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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
The Priests and Mercy Global Concern
In December 2008 a trio of singing priests from Northern Ireland scooped the Guinness World Record for ‘Fastest-selling UK debut for a classical act’. Their album turned Platinum in Ireland, UK, Sweden, Norway as well as going Gold in New Zealand, Canada and Spain. When Deirdre Mullan, Director of Mercy Global Concern read this, she went into action. In January 2009, she contacted Fr. Eugene O Hagan, one of the three (the other two priests are: Fr. Martin O’ Hagan a brother of Fr. Eugene, and Fr. David Delargy) and asked if they might like to build a school in Cambodia in memory of their mother Joan, who attended the same high school as she did! In November 2009, she got the YES and she contacted Sr. Denise Coughlan, a Mercy Sister from Brisbane, Australia who heads Jesuit Relief Services Cambodia.
To make a long story short – the school building is nearing completion and this school marks yet another school built through the efforts and connections of MGC in realizing Millennium Development Goal 2, in that country.
Messages to Deirdre Mullan rsm - Director MGC
Editor: In September this year, world leaders will gather in New York to renew a commitment they made in 2000 to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and halve world poverty by 2015. With only five years to go, can we still meet that deadline? Cathy Solano rsm, Australia's Mercy Works Inc.’s Community Education Officer, believes a crucial factor in realising all the MDGs is to realise MDG3 – to promote gender equality and empower women. Read her article here.
Catherine's Canonisation Cause: Prayer Requests
Prayers are asked through the intercession of Venerable Catherine for the intentions of all those persons on our prayer list and, in particular, the intentions of Joan Lyons whose name has been newly added.
Anne Hannon rsm - Vice postulator Europe and Africa
Sheila Carney rsm - Vice postulator Americas
Mary Duffy rsm - Vice postulator Australia, New Zealand, Philippines
MGC Announcement: Melbourne, Australia to host sixty-third UN DPI/NGO Conference
United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Kiyo Akasaka, and Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith, have jointly announced that 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.
Applications to Deirdre by Friday, June 18th.
Editor: In last week's Mercy E-News Sisters, Associates and friends were invited to sign a petition organised by the Working Group on Girls calling on the UN to create a new agency to make the UN more effective on Women's Issues. There was an excellent response.
Thanks to the 111 of you (Sisters, Associates and students) who signed on calling for the UN to establish a more effective women's agency. The deadline was June 10 and names have been forwarded to the Working Group on Girls (WGG) who are coordinating this sign-on.
The mobilization force for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have responded to the progress report (refer Briefing Note 1, June 2010).
Messages to Deirdre Mullan rsm - Director MGC
Women as the Image of God
This week we present the final paper of the Mercy International Research Conference- Women as the Image of God: ‘Fire Cast on the Earth – Kindling’: Being Mercy in the Twenty-first Century by Patricia Fox, rsm. She addresses a question posed in an earlier paper: ‘ What distinctive contribution can we make (to certain social and global trends) precisely as Sisters of Mercy?’.
Pat says that ‘given the capacities for communication and travel that have existed now for decades it could be considered surprising that as a world- wide community of religious women, we have not responded to such a question with practical intent and in a sustained manner before.’ However, she rejoices that largely facilitated by the agency of Mercy International Association, we are finding ways to look at the big picture of our world and our times together,.
Drawing from the insights of the previous papers, Pat suggests that ‘Sisters of Mercy have the capacity to articulate and draw from a rich and deep spirituality of Mercy that is born out of a mature theology of God, of the profound importance of knowing women are created in the image of God and from the accumulated shared wisdom that service of the poor unleashes.’
Messages to Mary Reynolds rsm - Director MIA
Mercy honored for work with displaced persons and refugees (Australia)
In the Queen's Birthday 2010 Honours list announced yesterday, 474 Australian citizens were named to receive awards in the general division of the Order of Australia, in recognition of their diverse contributions and service to fellow citizens in Australia and internationally.
Among the recipients of the Member (AM) of the Order of Australia was Maryanne Loughry rsm awarded 'for her service to the community as an advocate for displaced persons and refugees'. Maryanne is an Associate Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia.
Messages to Maryanne Loughry rsm AM
Where Sisters of Mercy Minister—Philippines (18)
At the end of this week, on Friday 18 June 2010, the Sisters of Mercy will bless and open a new hospital. This 100-bed hospital will open with 50-beds and limited services this week, and construction and equipment acquisition will continue until its completion, which is anticipated to be August or September, 2010.
The new hospital will extend the healing ministry of Mercy to additional people in the Philippines, and the new hospital will also serve as a base for the school of nursing and other health sciences programs of Holy Infant College, Tacloban City. The nursing and health sciences programs at Holy Infant College have approximately 1,000 students.
Messages to Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality
1898: Ministry began in workhouse, Mullingar Co. Westmeath - M Raphael O'Reilly
Prayer Services, composed around various themes, are included in this section. All or part of these services may be used in planning a prayer experience for a group or used individually. They include suggestions for music, opening and closing prayers, readings and rituals.
St Anthony's Girls' School Sunderland
The Sisters of Mercy established a community in Green Street, Sunderland, in 1843. In 1902 St. Anthony’s Grammar School was established and in 1904 it obtained state recognition.
In 2004 the school celebrated the centenary of the foundation of the school as a secondary school with a sixth form. It continues to go from strength to strength achieving the best ever G.C.S.E. and A level results in 2008 and as a result receiving High Performing Specialist School Status. From September 2009 the school has become a Specialist Language College, an additional second specialism.
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Mercy E-News is published every week for 48 weeks each year. All Sisters and Associates are invited to contribute items of general interest such as news items, Mercy web links, Mercy resources and Mercy facts, for inclusion in this newsletter. Contributions should be received by Friday in order to be considered for inclusion in the following Monday's edition.
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The future of Religious life (Repeated)
Breege O’Neill rsm, who was the keynote speaker for the first day of the recent MIA Leadership Teams Conference, spoke on the future of Religious Life in the context of the MIA Vision and the Conference Theme - Mercy is the wellspring- the source of never failing supply.
Breege led the participants in reflection on the future of Religious Life through the lens of four questions:
What is the journey that shapes this present moment?
What kind of story will gift the future?
Where is the call in Religious life/Mercy life today?
What is the power that opens the way into the future?
To access Breege's paper, click here (pdf)
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