As the UN begins to prepare for the Millennium Devopment Goals review summit in September, one of the interns, Jose, for the Commission on Social Development has completed an excellent summary on the UN Document- Rethinking Poverty. The key opening paragraph is of major importance as we begin to think about how we think about poverty!
Messages to Deirdre Mullan rsm - Director MGC
The fifth area of the new web platform provides us with rich resources on Catherine’s spirituality. It has three sections.
By clicking on ‘Play’ in the inset on the Suscipe of Catherine McAuley, you will hear a beautifully sung version of the Suscipe.
You can now make a virtual tour to Catherine’s grave and place a lighted candle and a prayer there. All you have to do is click on ‘Post your prayer’. When the next frame opens up, follow the instructions and your prayer and candle will be placed at Catherine’s tomb in Baggot Street.
Currently, there are 17 reflections available in this section on Catherine and her spirituality: 5 audio presentations, (with multiple parts); 5 video presentations and 7 written presentations. You can access any one of these by clicking on the selected item.
Messages to Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Catherine's Canonisation Cause: Prayer Requests
Prayers through the intercession of Venerable Catherine are asked for the following persons:
LIam Burke, Emma Bell, Anne McDougall, Helen Smyth, Alexander Minin, Sam Bish, Caroline, Ken Thompson and all those whose names appear on the prayer list.
Anne Hannon rsm - Vice postulator Europe and Africa
Sheila Carney rsm - Vice postulator Americas
Mary Duffy rsm - Vice postulator Australia, New Zealand, Philippines
545 years of Mercy (Newfoundland)
Five hundred and forty five years of life and ministry as Sisters of Mercy were celebrated in St John's, Newfoundland this summer. On July 16, our traditional Reception and Profession Day, Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated in Corpus Christi Parish Church in the beautiful Waterford Valley to honour the silver and golden jubilee of nine women of Mercy. Sisters, Associates, colleagues, family and friends filled the church for the joyful event. Afterwards all were treated to refreshments in the parish hall.
Messages to Madonna Gatherall rsm
Where Sisters of Mercy Minister: Guernsey (29)
Sisters of Mercy have ministered in Guernsey since 1868 when a foundation was established on Cordier Hill by sisters coming from Brighton, England. The sisters established a primary school within that same year. In 1890, sisters from this community in Guernsey were sent on mission to establish the foundation in Alnwick in northern England.
Messages to Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality
Welcome to college, now go help someone (Americas)
LOWER GWYNEDD - It's known at Gwynedd-Mercy College as "Introduction to Service."
As part of the Lower Gwynedd college's new student orientation, the freshman class — many of whom just moved into the residence halls Thursday — was split into groups of 15 to 20, performing various volunteer service projects, both on campus and throughout the region on Friday.
Serving those who have been marginalized by society is "in our mission statement and our core values," said Gwynedd-Mercy College communications specialist Megan Gilmore, who last year at this time went with a group of new students to spruce up a garden at Norristown Hospital.
Nyppaw Mercy Community welcomes new candidate (Americas)
Nordia Brusola was accepted as a candidate for the Sisters of Mercy New York, Pennsylvania, Pacific West Community at a service Aug. 16 at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel, Erie. Sister Nancy Hoff, community president, and Sister Patty Moriarity, incorporation minister for the community, presided.
Brusola, 47, a native of the Philippines, graduated in May with a master’s degree from Mercyhurst College’s Organizational Leadership Program. She came to Erie in 2007 to explore the possibility of entering the Sisters of Mercy community. Before coming to the United States, she spent 23 years as owner of a successful handicraft business in Legazpi City, Philippines.
Messages to Nordia Brusola c/- Gary Loncki - Director of Communications Nyppaw
1875: Foundation to Singleton from Ennis - M Stanislaus Kenny
Mercy Spirituality Reflection Guide
Sisters of Mercy often prepare rituals appropriate to specific themes that might be used for retreats, days of recollection or services and rituals. They often incorporate sections taken from Mercy readings. These may be taken from Catherine’s writings or from other works written by Sisters of Mercy. Those in this selection may be used, in full or in part, in planning a prayer service for a group or used individually. They include suggestions for music, psalms, opening and closing prayers, readings and rituals.
Sisters of Mercy New York, Pennsylvania, Pacific West Community
We are about 500 sisters and 400 associates from Buffalo, Erie, the Philippines, Pittsburgh and Rochester who continue the legacy of Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, in 1831.
One of six communities in the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the Community performs a variety of ministries ranging from education, health and housing to establishing Houses of Mercy in impoverished neighborhoods and meeting spiritual needs.
This section of the site contains a number of video and audio resources.
The microphone symbol indicates that the resource is an audio file. Clicking on the 'More' button under the title of the resource eg 'Composing Music for the Suscipe' gives access to a page containing text and the adio player. Clicking on the arrow at the beginning of the audio bar will start the audio track playing. As soon as the audio commences playing, the time code for both the length of the piece and the length of what has been played is visible. Clicking on the arrow again will stop the track playing.
The tv symbol indicates that the resource is a video file. There are five video clips. Cluicking on the 'More' button below the title eg 'Integrated Spirituality' gives access to a page containing text, a pdf of the talk ( in the case of 'Integrated Spirituality', 'Catherine's Call' and 'Catherine the Enabler') and the video clip. Clicking on the arrow in the centre of the video screen will start the video playing. As soon as the video commences playing, the time code for both the length of the piece and the length of what has been played is visible. Clicking on the arrow again will stop the track playing. At the far right end of the control bar ( just past the volume control) there is a symbol in the shape of a white square. Clicking on this square will make the video play full screen, intended not only for individual viewing but to be used with a group presentation when projecting on a screen.
The lined paper symbol indicates a text document. There are six papers that comprise a series of reflections on Catherine McAuley written by Mary Reynolds. These reflections are available in both text (HTML) and pdf format. The series was published in Mercy E-News between 28 June 2010 and 02 August 2010
The poetry symbol indicates a poem. Clicking on the 'More' button gives access to the page on which the poem appears.
Editor: Further contributions for the Spirituality section are welcome to ensure the section becomes a rich resource for all members of the Mercy network.