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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 783  |  08 August 2018
Featured Story

Editor: The fourth biennial pilgrimage for aged 18+ Young Mercy Leaders (YML) concluded last Friday evening, 3 August, following a successful four day programme of rich and varied experiences for the 47 participants.

Access the accounts of each day's activities from the report of the first day which is linked to this item, or select from the links below:

Day 1: The Pilgrimage for aged 18+ Young Mercy Leaders Has Begun!
Day 2: Day 2 of YML Pilgrimage: Another Great Day was had by all!
Day 3: Day 3 of YML Pilgrimage: And the Sun Came out!
Day 4: A Fitting Conclusion to a Wonderful Week

The 2019 Pilgrimage for secondary/second level school students will run from Tuesday, 16 July to Friday, 19 July 2019. The dates for the 2020 aged 18+ pilgrimage will be announced in a future issue of MercyeNews.

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

Image: Pilgrims, Chaperones and MIA Staff and Volunteers after the group photo in the Sacred Garden. Photo: Anne Walsh

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Vision in Action
MIA Prayer Intention: The Events of This Past Week

While mindful of the many tragedies reported in the media this past week, let us not forget the good news including: the rescue of 400 migrants in the Mediterranean who were attempting the crossing from Morocco to Spain, the remarkable result of the Irish women's hockey team, the rescue of the Australian climber after a week on a frozen mountain, the announcement by Pope Francis that 'the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person'.
Let us give thanks also for the kindnesses we have each experienced in our own lives and in our communities this past week.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA


Reminder: Mercy to Earth Programme

This programme, to be offered for the first time, will commence at 11am, Monday 3 September and conclude at 4pm on Friday, 7 September.

Veronica Lawson rsm (Australia), Denise Boyle fmdm (MIA), Angela Reed rsm (MIA), Carmel Bracken rsm (Ireland), Margaret Twomey rsm (Ireland), Carmen Rosa Callo Mamani rsm (Peru), Chris Hill (Australia), Marianne Comfort (USA), have each been invited to share their wisdom in this area, either in person or online.

There will be a reflection process following each presentation to engage participants in dialogue that can lead them to personal transformation and meaningful action. Brenda Dolphin rsm will facilitate this programme.

Download the flyer here (PDF)

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


MIA Members News

Life in the Centre for Dialogue and Prayer located at the edge of Auschwitz has its own surprises, even on a daily basis.

During mid-June, 2018, groups from Germany, Japan, Norway, the United States, Netherlands and a few individuals from Poland stayed in the centre.  My responsibility was mainly with the Japanese group.  The group is called Peace Boat. It is a cruise liner that sets out from Japan for 100 days around the world.  It is an educational, anti-nuclear peace cruise.  Having docked at a European port the participants can choose a country to visit.  Peace Boat has included Auschwitz on their itinerary for many years...

Messages to: Mary O'Sullivan rsm c/- Denise Brennan- Communications Coordinator

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'Sister organizations Mercy Medical Center, Mount Mercy University and the Catherine McAuley Center are starting a new tradition to serve the community in an annual one-day service project called Circle the City with Mercy.

Each year volunteers from the three organizations will look for a unique community service project.

For the first year the three organizations will work with Sleep in Heavenly Peace, an organization that builds, delivers and dresses out beds for children ages three to 17 who don't currently have one...'

Source: KCRG.Com

Messages to: Sue Carroll - Institute Communications Office

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Happy 100th Birthday Sr Mary Jeanne (Brisbane Congregation)

Sr Mary Jeanne Shoecraft celebrated her 100th Birthday with a small gathering of family, friends and Sisters of Mercy at Bethesda, Mercy Aged Care, Nudgee on 3 August, 2018. Born in Toowoomba, Queensland in 1918, Jeanne was the middle child of eleven children. Her twin sister, Julia, also entered the Brisbane Congregation and they taught in many primary schools throughout the Archdiocese of Brisbane and the Diocese of Toowoomba. Julia (Sr Mary Eudes) died in 2013. In recent months, Jeanne has been recounting stories of her early life, especially recalling the sacrifices her parents made so that their children would have a good education. The many children whom she has taught over her long years of teaching, and their parents and teachers continue to be held in her prayer.  Jeanne says she is grateful to God for her life and especially that she is well and able to enjoy her 100th birthday celebrations.

