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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 782  |  01 August 2018
Featured Story

Editor: 47 Young Mercy Leaders,10 Chaperones, 29 MIA staff, volunteers and presenters are gathered this week at Baggot Street for the fourth biannual aged 18+ Young Mercy Leaders (YML) pilgrimage with its theme 'Mercy begins with me'. The pilgrims are from Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. Some pilgrims are completing secondary school, others are university graduates, many are undergraduates, some are in employment. It's a great mix!...

Messages to: YML Communications Team

Image: Front row: L-r: Angela Fleming rsm (The Congregation), Niamh O'Donovan (Ireland), Aine Keenan (NUI Maynooth, Ireland), Ciara Douglas (NUI Galway,Ireland), Priscilla Moreno rsm (Americas), Julianna Green (Gwynedd University, Americas) participating in the Opening Liturgy in the Baggot Street Chapel

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Vision in Action

'The Venerable Catherine McAuley acted as mother to nine children in her lifetime, a live-streamed YouTube presentation will reveal.

Catherine McAuley looked after or unofficially adopted her three nephews and two nieces (the children of her sister, Mary), her cousin Anne Conway’s two daughters, Teresa and Catherine, and two orphans she fostered while in Coolock.

She was so busy caring for the children that she could not take up residence at the Baggot St House of Mercy when it was ready, and entrusted it to Mary Anne Doyle and Catherine Byrne, helping them when she could.

These are just some of her experiences to be shared in an hour-long programme to be live streamed on YouTube [on Saturday, 4 August] by the Mercy Sisters ahead of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) 2018...'

Source: Catholic Ireland

Details of the live-streaming on 4 August and time in your location can be found here

Note: the live-stream will be archived on our website for later viewing by those for whom the scheduled times are inconvenient.

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

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MIA Special Prayer Intention: Impact of Extreme Temperatures and Weather Events

Unprecedented heatwaves have led to the deaths of 80 people in Japan, following the loss of 155 people there as a result of devastating floods. Meanwhile, Japan braces for a typhoon. In Laos at least 27 people are dead from floods after a dam burst. A powerful earthquake has struck a popular tourist destination in Indonesia, killing at least 14 people.Scorching temperatures and humidity have resulted in the deaths of 70 people in Canada, caused drought in Germany and Scandinavia, set record temperatures in Algeria, Morocco, and Oman, and left the UK experiencing blistering record heat. Heat has spurred wildfires that have claimed at least 80 lives in Greece, caused thousands to flee in California, forced Sweden to call for international help and Ireland to impose drought restrictions.

Let us pray for all those impacted and affected by these extreme weather temperatures and weather events, 'the face of climate change'. Let us pray for rain where it is most needed: for the extinguishing of fires, filling of dams, watering of crops, growing of feed for animals, the refreshment of Earth and of people's spirits.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA


This year the MIA-Global Action group ‘Opposing Human Trafficking’ is exploring ways to expand their mandate, to encompass issues related to the ‘Displacement of Peoples’. During a recent conference call meeting, participants agreed to share the root causes underpinning human trafficking in their countries. In this compilation, reflecting some of the responses received, it is possible to identify similarities and differences in the causes that facilitate human trafficking.  A follow up article will reflect the connections between systemic injustices, giving rise to the root causes of the Displacement of Persons.

Participants responded to the following question:

What are the root causes of human trafficking and slavery in your country e.g. poverty, inequality, legal, social and economic issues?

Messages to: Denise Boyle fmdm - Team Leader Mercy Global Action

Image: iStock. Used under licence

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A Sub-Committee of the NGO Mining Working Group  of which MIA is a member organisation, focusing on the gendered impacts of mining, published a paper entitled 'Water, Women and Wisdom'. This two page document serves as a companion to 'Water and Sanitation: A People's Guide to SDG 6'.

'Women, Water and Wisdom' (PDF) recognizes that "Women and girls, especially rural and indigenous women, have knowledge and experience that is critical for the achievement of SDG 6, and as such need to play a central role in the provision, management, and safeguarding of water...

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

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MIA Prayer Intention: Young Mercy Leaders

MIA invites you to join us in prayer for all the young women and men on pilgrimage at Mercy International Centre this week (31July-3 August).

During their days at Baggot Street may they
deepen their understanding of Mercy;
strengthen their commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ:
broaden their horizons through all they hear and see and do;
form strong ties with other young Mercy pilgrims;
carry home a desire to be of Christian service in the Mercy spirit;
and be a source of inspiration for their peers upon their return from the birthplace of Mercy.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director 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 Rita, Preston, Brandon, Laura, Mary Ann, Eileen, Kevin, Maria 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 Reflection Process
Earth Overshoot Day Calls us to Tread Softly

Editor: Today, 1 August, is  Earth Overshoot Day (EOD), ''when we (all of humanity) have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year'.

By the end of today humanity will have used up all of the renewable natural resources —water, soil and clean air —that the planet can replenish in 2018. After today we will be living on credit for the remainder of this year.

