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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 Global Concern launches new resource during CSW
The Commission on the Status of Women at the UN aims to stop the kind of story reported below. We cannot do this alone and need everyone on board.
On March 1, 2011, Mercy International Association will host an event during the Commission to look at Violence against Women and Girls. We will also launch our booklet: Are Women Human? Violence against Women and Girls.
If you want to know more about this subject and how to stop the kind of death reported below, perhaps you might as a starting point consider, reading this booklet and then attend to the suggestions; What YOU can Do on page 16.
BANGLADESH - 2 February 2011
GIRL 14 LASHED IN PUBLIC - LATER DIES
MORALITY ISSUE. PUNISHMENT UNDER ISLAMIC SHARIA LAW
Four people including a Muslim cleric have been arrested in Bangladesh in connection with the death of 14-year-old girl who was publicly lashed.The teenager was accused of having an affair with a married man, police say, and the punishment was given under Islamic Sharia law. Hena Begum's family members said a village court consisting of elders and clerics passed the sentence.She was alleged to have had the affair with her cousin and received 80 lashes.
Messages to: Deirdre Mullan rsm - Director MGC
There are two new postings from MGC now online:
Statement to the First Regular Session of the Executive Board, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of women
Included with the article is an image of young women from Saint Catherine's Academy in the Bronx with Under-Secretary General Michelle Bachelet and former President of Chile during the Commission on the Status of Women 2011
Women human rights defenders - target of violence and repression + active agents of social transformation
Messages to Deirdre Mullan rsm - Director MGC
Catherine's Canonisation Cause: Prayer requests
Prayers through the intercession of Venerable Catherine are requested for the intentions of all those persons who have asked for prayers and in particular:
Carol Simmins, Phil Rankin, Jenna Goggins, Elisabeth Charlton, Pauline Mofflin, John Kinsela, John Shone, Ashleigh Dodds.
Anne Hannon rsm - Vice postulator Europe and Africa
Sheila Carney rsm - Vice postulator Americas
Mary Duffy rsm - Vice postulator Australia, New Zealand, Philippines
Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, Ireland 2012 (MIA)
The 50th International Eucharistic Congress is to be held in Dublin from 10 – 17 June, 2012.
The opening, as well as many events, will be held at the RDS (Royal Dublin Society) within walking distance of Mercy International. The closing ceremony will be held at Croke Park. For more information. It is envisaged that many people will be seeking accommodation in Dublin at that time.
We offer the following:
Bed & Breakfast with other meals available as required.
Bookings are now open. Bookings will be accepted by email only and must be made on the appropriate form. which is linked to this item. We may be able to arrange nearby accommodation if over-subscribed.
Acceptances will be strictly in order of receipt, with Sisters of Mercy given priority up to Saturday 30 April. Deposits are not required with applications. Invoices will be sent out for the ‘Bed & Breakfast’ component of the booking later in the year and will be payable by 30 September 2011.
Messages to Sylvia Williams rsm - Assistant Director Administration & Finance
Message from Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Christchurch as they cope with the shock and devastation of the major earthquake.
We are grateful that our sisters are safe and thank you for your messages of concern. Many of us are also concerned for family and friends in the area.
Messages to Katrina Fabish rsm - CLT Communications Contact
Water tanks bring hope for the future (The Congregation)
Two thousand Euro of the money donated on World Food Day 2009 by the various communities of the South Central Province contributed to the constructing of 5 water tanks in five inhabited areas of the Parish of Soledade, Paraiba, North East Brazil. This is a semi-arid region and suffers yearly from the consequences of drought or of extremely low rainfall.
Messages to: Ella Noonan rsm - Justice Advisory Group
Workshop For Local Communication Facilitators (Australia)
On Tuesday, February 15, sixteen Local Communication Facilitators (LCF’s) from eleven Congregations along with Caroline Ryan from the Institute leadership and Mrs Kathy Fuller Institute secretary, gathered at Fraynework Multimedia in Melbourne to be updated in regard the Mercy presence on the world wide web.
Messages to: Caroline Ryan rsm - Institute leadership
Australasian Mercy Secondary Schools Association Conference
The 10th Australasian Mercy Secondary Schools Association (AMSSA) Conference will be held from Wednesday July 6 to Saturday July 9 2011 in Perth, Western Australia at Santa Maria College.
Keynote speakers: Mary Duffy rsm - Vice postulator Australia, New Zealand, Philippines;Chair Mercy Works Inc
Sophie McGrath rsm - Director of the Golding Centre for Women's history, Theology and Spirituality, Australian Catholic University
Anne Kelleher - CEO, CEIST ( CAtholic Education, an Irish Schools Trust
Access the conference brochure and registration form on the Association's website which is linked to this item.
Messages to: Frances Fitzpatrick rsm -Executive Officer AMSSA
Global Action Lived Locally: A Case Study from Aotearoa, New Zealand
The Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand are guided by questions and commitments articulated in their 2009 Chapter Statement:
Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa
Sisters of Mercy New Zealand
Centered in God
Impelled to be Mercy
Keeping hope alive
In our world today
How are we to be together?
How are we to be in mission?
How are we to give expression to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy in our time?
The following profile on Tui Cadogan’s ministry on behalf of Maori rights is an example of the Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand living out their commitment to Mercy and the Maori people.
Messages to Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality
Play and pray with colour and clay
Do you feel you may benefit from a spring break with a spiritual aspect?
Would you like to visit the tranquil setting of St Mary’s Convent, steeped in history and the last English residence of Catherine McAuley?
Details are linked to this item.
Messages to Morag Gardham rsm
Spotlight on 150 Years of Living Mercy (Australia)
The 150th anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation is being celebrated through a number of exciting new exhibitions in the Mercy Heritage Centre, All Hallows’ Convent, BRisbane.
Exploring the life and work of the Sisters of Mercy, the Centre reveals the origins of the Mercy Order and its key ministries, as well as aspects of religious life and Catholicism. In addition visitors can discover the different layers of the building’s history, the magnificent Chapel and an extensive collection of religious relics.
Messages to Peter Connell - Director Mercy Heritage Centre
Contributions are sought to further develop this section of the mercyworld.org website.
Contribute important dates in your Congregation's or Institute's history by filling in the online form here.
Violence Against Women and Girls Authors:Carol Rittner rsm, Deirdre Mullan rsm
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Mercywords edition 6 is now available at http://www.mercywords.com/
This issue focuses on the impact of Vatican II and more precisely, on how to keep the spirit of Vatican II alive and fertile in our lives and ministry.
Contributors to this latest edition:
Deirdre Mullan rsm, Aline Paris rsm, Philomena Bowers rsm, Dina Altamiranda rsm, Mary Roch Rocklage rsm, Janette Gray rsm.
Roundup: what’s the best Windows email client?
Do you need an email client? These days, many people see the advantage of accessing their email through the web – not only does this enable you to check it on any internet-enabled computer, it saves you having to open a separate program each time you want to check your email...
Source: PC & Tech Authority
International Women's Day
International Women's Day:
March 8, 2011 marks the centenary of International Women's Day (IWD) , a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Access here a list of events in your country and resources for planning an event.
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