Messages to Sr Jeanne c/- Mary Lawson rsm - Leadership Team

A few months ago McAuley Community Services For Women’s (MCSFW) Employment Support Program McAuley Works received a request for assistance on behalf of a group of women who face more challenges than most in obtaining work.

The women are refugees, living in a Victorian regional area. In the main, they have had no employment history. Their English is limited; some have never been to school, and for all, literacy is a challenge. Some are also dealing with other issues such as family violence, legal problems and utility debts.

Volunteers who had been working with these women in their home town reached out to McAuley Works to see if they could help...

Messages to: Jocelyn Bignold - CEO McAuley Community Services For Women

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Mercy Matters
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (John 6:41-51)

'We sometimes forget that Jesus was a Jew, as was John, the author of the gospel. It may seem strange, therefore, that John has the “Jews” complaining about Jesus. It is indeed strange, and it has caused many a reader to wonder...'

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

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

Located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, Mercy Medical Center-Clinton is a faith-based, full-service community health system serving residents in Clinton, Iowa and surrounding communities in eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois. With a history dating back more than 120 years, Mercy - Clinton is proud to offer the latest in health and medical services with a caring, compassionate and personal touch.

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2018 Theme: Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement. The observance will explore the challenges and ways forward to revitalize indigenous peoples’ identities and encourage the protection of their rights in or outside their traditional territories.

A special Event at UN Headquarters on 9 August from 3-6pm NY time to mark this day will be webcast live at webtv.un.org

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Here are 7 ways to avoid running out of space for storing images on your smartphone.

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Resource: 'Mercy Begins with Me' T-shirt and Apron

The T-shirt is perfect for wearing at Mercy gatherings and justice events. The apron is ideal for hospitality occasions, such as the International Good Cup of Tea or Mercy Day.

T-Shirt: €15.00. Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, 3XL. [ 2XL is not in stock at the moment.]  Modelled by Liz
Apron: €15.00.
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Postage is additional.

Email orders to: Shop@mercyinternational.ie

On This Day

1837: Catherine's niece, M Anne Agnes McAuley died, Baggot St

1877: Foundation to Dalby, Queensland from Brisbane - M Rose Flanagan

1892: House opened at Wynnum, Queensland - M Wilfred Trotman

1892: Opening of Mercy Hospital, Clinton

Further Resources

Worth Playing:

Catherine Britt & The Cold Cold Hearts perform 'Red Dirt'. Watch/listen here (02:30)

Worth Reading:

Of interest

'Is compassion fatigue inevitable in an age of 24-hour news?' Read it here [a long read]

-Displacement of Persons

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

'The Humanitarian Crisis You Haven’t Heard About.' Read the article here

Human Trafficking

The August issue (Vol. 16 No. 08) of Stop Trafficking! is now online. This issue highlights the role money plays in various types of human trafficking and in efforts to find perpetrators.Read it here (8 pps, PDF)

- Degradation of Earth

Climate Change

'Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change.' Read it here [a long read]

'2017 was one of three warmest years on record, international report confirms.' Report can be accessed here

'Domino-effect of climate events could move Earth into a ‘hothouse’ state.' Read the article here

Worth Watching:

'Defining the Value of Water from a Rights-Based Perspective' was a panel presentation organised recently by the NGO Mining group of which MIA-MGA is a member. Mary Ellen Howard rsm (Americas), a member of the Detroit Peoples’ Water Board Coalition, was the second speaker, telling the 'Tale of two cities, Flint and Detroit'. Watch this archived livestreamed event here

The Bottom Line:

"With all of the destruction of the earth and the suffering throughout the global community, the conference recognizes that we, as a planet, are at a significant crossroads and that a shift in consciousness is desperately needed so that the course of the world changes...The shift is toward becoming communities of greater love and inclusion. LCWR sees that contributing to the shift of consciousness is an imperative of this time and may be the most important contribution women religious could help make."

Annmarie Sanders IHM quoted in 'Upcoming [7-10 August] LCWR assembly will continue the call to communion'

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

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