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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 769  |  02 May 2018
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Mercy Authors: Have We Details of Your Publications in our MIA Bibliography?

Editor: Some years ago, the Mercy International Research Commission attempted to list all the published books and articles written by or about the Sisters of Mercy since the founding of the Congregation in 1831 through 2007. The list was published on the Mercyworld.org website in 2009 and is available here.

This list is now ten years out of date. We would like to update it with details of books, journal articles and multimedia productions produced by or about the Sisters of Mercy since 2007. We would also be pleased to receive details of publications prior to 2007 that may have missed being included in the Bibliography when it was first compiled.

This resource is a large, rich, and multifaceted legacy, and given the vastness and diversity of the global Mercy mission, ministries, and family, the content of the Bibliography itself is probably the closest we will ever come to any 'history' of the Sisters of Mercy in the world. 

Mercy authors: you are invited to fill in details of your publications on this form on the Mercyworld.org website. Listings of publications up to 2007 can be checked  here

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA

Inquiries to: the Editor

Image: A selection of the Mercy publications held in the Baggot Street library. The icon of Catherine McAuley which hangs in the library is by Susan Kelly vonMedicus. Photo: Anne Walsh

Vision in Action
Mercy Authors: Invitation to Donate a Copy of Your Work to the MIC Library

Editor: Over the past seven years, MIA has been developing a library of published works by and/or about Sisters of Mercy, Associates within Mercy, and our Mercy ministries. Known as the Catherine McAuley Library, it has been established in the room in Baggot Street that was originally Catherine McAuley's office.

The library currently holds 1121 titles. Is your title in the MIA library? Search the library holdings here

When the library was established, we invited Sisters, Associates, and partners-in-ministry to provide complimentary copies of their published works that can be housed in this library. We renew that invitation!

These works can be mailed to:

Mercy International Centre Library,
64a Lower Baggot Street,
Dublin 2, Ireland
DO2 EH21

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

Highlighting Climate Induced Displacement at CSW 62

Among the many drivers of migration forcibly displacing millions of people each year are climate change and natural disasters.

During the Commission on the Status of Women, the NGO Committee on Migration along with the government of Bangladesh, co-sponsored a panel discussion on climate induced displacement and how it specifically impacts women and girls entitled 'Shouldering the Burden: Rural Women and Climate Induced Displacement'. This event highlighted the challenges such as high water salinity leading to disease, inability to access medical resources, food scarcity, desertification, lack of access to technology, sea level rise and more. However, it also emphasized the resilience of women and girls in the face of adversity, using these as a catalyst for change. View this event here!

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

Final Reminder: Mercy Pilgrimage (2) 2018 - Education Tradition

There are some places still available for participants to join in the 'Mercy Pilgrimage- Education' from 9-13 July 2018. This pilgrimage will focus on the education tradition within Mercy and will be of particular interest to those engaged in Mercy education, especially administrators, teachers, trustees and members of boards of management.

Input will include:
•Catherine’s Story, Life and Ministry
•Early Women of Mercy – co creators of the work of Mercy
•Catherine’s Approach to Leadership
•Living Mercy Today: Challenges, Values & Directions
•Mercy in a Global Context
•Mercy Leadership

A report on the successful January pilgrimage for Education can be read here

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

MIA Prayer Intention: Telling the Mercy Story

We give thanks for those in the Mercy family whose creativity offers us new insights, deeper understandings, fresh inspiration, or renewed motivation in living, telling and sharing our Mercy story.

We celebrate the creativity which enlarges our minds, renews our spirits, gladdens our hearts and infuses our actions through the power of word, image, sound, taste, movement and touch.

We ask a special blessing this week on the MIA Leaders and Board Members who are meeting at Baggot Street between 4-8 May.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

MIA Members News

The new Spinal Injuries Ireland (SII) Resource Centre is officially called the Aileen McCarthy Resource Centre because she is the linchpin on which the organisation was founded in 1992.

Sr. Aileen also played a pivotal role in the founding of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in 1961.  Without Aileen’s passion and dedication over the last six decades, the lives of people with spinal cord injuries might have played out very differently in Ireland...

Messages to: Aileen McCarthy rsm c/- Denise Brennan Congregation Communications Coordinator

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Mercy Spirituality Online Certificate Program (Americas)

Georgian Court University's third online programme in Mercy spirituality will commence in September 2018. The programme combines formal academic coursework, spiritual reflection, and thoughtful dialogue with students and faculty from around the world. Participants in the current programme, soon to conclude, are from Guyana, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.S.

Download the flyer to find out more about this unique course (PDF)

Messages to: Mary-Paula Cancienne rsm



Mercies Among Faith leaders in Commonwealth Countries Calling on Governments to Act on Climate Change (All)

Editor: In the Further Resources section of MercyeNews, Issue #764, 28 March, we included an invitation from CAFOD, inviting signatures to a letter to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), a forum for leaders of these 53 countries who were meeting in London, 16-20 April, urging them to take urgent action on climate change.

Mercy Sisters in Kenya, United Kingdom, Australia & PNG, Guyana, Belize, Jamaica and Aotearoa New Zealand were among the 170 faith leaders from across the Commonwealth to sign on to this latest in a series of calls by religious figures for action on climate change at international summits.

The letter was published in the Daily Telegraph in London and has received wide coverage in the secular and religious press.

The letter can be read here

We will continue to bring these advocacy opportunities to our Mercy family as we become aware of them.

Mercy is Still In (Americas)

Editor. On 25 April, the Catholic Climate Covenant (CCC) with the support of the US bishops launched a nationwide campaign, Catholics Are Still In (the Paris Agreement), to gather the U.S. Catholic community's support for climate action. This initiative is a companion to the We Are Still In declaration signed by U.S. states, cities, businesses, investors, colleges and universities in support of the Paris climate agreement and our commitment to reduce our own reliance on fossil fuels.

