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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 773  |  30 May 2018
Featured Story
Tribute Paid in Scottish Parliament to Mercy Project in its Jubilee Year

Editor: The Mercy Project at St Catharine's convent Edinburgh in Scotland is 'a place of Hospitality, Support, Prayer, Friendship and Oasis for all those in need'. Staffed by a rota of about 100 volunteers and used by up to 200 people a day, the Mercy Project celebrates its silver anniversary this year. 'On the surface Edinburgh may seem like a city of wealth, but most people who come in here are in broken relationships and everybody who comes in here is in need and the greatest need is often the need for friendship. They come here to get away from loneliness, to find a listening ear,' said Sr Aelred who established the Centre.

Last month, Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives and Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Edinburgh Central, put forward the following motion (Motion S5M-11775) which was published on the Scottish Parliament Website:

“That the Parliament recognises the contribution of the Mercy Project, which is run by the Sisters of Mercy at St Catharine’s Convent in Edinburgh, and is marking its silver jubilee, following its launch in April 1993; understands that the project offers meals, friendship and broad practical support to homeless and other marginalised citizens, and commends what it sees as the ongoing commitment and efforts of the convent, and the project’s diverse body of local and international volunteers and third-sector partners, in the mission to alleviate homelessness and social deprivation in communities.”

The motion has been supported by 25 other Members of the Scottish Parliament.

Messages to Aelred Timmins rsm - Director (GB Union)

Image: iStock. Used under licence

Vision in Action
Final Reminder: Volunteer Internship at MIA-MGA Office in New York

An intern position at the Mercy Global Action Office in New York is open to applicants. Applications will be received until the deadline of June 4, 2018.

This is a volunteer position five days a week for 9 months (October 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019). A stipend is provided to assist with food, housing and transport.

Download the job description here (PDF)

Applicants can send a letter of interest and resume to Angela Reed rsm

Messages to: Angela Reed rsm – Mercy Global Action Coordinator at the United Nations

Image: Church Center NY where the MIA-MGA office is located

MIA Prayer Intention: For the Lonely and Socially Isolated

Not surprisingly, research shows that loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our physical and mental health. In their meeting last Saturday, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople named loneliness as one of the world's 'deepest problems', part of the 'globalisation of indifference'.

Let us pray for all people coping with loneliness and social isolation that they may experience acceptance and companionship. Let us each commit to being for all whom we encounter 'the kind word, the gentle, compassionate look and the patient hearing of their sorrows'. (Familiar instructions, p.138)

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA

 

MIA Members News
'There is no us and them – only us' (The Congregation)

Sacred Heart Church, Bayside, NY, held an evening with parishioners to look at the whole issue of Racism and Xenophobia, which is on the rise worldwide.

Sister Deirdre Mullan (the Congregation) was the featured speaker for the event.  Using her latest publication – Who is my Neighbor [1], she asked all present to reflect on the phrase – “There is no us and them – only us”, Deirdre invited the participants to reflect on one of the hallmarks of Jesus’s ministry of reaching out and bringing in those perceived as different and outside the box. She reminded us that the Gospels show us Jesus going to people who lived on the fringes of Jewish society – tax collectors, prostitutes, Roman centurion and many of the sick and reminding his disciples that for God there is no us and them. There is only us....

[1] Who is My Neighbor – Deirdre Mullan and Carol Rittner

Download the report here (5pps, PDF)

Messages to: Deirdre Mullan rsm

Dr. Elizabeth “Beth” Auger, PhD was a teacher, mentor, colleague and friend across our Saint Joseph’s College of Maine community for over 20 years.  Following her death in April 2017, the College named the Day of Service in her memory and honor. 

On Friday, May 18, twelve teams of faculty, staff, and alumni headed out to volunteer at eleven community partners in six different towns on the annual Beth Auger Day of Service. With core values that place service and community at its center, the college commemorates this commitment by donating hundreds of hours of volunteer service in one day.

We are proud and grateful to carry on the spirit of Dr. Auger with the Day of Service.

Messages to: Michael E. Sanderl - Vice President & Chief Sponsorship and Mission Integration Officer

Institute Chapter (GB Institute)

Thank you for your prayers during our Institute Chapter. The new Institute Team members are as follows:

Colette Cronin rsm, Institute Leader
Lyndsay Spendelow rsm, Assistant
Barbara Jeffery rsm, Team Member
Bernie Holmes rsm, Team Member
Joan Breen rsm, Team Member
Maura Mullen rsm, Team Member

Messages to: Barbara Jeffery rsm

Image: Front row. L-r: Srs Barbara, Colette and Joan
              Back row: Srs Maura, Bernie and Lyndsay

Sabbatical Programme for Senior Sisters (Aotearoa New Zealand)

The Sabbatical Programme for senior sisters held at Te Ngakau Waiora Mercy Spirituality Centre in Auckland, New Zealand has become an annual event. Since 2013, the Centre - an entity of the Sisters of Mercy Aotearoa New Zealand - offers six weeks to live, listen, pray and celebrate life.

