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Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, used her inheritance in service of the needs of her time. Today, Sisters of Mercy, through Mercy International Association, use their resources to respond to issues of global poverty demonstrated in the massive displacement of persons worldwide...This vision keeps alive the founding spirit of Catherine among peoples of the world most in need of God's compassion and mercy.
– from the MIA Visioning Statement 2007
MIllennium Development Goals Report 2010 (MGC)
It is clear that improvements in the lives of the poor have been unacceptably slow, and some hard-won gains are being eroded by the climate, food and economic crises," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in the foreword to the Millennium Development Goals Report 2010, issued on 23 June. But the report also cites big gains in cutting the rate of extreme poverty, getting children into primary schools, addressing AIDS, malaria and child health, and a good chance to reach the target for access to clean drinking water.
At a commission meeting for financing for development which I attended on Wednesday September 8, 2010, and as we prepare for the coming summit on the Millennium Development Goals, there are 2 sets of main issues emerging:
1. Governments are saying that because of the economic situation that there is no new money for Millenium Development Goals. I asked what about the money promised - this is not new money and gave the example of the UK which has ring -fenced development monies.
2. The G77 and China are pushing the need for cooperation in technological development.
We also wondered what do governments and NGOs understand by mutual responsibility?
Action: Each of us has a responsibility to see where the money promised in September 2000 is and if any other governments like the UK have ring-fenced their development aid.
Messages to Deirdre Mullan rsm - Director MGC
Editor: The Millennium Development Goals Report 2010 is attached to this item. The UN Summit website is this week's featured site due to Mercy commitment to the MDGs
This section of the web has two sections:
• Featured Projects
• Mercy Global Concern (MGC)
- presenting the projects, which feature stories and actions related to the grass-roots work of the Sisters of Mercy and their co-workers.
The Sisters of Mercy continue to work across the globe in a variety of projects focussed on alleviating human suffering. In this section you can explore a number of these projects and find out how you can support the work of the Mercy. The projects featured currently range over every continent. Each project is presented with a background and overview as well as updates which keep the visitor informed about the progress of the work. The 'take action' section provides an avenue to means of support – advocacy, volunteering, prayer and in some cases financial.
Further projects can be added and people who wish to have a project added should contact Anne Walsh at email@example.com
Mercy Global Concern (MGC)
The right column features MGC, the Sisters of Mercy presence at the United Nations, which is the mechanism by which all those associated with the Sisters of Mercy can advocate for the less privileged within a huge network of international bodies (see Sr Deirdre Mullan's article below).
Together these aspects enable the website visitor to experience both the local and global focus of Mercy International Association.
Messages to Mary Reynolds rsm - Director MIA
Mercy Global Concern - Mercy Action
I was delighted to accept the invitation to reflect on this section of the Mercy International Association’s (MIA) concept/image of Global Mercy Action. In the absence of a Global Action member of the newly reconfigured MIA team, I will be responding in my capacity as the Executive Director of Mercy Global Concern − MGC, the acronym used to describe our Mercy presence at the United Nations, the place of Global Action and where the heartbeat of the world is monitored.
Messages to Deirdre Mullan rsm - Director MGC
Post your Greeting for Mercy Day (Communications)
Each year members and friends of the Mercy network are invited to send greetings for Mercy Day to be published on the Mercyworld.org website.
With the website redevelopment, Mercy Day greetings greetings can be posted directly onto the new Mercy site up to and including on Mercy Day.
To post your greeting, click here and follow the prompts.
Cada año se invita a todos los miembros y amigos de la red de la Misericordia a que envíen saludos por el Día de la Misericordia. Los saludos seran publicados en el sitio Mercyworld.org.
Con el nuevo diseño de Mercyworld.org, los saludos para el Día de la Misericordia se pueden poner directamente desde hoy, incluyendo hasta el mismo Día de la Misericordia.
Para poner un saludo, haga un click aqui y siga los pasos.
