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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 757  |  07 February 2018
Featured Story
Human Trafficking, Heartrending Tragedy

Editor: Tomorrow, feast day of St Josephine Bakhita (video, 03:24), marks the fourth World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking, an event instituted by Pope Francis in 2014. Human Trafficking - also known as Modern Slavery- has long been a priority issue for MIA and was an issue addressed by some of the global MIRP groups.

Reports on the work of Mercy Congregations and Institutes in their local contexts can be accessed on our website under the heading 'project updates' and those of the MIRP groups can be read in past issues of MercyeNews. Some examples of the variety of ways in which Mercy works to address the issue are: educating truckers and airline personnel in the U.S., sheltering victims of human trafficking in South Africa, supporting women engaged in prostitution in London,  training clergy in Melbourne, Australia, to identify forced marriages.

Each year on or about 8 February we highlight in MercyeNews an aspect of the work of MIA in addressing this 'crime against humanity' (Pope Francis). This year we are grateful to Jeanne Christensen rsm (Americas) for sharing with us from her experiences - personally, locally as a member of USCSAHT , and globally as a member of the MIA Working Group on Human Trafficking.

Download the article: English (US Letter, 3pps, PDF), Spanish (US Letter, 3pps, PDF)

Messages to: Jeanne Christensen rsm

Image: iStock. Used under licence

Vision in Action
Marion Rankin rsm - an Appreciation

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Sr. Marion Rankin, RIP, who died on Thursday, 1st February after a long illness. Marion had been a wonderful supporter of MIA since its beginning. In the early days she was part of the catering and hospitality team at Mercy International Centre. Many of the Staff and Volunteers from  those years will have fond memories of Marion and she always had a wonderful ‘welcome back’ for those who made a return visit. In more recent years, Marion was famous for her scone making. Thousands of guests at MIC have enjoyed these scones as they partook of ‘a good cup of tea’. She richly deserved the reputation of ‘making the best scones in Ireland’. However, it was the loving compassionate heart of the ‘scone maker’ that made Marion the extraordinary Mercy woman she was. Catherine’s own words could well describe Marion. For all whose lives she touched she had ‘the kind word, the compassionate look and [endless time for] the patient hearing of sorrow’. She will be greatly missed but we will treasure her memory. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA

MIC provides accommodation for those attending programmes in Mercy International Centre and when not fully booked for programmes, offers bed and breakfast facilities to Sisters of Mercy, Associates, co-workers and family and friends of Mercy, except at Easter and Christmas when the Centre is closed.

Accommodation is on the second floor and is accessed by the lift or stairs. Single, double and twin rooms are available. The newly renovated bathrooms are shared. A comfortable sitting room with TV, kitchenette and tea and coffee making facilities is available for guest use.

View our facilities and find out more from the link to this item.

Rates as at 1 May 2017

Single Room: €60 per night
Twin Room: €80 per night
Ensuite Room (one only): €90 per night

Sisters of Mercy Rate: €45 per night

Major credit cards are accepted.

We look forward to welcoming you home!

Bookings to: Madeleine O'Hanlon - Receptionist

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As a Mercy Community, we pray with those in need of physical healing through the intercession of Catherine McAuley.

God of love and mercy, touch with your healing power and restore to full health: Dorabelle Sands, Margot McDonald, Amy Cremisio, Scott Oakley, Stan Mucha, Lilyanne, Chris Bond, Angela, David, Diane Sabino Swaner, Kevin Doherty, Bob Masterson, Michael Day and all whose names are on our prayer list.

We ask this with confidence through the intercession of Venerable Catherine McAuley. Amen.

Messages to: the Vice postulators

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MIA Prayer Intention: Those whose Dignity & Freedom are Compromised

Saint Josephine Margaret Bakhita (pictured) was born around 1869 in the Darfur region of Sudan. In 1877, Josephine was kidnapped by Arab slave traders. Over the next 12 years, she would be bought, sold and given away multiple times before earning her freedom.

As we celebrate her feast day, let us pray for the needs of the people of Sudan and South Sudan, countries of which she is patron and whose people are close to the hearts of the Sisters of Mercy ministering on their behalf. Let us 'Stop, Think, Act' and remember in our prayers the victims of human trafficking and all whose dignity and freedom are compromised by poverty, hunger, oppression or injustice.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Pope Francis is asking all people of goodwill to join him 'in the ways they deem most appropriate' in a special Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace for the war-torn people of the Democratic Republic of Congo and of South Sudan on 23 February, Friday of the First Week of Lent . Details here

MIA Members News
A Call to Mercy: Online Graduate Certificate Available in Mercy Spirituality (Americas)

Georgian Court University - the Mercy University of New Jersey - is once again offering an Online Graduate Academic Certificate and a Noncredit Certificate in Mercy Spirituality, combining formal academic coursework, spiritual reflection, and thoughtful dialogue with students and faculty from around the world.

