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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 597  |  11 November 2014
Featured Story
For Time and Eternity (The Congregation)

'Catherine lived out her days in faith and love, aware of the present, envisioning times yet to come and leaving a heritage forceful enough to keep her sisters moving into the future. She was quite well aware of her vocation as an evangeliser. She modelled herself on Jesus, walked in His way, and lived in His Spirit... Her charism of Mercy enabled her to break through the darkness of her time and to point out a new way of faith, hope and love.'

-  Anne Hannon rsm - Vice-postulator Europe and Africa

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA


Image. Anne Walsh. Mary Reynolds rsm selecting Catherine McAuley roses to place on Catherine's tomb. Read about the plans to have a bed of Catherine McAuley roses planted in the rose garden in St. Anne’s park in Raheny (a northern suburb of Dublin) to honour Catherine in 'How the Catherine McAuley Rose came to Baggot Street'



Vision in Action

'...Catherine’s words reveal to us that, on this last day of her life on earth, the focus of her heart remained unchanged – resting in her unwavering trust in a Provident God and embracing with love and compassion her family, her sisters and her associates...'

From the reflection given by Sheila Carney rsm at MIC on 11 November, 2010 and linked to this item.

Messages to: Sheila Carney rsm - Vice-postulator Americas

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MIA Prayer Intention for the Coming Week

On this anniversary of Catherine McAuley's death we remember her and all our deceased Sisters who have given their lives in service to others...

We pray for Sisters of Mercy throughout the world, for our Associates, Partners in Ministry and all members of the global Mercy family, that Catherine's life and death may continue to call us to embrace the spirit of hospitality and service.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Adapted from 'Intercessions for Special Mercy Feasts' in the Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy



Remembering our Deceased Sisters

Catherine McAuley was the first to be buried in this garden cemetery, consecrated at the time of her death in 1841. Thirteen women died at Baggot Street prior to Catherine, and they are buried in the crypt at St. Teresa’s Church on Clarendon Street.

The 49 Sisters who died at Baggot Street after Catherine are buried in this garden. Some of the early Sisters, including Mother di Pazzi Delaney, chose the site of their own graves beside that of the Foundress...

Visit the online Baggot Street Cemetery: 1841-1884

Post your own Prayer or Reflection today at Catherine's grave

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Be among the many people whose names are printed forever on plaques around the area of the ‘Wall of Remembrance’ in the garden of Mercy International Centre, where Catherine McAuley is buried. A contribution to the equivalent of €500 will ensure your name or the name of a loved one – living or deceased – is prayed for and remembered forever.

General donations are always welcome!

Donations to MIC may be made online here (secure payment gateway)

Messages to: Sylvia Williams rsm - Assistant Director Administration and Finance

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2015 Programmes at MIC

The programmes for 2015 are online here, the printed version of the programme is in the mail and a PDF of the programmes has been prepared for circulating by email, posting on noticeboards and including in mailouts.

We appreciate your assistance in promoting the 2015 programmes among your community members, associate groups, staff, boards, friends...anyone you think may be interested in spending time at Mercy International Centre in 2015, the year we celebrate twenty-five years of Catherine being pronounced Venerable .

Download the electronic version of the printed programme here (PDF; 8pps)

Messages to: Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality

God of love and mercy, touch with your healing power and restore to full health Daragh, Patrick and Brian, Kevin Lowther, Fionbar 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

The Sisters of Mercy of Belfast and Downpatrick and the entire Mercy Community in the Northern Province, together with Fr. Brendan Duddy S.J., Fr. Peter Forde P.E., their families and friends, sincerely thank everyone who helped and supported them in their sadness and loss at the sudden deaths of Sisters Marie Duddy and Frances Forde RIP.

Overwhelming support and messages of condolence have been received from many people and organisations throughout Ireland and beyond. We thank all who visited with family members and local Mercy Convents; sent floral tributes, Mass cards, messages of sympathy and supported us through their prayers...

Messages to: Sisters of Mercy Northern Province

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Editor: Twelve months ago (8 November 2013) the Philippines was hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan. In Mercy Enews on 13 November 2013 we wrote 'As a human tragedy, the scale of the disaster is so enormous that it is almost beyond our comprehension. What makes this tragedy especially compelling for us is that our own Sisters are significantly effected.' For three successive days — 13, 14, 15 November 2013— we published special Enews issues focussed solely on the disaster and our Mercy response. (The only other occasion when we have published successive Enewsletters on an issue of shared Mercy concern was the 20th Anniversary celebrations in September 2014). In December 2013 we published a one month situation report on the Philippines. This was followed by the report from Mary Reynolds rsm on her visit in April 2014 to see how the funds raised and donated by MIA were helping restore hope, rebuild infrastructure and transform lives.

