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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 768  |  25 April 2018
Featured Story
Changes to Data Protection Legislation in the EU and the Impact on MIA

Editor: On 25 May 2018, a month from today, the European Union is introducing stricter data protection legislation. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organisations across the region approach data privacy.

Over the past twelve months, Mercy International Association has been preparing for the introduction of the GDPR, rewriting policies and procedures to take account of the changes to existing legislation and our increased responsibilities as 'a data controller'- determining the purposes and means of the processing of personal data.

In this article, we wish to let all our readers and website visitors know the measures we have now put in place regarding our online prayer rooms (Chapel, Catherine's Tomb and Canonisation Cause Prayer Centre) and subscriptions to MercyeNews, as these affect all members of the Mercy family, not just those who are EU citizens.

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

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA

Image: iStock. Used under licence

Vision in Action
Invitation to Morning Prayer in the Baggot Street Chapel

Morning prayer is prayed in the Chapel at 8.45am on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year, except when Mass is being celebrated in the House during a programme or for a special event. At such times, the prayer intentions are included with the General Intercessions.

On Tuesdays: we remember in our prayer intentions requested by visitors to the Oratory, visitors to the Chapel and those received on the Mercyworld.org website in the online prayer rooms: the Chapel, the Graveside and the Canonisation Cause Prayer Centre.

On Thursdays: we remember in our prayer the prayer intention most recently published in MercyeNews.

Residents of and Visitors to Dublin and Guests staying at Baggot Street are welcome to pray Morning Prayer with the Team and Staff at MIC. Office books are provided.

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

MIA Prayer Intention: Those who Lost Their lives at Gallipoli

25 April marks the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli where, before the campaign ended in January 1916, 44,150 Allies would lose their lives in an effort to secure the peninsula and 86,692 Ottoman soldiers would die in defence of their homeland. For over 8 months troops from Australia, Great Britain and Ireland, France, India, and Newfoundland battled harsh conditions and Ottoman forces. Total casualties amounted to 392,856.

Let us pray with the relatives and communities of those who lost their lives in this campaign, in World War One— "The war to end all wars" —and in all the wars fought since.

Let us pray with renewed vigour today for those parts of our world where there is conflict, unrest or uncertain peace, that peace will be restored.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Mercy Leadership Program and Dublin Pilgrimage

27 participants - Mercy board directors, senior managers, school principals and deputies, together with Sisters of Mercy and the group's 2 facilitators - have just concluded an intensive and successful week at Mercy International Centre. They were participating in a Mercy Leadership Program and Dublin Pilgrimage, organised by ISMAPNG in partnership with MIA.

The experience is designed to provide formation in the founding story of Mercy and inspiration for leadership in Mercy mission today.

Mercy International Centre is offering a 5-day Ethos program for administrators, staff and board members of Mercy ministries from1-5 October 2018. It is an opportunity for participants to strengthen their approach to Mercy leadership and mission in the context of today's challenges. Places are still available.

Download the flyer (PDF)

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

Image: Participants in this week's program

Mercy Associates Pilgrimage to Baggot Street

On Sunday, 15 April, 42 Mercy Associates visited Baggot Street for Mass in the Chapel celebrated by their chaplain, Canon Alan McLean, followed by a tour of the house and afternoon tea in the dining room. The Associates were on pilgrimage in Ireland from 15-20 April, visiting significant Mercy sites such as Baggot Street and Coolock House, the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise and Ireland's National Marian Shrine at Knock.

In his homily, Canon Alan, himself a Mercy 'old boy' spoke movingly of the contagion that is Catherine McAuley, how she took from all the opportunities of life that came her way, not just for herself but for others, and how if we walk with her she will take us to a miracle of God's presence - the Resurrection.

The pilgrimage was organised by the National Commission of England, Scotland and Wales, a body of Mercy Associates and Sisters who have responsibility for the Mercy Associate Movement (M.A.M.), some of whom (pictured below) were on the pilgrimage.

Messages to: National Commission of England, Scotland and Wales

Image: Back row: Maurice Regan, Canon Alan McLean
            Front row: Bridie Stephens rsm, Brid Regan, Joan Breen rsm, May Raughter, Betty Larkin rsm



Since our last update in March, there have been two rounds of intergovernmental negotiations towards a Global Compact on Migration.

Within the second round, the Co-Facilitators of the process, Ambassadors of Mexico and Switzerland, took a step back from proceeding through negotiations objective by objective to ensure that some main areas of contention between Member States were discussed...

Messages to: Angela Reed rsm - MIA Coordinator at the UN - Mercy Global Action

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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: Mark and all who have previously asked for our prayers.

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

Messages to: the Vice postulators

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MIA Members News
Anne McLay rsm, Platinum Jubilarian (Brisbane Congregation)

In 1945 Yvonne McLay (Sr Anne McLay) joined the Brisbane Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy and in this beautiful autumn season in Australia is celebrating her Platinum Jubilee. Anne over these years has contributed to Mercy worldwide through writings, lectures and creative endeavours.