The six week programme includes spiritual workshops, reflections and a five days guided silent retreat. The Sabbatical Programme 2019 is planned for 23 January to 8 March.

Download the article here (PDF)

Download the 2019 programme poster here (PDF)

Messages to: Beate Matthies - Manager Mercy Spirituality Centre

Editor: Mercy Foundation and the (Melbourne) Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation are funding a pilot programme of a shared equity home ownership scheme between Women’s Property Initiatives (WPI), a registered housing provider and individual women over 55 years of age. Research by WPI has identified a substantial group of women in Australia in this 55+ age group with some assets that render them ineligible for social housing but with limited income that prevents them from accessing a mortgage or owning a home of their own. This initiative provides a permanent, appropriate and affordable housing ownership option for this group of women. Further information is linked to this item.

Watch the discussion on this innovative model with Felicity Reynolds, Mercy Foundation’s CEO and Jeanette Large, CEO of Women’s Property Initiatives (WPI) from ABC News in August 2017. (09:34)

Messages to: Felicity Reynolds - CEO Mercy Foundation

'SHAVERTOWN — Centuries ago, the farmland now owned by Liza Rolland was plowed and planted with teams of horses.

This week, history repeated itself.

A pair of Belgian draft horses operated by Rich DuMond methodically pulled a one-bottom plow through the rich soil in preparation for a service-learning cooperative farm project initiated by the Ruth Matthews Bourger Women with Children Program (04:56) at Misericordia University...'

Source: Times Leader

Messages to: Jean Messaros rsm - Vice President for Mission Integration

Mercy Matters
Resource: Who is My Neighbour

Who is My Neighbour?, a 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.

Only 150 copies left!

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

Homeopathy is a complete system using remedies that are entirely natural. It works by stimulating your body to health and can be used alongside other treatment you may be receiving. Te Atawhai Homeopathy is a service of the Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand McAuley Trust.

Editor: Sr Linda is keen to network with other Sisters of Mercy who are Homeopaths and/or have homeopathic clinics attached to their works of Mercy. Email Sr Linda

In this new short film, Liam Neeson reads the poems 'Digging', 'Blackberry Picking' and 'Follower', the work of the late poet and Nobel Laureate, Seamus Heaney. We tour the area where Heaney was born and raised and where a purpose-built arts and literary centre celebrates Heaney's life and contributes to his legacy. (02:30)

Image: Seamus Heaney, CC-BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

1825: Fr Nugent, Catherine's friend and adviser, died of typhus; nursed by Catherine, buried at Kells.

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

The Body and Blood of Christ Year B (Mark 14:12-16, 22-26)

'The Gospel for today reminds us that we are in a “covenant” relationship with our God. We renew that covenant in every celebration of the Eucharist...'

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

Today's Bottom Line (see below) is from a collection of thought-provoking texts with beautiful images compiled by the Editor of Tui Motu magazine, Ann Gilroy rsj,  from articles previously published in the magazine. These inspirations were published over the course of a month (3 April - 4 May).

Further Resources

Worth Playing:

Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq  perform 'You Got To Run (Spirit Of The Wind)'  Watch/listen here (04:00)

Worth Knowing:

Catholic Women Speak and Voices of Faith have jointly written an open letter to Pope Francis calling for more open dialogue between women and the Catholic hierarchy. The letter is open for signature here

-Displacement of People

Human Trafficking

Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking, UN Global Compact & RESPECT initiative have launched an interactive map of anti-trafficking organisations. The map is available here

Worth Reading:

Religious Life

The June 2018 issue of 'Update' the newsletter of LCWR is now online. Read it here (13pps, PDF)

World

'Transforming the world requires input from all society: UN deputy chief.'  Read the article here

- Degradation of Earth

Extractive Industries

'Not so fast on fracking, UN agency tells developing countries'. Read the article here

Water

'England is facing water supply shortages by 2050 unless rapid action is taken to curb water use and wastage, the Environment Agency has warned.

Its new report says enough water to meet the needs of 20 million people is lost through leakage every day.' Read the article here

Plastic Pollution

'E.U. Proposes Ban on Some Plastic Items to Reduce Marine Pollution'. Read the article here

The Bottom Line:

'Opening the door to mercy is a personal as well as a community challenge. Just as a door is an entry and an exit, so the work of mercy is within and around us. It suggests opening our minds, rearranging the priorities of our hearts, softening our judgements, dropping our carefully cooked resentments, reassessing our certainties, chipping away at our rigidity, relieving suffering.'

-Ann Gilroy rsj

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

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