The MDGs are still achievable if we act now. This will require inclusive sound governance, increased public investment, economic growth, enhanced productive capacity, and the creation of decent work.
United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon
Reports from the following countries on their progress in achieving the MDGs have been posted online:
Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Honduras, Jamaica, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Sudan, Zambia.
Messages to Deirdre Mullan rsm - Director MGC
Catherine's Canonisation Cause: Prayer Requests
Prayers through the intercession of Venerable Catherine McAuley are asked for the following persons:
Ann, Theresa, Tim, Easton, The Hills Family, Frances C, Marianne Burke, Mary Jo McGowan rsm and all those who have requested prayers for their personal intentions.
Anne Hannon rsm - Vice postulator Europe and Africa
Sheila Carney rsm - Vice postulator Americas
Mary Duffy rsm - Vice postulator Australia, New Zealand, Philippines
Blessing and Official Opening of Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice (Newfoundland)
More than fifty people attended the official blessing of the Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice located in the lovely Pippy Park area of St. John's which took place in mid Seprtember.
The building is a bungalow that was renovated to provide office and meeting space for the Centre's activities. It is situated on an acre of land that has fruit trees and berry bushes around the perimeter and fertile soil that has seen two crops of vegetables in the past two summers.
Messages to Madonna Gatherall rsm Congregation Communications
Mary MacKillop and the Sisters of Mercy
On Sunday, October 17th, Mary MacKillop will be canonised as Australia's First Saint. Mary MacKillop may have lived most of her life in the 19th Century but her canonisation will be live on-line using 21st Century technology.
The webcast, with access instructions and commentary provided by Josephite Sister Giovanni Farquer and Father Mark Podesta, will be available from www.marymackillop.org.au , the website which was created with the Josephite Sisters by Fraynework, the Mercy communications ministry. Fraynework also designed the banners which now adorn the City of Sydney.
The webcast will be available on demand at www.marymackillop.org.au shortly after the ceremony concludes.
The Sisters of St Joseph believe the use of the web in covering Mary MacKillop’s canonisation ensures that everyone is given the opportunity to access the celebrations regardless of where they live.
The Sisters of St Joseph and Sisters of Mercy have a long association, not only in Australia, but in Ireland and England.
An outline of that association, as explained by Monica Cavanagh rsj, has been posted on the Mercyworld.org website and is linked to this item.
Messages to Annette Arnold rsj - Congregation Leadership Team
Focussing on 25 years of the Institute's mission in Pakistan (Australia)
At the recent sixth Institute Chapter of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea, held in Sydney from September 17-25, 2010, the celebration of Eucharist on the feast of Our Lady of Mercy included an acknowledgment of 25 years of Australian Mercy ministry in Pakistan.
In her welcome address, the Institute President, Nerida Tinkler, said that “it is indeed good that we are here today to honour Mary, the Woman of Mercy whom Catherine chose to be our special patron, and also to acknowledge the sisters who have given life and meaning to the Institute’s mission in Pakistan over its 25 years.” From 1985 until the present, 39 Mercy sisters have lived in Pakistan for a period of 3 consecutive months or longer.
Messages to Annette Schneider rsm
Editor: The information about the recent floods and subsequent devastation in Pakistan has been updated. Access here.
Notice of Death Mary Hermenia Muldrey rsm (Americas)
Sister Mary Hermenia Muldrey, RSM, at the age of 90 years, died a peaceful death at 7:15 a.m. on Oct 11, 2010 at Catherine’s Residence in St. Louis, Missouri. There will be Memorial Masses in both St. Louis and New Orleans, Louisiana. At the request of her family, she will be buried in St Patrick Cemetery with the Sisters in New Orleans, Louisiana
She was an avid historian, teacher and archivist. Following extensive research, she authored Abounding in Mercy, a book on the life of Sister Mary Teresa Austin Carroll, one of the founding sisters in New Orleans. Sr Mary Hermenia was a published writer with many articles in magazines and newspapers as well as contributions to books. She did major research regarding the early Sisters of Mercy in Ireland, England, the Vatican Archives and the United States of America. She carried on extensive correspondence with Sisters of Mercy throughout the world. She was known internationally for her work.
Messages to Mary Jeremy Buckman rsm
Where Sisters of Mercy Minister: Timor Leste (35)
Two Sisters of Mercy, both members of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia, live and minister in Timor Leste. Maryanne Dwyer rsm ministers in Aileu, a three-hour drive south of Timor Leste’s capitol of Dili. She has been in Timor Leste since 2003. Helen Nolen rsm arrived in Timor Leste in 2005 and ministers in Fohorem, a remote community of 4,500 people in the country’s southwest. Mercy Works Inc., a ministry of the Institute of Australia to support local and overseas relief and development activities, is involved in health, education, and community development projects in both locations.
Messages to Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality
Editor: More information about Timor Leste can be found here. Read here about the projects currently undertaken in Timor Leste under the auspices of Mercy Works Inc, the local and overseas relief and development activities that are part of the vision and mission of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia.
The video clip A Call to Mercy featuring Helen Nolen rsm talking about the challenges facing the people of Timor Leste and the support offered to the people by the Mercy Sisters working there can be accessed here.
Launch of Become One Body, One Spirit in Christ (Australia/Ballarat)
On Thursday, Sept. 30, the launch of the international catechetical resource “Become One Body, One Spirit, In Christ” created by Fraynework Multimedia for ICEL took place at at the Academy of Mary Immaculate in Fitzroy. It was launched by the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Philip Wilson. Also present was Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart who is vice-chairman of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy accompanied by Director of the Bishops Commission for the Liturgy Fr. Peter Williams.
Messages to Anne McMillan rsm
Sixth Institute Chapter (Australia)
The Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea held their Sixth Institute Chapter from September 17-25. The Acts of Chapter will be promulgated to all sisters within the next few weeks. In the meantime, you might like to reflect on the Chapter Statement “Longing for God’s Mercy”.
Apart from the business of the Chapter there were two significant celebrations. The first was a liturgy and dinner to acknowledge 25 years of the Institute’s mission in Pakistan and to honour all the sisters who have been part of this, 20 of whom were able to be present. A separate report on this gathering can be found here and is referenced elsewhere in this edition of Mercy E-News.
Messages to Institute Leadership Team c/- Caroline Ryan rsm
1863: Death of M Angela Dunne, Foundress of Charleville, Co Cork
1928: Diocesan Normal School Albany accredited - M Joan of Arc
Cothú agus Iomlánú: is a new and creative initiative, consisting of a twelve track CD of original musical compositions with an accompanying booklet. In the booklet you will find Musical Notation and Composer’s Notes, enhanced by photographic reflections.
To order your copy of the CD and booklet, contact Teresa Martin rsm
The Institute of Sisters of Mercy Great Britain
The Institute's website has had an upgrade to include a Spirituality section.
Post your prayer or reflection in the prayer space which features the Mercy window commissioned by the Institute on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the Sisters of Mercy in Great Britain.
More details about the 'Sisters of Mercy Memorial Window' can be accessed here.
Ten useful Apple iPad tips, tricks
Using Apple’s iPad isn’t exactly rocket science, but if you didn’t take the time to read the owner’s manual, here are some quick and neat tips and tricks that can help you get the most out of your tablet.
Source: The Age Digital Life