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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 755  |  24 January 2018
Featured Story
2018 – A Family Celebration

Family events are great occasions – for remembering; for celebrating; for experiencing anew our connectedness. Sometimes they can also focus our attention on sadder things: the one who is absent; the ones who may be suffering sickness or loss or bereavement or anxiety about a troubling situation and so on. In these situations they call for our mutual understanding, support and empathy.

This year will mark a wonderful once in every three-year world event- the World Meeting of Families, to be held in Dublin, Ireland in the last week in August, hopefully in the presence of Pope Francis. However the entire year is a graced opportunity to reflect on and celebrate family, be that our family of origin, our mercy family, our global family...

Download the article here: A4 Paper size, US Letter size (5pps, PDF)

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA

Image: © 2016 Mercy International Association

Vision in Action
MIA Prayer Intention: Beginning Again

'As we begin again
and take our first steps into the future, where nothing is safe and certain,
except you,
we ask for the courage of the wise [ones]
who simply went and followed a star.
We ask for their wisdom, in choosing to pursue the deepest truth,
not knowing where they would be led.
In the year to come, God of all time,
be our help and company.
Hold our hands as we journey onwards
and may your dream of shalom, where all will be at peace,
be our guiding star.'

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Image: Clare Augustine Moore’s illuminated version of the Rule and Constitutions of the Religious Sisters of Mercy. It comes from Chapter V ‘Of the Vow of Poverty’.
© 1992 MIA



Baggot Street Returns to Coolock!

Mercy International Centre was closed for the afternoon last Thursday, 18 January, so MIA staff could visit Coolock House. Home to Catherine for around 20 years when she lived with William and Catherine Callaghan, Coolock House continues to be a special pilgrimage place for those participating in programmes at Mercy International.

Kathleen Somers rsm coordinated a tour of the House and led a special prayer time for the staff in Catherine’s room. Naturally, a good cup of tea with the Sisters living in Community at Coolock followed. The visit provided an opportunity to reflect on the ministry of hospitality offered at Coolock and Mercy International to the many pilgrims who come to deepen their connection to Mercy each year.

Messages to: Anna Nicholls rsm - Team Leader Heritage & Spirituality

Image: L-r: Margaret Scroope rsm (MIA), Kathleen Somers rsm (Coolock), Elizabeth McAver rsm (Coolock), Mary Reynolds rsm (MIA), Betty Lacey (MIA), Liz O'Sullivan (MIA)

The first programme for 2018 at Mercy International Centre (MIC) saw 15 people gather for a week to explore the education tradition within Mercy.  For some participants,  this was a return visit to MIC and the focus on education provided a new perspective for exploring Mercy. For others, already familiar with the Mercy story, this was their first opportunity to participate in a programme at the Centre...

This programme will be offered again from the 9 – 13 July 2018. Some places are still available should you wish to participate in this experience.

Messages to: Anna Nicholls rsm - Team Leader heritage & Spirituality

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Join in a Programme at MIC in 2018

A number of programmes are in place for 2018 including Wellspring, the month-long renewal programme for vowed Mercy women with presenters Srs Liz Dowling, Elizabeth Davis, Mary C. Sullivan and MIA Team, to be held from 20 May-15 June, and the Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage for school leavers, college and university students ages 18-25, to be held from 31 July-4 August.

Download the brochure to see the variety of opportunities on offer, or contact Anna Nicholls rsm to discuss your requirements for a programme tailored to the needs of your Mercy group.

2018 brochure: A4 Paper size, US Letter size (2pp col. PDF)

Messages to: Anna Nicholls rsm - Team Leader Heritage & Spirituality

Image: © 2016 MIA


MIA Members News
Mercy Recognised for Contribution (Brisbane Congregation)

On Monday 11 December 2017, the day after the annual UN Human Rights Day, the UNAA Qld (the citizens association to promote and advance the work of the United Nations) held its annual awards ceremony.  This year the committee decided to identify local "unsung heroes" who had contributed to the implementation of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals, in four different categories.  Among the awardees was Sr Wendy Flannery, recognised for the way in which her work for human rights has contributed to the vision outlined in several of the Goals.  Each awardee was invited to say something about what led them along the path they took.  Wendy mentioned the significant early influence of her Sisters of Mercy teachers at All Hallows School in Brisbane.

Messages to: Wendy Flannery rsm

'Sister Cora Marie Billings has dedicated the past six decades of her life to rooting out racism, and she has no plans to slow down.

Billings was the first African-American nun in the nation to serve as a pastoral coordinator, leading the St. Elizabeth parish in North Richmond for 14 years. She headed the Diocese of Richmond’s Office of Black Catholics for more than 22 years and later worked as the deputy director of Virginia’s Human Rights Council during then-Gov. Tim Kaine’s administration. Now, she’s a full-time volunteer...'

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch

Messages to: Cora Marie Billings rsm c/- Lauren Albright - Institute Communications Office

Editor: Sr Cora discusses the 2017 Chapter Recommitment and the differences between multicultural and intercultural in the current issue of ¡Viva! Mercy, a bi-monthly magazine of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Read the article online here (pps11-13)

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Mercy Investment Services Shares Accountability Report (Americas)

Mercy Investment Services had a busy year in 2017, from engaging 146 companies on issues related to the Critical Concerns to investing in solar and wind projects and community organizations around the world. Its first accountability report, focused on care of Earth, explains how Mercy investments made a positive impact on people in our global community.

Read the accountability report in English or Spanish

Messages to: Pat Zerega- Senior Director of Shareholder Advocacy 

'Sister Mary Scholastica, the self-confessed ‘Powerhouse of Prayer,’ is one of the first people foreign seafarers come across when berthed at Port of Sunderland.

