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Mercy Enews
No. 396 | 21 December 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


Mercy means making a difference.

Some years ago a small boy in Nigeria found a missionary magazine at the back of the church. One advert ended with the words, "If you would like to be a Sister of Mercy, write to the Convent of Mercy, Barnsley." The boy wrote to the address and his letter brought a reply from Sister Mary Aloysius (Cathleen Manning). So began a correspondence and sometimes Sister Mary Aloysius enclosed a ten shilling note. This money made a huge difference to the boy and his family, and helped ensure he had an education.

The boy - Boniface Ezaegu - is now the Barrister General of the Ebonyi State in Nigeria and, in gratitude for his own education, he is building a school in memory of Sister Mary Aloysius...

Messages to Philomena Bowers rsm


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This Christmas Week edition of Mercy E-News is the final edition for 2010. 48 editions were published this year ( 22January - 21 December) with 162 items from Member Congregations and 171 items about the Vision In Action, as well as the weekly Feature article, Mercy fact, resource, website reference and technical tip.

Thank you very much to all those who contributed news items and so helped build the global Mercy community online.

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