Hope in A Time of Pandemic

Hope in a Time of Pandemic - Responding to COVID-19 through a Mercy Lens has been produced by The MGA COVID-19 Response Task Force made up of Mercy Global Action staff, Sisters, and Partners in ministry from Mercy Congregations and Institutes around the world. This document is the culmination of a process of reflection undertaken by the Task Force since May 2020. The process included collecting stories and reflecting on them in the light of our Mercy Tradition and Catholic Social Teaching. The Task Force also engaged with commentary and analysis from academia, civil society, faith-based organizations, the United Nations, and other international stakeholders.

Contact: Angela Reed rsm - Head of Mercy Global Action

Hope in A Time of Pandemic

Offering Insights

The report offers insights into the Mercy World during this time of pandemic, linking grassroot experiences, theological reflection, and critical analysis. It reveals systemic inequalities in social, economic, political and environmental areas. It also reveals the interconnectedness of people and planet and highlights stories of extraordinary kindness and resilience throughout the Mercy World. The document invites collaboration and recommends actions to individuals, Church communities, civil society partners and governments for more just and inclusive responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inviting Collaboration

The MGA COVID-19 Response Task Force envisages that this report will provide inspiration and hope to the Mercy World and beyond. The report offers opportunities to engage in the text and acts as a tool for further action and advocacy. We invite you to be guided by our reflection process to bring the report to life, and to contribute to the ongoing dialogue and response to this global pandemic through webinars, workshops, reading groups and other forums.

Report Launched Online

On 19 August 2020, Hope in a Time of Pandemic was launched through Mercy eNews and online at the Mercy Hub in Carlton North, Victoria, Australia in the presence of Sisters of Mercy and partners in Mercy from Australia and Papua New Guinea.

The launch program commenced with an acknowledgement of country.

At the launch Angela Reed rsm, Head of Mercy Global Action, gave an overview of the document which addresses a Mercy response to this Pandemic and provided an explanation of what the report offers.

The report is available in both English and Spanish and can be downloaded from this page (see below).

For Further Information About This Initiative

Angela Reed rsm
Angela Reed rsm

Head of Mercy Global Action

Email Angela
Colleen Swain
Colleen Swain

MGA Leadership Development & Advocacy Associate

Cecilie Kern
Cecilie Kern

MGA Global Policy & Research Advocate

Siobhán Golden
Siobhán Golden

MGA Intern