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Mercy Enews
No. 386 | 12 October 2010

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

Feature

The Circle of Mercy (Northern Province) celebrates its 10th anniversary (The Congregation)

Thirteen years ago in 1997, Bonnie Brennan rsm was asked by the Leadership team to come up with a new form of Mercy Association (finding new ways of being merciful in the 21st century). The only 'condition' made by Bonnie was that lay people should be included in the planning from the very beginning.

For the next three years the team of four sisters and five lay people worked together in Castleblayney Convent teasing out ideas and formats until they came up with a 'Preparation Programme' which is based on the key elements of Prayer, Mutual Support and Compassionate Service.

The Circle of Mercy differs from other Associate groups in that rather than making commitment to the Congregation, members make the commitment to each other to live the Gospel according to the spirit of Catherine McAuley.

Messages to Catherine McEvoy

Image: Teresa Martin (centre) presented Bonnie and Catherine from the Core Group with a framed copy of the front of her new CD of mantras - this week's featured Mercy resource

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Sunday Readings. Veronica Lawson rsm (Australia / Ballarat East) offers a reflection on the readings for Sundays. To access these reflections, click here and then click on the picture of the Bible where you can read the Scripture as well as the reflection.

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