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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 774  |  06 June 2018
Featured Story
Invitation: Participate in the Second Global Day of Prayer to End Famine

Editor: Mercy International Association is once again joining World Council of Churches (WCC) & other faith partners in a Global Day of Prayer on Sunday, 10 June to End Famine. More than 20 million people are at risk of starvation across Somalia (01:43), Yemen, Nigeria and South Sudan (01:24) - the latter two countries where Sisters of Mercy serve. Globally, millions more suffer from drought and food shortages with one person in every nine people  short of enough food to lead a healthy, active life.

Chronic hunger is increasing around the world and food crisises are spreading and intensifying, according to a new report 'World Food Assistance, Preventing Food Crises'   by the World Food Programme (WFP)

It asks what causes these crises to break out, what determines their scale and how they might be prevented.

In summary: 'It is clear what needs to be done to prevent food crises. The world must first address their principal causes - conflict and extreme weather events related to climate change. Where chronic hunger and malnutrition are addressed, and food systems are functioning well, people are better able to cope with shocks like war or drought. And where strong political, social and economic structures are in place, food crises are less severe and shorter-lived.'

Let us pray and work for international action: to tackle the factors causing famine, to commit sufficient and timely financial support and to working for peace.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Resources produced by WCC for this occasion can be accessed here.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA


Image: 23 May 2017, Ganyiel, South Sudan - Women carry sacks of food received by World Food Programme in Ganyiel, Unity region, South Sudan. ©FAO/Albert Gonzalez Farran. Used with permission

Vision in Action
Prayer- a Vitally Important Ministry in the Life of our Mercy Family Today

In preparing for compliance with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation, Europe, May 25th 2018) one thing has become more and more evident and that is how prayer is very obviously a vitally important ministry in the life of our Mercy family today.

Action and contemplation is woven into the essence of who we are as women and men of Mercy. ..

Prayer for others has also been part of our lives..

So what is it about the requests for prayer through the intercession of Catherine McAuley that catches our attention?...

Download the article: A4 Paper size (2 pps, PDF), US Letter size (2 pps, PDF)

Messages to: Brenda Dolphin rsm - Postulator for the Cause of Catherine Mcauley


Programmes for 2018 -2019

Details of the remaining programmes at MIC for 2018 and details of the programmes planned for 2019, are now available.

Old favourites and new programmes are on offer with programmes available throughout the year. Do take a look!

Download the printable programme:
A4 Paper size (2pps, PDF), US Letter size (2pps, PDF)

Access details online here (you need Flash)

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

Bookings to: Madeleine O'Hanlon - Receptionist

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 Kim, Chris, Lily, Barbara, Everett, Michael, Anne, Joe, Kay and Nolan 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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The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) of the United Nations will be held from Monday, July 9th until Wednesday, July 18th 2018. The HLPF is the main United Nations platform for sustainable development and has acted as a mechanism to review the progress and challenges of achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development....

To view which countries are up for review, click here!...

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

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Mercy Global Presence
World Environment Day: Plant or Help Nurture a Tree

Degradation of Earth was a key concern of participants in the Mercy International Reflection Process, with MIRP groups focussing on issues including environmental devastation and sustainable living (MIRP Report p.6). One action to show mercy to our common home is to recognise the importance of trees in urban areas (01:15)

Trees are vital to our health, the environment, wildlife, the economy and the future. They sustain and protect us. By  storing carbon, for example, they help mitigate the impacts of climate change. They improve air quality,  provide oxygen, save water, help prevent soil erosion... Simply put, they enhance quality of life for people and the planet.

A reminder this World Environment Day of the invitation from MIA to plant or help nurture a tree wherever you are located as a sign of support for the Great Green Wall and Laudato Tree projects, and for our Sisters and co-workers in Africa. Not sure how to plant a tree? Watch this video from the Tree Council of Ireland (02:00).

