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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 594  |  22 October 2014
Featured Story

'The United Nations is needed more than ever at this time of multiple crises.  Poverty, disease, terrorism, discrimination and climate change are exacting a heavy toll.  Millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines. The global economy remains an uneven playing field...

At this critical moment, let us reaffirm our commitment to empowering the marginalized and vulnerable.  On United Nations Day, I call on Governments and individuals to work in common cause for the common good.'

- Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General, Message for UN Day, 24 October 2014


Image: Children at an orphanage in Les Cayes, Haiti, 2013. UN PHOTO/Logan Abassi. Used with permission.

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Vision in Action

An investigation by the Guardian newspaper has revealed horrendous conditions for workers in the Thai fishing industry including 20-hour shifts, regular beatings, torture and execution-style killings.

Four big global retailers -- Walmart, Tesco, Costco and Carrefour -- were all named as customers of a seafood supplier in Thailand with proven links to slavery through prawn feed.

Tesco and Walmart have taken steps to eliminate slavery from their seafood.

Join us in working to end modern slavery in the Thai fishing industry by sending a message to Costco and Carrefour

Messages to: Denise Boyle fmdm - Assistant Director Mercy Global Action

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The powerpoint, Responding to Global Justice Issues: Mercy at the United Nations, prepared and used by Áine O'Connor rsm in her talk given on 29 September, 2014 as part of the MIA 20th Anniversary celebrations, is now available online in show format for download.

Messages to: Áine O'Connor rsm - MGA Co-ordinator at the United Nations

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MIA Prayer Intention for the Week

That we may be peace-makers and peace - keepers, we pray...

'... O God, for the grace
to be our best selves.
We ask for the vision
to be builders of the human community
rather than its destroyers.
We ask for the humility as a people
to understand the fears and hopes of other peoples.

We ask for the love it takes
to bequeath to the children of the world to come
more than the failures of our own making.
We ask for the heart it takes
to care for all the peoples
of Afghanistan and Iraq, of Palestine and Israel
as well as for ourselves...'

From Prayer for World Peace - Joan Chittister, OSB

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

God of love and mercy, touch with your healing power and restore to full health: Pat, Anne Nerbun, Mary Olejnik, Davida Morgan rsm, Maureen rsm, De Porres McCallan rsm and Ruth rsm and all whose names are on our prayer list.

We ask this with confidence through the intercession of Venerable Catherine McAuley. Amen.

Messages to: the Vice postulators

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MIA Members News
Mercy Apps (Americas)

Editor: A message from Genemarie Beegan rsm, developer of these Mercy apps.

Five Mercy apps are now on the Amazon app store and no longer available for download in Google. They continue to be available in Apple app store as well. This expands the options for kindle users, but might not work in earliest versions of readers.

The following five apps are available:

Mercy Prayerbook - the complete morning and evening prayer of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas
Oracion Misericordia - Spanish translation
Taize Mercy - text of prayer around the cross for Burlingame, easy to use in other settings
Praying with Icons - pocket icons created by Sisters of Mercy and others
Misericordia - information for Misericordia ministry in Chicago

All are  free for download and have no ads.

On an iPad choose from “iPad only” to “iPhone only” on a tab at the top of the App store page.

The apps will be listed there and work just as well on the iPad.

Messages to: Genemarie Beegan rsm

'Mercy Housing closes affordability gap in 21 states for families and seniors

It’s hard to miss the green giant as you step into the tidy third-floor apartment. The towering houseplant fills the space in front of the window and has reached the 8-foot ceiling and now doubles over on itself.

Apparently all it needed to thrive was a happy, healthy place to call home.

“It’s kind of a symbol. It just keeps growing. Kind of like me,” says Lynsey Christianson, whose eyes fill at the metaphor of this plant, grabbed at the last minute when she and her two children fled the chaos of her abusive marriage once and for all. She said her now ex-husband had killed all of her other plants out of spite and slashed the mattress where she had been sleeping. She had to find a different life.

Today 35-year-old Christianson is about to finish college and launch a career as a teacher...'

Messages to: Mercy Housing

Source: Global Sisters Report

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Advance Notice: Family Histories to be Removed from Mercyworld.org Website

Within two weeks and for privacy reasons related to Catherine McAuley's living descendants through her sister Mary McAuley Macauley and her brother James W. McAuley, the two family histories listing Catherine McAuley's descendants through her sister and brother will be removed from the mercyworld.org website. There has been sufficient time for any sister, archivist, or researcher to access these family trees on the website.  In the future anyone who wishes to access the genealogies may do so through the ancestry.com website.  However, this will require that you seek access to the information located on ancestry.com by first contacting Mary Dennett rsm by email:  mary.dennett@mercy.org.au  Thank you for understanding.

Messages to: Mary Dennett rsm 

Anchored in Hope: Spiritual Growth and Development in the Ocean State was the theme of the 33rd Mercy Secondary Education Conference (MSEC) held October 10 - 11, 2014 at St. Mary Academy - Bay View Riverside (Providence), Rhode Island. This year's theme was based on the Mercy Educational Core Value of Spiritual Growth and Development.

Keynote presenters were: Mary Rose Bumpus rsm, Ph.D (Mercy: The Abundant Compassion of God ),  Deborah Troillett rsm, (Prayer in the Heart of Mercy),  Richard Mary Burke rsm (Formation: Intentionally Passing on Mercy Culture)  and Dr. Gloria Thornburg (Living Mercy).