Watch the video (03:33)

One simple step we can all take today is to measure our ecological footprint and determine to tread more gently by living more simply, thus helping #MoveTheDate. It has been calculated that If every person committed to #MoveTheDate 5 days each year, we could get out of global overshoot by 2050.

Messages to: MIRP Continuation Group




As we commemorate the world overshoot day and continue to face the sad reality of how we humans continue to degrade Mother Earth and her natural resources, there is a ray of hope in Kenya where the ban on plastic bags use was effected by the government on August 28th 2017. Thanks be to God this took effect after many years of environment advocates including Wangari Mathai who made futile appeals to the government of the day but were never heeded. This had resulted into clogging of drainage systems, extremely dirty and litter-filled towns and rural villages, turning many of the formerly green environments into an eye sore. Read more here The ban included use, manufacturing and importation of plastic bags failure to which would attract hefty penalties including imprisonment of up to four years...

Messages to: Rose Macharia rsm

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MIA Members News

Editor: There have been a number of individual and group pilgrimages to Baggot Street this year. Among the groups visiting were the leaders from Mercy ministries in Brisbane. MIC welcomes individuals and groups. Should you wish to organise a group pilgrimage, contact Anna Nicholls rsm - Team Leader Heritage & Spirituality

At 2.30pm, Thursday, 10 May 2018, 33 Pilgrims from a diverse range of Mercy Ministry’s across Brisbane, Central Queensland, North Queensland, Parramatta and North Sydney gathered together at 64 A Lower Baggot Street, Dublin, to begin a 9 day journey together.  Crossing the threshold and through the red doors of the Mercy International Centre we paused to reflect on the many doors we passed through to arrive at our destination, of the journey we had each undertaken and the blessings and gratitude for those who had made it possible...

Messages to: Elizabeth Orupold - Executive Officer - Ministries/Pilgrimage Coordinator

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Nonviolence is the personal practice of being harmless to self and others under every condition. The Sisters of Mercy have chosen to focus on nonviolence in the coming years as the lens through which we approach the critical issues of our time, including immigration, racism, gender inequality and degradation of Earth.

Why Nonviolence?

Just pick up a newspaper or search the internet and read the headlines. Honduran environmentalist Berta Caceras was murdered in her home in March 2016. North Korea threatened to launch a missile towards the U.S. territory of Guam in October 2017... Headlines like these and the stories of violence experienced by Sisters throughout our Institute impelled us as Sisters of Mercy to a deeper response to nonviolence...

Messages to: Diane Guerin rsm

Image: Mercy Sisters and Associates participate in an exercise in nonviolence at a November 2017 meeting

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Mercy Matters
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (John 6:24-35)

'We have become so familiar with the sayings of Jesus that we can easily fail to notice the earth elements in the text or the constructed environment and treat them simply as backdrop for human activity rather than as having value in themselves...'

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

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

This ancient earth tool is a rotating view of the world at various points in time. You can select the time period (“what did the Earth look like 750 million years ago?”) or search by event, such as “first multicellular life” or “first insects.”

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'Does your ageing laptop need a boost? Here are ten software tweaks and hardware upgrades that will give your computer a new lease of life.'

Source: PC& Tech Authority

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New Mercy Resource - Inoi Taketake: Prayers for Stepping Forward

A collection of 60 prayers to accompany reflections for boards, staff at all levels and to support a ritual or celebration for special Mercy occasions. Written by Dennis Horton (He Waka Tiaki Mission Team). Reflections by Cheryl Connelly rsm. NZ$10.00.

Profits from the sale of the books support Te Miringa, a mercy outreach project for women who are homeless in Auckland city. Contact: Cheryl Connelly rsm

1836: First reception at Tullamore - M Catherine Locke, M Clare Delamere

1873: St Philomena's School opened in Te Aro, Wellington

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 Education Project provides a caring, supportive learning environment for low-income women and girls who have experienced educational challenges. Our intensive, curriculum-based tutoring and small classrooms approach improves outcomes and helps girls and women experience educational success, become confident, more hopeful and better equips them to face future challenges with determination and future successes with pride.

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

Earth Song by Frank Ticheli. Watch/listen here (03:53). Purchase on *iTunes

Worth Listening:

-Degradation of Earth

Climate Change

Mothers of Invention podcast. Join former Irish President Mary Robinson and comedian Maeve Higgins in this uplifting new podcast, celebrating amazing women doing remarkable things in pursuit of climate justice. Sign up for series one (5 podcasts) here. Press release here

Worth Reading:

-Degradation of Earth

Care of Creation

'Vatican’s former legal chief says canon law should include care of creation'. Read the article here

Displacement of Persons

Human Trafficking

'Governments need to step up protection for the most vulnerable, from ‘vile crime’ of human trafficking: UN chief'. Read the article here

The Bottom Line:

'We need everyone to understand that our natural resources are our bank account. We cannot let our ecosystem go bankrupt. We need to start living off of the interest that it bears and start leaving the capital alone. If we can get more people to think this way, I think it breeds hope for our future.'

- Fabien Cousteau, Ocean explorer and advocate, July 2018

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

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