Catherine's Canonisation Cause: Prayer requests
Prayers through the intercession of Venerable Catherine are asked for the following persons: Madeline Meek, Peter Pascoe, Mary Therese Gagnon and all those who have asked for our prayers.
Anne Hannon rsm - Vice postulator Europe and Africa
Sheila Carney rsm - Vice postulator Americas
Mary Duffy rsm - Vice postulator Australia, New Zealand, Philippines
Christmas Greetings (re-advertised)
An invitation is extended to all members of the Mercy network - Sisters, Associates, Colleagues, Family and Friends - to post Christmas Greetings on the mercyworld.org website, a practice now in its ninth year.
Christmas Greetings can be posted directly onto the new Mercy site up to and including on Christmas Day. Many Sisters, Associates and Friends have already posted greetings. You can read these simply by clicking on the leaves on the Mercy tree.
To post your greeting, click here and follow the prompts.
Messages to Communications
Two new reports are now online:
1. Human Rights Day
2. Food Insecurities- A paper from the Centre for the Alleviation of Poverty which looks at food insecurity faced by women and girls. "The simplest way to monitor food insecurity is to count how many people are hungry."
Messages to Deirdre Mullan rsm - Director MGC
Two positions at MIA (re-advertised)
MIA is currently recruiting for two positions:
1. Assistant Director Global Action
2. Mercy International Centre Volunteer
Eligible persons, both lay and religious, are welcome to apply.
Messages to Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
A Gathering of Associates and the Religious Who Journey with Them (Newfoundland)
Associates and Religious from the Redemptorist, Presentation and Mercy Congregations gathered at the Lantern on October 15-16, 2010 for their first joint Associate/Religious Conference. Three Associate members representing the Congregations of the Sisters of Charity, the Sisters of St. Martha of Nova Scotia and the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Halifax came also from Nova Scotia to participate in the conference.
Messages to Maureen O'Keefe - Coordinator of Associates c/- Madonna Gatherall rsm
Mercy Court opens (Aotearoa New Zealand)
Mercy Court was blessed by Bishop Denis Browne and opened by Minister of Health Tony Ryall on 12 December. The expansion adds 16 hospital beds to services at Atawhai Mercy Assisi Home and Hospital in Hamilton.
Messages to Katrina Fabish rsm - Congregation Leadership Team
Mukuru Promotion Centre marks its silver jubilee (The Congregation)
The readiness and ability to celebrate is deeply ingrained in the African culture and so it was fitting that Mukuru Promotion Centre would duly celebrate its 25 years of existence on August 4th this year.
What was there to celebrate? In short; its growth from a tiny seed to a mighty tree!
Messages to Sally Mounsey rsm
Where Sisters of Mercy Minister: Pakistan (44)
The Sisters of Mercy have ministered in Pakistan since January 1981 when Mary Toole rsm (Congregation of Sisters of Mercy, Ireland) arrived in Multan. Four years later in January 1985, the Sisters of Mercy of Australia began a mission in Pakistan. The Melbourne Congregation has been the ‘authorising congregation’ for this mission which became a project of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia.
Messages to Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality
Rockhampton Mater honours the Sisters of Mercy (Australia)
On Monday November 22, the Rockhampton Mater Hospital held a celebration to honour the 95th anniversary of the foundation of the hospital. The event was held in the original building, known as ‘Kenmore’ which was completed in 1894 for a cost of 15,000 pounds.
Messages to Joanne Molloy rsm
1840: M Rose Lynch professed, Baggot Street
1902: Sisters began work in Corofin Workhouse, Co. Clare
1915: Opening of Mercy Hospital, Mason City
1981: Establishment of Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia (ISMA) - First President, Dorothy Campion rsm
Prayer Service for Mercy Sisters and Associates: Theme - In the beginning was the Word (re-advertised)
'In the calm of the cave a new Light shone upon the earth. The Word became flesh and Glory shone across the world giving new hope to all God’s people'.
Prayer Service for Christmas 2010 created by Kathleen Murphy rsm
Editor: We invite you to contribute your prayer services, powerpoint reflections, liturgies, poems and scripture reflections for other Mercy groups to use in other parts of the world to celebrate Christmas. Once received these will be accessible from the Home Page of the mercyworld.org website. We warmly encourage new contributors as there is such a demand for these prayer resources. Contributions to Mercy News
This issue contains reflective articles by Karen Schneider rsm (USA) and Patricia Blundell rsm (Australia) on the problems of re-configuring; an enlightening article by Professor Patrick Henry (USA) on Thomas Merton and Nuclear Weapons; and an inspiring piece by Eileen Hogan rsm (USA) on what gives us hope.
There are also reviews of three books:
Ingrid Betancourt: Even Silence Has An End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle
Joan Chittister: God’s Tender Mercy: Reflections on Forgiveness
Miroslav Volf: Against the Tide: Love in a Time of Petty Dreams and Persisting Enmities
The Top 10 Everything of 2010 according to TIME magazine
In 50 wide-ranging lists, TIME surveys the highs and lows, the good and the bad, of the past 12 months