The program is inspired by Mercy values such as justice, respect, integrity, service and compassion. It is ideal for people engaged in Mercy-sponsored works, affiliated ministries and organisations, or interested in further exploring Mercy.

The Program is designed to be completed in 18 months.

Download the brochure and application form here (4pps, PDF)

Messages to: Mary-Paula Cancienne rsm - Faculty Leader

Institute Endorses Concerns About increasing Australian Weapon Exports (ISMAPNG)

The Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea has endorsed concerns raised by the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart in relation to recent plans outlined by the Australian Government to increase weapons exports.

The Institute joins in calling on the Australian Government to prioritise education, health and good governance initiatives among the deprived peoples and nations of the world, rather than spending billions of Australian people’s dollars on producing and exporting the means of destruction.

Download the Sisters of St Joseph Media Release

Messages to:

John Rochester - Communications Manager ISMAPNG
Jan Barnett rsj - Josephite Justice Coordinator

Editor: Throughout this Lenten season, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas blog will feature weekly reflections posted each Wednesday (Washington time) on the seven last words of Jesus. 'His last words show us human pain and suffering, and they promise that God's love is the source of life.'

The series will begin with an Introduction to be published this Wednesday (Washington time). Readers outside the United States might visit the blog—linked to this item—on a Thursday to see the weekly post.

Messages to: Lauren Albright - Institute Communications Office

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'No year begins without its reminder to all of us that we share a collective responsibility for the charism of mercy – a gift that God has entrusted to us on behalf of our world. Mercy is not something we can hold to ourselves; it is one of the gifts of the Spirit, to be cherished because it helps to reveal, to us and to those we encounter in love, what God wants for our world....'

Source: Imaging Mercy Today

Messages to: Katrina Fabish rsm - Congregation Leader

Image: iStock. Used under licence

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Mercy Matters

'There are many ways to describe the concept of mercy, but my year in Detroit has led me to believe that maybe one of the most apt is this: Mercy is like soup. It is this beautiful combination of different Christian values that come together to make something bigger than any one on its own. You add a splash of kindness, a can of love and one box of compassion; mix in chunks of forgiveness; leave it to simmer with Jesus for eight hours, and it comes together to form mercy...'

- Tinamarie Stolz, My year of service sent my parents into a panic. It sent me deeper into the heart of Mercy

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International Day of Prayer & Awareness Against Trafficking in Persons 2018: 8 February

This year's theme highlights the situation of human trafficking among people on the move: migrants, refugees and internal displaced people.

Talitha Kum, the international network against trafficking in persons has prepared a prayer vigil for use on this day: English and Spanish (6pps, PDF)




'... the self-sacrificing generosity of many founders of institutes in the service of the infirm, the creativity, prompted by charity, of many initiatives undertaken over the centuries, and the commitment to scientific research as a means of offering innovative and reliable treatments to the sick.  This legacy of the past helps us to build a better future...'

- Pope Francis

Image: colourised version from Clare Augustine Moore's 1840 series of the Works of Mercy

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1865: Foundation to Doon, Co Limerick from Kinsale - M Augustine Hickey

1890: Foundation to Yarrawonga, Victoria from Wexford - M Ignatius Walsh

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

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Worth a look: From all-new upstarts to dramatically improved old favorites, these apps for phones, tablets, PCs, and the web offer something for everyone.

Source: FastCompany

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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 1: 40-45)

'We all seek to be part of family and community because we are social beings who need to engage with others and with our environment...'

Read the Gospel reflection by Veronica Lawson (ISMAPNG)

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

Further Resources

Worth Playing:

Rhiannon Giddens, 'Wayfaring Stranger'. a well-known American folk and gospel song. Watch/listen here (02:28). Lyrics here

Worth Reading:

Religious Life
Homily of Pope Francis for 22nd World day for Consecrated Life can be read here: English, Spanish
Article in the English Catholic Herald can be read here

-Displacement of People

Human Trafficking

The February 2018 (vol 16, no 2) issue of Stop Trafficking! newsletter is now available. This issue highlights recent reports that shed light on the complexities of human trafficking. Download it here

Repeated: 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


'Development indicators trending downward for world's poorest countries, UN warns'. Read article here

Worth Considering:

Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) Laudato Si' Animators Program-2018

Applications for the Animators program, training for those who are interested in incorporating the message of Laudato Si' in their own lives and contexts, close 14 February 2018

The Bottom Line:

'Service has a life of its own. A single act of kindness may have a long trajectory and touch those we will never meet or see. Something that we causally offer may move through a web of connection far beyond ourselves to have effects that we may have never imagined. And so each of us may have left far more behind us than we may ever know.'

- Rachel Naomi Remen, Professor and author, from The Gift of Service' in My Grandfather's Blessing

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