Messages to: the MIRP Continuation Group - Elizabeth Davis rsm, Mary Reynolds rsm, Anne Walsh

Image: © 2018 MIA

Supporting Efforts to Reduce Plastic Pollution: World Oceans Day and Beyond

Garbage/Pollution was one of the significant issues raised during MIRP, with groups from 8 Mercy Congregations and Institutes reporting their reflections and actions to address this important issue (MIRP Report, p.6). Single-use plastic has been identified as one of the critical environmental issues of our time, affecting the health of land, oceans, wildlife and ourselves. Movement continues to grow globally among governments and lawmakers—the latest being the EU— to ban single-use plastic items, and for businesses to provide compostable or reusable alternatives to plastic bags and plastic straws.

To help end plastic pollution, you are invited to take action: watch the impact on oceanssign a petition, say no to straws,  take the 4R pledge, take the journey away from plastic.

Messages to: the MIRP Continuation Group - Elizabeth Davis rsm, Mary Reynolds rsm, Anne Walsh

Image: © 2018 MIA

MIA Members News
Relationships Disrupted (ISMAPNG)

Elaine Wainwright rsm points to ecological questions we can reflect on when we read Genesis 3:7-15, the First Reading from the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Sr Elaine writes: 'Gen 3:9-15 is a “poetic” text evoking new meanings when we read it in new contexts — the contemporary ecological crisis being one of them. Let us take time with this text in our own contexts so that it may open up new meanings and responses for us to the radical challenges of our day, in particular those coming from Earth and Earth creatures'.

Download the article here (2pps, PDF)

Messages to: Elaine Wainwright 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)

This year, both World Environment Day (5 June) and World Oceans Day (8 June) invite and encourage us to reduce our plastic consumption for the sake of our natural places, our wildlife and our health. Plastic pollution on land and in the seas and oceans is now considered one of the great environmental challenges of our time. The facts are staggering...

Messages to: Maria Lawton rsm - Leadership Team

Image: Plastic waste washed up on beach. Pixabay CCO

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'The Mercy of Reuse' (Americas)

The #MakeMercyReal video contest connects high school and college age students at Mercy-sponsored schools and ministries to the Critical Concerns (PDF)of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

Winners of the second annual contest have just been announced. Third place went to students from St. Vincent’s Academy in Savannah, Georgia for their film focusing on the moral and ecological imperatives to care for God’s creation. View their video here (03:12). All the contest winners' videos can be viewed here

Messages to: Emily Williams, Ellie Lehto, Emily Trammell c/- St Vincent's Academy



Editor: Jen Ringbauer, Sustainability Educator at Rahamim Ecology Centre, explains how water is managed at their site in Bathurst, New South Wales. The principal is simple ' to capture and store the water for as long as possible and keep it on the property'. Rahamim uses water tanks, grey water reed beds, swales, leaky dams and habitat ponds to manage water, each of which is explained in the video. (02:52)

Messages to: Leah Moulden - Marketing and Events Coordinator

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Monte Sant’ Angelo's Project Timor (North Sydney)

Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College has built a strong relationship with Maliana, Timor-Leste, having first visited this remote area in 2014. The fundamental reason for our work in Timor is to afford the opportunity of a quality education to all young women at Colegio Infante De Sagres Maliana. The value of education is paramount and is what connects us with the Timorese.

Our goal this year is to build a Teacher Professional Learning Centre to help address the lack of trained teachers in Timor-Leste. 'If we are to transform the educational outcomes for young people, it has to begin with quality teacher education,' said Nicole Christensen, Principal. 'This critical initiative is an opportunity for the Monte community to partner with the Timorese people as they continue to build a sustainable future.'

Further information on this project can be read here (2pps, PDF)

Messages to: Meagan Evans - Director Development and Community Relations

Editor: Today, 6 June, 46 inmates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York will graduate with degrees in Behavioural Science from Mercy College, 33 with associate degrees and 13 with bachelor's degrees.

Since 2001 Mercy College and Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison have partnered to offer this degree program taught at Sing Sing (0:45). Hudson Link, founded in 1998 by five former inmates, is a nonprofit organisation providing college education, life skills and re-entry support to incarcerated men and women.  While almost 50 percent of all U.S. inmates eventually return to prison after release, Hudson Link alumni have a recidivism rate of less than 2 percent.

