once part of the Monastery of the Immaculate Conception and former residence of the cloistered Dominican Sisters.  Gail Waring rsm, chair of the Maria Board of Trustees, then offered a prayer followed by the unveiling of the bronze likeness of Catherine...

Read the Report on Mercy Week at Maria College New York (PDF).

Messages to: Beth Wales - Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Image: Bust of Catherine in alcove flagged by quotes from 'The Spirit of the Institute' and 'The Door of Mercy'

We, Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation, have committed ourselves in our Chapter Statement to "to enjoy and celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty and her many species...to honour our duty to love and care for her and add to her well-being wherever possible".

We have resolved "to live simply, in a way that takes into account the fragility of Mother Earth"  and to "protect the rights of the natural world and make practical efforts to stem the hurtful effects of climate change, pollution and the ‘throw away’ mentality."

Messages to: Maria Lawton rsm - Congregation Leadership Team

Mercy Matters

Wirelessly beam movies, TV shows, web videos, and photos from your laptop to your HDTV.

Souce: Intel

1962: Argentina became part of Detroit province

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

'Catherine was an ardent peace-maker – an ecumenical person in a period of bigotry.'

- M Florence Sullivan

Mount de Sales is committed to continuing the vision of the Sisters of Mercy, who founded the school in 1876. An independent, Catholic, college prep school, the Academy enjoys a rich heritage of providing spiritual growth opportunities and challenging academic programs within an environment based on Christ-like action, Gospel values, and service to others.

“Compassion is a sentiment that gets involved, it is a sentiment of the heart, of the viscera, it involves the whole person. It’s not the same as “pain,” or of [saying] “How sad, poor people!”: No, it’s not the same... It is “suffering with.” This is compassion. The Lord is involved in the lives of a widow, of an orphan. ... For Him, that widow and that dead orphan were more important than the crowds He was speaking to and that were following Him. The Lord, with His compassion, was involved in this case...”

'The increasing wealth of the mega rich and the growing divide between rich and poor, particularly in the developing world, are challenging us all to consider our attitudes to the planet’s resources. Today’s gospel brings a warning....''

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:

Maura O'Connell sings 'The Blessing". Contemporary interpretation of the traditional Irish blessing. Watch/listen here (03:48)

Worth Exploring:

- Degradation of Earth

Ecological Examen

The Jesuit Conference, the organisation that represents the Jesuits of the U.S. and Canada, and the Ignatian Solidarity Network have partnered to produce an Ecological Examen. The full examen, a one-page summary, prayer card and all related materials including an 11 page booklet, are available free for download at ecoexamen.org  An explanatory video can be watched here (01:44)

Worth Reflecting on:

- Degradation of Earth

Climate change

'Beautiful light projections on the Tasman Glacier highlight impact of climate change' Watch it here (02:50)

Worth Reading:

2017 Peace Prize

Awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) 'for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons', according to a statement by the prize committee. Watch the Announcement here (18:45)

- Degradation of Earth

Water

'Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For'. Read the article here

The Institute of the Americas 'Walk for Water' is cited in the Global Sisters Report article 'Partnerships strengthen sisters' clean water projects worldwide'. Read the article here

Climate Change

When Indigenous People Control Their Own Land, It Protects Us All From Carbon Emissions. Read the article here

The Bottom Line:

'An anniversary...is an opportunity not to be wasted. The pride and unity it inspires makes it an ideal time to ask people to think together about why their work matters and how it should move forward...Clearly, an anniversary is a good moment to recommit to what should never change.'

- Judith Rodin, President Rockefeller Foundation, Anniversaries Are Not to Be Wasted,  2012

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

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