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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
International Mother Earth Day (MGC)
Twelve months ago this week, the United Nations General Assembly, in a resolution spearheaded by the Bolivian Government and supported by over 50 Member States, proclaimed April 22nd International Mother Earth Day.
The Assembly acknowledged that 'the Earth and its ecosystems are our home', and expressed its conviction that, in order to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations, 'it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth'.
The Address by Bolivia's President Evo Morales Ayma on 22nd April 2009 and the Proclamation by the General Assembly have been posted on the MGC section of the MIA site as Briefing Notes 3 and 4, April 2010.
This week Bolivia is hosting talks on the rights of Mother Earth.
Messages to Deirdre Mullan rsm - Director MGC
Editor: A further posting from MGC newly added to the website is:
Special Report April 2010: Finding a workable solution to Internal Exile. A Report by Deirdre on a special briefing that took place at United Nations Headquarters on Thursday April 15th 2010 to look at the plight of Internally Displaced Persons.
Catherine's Canonisation Cause: Prayer Requests
Prayers through the intercession of Venerable Catherine are asked for Fr David Whelan MHM 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
Editor: The new Mercyworld.org website will have the functionality to search the list of prayer requests for an individual's name and to post a prayer request online.
The Political Ministry of Women: An Australian Perspective (MIRC)
In the International Mercy Research Conference, participants used a theological reflection process that articulated the story in which we find ourselves, looked at the social and historical context of our story, dialogued with our Mercy and theological tradition, and then articulated a vision of theology and praxis.
The article featured for this week is the final article in the phase of the process which looks at the social and historical context of our story. The author Sophie McGrath rsm considers the leadership of women in the political sphere as vital to the common good in her article ‘The Political Ministry of Women: An Australian Perspective.’
Messages to Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Editor: 'Fire Cast on the Earth -- Kindling': Being Mercy in the Twenty- First Century is the proceedings of the International Research Conference sponsored in California in November 2007 by the International Research Commission of the Sisters of Mercy. Over the past 11 weeks the papers from this Conference have been featured in Mercy E-News. The book of the proceedings is this week's featured Mercy resource.
Where Sisters of Mercy Minister: Poland (11)
In the past week-and-a-half, Poland has experienced immense tragedy with the death of its President, First Lady, and dozens of senior military, political, religious, and economic leaders in a plane crash occurring on April 10, 2010. These leaders were en route to western Russia to commemorate the 70th anniversary of another tragedy of the massacre of some 20,000 Polish soldiers and civilians, including many Polish intelligentsia, by Soviet secret police during World War II. The plane carrying 96 people crashed in the attempt to land in heavy fog, and all aboard were killed.
Messages to Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality
Claire Reid: Helping to relieve poverty (The Congregation)
Claire Reid, a former student at St Teresa’s Mercy School, Johannesburg, lives by the motto: ‘Rather teach a person to fish than give a person a fish’. While still at school, Claire invented Reel Gardening. Because this method of gardening works so well, Claire has started a company, Claire Reid - Reel Gardening, which is helping to uplift rural and informal communities. Claire is environmentally conscious. She believes the two main issues that South Africa faces are a lack of food, and proper housing. She is tackling both.
Messages to Immaculata Devine rsm
This Week in the Mercy World
Among the events this week in the Mercy story:
1836: Foundation to Tullamore from Baggot St - Mary Anne Doyle
1894: Foundation to British Guiana from Midhurst, Sussex - M Antonia Chambers/M Ursula Grenn
1900: Opening of Mater Infirmorum Hospital, Belfast - M Magdalen Malone
1832: M Elizabeth Harley (professed with Catherine '31) died, Baggot St
Fire Cast on the Earth-Kindling: Being Mercy in the Twenty-First Century
'Fire Cast on the Earth -- Kindling': Being Mercy in the Twenty- First Century is the proceedings of the International Research Conference sponsored in California in November 2007 by the International Research Commission of the Sisters of Mercy.
The book contains the theological reflection process used at the conference, the sixteen research papers presented by international Mercy research scholars, the Vision, Theology, and Praxis that emerged at the conference, and other material. This publication will be of interest to Sisters of Mercy and to all those who are committed to indepth reflection on and response to the global human sufferings in the contemporary world.
Mercy West Midwest Community
The Sisters of Mercy from California to Michigan have begun a new Mercy moment. The six former regional communities are now the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas-West Midwest.
While the West Midwest Community central administrative center is in Omaha, Nebraska, sisters and associates continue their ministries in their respective geographical areas. We serve in 32 states and four countries.
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