Members & Associate Members News

The following news articles are available via the various Sisters of Mercy websites from around the world. The links associated with each article will take you to their respective websites.

St Winefride’s Convent of Mercy Celebrates 150 years

The history of St Winefride’s Convent tells the story of Sisters invited by Bishop Ullathorne to establish a Convent of Mercy in Staffordshire.

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Praying for Our General Chapter 2018

Reflection and visual support for all as we pray for a good outcon=m for our Chapter

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Sharing With My Mother — Mother’s Day Reflections from Sister Kelly Williams

What does it mean for a mother when her daughter becomes a Sister of Mercy? With Mother’s Day on the way, we spoke with Sister Kelly Williams who reflected on the many ways she and her have shared a life of Mercy.

The post Sharing With My Mother — Mother’s Day Reflections from Sister Kelly Williams appeared first on Connect With Mercy: The Official Blog of the Sisters of Mercy.

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Exploring the Path of Mercy with Sisters in the Philippines

  Earlier this month, Institute Councillor, Gaye Lennon RSM led the Annual Retreat for the Religious Sisters of Mercy Tacloban Philippines.   More than 45 Religious Sisters of Mercy Tacloban Philippines, attended the Annual Retreat and General Assembly from April 2-11 in Tacloban City.   Gaye was first Sister of Mercy to lead the sisters’

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Tackling Loneliness In Women Escaping Family Violence

  This article by CEO of McAuley Community Services for Women, Jocelyn Bignold, and Board member Dr Anita Morris was published in the March 2018 edition of ‘Parity’, the journal of the Council to Homeless Persons.   Recently the UK government surprised many by appointing a Minister for Loneliness. Some laughed, others were cynical, and many

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A shining light that illumines even our shadows

Imaging Mercy Today May 2018

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World Day of Social Justice

'We will protect the  rights of the natural world...We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor' ( Chapter Statement)

20 February is World Day of Social Justice, a day specifically designated by the United Nations for member states and territories and their citizens as an occasion for awareness and action on issues requiring our attention and response. 

For Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation, there are many social justice issues requiring attention and action, but we have identified the needs of Earth, Indigenous communities, refugees and asylum seekers, homelessness, the impact of poverty on women and those affected by injustice within the Church as among the most urgent.

We have identified these needs and our commitment to addressing these 'at personal, local and systemic levels through friendship, direct assistance, advocacy and research and by joining networks or partnerships with groups that have similar values and goals' in our Chapter Statement and in our participation in the Mercy International Reflection Process (MIRP). Together with Sisters of Mercy globally we have committed  to action under two key themes that emerged from MIRP: (i) displacement of persons, and (ii) degradation of Earth.

'The Mercy world has heard “the cry of Earth and the cry of the Poor” in a new way. It will respond by seeing Mercy in a new way and by daring Mercy in a new way' (MIRP Report p19)

  • Read our Chapter Statement here
  • Read the MIRP Report here

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Compartiendo con mi madre — Reflexiones de la Hermana Kelly Williams por el Día de la Madre

¿Qué significa para una madre cuando su hija ingresa a la vida religiosa? Con el Día de la Madre en camino, hablamos con la Hermana Kelly Williams, quien reflexionó sobre las formas en que su madre la inspiró a servir a Dios y al mundo como Hermana de la Misericordia.

The post Compartiendo con mi madre — Reflexiones de la Hermana Kelly Williams por el Día de la Madre appeared first on Connect With Mercy: The Official Blog of the Sisters of Mercy.

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May Prayer Reflection 2018

Mary is known by many titles, some of them quite grand and exotic. However, St. Luke calls her ‘his mother’ - “And his mother pondered all these things in her heart.”

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Help end plastic pollution

Earth Day 2018

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Easter Glory

Easter story in song and image

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Tenth Anniversary of the Australian Parliament's Apology to the Stolen Generations


"We will open our hearts to the cries of the poor using our energies, gifts and resources to address violence and discrimination especially for women and children, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples..."
(Chapter Statement)

This month marks the tenth anniversary of the Australian Parliament's Apology to the Stolen Generations of Australia's Indigenous Peoples for past laws, policies and practices that have impacted on Australia's Indigenous Peoples.

In the House of Representatives Canberra at 9.09 am on the morning of 13th February 2008, the then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, said "The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia’s history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future." And he proceeded to do so.

The Apology was received with great emotion, with empathy, with solidarity, with applause by those who heard it, as shown in this clip. Many members of the Stolen Generations were present in the Chamber to hear the Apology and thousands more filled the Great Hall of Parliament House and flowed out onto the lawns to watch it on big screens. The Apology was broadcast across Australia.

    


The Bringing them home report, the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families, tabled in Parliament almost 11 years before the Apology, pointed out that those who had suffered under these policies "endured gross violations of their human rights".

Key anniversaries such as this one are opportunities not to be wasted and a chance to reinvigorate momentum. The Sisters of Mercy of Parramatta Congregation welcome the interest this anniversary will evoke and the opportunity it provides  us all for reflection on how well we have written "this new chapter in our nation's story together". One means for that reflection can be found in reading the text of the Apology

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