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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 772  |  23 May 2018
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Editor: Amy Woolam Echeverria is the International Coordinator for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) for the Missionary Society of St. Columban (Columban Missionaries). The Columbans, like Mercy International Association, are founding members of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) and Amy serves as GCCM's founding Board President. In Australia for meetings last week, Amy gave a talk on the establishment, growth and work of GCCM to Sisters of Mercy, their colleagues and members of other religious orders at the Mercy Action and Spirituality Hub in North Carlton, Melbourne.

GCCM, with its membership today of almost 700 organisations, ranging from large international networks such as ourselves, to local parishes and community groups —an ever-growing coalition—clearly is a movement. One impetus for GCCM, Amy told us, was born from the NYC People's Climate March in 2014, held two days before the UN Climate Summit intended to kickstart the process to achieve the Paris agreement (COP 21). A number of those present at the march, including Columbans and Mercy Sisters and justice personnel, recognising the need 'to do something' to combat climate change and knowing that Laudato Si' was coming, began meeting weekly on skype. In January 2015, GCCM launched, taking its first brave steps with just 20 partner organisations...

Messages to: Amy Woolam Echeverria

Image: Amy Woolam Echeverria, sixth from left, with Sisters of Mercy, their colleagues and members of other religious orders at the Mercy Action and Spirituality Hub in North Carlton, Melbourne

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Vision in Action
MIA Prayer Intention: Joys and Sorrows Mingled

Last Friday, a troubled young student at Santa Fe high school in Texas shot and killed two substitute teachers and eight of his classmates and wounded thirteen others. Last Friday, an ageing Cuban airliner carrying 113 people crashed shortly after take-off. The two survivors are in a critical condition. Last Friday, in Ireland, the searches continued for two missing young women, both only daughters. They have since been found, brutally murdered in two separate incidents.

Let us remember in our prayers all who sorrow, mourn and grieve, that they may be comforted, supported and strengthened in their devastating loss.

Last Saturday, much of the world's attention was captured by the joy of two people pledging themselves to each other in marriage. In the UK— and elsewhere— happiness reigned. For a few hours at least, while celebrations took place, a new world order seemed possible because of the power of love.

Let us pray for hearts true to the mission of Jesus, that we might live in fidelity to the call of the gospel.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA


At the invitation of Sr Karen Schneider MD, I had the privilege of travelling to Guyana and participating in Mercy Medical Mission. Witnessing numerous works of Mercy in Georgetown and then participating in the Medical Mission in the Interior of Guyana was a profound experience and one which I hold with great gratitude. Sisters of Mercy have a wonderful heritage of creating foundations where there is a need for education, health and other pastoral activities. Guyana is no exception. It is humbling to see the works of Mercy that have developed over many decades and that respond directly to a need...

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

Image: Medical Missions Team, John Jopkins Hospital Baltimore
Front row: L-r: Karen Schneider rsm, Angela Reed rsm

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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 Margaret 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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A reminder that as of Friday, 25 May changes to existing data protection legislation come into force in the European Union.

The measures MIA have put in place regarding data protection, including with our online prayer rooms, subscriptions to MercyeNews and accessing information held by MIA, are outlined in the article linked to this item and in the Terms of Use on our website.

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Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA

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MIA Members News
Mount Mercy University Tree Planting MIA Tree Project (Americas)

Mount Mercy University did a tree planting on Arbor Day 2018. We applied for a Department of Natural Resources "Trees for Kids" grant, and planted 17 trees on our campus. The tree planting was made possible through the Iowa DNR Trees for Kids Grant and put on by the Mount Mercy University Environmental Community Organizers (ECO) Club with our Admissions department. 

Messages to: Rachael Murtaugh - Director of the Office of Sustainability and Stewardship

Editor: A list of Arbor Day dates around the world can be found here Consider becoming involved in MIA's Green Wall project

Standing with Indigenous People to Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Americas)

Mercy Investment Services  and Mercy Health, Cincinnati, are among a diverse group of investors controlling trillions of dollars in assets who are signatories to a letter calling for  fossil fuel companies and the banks that fund them to end efforts to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The letter can be read here (4pps, PDF)

Messages to: Mary Minette - Director of Shareholder Advocacy Mercy Investment Services

Image: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Public domain

Catherine McAuley Westmead has installed a fifteen metre ‘Mercy Wall’ on the school grounds as a reminder to students and staff of the Mercy values of the school.

The Wall was the idea of two staff members who designed it as part of their participation in the Staff Mercy 5 Formation Program. This program is a joint initiative of the Parramatta and North Sydney Sisters of Mercy and the five Sydney Mercy secondary schools. The program is a year long program and each year two staff members from Catherine McAuley are chosen to take part. It allows them to engage with their Mercy colleagues to help to better understand the history and traditions that stem from the Sisters of Mercy...

