This week we tour the Foundress section of the website. It comprises four parts: a chronology which explores the highlights of Catherine's life, a short illustrated story of her life, an overview of the canonization process and an interactive map of Catherine’s Dublin. The front page of this section is beautifully set off with a portrait of Catherine, overlaid with a continuously changing selection of her sayings.
Messages to Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Melbourne, Australia, to host sixty-third United Nations DPI/NGO Conference (MGC)
As preparation for the 63rd Department of Public Information Annual Conference moves towards completion for this year’s conference in Australia, Deirdre Mullan rsm, Director of MGC, has been doing a little research herself on Mercy –DPI participation.
According to records kept by the Department, over 480 Sisters and Associates have taken part in this UN annual conference.
'This great number reflects our diversity and interconnectedness in so many ways,' writes Deirdre,'and I am aware that many of the links established when members came to the conferences remain today.'
Messages to Deirdre Mullan rsm - Director MGC
Address to MIA Archivists Gathering November 2009 (Catherine's Canonisation Cause)
Editor: Newly added to the website is this piece from Sheila Carney, first presented at the Archivists Conference in 2009:
Sheila writes: 'Why do I, personally, pray that Catherine McAuley will be canonized? I pray that Catherine will be canonized because I want my Church, when it pictures itself as holy, to see this woman, bent, with merciful intent, to human need and suffering. I want my Church, when it reflects on its holiness to see this woman – a gentle, humble, honest, respectful, and challenging leader. I want my Church, when it looks at its holiness, to see this faith filled woman who clung to her belief in it when it supported her and when it didn't, who drew sustenance from it, who trusted its representatives, who chose to find the meaning of her life in it and who passionately passed on this belief, this fidelity. I pray for this Cause because I want my Church, in seeking an image for its holiness, to see the face of Catherine McAuley. I pray for her canonization, not because Catherine needs the authorization of the Church to prove her sanctity but because the Church needs her witness...'
Messages to Sheila Carney rsm - Vice postulator Americas
Celebrating Mercy Day in Dublin (MIA)
Mercy Day (Friday 24 September) will be celebrated with Mass at midday followed by dinner at Mercy International Centre.
Any Sisters of Mercy or Associates who would like to celebrate with us are welcome. Those visiting Ireland for any reason are particularly welcome. Please contact us by 17th September.
Messages to: Sylvia Williams rsm - Assistant Director Administration & Finance
Where Sisters of Mercy Minister: Wales (27)
The Sisters of Mercy first went to Wales in 1852 when a foundation was established in Pontypool, South Wales, by sisters coming from Liverpool, England. Today, Sisters of Mercy belonging to the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy and the Sisters of Mercy of the Union of Great Britain live and minister in the following civic communities of Wales: Anglesey, Bangor, Colwyn Bay, Fishguard, Llanelli, and St. David’s. They have been in Colwyn Bay since 1910 and Bangor since 1915.
Messages to Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director
1863: Foundation to Ipswich from Brisbane, Queensland - M Benedict McDermott
1893: Opening of Health Services, Grand Rapids
1966: Mission to Beirut from Albany - M Christian Noonan
Composing Music for the Suspice (Americas)
'All the really good prayers last a lifetime,' writes Cynthia Serjak rsm. 'This is because they are always applicable to our lives, no matter whether we are young or old, comfortable or in trouble, at peace, in distress, in sadness, in joy. The Suscipe of Catherine is in this category. It offers to anyone who prays it a challenge to trust God completely, and to know that what happens every day is in God’s plan...' Cynthia's reflection is accompanied by two musical settings of the Suscipe.
Messages to Cynthia Serjak rsm
St Mary's High School Downpatrick Ireland
St Mary's Girls' Intermediate (as it was known then), was opened on 8 September 1957, by the late Most Rev Dr Mageean, Bishop of Down and Connor, assisted by the late Archdeacon McWilliams, Parish Priest of Downpatrick (see photograph below). Mother Aloysius was the first Principal and Sr Theresa the Vice Principal. There were 286 pupils enrolled and 12 teachers employed.
The first page in this section is known as a 'landing page' because it provides immediate access to the variety of material that resides in this section.
Five artists' images of Catherine McAuley are used in this section of the website:
Top banner - portrait painted by Mother Wanda, RSCJ, of Mount Anville done in or about 1935
Quote screen - image by Cloy Kent, USA
Discover the story graphic strip - image from portrait hanging in the Convent of Mercy, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia
Canonisation Logo- image from the sculptured bust created in the 1990s by Michael Burke, an Irish sculptor; painting done in the 1880s with the sitter said to be a Sister Mary Raphael Nolan who was thought to have resembled Catherine McAuley