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Mercy Enews
No. 399 | 09 February 2011

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


The Mater Hospital Dublin 1861 - 2011 (The Congregation)

The visitation of the sick poor in their homes was one of the characteristic works of the Sisters of Mercy from the beginning. Catherine McAuley's aspiration to establish a hospital became a reality when the Mater Misericordiae Hospital opened its doors to receive its first patients on September 24 th 1861.

This year the Mater celebrates 150 years of healing ministry. Thomasina Finn rsm, who was present at the launch of  the year of celebrations, found herself 'wondering about the Sisters who had the courage, the vision, the hope, the faith and above all the love to embark on such an enormous venture for the sick of Dublin...twenty years after Catherine McAuley’s death and fifteen after the famine to start building a hospital that is still world class...'

Messages to Thomasina Finn rsm

Editor: The Mater's website is this week's featured site


Mercy—180 years, still at the edge?

'...Is it because so much of organized religion seems safe and self-serving that it does not attract risk-takers and trailblazers from among youth today? Would a more courageous course draw more to follow Mercy’s call? If we were seen more clearly to be at the edge, should we be judged more truly to have lived? How tall do we stand beside the Mercy pioneers who launched our waka? - Dennis Horton'

Extract from Imaging Mercy Today. Produced by Pou Atawhai Centre for Mission, Auckland © February 2011

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