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Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, used her inheritance in service of the needs of her time. Today, Sisters of Mercy, through Mercy International Association, use their resources to respond to issues of global poverty demonstrated in the massive displacement of persons worldwide...This vision keeps alive the founding spirit of Catherine among peoples of the world most in need of God's compassion and mercy.
– from the MIA Visioning Statement 2007
Let's Live Lent
Lent is traditionally a time of fasting. The Scriptures remind us that the kind of fasting God asks of us is ‘to lose the chains of injustice, to undo the bonds of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free and to break every yoke’ (Isaiah 58:6). In this context, fasting is equated with practices of justice and the notion of release – themes which resonate deeply with our Mercy ideals and the Vision of MIA.
On each Wednesday of Lent this year, the MIA team is offering a Lenten luncheon series entitled ‘Soup and Substance’. Participants, while enjoying a complimentary bowl of soup, will be invited to look at some of the current injustices of our global society and explore together ways of responding that promote a more just and peace-filled world. The programme which is offered free is open to the public and welcomes in particular those in the local area who are on their lunch break at the time.
The main resource for the series is the DVD ‘Mercy and Justice shall Meet’.
Messages to Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Editor: 'Soup and Substance' is one of the many Programmes being offered at MIC throughout 2010. Book into a programme here. Download the list of programmes in pdf format here.
Catherine's Canonisation Cause: Prayer Requests
Prayers through the intercession of Blessed Catherine are asked for: Kay Tierney, Rory Kirkland, Deirdre for her children Afton and Kieron,Young Ruan, the Minister for Finance (Ireland), Charlie Lynch, Sister Mary Lea OSU, Marlene Mooner, Dr Penny Egan-Vine, Margaret Conte and all those whose names are on our prayer list.
Anne Hannon rsm - Vice postulator Europe and Africa
Sheila Carney rsm - Vice postulator Americas
Mary Duffy rsm - Vice postulator Australia, New Zealand, Philippines
There have been a number of new postings:
Special Report no 1, February 2010: Haiti: Hurricane And Rainy Season Threatens To Undermine Recovery .
During the Commission on Social Development one of the issues covered was the rights of our Indigenous brothers and sisters to Free, Prior and Informed Consent - Social Inclusion and Mining Practices. Quoting from the Manila Document which was circulated in the Philippines in March 2009, we were reminded
When all the trees have been cut down,
When all the animals have been hunted,
When all the waters have been polluted,
When all the air is unsafe to breathe,
Only then will we discover you cannot eat money. (Cree prophecy)
Briefing Note no 6: Compounding effect of Climate Change on Social Exclusion
Briefing Note no 5: International Conference on Indigenous Peoples and Extractive Industries
Briefing Note no 4: Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) - Discussion Paper
Messages to Deirdre Mullan rsm - Director MGC
Being Mercy in the 21st Century
This week, as we continue our reflection on the social and global trends which all those associated with Mercy need to take into account and dialogue with in order to be mercy in the 21st Century, we offer a second paper from the International Mercy Research Conference, 2007– Africa: Urbanisation and Proliferation of Slums by Anne Itotia rsm.
Messages to Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Where the Sisters of Mercy Minister: South Africa
In the programme to be held by Mercy International Association this Wednesday 17th February entitled 'Soup and Substance,' the realities of South Africa and the ministry of Sisters of Mercy in that country will be featured. As a parallel to that, MIA is highlighting South Africa this week in the series on the various countries where Sisters of Mercy minister.
The first Sisters of Mercy to go to Africa arrived 113 years ago in Cape Town, South Africa, in October 1897, and opened the first Convent of Mercy in Mafeking, South Africa, on 15th February 1898, 112 years ago today. Mercy has been present in that country ever since.
To read the history of the community in South Africa, see:
South Africa: Our Story and
South Africa: Our History
Messages to Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality
Collaboration with Others for Alleviation of Poverty (The Congregation)
I began working in Mukuru slums in 1985 in a collaborative effort between the Sisters of Mercy, and the Missionaries of Africa in Our lady Queen of Peace, Parish, Nairobi South B. The local District Officer gave a small plot for a non formal school and requested that the fathers use the same plot for Sunday Mass. Due to the fact that the Catholic community assembled on Sundays and Tuesday evenings for Mass, the school was centred in the slum village and in the community in a way it would not have been if it were not for the collaboration among the Sisters and Fathers, the community and the school...
Messages to Mary Killeen rsm
Feeding the hungry and the thirsty (Aotearoa New Zealand)
...The call to tend the hungry and thirsty is never far from Mercy's agenda. From redistributing unsold bread to operating food banks, collecting and delivering Christmas hampers to needy families or old people living on their own, our ministries of care continue to reach out to those on the margin....
Messages to Denis Horton c/e email@example.com
'Imaging Mercy Today', January 2010
World Day of Celebration of Consecrated Life (Gt Britain Union)
Mass to mark World Day of Celebration of Consecrated Life in Westminster Cathedral was celebrated in Westminster Cathedral yesterday. Among the many in attendance were a number of representatives of the Westminster Diocesan Sisters of Mercy.
On 28th December over a thousand Religious gathered in Westminster Cathedral to celebrate the 50 years of the Conference of Religious.
Images taken at both these gatherings have been posted on our website.
Messages to Philomena Bowers rsm - Congregation Leader
1898: First Mercy convent in Africa at Mafeking
Intercessions of Mercy, a new prayer book based on Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy, is designed to encourage and assist Christians in developing a compassionate perspective on life.
This excellent publication can be purchased from a number of religious books suppliers including: Veritas ( Ireland) and Pauline Books and Media (Australia).
Mercywords, an e-journal whose aim is to explore ideas, raise questions, stimulate fresh thinking, and encourage those who serve God in our fractured and fragmented world.
Happy 5th birthday YouTube
Founded five years ago, YouTube is now a full-fledged grown-up by Internet standards...See how it has changed how we now live, play, and do business.
Some WAYS TO BECOME INVOLVED WITH MIC:
CONTRIBUTE TO THE MIA LIBRARY
Mercy International Association is developing a library of published works by and/or about Sisters of Mercy, Associates within Mercy, and our Mercy ministries.
In order to develop this library, we desire that Sisters, Associates, and partners-in-ministry provide complimentary copies of their published works that can be housed in this library. These works can be mailed to: Mercy International Centre, Library,
64a Lower Baggot Street,
Dublin 2, Ireland.
VOLUNTEER YOUR GIFTS AND TALENTS AT MIC
MIC intends to set up a register of volunteers who would be prepared to offer a personal gift or talent or expertise to promote the Vision and Ministry of MIA.
If you are interested in being on our register please email us at: Volunteers indicating your area of expertise and providing a short resume of any other relevant information
Further details can be found here
PARTICIPATE IN MERCY WYD 2011
Because of Dublin’s relative proximity to Madrid, (2 ½ hour flight) we are exploring the idea of hosting a Mercy Youth Pilgrimage experience to Baggot Street either before or after the Madrid WYD event (August 15 – 21, 2011).
To let us know if you are interested, please contact Youth
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