Amid the clanging of cranes and hustle and bustle of lorries and forklift trucks at the port, a small haven of calm can be found in the form of the Stella Maris Seafarers Centre, where Sr Scholastica dedicates herself to the welfare of the world’s mariners....'

Source: Sunderland Echo
Used with permission of Sunderland Echo and Creo Communications

Messages to: Sr Scholastica c/- Dolores Magee rsm - Federation president

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'Today’s [8 January] announcement by the Trump Administration to end immigration protections for over 200,000 Salvadoran nationals, many of whom have been living in the United States for close to 20 years, represents a cruel injustice and further disregard for our nation’s professed humanitarian values and moral obligation to defend the vulnerable. The decision also affects the estimated 192,700 US-born children whose parents are losing protection—parents who now face the torturous decision whether to return with their children to El Salvador, a country consumed in violence and massive poverty, or leave them in the U.S...'

Messages to: Pat McDermott rsm - Institute President

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International Movement to Preserve Human Dignity in Health Care (Americas)

The Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Medicine and Health at Misericordia University is holding its inaugural "Commitment to Preserve Human Dignity in Health Care" event on Monday, 29 January...

"Our program will serve as the start of a movement that aims to reach everyone throughout the world, both those within the health care profession and others," said Stacy Gallin, D.M.H., director of the Center ... "We are asking them to reflect upon what took place during the Holocaust, what has continued to take place, and vow to use those lessons to reaffirm a societal commitment to preserving human dignity in health care around the world...

Join the movement; sign the pledge here to preserve human dignity.

Messages to: Stacy Gallin - Director

Mercy Matters
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 1:21-28)

'Today’s gospel reading recounts the first episode in a section of Mark’s gospel that focusses on a typical day in the ministry of Jesus as authoritative teacher and prophetic healer (1:21-38)...'

Read the Reflection on the Gospel by Veronica Lawson rsm (ISMAPNG)

Listen to the Gospel read by Fr Eamonn O'Connor (Ireland)

Who is My Neighbour?

Who is My Neighbour?, a new pocket booklet written by Carol Rittner rsm and Deirdre Mullan rsm, addresses the issue of racism. Who Is My Neighbor? is intended as an examination of conscience – personal and collective – and as a call to action.

Download the flyer: A4 Paper size (PDF), US Letter size (PDF)

Copies cost $1, £1 or €1 each, plus postage
Discount negotiated for bulk orders

Order from Deirdre Mullan rsm

The Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) jointly created a resource pack of liturgical and homiletic material for Christians to use in the service for HMD 2018, based on the theme The power of words.

Download the resource pack here (10pps, PDF)

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1833: Professed at Baggot St - M.de Pazzi Delaney; M. Angela Dunne; M.Clare Moore; M.Frances Warde

1854: Foundation to Belfast from Baggot St

1884: Foundation to Grafton, New South Wales from Bermondsey

Contribute a fact about the Story of the Sisters of Mercy in your congregation or institute to our online archive

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A Limerick City based voluntary group, founded in 1999 by the Franciscan and Mercy Orders committed to supporting families of prisoners in a creative, inclusive, and boundaried manner.

Listen to the interview on SoulWaves radio with Larry de Cleir the current director talking with Marie Stuart rsm about how it all began with a kettle in a hospitality centre outside Limerick prison. (11:02)

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'Love this land, realize that it belongs to you.  Breathe it in, listen to it, marvel at it.  Fall in love with this land called Madre de Dios (Mother of God), commit yourself to it and care for it and defend it.  Do not use this land as a mere disposable object, but as a genuine treasure to be enjoyed, cultivated and entrusted to your children.'

Pope Francis' address to local citizens of the Amazon region of Peru, 19 January 2018

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

Hauser - Adagio (Albinoni). Watch/listen here (06:56)

Worth Considering:

Looking for a new year's resolution? Consider the suggestions in '10 Ways to Be a Better Environmental Steward in 2018'. Read the article here

Worth Knowing:

Laudato Si'

Teachers: A 252-page curriculum designed to teach the encyclical to middle-upper secondary level students can be found here


Women Thrive Alliance, a global feminist advocacy network, has released a toolbox containing 16 tools to guide users though the individual targets of SDG5. MIA-MGA has identified SDG5 as one of the 8 Sustainable Development Goals (Goals 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 13,16) most relevant to the mission of the Sisters of Mercy. Download the toolbox here. Access MIA-MGA's leaflet on SDG5 here (PDF)

Worth Reading:

-Displacement of People

Refugees and Asylum Seekers

The online publication News Deeply has compiled a collection of some of 2017's most thought-provoking stories and viewpoints on and by refugees. Access these here

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has released its World Migration Report 2018 containing key data and information on migration as well as thematic chapters on highly topical migration issues. Download it as a whole or by chapter here

- Modern slavery

The Council for Foreign Relations (CFR) has produced an interactive information guide 'Modern Slavery: An exploration of its root causes and the human toll'. Access the online guide here

-Degradation of Earth


'Climate Change Is Altering Lakes and Streams, Study Suggests'  Read the article here

'Cape Town Is Set to Run Out of Water in Less Than One Hundred Days'. Read the article here


'Fracking Is Among the Most Harmful Forms of Energy Production, Study Finds.' Read the article here


'In Peru, Pope Francis says the church stands with the peoples of the Amazon and the earth'. Read the article in America online here

The Bottom Line:

'And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been'

- Rainer Maria Rilke, Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist (1875-1926)

Send suggestions and contributions for the 'Worth...' section 2018 to: the Editor

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