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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 777  |  27 June 2018
Featured Story
Hold a Good Cup of Tea Event During the Season of Mercy: September - December

Editor: The International Good Cup of Tea Event was first held when people across the Mercy world were invited to support Mercy International Association on Remembrance Day, Friday 11/11/11, the 170th anniversary of Catherine's death. The aim of the event was to celebrate the life and legacy of Catherine McAuley and to raise funds for the ongoing work of Mercy International Association. Equally important as the fundraising, we found, was the opportunity the gatherings provided to share the Mercy story and strengthen ties in local Mercy communities and groups, all the while enjoying a good cup of tea accompanied by sweet and savoury snacks. You might remember seeing these wonderful images and reports from gatherings all over the Mercy world.

The International Good Cup of Tea Event was such a popular event that we are inviting the Mercy world to hold it again this year and annually from now on. Funds raised in 2018 will contribute to
The Sacred Garden Project, the creation of a place of peace and tranquillity for all pilgrims in the Baggot Street grounds. Read more about the plans for that project here

Materials to assist you in planning your Good Cup of Tea event are available on the site here. Over the coming weeks we plan to share more good ideas to help you make your event an enjoyable and memorable celebration.

Messages to:
Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA
Emma Horgan - Development Manager

Vision in Action
Consolidation of MIA Global Action Office

Currently the MIA Global Action programme operates from two sites - Dublin and New York. The Board, in consultation with the Members, has recently reviewed this arrangement and has concluded that a consolidated office would most effectively serve the ministry of MIA Global Action at this time. Consequently, from early 2019, a single office will be situated in New York. This arrangement will run for a three to five year period with a review during this period.

Arrangements regarding staffing will be addressed at a later stage.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA

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 Oscar, the unborn child of Julie and Kevin 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 Prayer Intention: Illumine Our Minds

Christ our light, illumine our minds that we may see you in our sisters and brothers.
Let the darkness of doubt and discouragement never keep us from the good you would have us do.
You send us to be light to your people.
Let us shine forth as witnesses to your love.

We ask this with confidence in your faithfulness.

Source: Joy Clough rsm (Ed.) Intercessions of Mercy, p.148

In advance of the fourth meeting of the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group this October in Geneva, there have been proceedings of informal consultations as nation states work towards a 'Zero Draft" of the treaty (read more about this process here). This "Zero Draft" is scheduled to be released in the next few weeks; however, has encountered setbacks as some UN Member States have threatened to pull out of the process...

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

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Mercy Global Presence

UISG (International Union Superiors General) has announced a campaign Sowing Hope for the Planet (2018-2019), inviting reflection on Laudato Si' and consideration of ways to make Pope Francis’ message a reality, both personally and within our communities.

We will keep you informed of the ways in which you can actively participate in this initiative which aligns so well with the MIRP process we have undertaken, the key themes that emerged from MIRP: (i) displacement of persons, and (ii) degradation of Earth and our ongoing efforts to be Mercy Global Presence.

Further information is available on the UISG website which is linked to this item.

Messages to: MIRP Continuation Group c/- MercyeNews@mercyinternational.ie

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Inviting Updates on MIRP Actions

We continue to invite news items sharing outcomes from MIRP groups and we welcome reports of actions that fit under our key themes (i) displacement of Persons, and (ii) degradation of Earth, such as stories on planting/nurturing trees and addressing plastic pollution, the latter particularly relevant as the global movement  'Plastic free July' commences in a few days.

Messages to: MIRP Continuation Group c/- MercyeNews@mercyinternational.ie

MIA Members News
Elaine Deasy RIP (Americas)

Elaine Deasy rsm, well-known throughout the Mercy world as the composer of one of the popular versions of Catherine's Suscipe, died peacefully on the afternoon of Monday, June 18, after a long journey with breast cancer

'A gifted and respected spiritual and retreat director and musician, who touched the lives of countless individuals, Elaine's compassion, creativity, empathy, humor and wisdom were qualities to be admired,' said Ann McGovern rsm from Mercy by the Sea where Sr Elaine had served as Board Chair and program presenter. 'Her faith, prayerfulness and love of music will live on through her recent CD, "Our Name is Mercy, Our Spirit is Compassion".'

Messages to: Sisters of Mercy c/- Ann McGovern rsm

Image: Elaine Deasy rsm. Screenshot from the video interview 'Mercy is the One Virtue Most Needed in our Time' published in 2015 (06:51)

Fifth Congregational Chapter (The Congregation)

From Tuesday July 3rd -Tuesday July 17th, delegates from the seven provinces of the Congregation and ex-officio members (Congregational Leadership Team and Provincial Leaders) will gather at the University of Limerick (UL) for their fifth congregational chapter.  

The facilitators are Bridget Ehlert SSL and Pauline McGrath OP.

Your prayers, good wishes and remembrances will be much appreciated during the Chapter.  On this occasion, in light of our growing awareness and care for the environment, the Leadership Team suggest that all good wishes, prayers and greetings are sent by e-mail, rather than by card.

