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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 588  |  25 September 2014
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Editor: It has been another marvellous day at MIC for those present and those present online.

The theme of the morning prayer: 'Mercy Around the World: Our Global Reality' was most apt for today's experiences.

We heard first from His Excellency Dominick Chilcott, The British Ambassador to Ireland. Mary Reynolds rsm read to the assembly  from His Excellency's message of ' the admiration of the British government and people to Mercy International... for your past service and for the service you continue to provide in your mission in Britain and throughout the world...'

This was a very fitting introduction to the ritual which was prepared and led by Sisters from the 3 British congregations: Institute, Union and Federation and which embraced our global reality of the works of Mercy through visual imagery sourced from each of the congregations. We expressed our confidence in the God of Mercy as we prayed for all who serve Mercy and all in need of mercy. The ritual concluded with the playing of the Circle of Mercy on the violin by Ailish O'Brien rsm (The Congregation). Not surprisingly, the assembly once more rose to its feet 'dancing, singing, circling'.

Honoured guests at today's celebration were the Australian Ambassador, Dr Ruth Adler and Thomas E. Griffith, representing the American Embassy. Both speakers impressed and engaged the assembly with their knowledge and insights into the Mercy presence in their countries.

It was with great anticipation that we awaited the arrival and address to us by the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins who was invited to first open 'The face of Mercy Today' Photographic Exhibition in the International Room. He was accompanied by Sabina Higgins. His words when he addressed us were challenging, encouraging and inspiring for he invited us ' to re-invent and re-imagine, to open new chapters, embrace change and advance innovation...'. Not surprisingly, he received a standing ovation.

We invite and encourage those unable to be present this morning to listen to the President's address, to take the time to do so.  It is now archived here on mercyworld.org

Images from the Presidential visit feature in the carousel on the homepage of mercyworld, as well as on the news page linked to this item.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Image: L-r: Margaret Casey rsm, Director of Board of MIA, Mary Reynolds rsm, Executive Director MIA welcome  President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins to Baggot Street.

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Vision in Action

The following events have been archived on the mercyworld.org website.

25 September

  • Morning Prayer prepared by Great Britain. Length 27.28
  • Visit of President Michael D Higgins. Length 29:28

24 September

  • Morning Prayer prepared by The Congregation. Length: 34:38
  • Mercy Mercy Day Greetings from congregation and institute representatives . These were recorded prior to Mass commencing at Haddington Road Church. Length: 10:10
  • Mercy Day Mass. Length: 1:15:19

23 September

  • The Ritual prepared by the Americas. Length: 28:21.

Please keep checking the page to know when additional livestreams have been uploaded.

Image: L-r: Srs Barbara Jeffrey (GB Institute) and Kathleen Gooch (GB Union) leading the assembly in singing Psalm 112

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Renewed thanks to all those who have already sent messages in response to the streaming of the rituals, the Mass, the events, for Mercy Day and for the week of celebrations. We continue to receive wonderfully thoughtful messages about the impact of the Mercy Day ritual on those present online.

We are delighted to be hearing from 'all over' and welcome your words and some images from your gatherings at home, if available.

Messages to: mercyenews@mercyinternational.ie

Image: Watching the events of today in the Doyle Room (upstairs) at MIC

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Among the greetings received for the 20th Anniversary celebrations are those videoed by  Patricia McDermott rsm, MIA Board Chair, Berneice Loch rsm, MIA President, and Anne Campbell rsm, Congregation Leader Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand. The transcripts of their videos are online.

Messages received from Alan McCarthy  the New Zealand Honorary Consul-General Dublin and His Excellency Dominick Chilcott, The British Ambassador to Ireland are also online.

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What's Being Streamed from MIC Tomorrow, 26 September

9.00am  (Irish time): Opening Prayer in the Baggot Street Chapel will be live streamed. Ritual prepared by Australia and Papua New Guinea. Theme: Opposing Human Trafficking. Note the earlier start.

The presentation on Human Trafficking will not be streamed.

A reminder to login online 15 minutes beforehand.

1.15pm (Irish time): Ritual prepared by Newfoundland on Caring for the Environment.
1.45pm (Irish time): Presentation & Engagement on Sustainable Development

A reminder to login online 15 minutes beforehand.

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