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas are one of the 16 covenant members helping 'lead the U.S. Catholic community in the call to care for creation and care for our vulnerable sisters and brothers'.

The declaration, which expresses the Catholic imperative to protect and promote human life and human dignity, especially among the poorest and most vulnerable peoples, by protecting our common home and acting on climate change, can be read and signed on here.

All Catholic communities, organisations, and institutions in the United States are encouraged to sign on.

Messages to: Institute Justice Team

Celebrating Earth Day by Planting a New Tree (Americas)

Earth Day was Sunday, April 22, but we got a head start with our celebration at Mercy Hospital St. Louis with activities on Friday, April 20.

As they have for the last 20 years, our Mercy Hospital St. Louis Green Team marked Earth Day by planting a new tree on campus. But our Green Team does much more than plant a tree each year.

The team works year-round on initiatives to continue our commitment to Mercy’s Sustainability Statement: "Mercy regards all of creation as a gift from God. Throughout our ministry, Mercy is taking action to minimize our impact on the environment through waste reduction, energy efficiency and recycling efforts that are helping us to get healthcare right. We collaborate with the communities we serve to steward a healthier environment and healthier communities."

Messages to: Claudia Ward rsm

Image: Members of Mercy's Recycling Team partnered with Focal Pointe to plant a new tree celebrating Earth Day

Editor: We welcome your tree planting/tree nurturing story. Sign on to our Earth Day 2018-2019 initiative here

Earth Day Event at the Mercy Hub (ISMAPNG)

On Saturday, 21 April 2018, Sisters of Mercy, colleagues and friends, members of other Religious Congregations and parishes from Melbourne as well as members of environmental action groups gathered at the Mercy Action and Spirituality Hub in Fitzroy for a celebration of Earth Day.  This was an event hosted by the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea in conjunction with the Global Catholic Climate Movement. 

The format of the day was a presentation, reflection/share space, prayer and afternoon tea...

Download the report here (PDF)

Messages to: Caroline Vaitkunas rsm


Mercy Matters

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Pope Francis has called on Catholics worldwide to join him in praying the rosary during the month of May for peace in the world. He said he was praying especially for peace in Syria, Nigeria and the Koreas. Read more

The Pray as you go Rosary meditations draw heavily on traditional prayers and traditional music. The meditations are based on passages from Scripture with two questions of reflection for each one. Each meditation is quite long (around twenty minutes) and are designed to offer an extended period of prayer. 

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Lifequest invites groups of people who are interested in spirituality to engage in exploration discussion and reflection on the mission of Jesus, social justice, cosmology, ecology and how these concepts connect with contemporary interpretations of scripture and theology

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The Labyrinth, Mercy Center St. Louis, Missouri

By Dawn Stringfield and Ruth Depew with a foreword by Robert Ferre, master labyrinth builder and designer of the Mercy Center labyrinth. Copies are available for US$20 plus shipping; all proceeds benefit the labyrinth fund for its continual care. Contact Ruth Depew to purchase a copy.

Image: A surprise snowfall provided a beautiful backdrop for the 20th anniversary celebration of the labyrinth at Mercy Center in St. Louis, Missouri.


1883: Foundation to Sheffield from Commercial Rd, East London - Sr Scholastica McDonald.

2000: Trinity Health, Novi, Michigan, was launched when the Sisters of the Holy Cross and the Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Detroit joined their health care ministries.

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

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6th Sunday of Easter, Year B (John 15:9-17)

'The constitutions of my religious institute remind me that “the tender mercy of our God has given us one another”. The implications of this profoundly beautiful truth are spelt out thus: “In our communities, we try to live in the friendship of Christ’s disciples [Jn 15:15]...'

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

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

Further Resources

Worth Playing:

To usher in the month of May, 'Magnificat' by Bernadette Farrell. Watch/listen here (03:16). Purchase on *iTunes, *GooglePlay

Worth Reading:

Elizabeth Johnson CSJ

Feminist theologian Elizabeth Johnson is retiring from teaching at Fordham University, but not from theology, 'wanting to have more time to be contemplative, to read quietly without the pressure to produce, to live in a way that's more appropriate to my age'. Article here. Sr Elizabeth was one of the interviewees in MIRP VOICES. Watch her interview here.  She can be reached via email at Fordham University.

Pope Francis

'Pope Francis brings a new lens to poverty, peace and the planet.' Read the article here

-Degradation of Earth

Climate Change

'Nations begin drafting climate action "operating manual" at UN conference in Bonn.' Read the article here

Extractive industries

'Responsible mining index 2018.' The Responsible Mining Index (RMI) supports the principle that minerals and metals mining should benefit the economies, improve the lives of people and respect the environments of producing countries, while also benefiting mining companies in a fair and viable way. Read the Report here (40pps, PDF)

Olivia Arévalo era la cultura viva del pueblo shipibo-konibo (A Shipibo leader assassinated). Article here (en español)

-Displacement of People


'What Refugees Face on the World’s Deadliest Migration Route. Read the article here

The Bottom Line:

'The unbounded creativity amongst us and our rich spiritual traditions remind us that music, dance, colour, song, symbol, poetry and compassionate action all give voice to our Mercy story. As we live and tell our international mercy stories, possibilities for new life are revealed and experienced. As we hear global voices of the hungry, the thirsty, the sorrowing, the injured, the doubtful, the wronged, the homeless, the work of mercy, creatively expressed in the works of mercy, takes on a new urgency and vitality.'

- Ethel Bignell rsm, 12 April 2002

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