Messages to: Jacqui Hamilton - School Development Officer

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Keep the Rule to Keep the Earth (ISMAPNG)

Elaine Wainwright rsm shows how Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40 challenges us to radical conversion so that we may keep Earth as our home. Sr Elaine writes: 'We are invited by the Deuteronomist as we are being invited by Earth system scientists to consider “former ages” as well as our own; to ask the new questions that Earth is addressing to us'.

Download the article here (2pps, PDF)

Messages to: Elaine Wainwright rsm

Sister Maureen Lally has worked in the area of community development for over forty years, mainly in her native county, while extending her rich talents to a live connection between Michigan State University and Ireland. Her CV also covers some time she spent in Eastern Europe, in their early years of independence. But in Mayo itself, Maureen is known for all of the communities she has supported in practical ways to enable them to find a hopeful future in the face of rural isolation...

Messages to: Maureen Lally rsm c/- Denise Brennan - Congregation Communications Coordinator

Image: L-r: Srs Suzanne Ryder, Breege Donohoe, Maureen Lally and Margaret Tiernan

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With praise and thanksgiving, the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation gathered in All Hallows’ Chapel on the fifth Sunday of Easter to celebrate the life and religious commitment of the 2018 Jubilarians.  Sisters Christine Gabbett, Anne McLay and Marie Thérèse Rosenberg celebrated 70 years, Sisters Margaret Kanowski, Christine Watt and Ruth Wyatte celebrated 60 years and Sister Catherine Reuter celebrated 40 years...

Messages to: the Jubilarians c/- Mary Lawson rsm - CLT

Image: Back Row L to r: Srs Christine Watt, Catherine Reuter
Front Row L to r: Srs Ruth Wyatte, Marie Thérèse Rosenberg, Christine Gabbett, Margaret Kanowski
Absent Sr Anne McLay

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Mercy Matters

Inspired by the National Gallery’s landmark show ‘The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet & Architecture’

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It’s a tedious task you've been putting off for what could be years. But the moment has come: You're going to clean your computer inside and out...

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1850: Foundation to Cobh from St Maries of the Isle, Cork - M Josephine McCarthy

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

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Trinity Sunday Year B (Matt 28:16-20)

'Trinity Sunday celebrates the core Christian conviction that God is a communion of relational love. For the people of Israel, no other god could compare with their God whom they knew as both creator and liberator and whom they experienced as intimately involved in every aspect of their history and of their day-to-day lives...'

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

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

Image: Alek Rapoport. Trinity in Dark Tones (Genesis 18), 1994. Wikimedia Commons

'When love is the way -- unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive, when love is the way. Then no child would go to bed hungry in this world ever again. When love is the way. We will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever flowing brook. When love is the way poverty will become history. When love is the way the earth will become a sanctuary. When love is the way we will lay down our swords and shields down by the riverside to study war no more. When love is the way there's plenty good room, plenty good room for all of God's children.
Cause when love is the way, we actually treat each other, well, like we are actually family. When love is the way we know that God is the source of us all.And we are brother and sisters, children of God. Brothers and sisters, that's a new heaven, a new earth, a new world, a new human family....

-Bishop Michael Curry, Wedding Address, 19 May 2018

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Mercy Ecology is a ministry, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, created to work toward the sustainability of all life. We live at a time when the Earth community faces many challenges. Mercy Ecology stands ready to face these challenges in a variety of ways by assisting individuals and communities to bring about a future full of promise.

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

Come down Moses' by Shane Howard. Watch/listen here (04:53) Purchase on *iTunes, Google Play

Worth Reading:

'To stay in one place, to look ever more deeply at one thing, to spend three years giving glory to a single oak approaches, to my mind, a religious act.' Read: Practicing daily infinity, here

The Muslim month of Ramadan is underway (15 May - 13 June) and the Vatican has sent its annual message to Muslims all over the world. Read it here

-Degradation of Earth

Plastic pollution

National Geographic is embarking on a multi-year effort to raise awareness about the global plastic waste. Find out here how to be involved.

Climate Change

'Climate change: An ''existential threat'' to humanity, UN chief warns global summit.' Read the article here


'What happens to small towns whose water becomes big business for bottled brands?' Read the article here


'Human race just 0.01% of all life but has eradicated most other living things'. Read the article here

Worth Knowing:

Financial and economic decisions -- everything from where a family chooses to invest its savings to where a multinational corporation declares its tax residence -- are ethical decisions, a new Vatican document states. Read the document here

The Bottom Line:

'When our hearts are captivated by God's beauty, they long to open new ways to understand the mystery of creation, to unblock some freeways for new images and insights to seduce our hearts. The mystery of the Incarnation is the "showing forth" of the love and meaning in the heart of God in giving birth to this amazing world and everything in it...'

- Daniel O'Leary, The Heart of the Cosmos, 2011

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

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