Today we hear from Carmela N. Cabactulan rsm, Sister Superior Religious Sisters of Mercy (Philippines), who writes:

'...A year or 12 months from then, traces of that devastation can still be felt, particularly among the poor people who not only lost their homes and their loved ones but their means of livelihood as well.
We, the Sisters of Mercy, received so many blessings to help us recover. The help that we got also enabled us to help in some specific ways those around us to restore their homes and means of livelihood. Indeed, we have so much to thank God for...

Further detail, including a photo gallery and a video clip (03:52) made by the Sisters from their images of the devastation and of restoration, is linked to this item.

Messages to: Religious Sisters of Mercy (Philippines)

Image: List of the victims of Super typhoon Yolanda buried in the mass gravesite

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Mercy Matters

The Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy is a Catholic Religious Women's Congregation. Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland. Her aim at that time was to 'care for the poor, sick and ignorant'. Today, 2,324 members of The Congregation follow in the footsteps of Catherine McAuley, in 9 countries.

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Enjoy B&B at MIC

MIC offers bed & breakfast facilities to Sisters of Mercy, Associates, co-workers and family and friends of Mercy. Single & double/twin share rooms are available. Bathroom facilities are shared. A sitting room with TV, coffee, tea & biscuits is available for guests all day. Breakfast is served in the dining room at 8.30am daily. Our beautiful chapel and garden cemetery provide spaces for prayer and reflection. Internet access and laundry facilities are available for guest use.

Cost €50 (single); €70 (double/twin share). Email: Bookings

1841: Death of Catherine McAuley, Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy
1928: St Catherine's Orphanage transferred from Geelong to Highton - M Margaret Mary O'Brien
2011: Inaugural International 'Good Cup of Tea' Event


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Those members of the Mercy family able to be present in person or online on 24 September for the Mercy Day Prayer Service or Mercy Day Mass will clearly remember Sr Teresa's singing of her musical composition of Catherine's Suscipe.

Listen again this Remembrance Day. The Suscipe is linked to this item.

This version of the Suscipe has been recorded and is available on Teresa's album, Cothú agus Iomlánú, a collection of her Mercy inspired compositions.

Purchase the album from the Shop at Mercy International Centre for 10 euro plus postage, or directly from Teresa

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'Her first and last injunction to all was to preserve union and peace amongst each other - that if they did they would enjoy great happiness such as that they would wonder where it came from.'

-Elizabeth Moore

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From Catherine's Room in Baggot Street, Mercy Associate Anne Reid narrates an account of the last days and death of  Catherine McAuley (14:05).

Image: The room at Baggot Street in which Catherine McAuley died and which is known as 'Catherine's room'

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Further Resources

Worth Knowing:

'Human Development Magazine', a publication for people involved in the work of fostering the growth of others, is being relaunched. Details of the contents of the first issue can be found online here. To subscribe to 'Human Development Magazine' in print or digital formats, click here

Worth Reading:

Opposing Trafficking

The seventh paper in the Occasional Paper Series on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings, published by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OCSE), has just been released online (3 November 2014). The paper, 'Ending Exploitation', outlines the measures that businesses can take to ensure that trafficking in human beings does not occur in their workplaces or those of their suppliers. Download the  paper here (PDF; 105 pps). To access the series, click here

Religious Life

'During our 2011 General Chapter, we Sisters of Providence chose to refound the Congregation. We deliberately chose refounding — not reconfiguring, not restructuring, not regressing, not retiring and not choosing to end the mission of Providence.' From 'Refounding the Sisters of Providence' in their magazine 'Hope' (Fall 2014) online here. See also the article 'Congregations in transition: Office helps with pastoral aspects of change' which can be read here

Worth a Look:

On 9 November Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A beautiful temporary artwork called 'Lichtgrenze' (Border of Light) installed 8,000 luminous balloons along the wall’s former route, 9.3 miles (14.9 kms). View the installation here (01:42) Read the article in Quartz  Meanwhile, in London, 888,246 red ceramic poppies captivated Britain and brought WWI to life. View the spectacular images and accompanying article here

Worth Watching:

Mary Lou Mitchell,ssj on 'The Role of Contemplation in the Midst of Leadership'. View it here (42:40)


Send suggestions and contributions for the 'Worth...' section to: the Editor

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