Join us in praying a novena (Australia)
As the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy approaches, we invite Sisters of Mercy and friends world-wide to join us in praying a novena, to begin on September 16. Most of the novena days coincide with our Sixth Institute Chapter (September 17 – 25) and we would really value your prayerful support.
With gratitude for the many gifts of our Mercy sisterhood, and blessings for our special day.
Nerida, Caroline and Karon and all in Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Messages to Caroline Ryan rsm - Institute Leadership Team
Editor: The novena is linked to this news item
Paramatta sisters welcome new candidate (Australia)
Over 50 Sisters of Mercy and friends gathered recently to celebrate Katrina (Yin Yin) Zhang’s reception as a candidate of the Parramatta Sisters of Mercy.
Messages to Katrina (Yin Yin) Zhang c/- Margaret Sheppard rsm
Mercy Invites Others to Join Commemoration Delegation to El Salvador (Americas)
September 10, 2010 - Sisters of Mercy and partners in ministry are participating in a delegation to El Salvador November 29 to December 6, 2010 commemorating the 30th anniversary of the martyrdom of the four U.S. church women there—and to carry their legacy forward.
Messages to Jean Stokan Institute Justice Team
Where Sisters of Mercy Minister: Italy (31)
The Sisters of Mercy have had a presence in Italy for most of the last three decades. In almost all of these years, there have been two or more Sisters of Mercy studying or teaching in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Pontifical Institute of Liturgy of Sant’Anselmo, and the former Pontifical Institute Regina Mundi (closed in 2005).
At the current time, Brenda Dolphin rsm (Congregation of Sisters of Mercy, Ireland) is the only Sister of Mercy affiliated with Mercy International Association who lives and ministers in Italy. She serves as the postulator for the Cause of Catherine McAuley’s canonization and is also a faculty member at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
Messages to Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality
1878: First Native-american mission in Maine, Indian Island, Old Town - M Francis Warde
1957: Foundation to British Columbia, Canada
Re-Visioning Mercy in our ministry
Editor: We invite you to contribute your prayer services, powerpoint reflections, liturgies, poems and scripture reflections for other Mercy groups to use in other parts of the world on Mercy Day. Once received these will be accessible from the Home Page of the mercyworld.org website. We warmly encourage new contributors as there is such a demand for these Mercy Day prayer resources. Contributions to Mercy News
The attached prayer service has already been received from Kathleen Murphy rsm
'On this Mercy Day we gather to praise our God and to give thanks for all the blessings that we have received throughout our Mercy year that has just ended. We pray that we will use the Mercy year which we begin today with new enthusiasm and vision...'
From the Prayer Service for Sisters of Mercy and Associates for Mercy day 2010 prepared by Kathleen Murphy rsm.
Theme: Jesus sent the one he had cured home: Re-Visioning Mercy in our ministry
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
We can end poverty - MDGs Summit
With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on 20-22 September to accelerate progress towards the MDGs.
The MGC section of the new Mercyworld.org website provides for site visitors to take an RSS feed without having to clog up their email inbox or repeatedly check the web site for updates. In order to make use of this RSS feed, you just need a simple newsfeed reader program or access to a web site that reads newsfeeds.
There are several ways to view RSS newsfeeds including, specialized news readers, through news tickers that appear on your desktop, portal web sites, and email client plugins. Some programs are free and some must be purchased. Below are links to sites that list and review some RSS readers. The following link
PC Magazine Overview of RSS Readers is to a review of some RSS feeders . The link is provided for informational purposes only.
Preparing for Mercy Day
The materials in the Spirituality section of the Mercyworld.org website provide a number of video, text and audio options that could be considered for use for Mercy Day. Further details about how to access these files were published in the 30 August edition of Mercy E-News as the 'Technical Tip'. Access the edition (no 380) in the News Centre
A reminder that the videos can be projected full screen simply by clicking on the symbol in the shape of a white square at the far right end of the control bar ( just past the volume control).
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