'At Mercy College we believe higher education is a pathway to new opportunities for all students,' said Tim Hall, Mercy College President.

Messages to: Tim Hall

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Carlow Uni Takes a Stand for the Universal Right for Water (Americas)

Carlow University has focused attention and energy over the past year in learning about the universal right to water and on advocating for the elimination of bottled water from our campus. A policy to this effect was enacted in January. We prepared for this event through a number of programs. We have gradually installed bottle filling stations in all our buildings. In the fall, new students arriving on campus were given re-usable water bottles along with information about the importance of preserving water. Residence Hall assistants held information sessions. We had a display demonstrating the number of buckets of water needed for showers of various lengths and had films about water on continuous loop in the students’ activities area. We used our electronic bulletin board to disseminate information. We began the second semester by distributing bottles to the evening students and we decorated all the filling stations to call attention to them.  While we worried that this policy would be difficult to implement, we have found the campus community, especially the students, have embraced it and we are happy to be a campus that has taken a stand for our Common Home.

Messages to: Sheila Carney rsm - Special Assistant to the President, Mercy Heritage and Service

'Maywareness Month' at Academy, Fitzroy (ISMAPNG)

During the month of May, the Academy of Mary Immaculate (AMI) Fitzroy Justice Group ran Maywareness month. This is 4 weeks with 4 foci close to our AMI community: Asylum Seeker Week, Earth Week, Domestic Violence Week, Indigenous Awareness Week

The main aim of this Maywareness month is to help us as a school community become more socially aware about the reality of serious issues in our world, and hopefully by the end of this month students would have learnt something about an issue they are passionate about.

I hope this week encouraged students to speak up about these issues and educate others. Many of us do not realise that even though we are such a small part of this world we can make an immense impact. Reminding the students to never forget that you have the ability to affect change.

Download the report here (4pps, PDF)

Messages to: Michelle Francis - Justice Captain c/- Virginia Hall


Mercy Matters
10th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 3:20-35)

'Name calling is an age old device used to discredit enemies. Politicians are adept at finding labels with which to discredit their opponents. Sometimes the labels stick and often have the effect of destroying good people...'

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

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

'The morning is enormously important.¼ Itüs the foundation from which the day is built. How we choose to spend our mornings can be used to predict the kinds of days we're going to have.'

Source: MarcandAngel

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PlantSnap is a mobile app that helps you identify plants, flowers, trees, cacti and mushrooms. Simply snap a photo of the plant, and PlantSnap tells you what it is. Watch the instructional video here

An enjoyable activity for World Environment Day!

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1879: Foundation to Dubuque, Iowa from Davenport - M Dorothy Mulqueeny

1883: Foundation to Tulla, Co Clare from Birr - M Anastasia Beckett

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

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St. Joseph Mercy Hospital as a premier health care facility is committed to providing quality services to all in Guyana with a spirit of compassion, commitment and professionalism. (2014)

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Any of the prayers that form Pray-as-you-Go's novena 'Hearts on Fire' (2016) could also be used on its own today as each takes as its theme an aspect of Jesus' heart eg 'A Forgiving Heart' and  'A Merciful Heart'.

Music, Scripture, commentary, reflection comprise each of the prayers.

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

'Mother [Earth] I Feel You' by Windsong Dianne Martin. Watch/listen here (06:38). Purchase here

Worth Reading:

Religious Life

'Canadian religious leaders energized to create new consecrated paths.' Read the article here

-Degradation of Earth

UN Climate Change Annual Report 2017. Read it here (52pps, PDF)

The Bottom Line:

'"Green" issues make headlines these days, but many seem unaware that without the "blue" there could be no green, no life on Earth and therefore none of the other things that humans value. Water - the blue- is the key to life. With it, anything is possible; without it, life does not exist. Those seeking life elsewhere in the universe focus first on this: Find the water.'

- Sylvia Earle, The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean's Are One (2010)

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

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