In the Australian Constitutions, written when the Sisters of Mercy became an Institute in 1981, her own call is echoed with all of ours in the section Our Way of Life:

 "We are called to be symbols of a radically transformed meaning of life
-A life that finds the sacred in everything,
-A life that is a powerful sign of profound joy and a deep sense of belonging.
-Through our graced womanhood, we witness, in a particular way to the human face of God.”...

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Messages to: Anne McLay rsm

'We will enjoy and celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty and her many species. We will honour our duty to love and care for her and add to her well-being wherever possible.'
(Chapter Statement)

Plastic pollution is now considered amongst the greatest of environmental threats, because it is literally found everywhere.

Plastic pollution is attacking Australia’s beaches, waterways and oceans, and the animals that live there...

Messages to: Maria Lawton rsm - Congregation Leadership Team

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Mercy Province Divests from Fossil Fuels (The Congregation)

'...In line with our commitment to "Promote Flourishing Communities of Life for all of Life", we have decided to divest from Companies involved in the production or burning of fossil fuels. We believe now is the time for action...' Complete Statement here

Editor: Sisters of Mercy Northern Province was among the institutions announced by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) on April 22, Earth Day, as making the pledge to divest from fossil fuels. A full list of Catholic institutions to have joined the campaign is here

The widely reported divestment announcement is part of a continuing campaign by the GCCM to encourage Catholic entities to move investments to renewable energy enterprises.

More information about the GCCM and divestment can be found on their website here

Messages to: Sisters of Mercy Northern Province

Image: iStock. Used under licence

'It is not every day that one receives a call extending an invitation to engage in an act of civil disobedience. Yet this is what happened to me early in February 2018...

Ultimately, this is an act of faith. I have no idea who will be moved to take action by what we did or if anyone will be moved. However, our action can be thought of as one snowflake that will coalesce with many others to finally break the branch and bring about justice for our immigrant sisters and brothers.'

Messages to: Karen Donahue rsm

Image: Sister Karen Donahue (far right) stands with other Catholic women religious for justice for immigrants.

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Mercy Matters
5th Sunday of Easter Year B (John 15:1-8)

'Again and again, life's experiences teach us that, as members of the Earth community, we cannot make it on our own. We need one another, other living beings, the sun, the soil, the water and everything else that formed from exploding stars in the distant past...'

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

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


Be Collaborators of Mercy

'God needs people to bring the message of [God's] pardon and mercy to the world. To be collaborators of mercy, therefore, presupposes to live the merciful love which we ourselves have first received.'

-Pope Francis to Missionaries of Mercy, 10 April 2018

With apps, it can translate text, identify stars, and more.

Source: Popular Science

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‘The Townsville Sisters remain active in diverse ways: sharing with other community members or the world at large, living simply in a world overflowing with commodities, living ecologically, moving into new areas of ministry, ministering to one another, sharing worldly goods with those in need, speaking the truth about unjust structures, living non-violently, offering hospitality, and living a life dedicated to justice and peace.’

- Gaye Lennon rsm, Institute Councillor

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1832: Sisters asked to take care of cholera victims, Townsend St Centre, Dublin
1832: M Elizabeth Harley (professed with Catherine '31) died, Baggot St
1853: Foundation to Lancaster from Liverpool (closed July 1928)
1872: Foundation to Meriden from Ennis - M Teresa Perry
1911: Foundation to Goondiwindi, Queensland from Brisbane - M Albert
1921: Opening of Claremont Hospital, Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

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

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The Mercy Association is inspired by the Vision of Catherine McAuley.

It is an opportunity for lay people to deepen their own prayer life and spirituality.

Associates are called to unite themselves with Christ under the banner of Mercy, in corporal and spiritual works...
wherever there is a need ...

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

Abide With Me sung by Audrey Assad. Watch/listen here (04:38). Purchase on *iTunes, *GooglePlay

Worth Listening:

Dawn Chorus - Nature's Symphony

Every spring, for more than two decades, RTÉ Radio 1 has broadcast the sounds of early morning birdsong into homes across the country. On Sunday, 6 May, broadcasters and bird experts across Europe and beyond, will once more bring listeners the exquisite sound and expert analysis of this beautiful birdsong. Details here

Worth Reading:

-Displacement of People

'UN launches global plan to strengthen protection of internally displaced persons.' Read it here

'Protecting and Promoting Human Rights in the Amazon.' H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza at the event “Violation of Human Rights in the Amazon: Networks to Respond to and Redress Them”. Read address here

-Degradation of Earth

Earth Day

'A new bond with nature is goal of UN’s Mother Earth Day celebration'. Read the article here


It's Not Just Cape Town: 4 Shrinking Reservoirs to Watch.' Read the article here

Climate Change

'Can Dirt Save the Earth? Agriculture could pull carbon out of the air and into the soil - but it would mean a whole new way of thinking about how to tend the land' Read the article here

'Addressing Climate Change Adaptation Globally.' This paper explains why it’s time to reframe climate adaptation from a local issue to a global responsibility.  Read the briefing paper here


A global study has found that one in eight birds is threatened with extinction. News article here. Global study here (41 pps, PDF)

The Bottom Line:

'Blessing is a way of acknowledging that the God who created us goes on lavishing life upon us all our days.'
- Joan Chittister OSB

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

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