Messages to: Mercy Chapter

Goodness and Sincerity of Heart (ISMAPNG)

Elaine Wainwright rsm introduces the Book of Wisdom and points to how wise living today involves caring for all life — Wis 1:1, 6-7,12-15; 2:23-24. Sr Elaine writes: 'We know that today wisdom must extend beyond the human realm. The one who is “wise” is not only a lover of humanity but of the entire cosmos. We can acclaim wisdom as a “universal spirit” personifying such love.'

Download the article here (2pps, PDF)

Messages to: Elaine Wainwright rsm

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas is pleased to announce that all five U.S. Mercy communities and 37 Mercy ministries and institutions signed onto the Catholic Climate Declaration that was released June 18, the third anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’.

The declaration, launched by the Catholic Climate Covenant, is a Catholic expression of the We Are Still In campaign in which more than 2,700 cities, states, corporations, investors and other institutions have stated public support for the Paris Climate Agreement...

Messages to: Marianne Comfort - Institute Justice Coordinator for Earth, Anti-Racism and Women

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On Friday, 4 May Sisters Jo Dillon, Joan Kelleher, Pauline Masters and Margaret Tallon, met up with a member of the Honorable. Julie Bishop’s staff at her Subiaco, Perth office. The group sought to convey their concerns about the Refugee policy of the Australian Government and how this policy affects not only the refugees and asylum seekers but the broader Australian community.

Ms Bishop’s advisor was presented with a set of points that the Sisters thought were important and could be addressed in Parliament or through Parliamentary processes...

Messages to: Srs Jo Dillon, Joan Kelleher, Pauline Masters and Margaret Tallon c/- Pauline Masters rsm

Image: L to r– Srs Pauline Masters, Margaret Tallon, Joan Kelleher and Jo Dillon

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Just five years ago, Sister Mary Maurita Sengelaub was inducted into Modern Healthcare's Health Care Hall of Fame for her lifelong achievements as a pioneer in the industry. This year, she'll be celebrating another milestone as a testament to a lifetime of good health; June 28 will mark Sister Mary Maurita's 100th birthday.

In 1970, she became the first woman and first non-cleric to be appointed president of the Catholic Hospital Association (now the Catholic Health Association), where she developed plans to create healthcare systems...

Source: Modern Healthcare

Messages to: Mary Maurita Sengelaub rsm

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Mercy Matters

1856: Foundation to St Louis from New York - M Magdalen de Pazzi Bentley

1960: Final profession of first Maori Sister, Elizabeth Ihaka

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

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Mercy High School Choir in Middletown, Connecticut, under the musical direction of Matthew Campisi, put together a CD of the music of Sister Elaine Deasy. A list of the tracks and details of how to order the CD are linked to this item.

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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 5:21-43)

'As noted in relation to Mark 3:21-35, Mark’s gospel often has a story within a story. Some scholars refer to this technique as the making of a Markan sandwich, others as a framing device...'

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

Canada Day,1 July

Wishing a happy Canada Day to all our Sisters and partners-in-Mercy in Newfoundland.

Watch: 'O Canada'. This version of Canada's national anthem includes beautiful pictures of each of the Canadian provinces (02:58)


Weaving Threads - Women of Earth Series (Online)

Rahamim Ecology Centre's 'Women of Earth Series' is being offered online in July 2018. The work of Rosemary Radford Reuther (17 July), Sallie McFague (24 July) and Elizabeth Johnson CSJ (31 July) will each be considered. Further information is in the Upcoming Events section on the Rahamim website.

Messages to: Sally Neaves - Sustainability Educator

Editor: Sr Elizabeth was interviewed for the MIRP VOICES project. Watch her interview here (45:31)

Are you using Google effectively as possible? If you’re just entering words into the search field without using these totally basic but totally essential tricks to improve your results, you’re missing out.

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

'A Nice Cup of Tea', a bright and light-hearted tune sung by Binnie Hale, seems an appropriate song to accompany our announcement of the revival of the Good Cup of Tea event. 'I like a nice cup of tea in the morning for to start the day you'll see'. Listen here (03:07)

Worth Knowing:

World Meeting of Families

Tickets for the Final Mass at Phoenix Park on Sunday 26th August 2018 are free and still available to book here

Tickets to attend Pope Francis' visit to  Knock Shrine are booked out.

Worth Reading:

-Displacement of Persons


Global Sisters Report have commenced Seeking Refuge, a series which will follow the journeys refugees make: living in camps, seeking asylum, experiencing resettlement and integration, and those who are deported to a country they may only vaguely remember or that may still be dangerous. Follow the series here

'Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2017.' Report from UNHCR. Read it here (76pps, PDF)

'Forgotten at the Gates of Europe.'  Final report of the project Protection at the External Borders by Jesuit Refugee Services. Read the report here (36pps, PDF).

Violence against Women

'Holy See: New digital technology being used to perpetrate violence against women.' Read the article here

-Degradation of Earth

Climate Change

'23 nations sign pledge to step up action on climate change.' Read the Declaration here

The Bottom Line:

'For what is the meaning of life, after all, than coffee and tea and talk with loved ones?'

- Elizabeth Alexander, writer and president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2018 Stanford Baccalaureate address

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

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