PowerPoint presentations in show format with accompanying texts are posted on the Network for Mercy education website for download and linked to this item.

Save the Dates : MSEC Conference XXXIV, October 16-17, 2015, Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women 
Rochester, NY

Messages to: Corinne Raven rsm - Network for Mercy Education

Editor: Network for Mercy Education is this week's featured Mercy website

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Mercy is a Verb (Australia & PNG)

The 13th Biennial Australasian Mercy Secondary Schools Association (AMSSA) Staff Conference will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, 13-16 August 2015. Please Save the Dates.

Keynote Speakers will be:
-Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director Mercy International Association
-Maryanne Loughry rsm - Associate Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia, research professor at Boston College and a research associate of the Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford
-Philip Marshall - Vicar General Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide

Download the flyer here (PDF)

Messages to: Kitty Guerin - AMSSA Executive Officer

The Frances Warde Challenge (The Congregation)

In June 2014, Mercy schools gathered in Philadelphia were given the challenge to make a DVD or PowerPoint on the story of Frances Warde.

The students lived up to the challenge and the winning entries are listed below for all to see.

1st place:  Merion Mercy Academy with their DVD 'Fierce Devotion – The story of Frances Warde'.
2nd place: Mercy High School – Farmington Hills, Michigan
3rd Place:  Mercy High School Baltimore and Mercy High School Omaha

Each winning entry received a wonderful plaque and had the great opportunity to be part of an on-going story of Mercy in our world.

'Fierce Devotion – The story of Frances Warde' has recently been uploaded to YouTube and can be viewed here (12:00)

Messages to: Deirdre Mullan rsm - Project Director

Mercy Matters

The site of the Network for Mercy Education is designed to share information, provide access to the sites of Mercy schools and education centers and encourage learning more about Mercy education.

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On This Day

1836: Profession at Baggot St of M Anne Agnes (Catherine's niece) and M Cecilia Marmion

Submit a fact about the Story of the Sisters of Mercy for our online archive

'...The tradition of Mercy in which we all stand encourages us to ask first: How are you? What do you need to maintain your human dignity? We can then move to questions of “Why are you in this circumstance?” “What have you done?” “Where do you belong?” “To whom are you accountable?” We enter the struggle for justice from the vantage point of persons and continue the struggle in constant awareness of the forgiveness and the reconciliation necessary for mercy and justice to meet...'

- Helen Marie Burns rsm, Veteran Educators: Renewed in Mercy, Chicago, IL (July 2009)

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“Steeped in Mercy” is an online resource, a four part series, that could be used individually, locally in a formal group, or among Mercy educators. It was designed to provide approximately 2 hours of preparation in advance of a forty-five to one hour individual or shared session.  Steeped was chosen as a word describing one’s desire to be filled, infused, and imbued with Mercy.

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'No virtue is perfect without prudence.'

-Catherine McAuley

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Turboscan Scanner App

TurboScan turns your smartphone into a multipage scanner for documents, receipts, notes, whiteboards, and other text. With TurboScan, you can quickly scan your documents and store or email them as multipage PDF or JPEG files.

For iphone: download here from iTunes

For Android: download here from Google play

Further Resources

Worth Playing:

'Wisdom, compassion, love, understanding
Come be in my heart...'

From the lyrics of 'Come Be in My Heart,' a beautiful, lyrical, gentle song by Sara Thomsen from her album 'Fertile Ground'. Experience the video prayer of this song by Susan Rose Francois CSJP. Watch it here. (02:58). Purchase the song on iTunes here

Worth Checking Out:

Cosmology and Ecojustice

'Living with Limits, Living Well! Hints for Heighbours on an Endangered Planet' is produced by the Jesuit Forum for Social Justice and Faith. $15.00  Further details and how to order online can be found here

Sacred Seed. A Collection of Essays. Compiled and edited by the Global Peace Initiative of Women with an introduction by Dr Vandana Shiva, physicist and environmental leader. 'Essential to survival, seeds have profound spiritual implications. For centuries the planting of seed in the earth not only nourished humanity, but also symbolized the mystery of life and the journey of the soul.' Further details can be found here

Worth Knowing:


Update (Newsletter): for October 2014 can be downloaded here
Occasional Papers: Winter 2015: Leadership in the Middle Space. Details and how to order can be found here

The forthcoming issue of Occasional Papers includes an interview with John Sivolon, MM, author of God’s Mission and Postmodern Culture: The Gift of Uncertainty . His book can be purchased from Amazon or Orbis. A reflection on Sivolon's book by Tim Williams CM can be found here

Opposing Human Trafficking

To mark the 8th EU Anti-trafficking day on 18 October 2014, the European Commission is taking stock of all coordinated efforts which have been made during the 2010-2014 European Commission mandate towards the goal of eradicating human trafficking. The article and  the mid-term report of the 2012-2016 EU strategy, can be read here

Three United Nations human rights experts have called for a concerted global response to fight human trafficking worldwide as all over the world, child trafficking – often connected to the sale and sexual exploitation of children – is on the rise as a proportion of all human trafficking. Children represent 27 per cent of human trafficking. And, in recent years, the increase has been greater for girls: two out of every three child victims are young girls. Read the article here

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