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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
Together we can help make a difference (The Congregation)
'Build it Week - Haiti, October 2010'
On October 23rd, nine members of The Congregation along with many other volunteers will travel from Ireland to Haiti to participate in an intensive Build It week of house and community building. While there the volunteers will live and work on the building site in extremely basic conditions.
The reasons the Sisters gave for volunteering speak loudly about the commitment, the generosity, and the Chapter call 'to alleviate extreme poverty, by acting collaboratively at local and global levels' which motivates us to do what we can, where we can and when we can in all the places where Mercy is alive and well.
Messages to Veronica Mangan rsm - Provincial Leadership Team, Southern Province
Editor: The Sisters participating in Build It week are being supported in this venture by The Congregation but need to raise €4,500 each in funding. Details of where to send a donation or how to lodge it in the fundraising Bank Account are included in the article linked to this news item.
The Congregation's commitment to alleviating global poverty is a focus reflected also in the MIA Vision Statement.
Spiritual Implications for Mercy in the 21st. Century
In this week as we prepare to celebrate the feast of Pentecost, it is appropriate that we would reflect on the paper presented by Janet Ruffing rsm Fire Cast on the Earth: Spiritual Implications for Mercy in the 21st. Century.
In her challenging and spirit filled conclusion Janet writes: To live in intimacy with God and the world, to bring love everywhere, and to manifest the holiness and sacredness of the world, requires internal transformation and not merely a programme for social change.
This transformation is characteristically the work of the Spirit, and requires our participation and availability within the contemplative dimension of our lives. Our need for the Spirit’s nurturance, strengthening, and healing is ever more poignant as we unlike Catherine, are no longer animated by the ‘kindling’ of a rapid influx of vocations. However we live in different times and can only partner with God’s Holy Spirit in mediating God’s mercy to our world in our own context. Therefore we must rely as Catherine did on God’s own self so that we can trust that ‘the Holy Spirit is a burning and shining serenity that will never be depleted and which kindles fiery virtues so that, by the Holy Spirit, all darkness is banished’ and the fire of God’s mercy is kindled ever more vibrantly in us.
Messages to Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Two new documents have been added to the MGC section of the MIA site:
Briefing Note 3, May 2010: The 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Briefing Note 4, May 2010: Statement of the Opening of the 2010 Review Conference Of The Parties To The Treaty On The Non-Proliferation Of Nuclear Weapons
The Eighteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) 3-14 May 2010 has recently concluded. Two papers from that Commission have been added to the MGC section under the heading 'Commissions'.
Messages to: Deirdre Mullan rsm - Director MGC
Where Sisters of Mercy Minister: Nigeria (14)
This week, Ireland is celebrating “Africa Day” with week-long activities involving poetry readings, music, and dance. In conjunction with these festivities, we are choosing to highlight the ministry of Sisters of Mercy in Nigeria.
Sisters of Mercy first arrived in northern Nigeria in the town of Yola (Adamawa State) in October 1969. They came from Dungarvan, Co. Waterford (Ireland). A branch of the original sisters began ministering the following year in Bare, a village approximately 50 miles away. Additional sisters moved from Strabane, Co. Tyrone (Ireland) to Minna, Niger State, in 1975, and from Armagh Diocese (Ireland) to Lagos in 1986.
Messages to Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality
1950: Dedication of Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy Albany
Catherine: A Reflection on Values from the Mercy Tradition
Monograph published in 1991 with three subsequent printings in 1992, 1995 and 2002. Currently used in Mercy sponsored institutions in the U.S., New Zealand & Australia.
Marist Regional College Burnie Tasmania
The present college was formed in 1972 through the amalgamation of Stella Maris Regional College run by the Sisters of Mercy, and Marist College run by the Marist Fathers. Today, Marist Regional College is led by a lay principal, but a high value is still placed on the religious traditions of our Mercy and Marist founders, who have as their ethos, care, respect, justice and compassion for one another.
Humanity's total digital output currently stands at 8,000,000 petabytes - which each represent a million gigabytes - but is expected to pass 1.2 zettabytes this year. One zettabyte is equal to 1 million petabytes or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, individual bytes.
Source: The Age, Wednesday, May 5, 2010, p13
HOLD THE DATE:
McAuley Conference Series
The Emerging Challenges for Leadership in Ireland Today.
Various crises have brought the spotlight to bear on leadership as it has been exercised in some of the key institutions in Irish society. This conference will explore how leadership has been functioning and attempt to discover ways in which it can function better with a view to serving the whole society in a more positive fashion
Venue: Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
Thursday 27 May, 2010
UN DPI Conference
The sixty-third United Nations Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia, from 30 August to 1 September 2010.
For additional information, please contact Deirdre Mullan rsm, Director Mercy Global Concern, representing the Sisters of Mercy at the UN.
Please note: MGC cannot offer any financial assistance to attend this conference but we can help with passes.
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