Sr. Deirdre Mullan’s role as Director of Mercy Global Concern will come to closure at the end of May this year.
She was first appointed to the role in 2002 and the term of her contract was extended on a number of occasions to its maximum extension of nine years.
During this time Deirdre ably represented Mercy at the United Nations in New York. Using her many skills, she helped to bring the face of global women in oppression to the U.N and enthusiastically advocated on their behalf. She was extraordinarily successful in engaging the UN system in lobbying for human rights and in influencing policy making on critical issues. Using her special talent for networking, she engaged very effectively with various commissions, working parties and other representatives at the UN as well as with membership in her efforts to raise awareness and to challenge all to make a real difference.
Because of her full-hearted commitment and the excellent work that she has accomplished, Deirdre is held in high esteem and appreciated in the whole of the Mercy world and beyond. She leaves a great legacy on which to build.
Sr. Aine O’Connor, (Sisters of Mercy of the Americas), who completed an internship at the UN in 2009 has been invited to fill the MGC role on an interim basis. She will join Deirdre in May for a time of transition and will work with the recently appointed Assistant Director Global Action in the development of a joint strategy for the furthering of the MIA Global Action programme.
Messages to Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Deirdre Mullan rsm - Director MGC
Lenten Programme: Soup and Substance (3)
The theme of the third Lenten Reflection in this six part series is “Accompanying Refugees”. You are invited to engage with it by:
• Learning about the Mercy ministry of accompanying refugees by:
o Watching the presentation ‘Accompanying refugees, the story of a Kurdish refugee, Kajal Allakarami and her family, refugees from Iran and now living in Ireland and the support and solidarity provided by Nora Burke RSM ;
o Reading some facts and figures about refugees presented below
o Visiting the UNHCR website www.unhcr.org to get further information on the situation of refugees
• Finding inspiration in the Scripture and Mercy Tradition
• Taking Action
This Reflection is suitable for both personal and group engagement.
Messages to Mary Purcell - Assistant Director Global Action
Did you know?
In 2010, $1.53 trillion dollars was spent on the military around the world. That is an almost inconceivable amount of money. To put this number in perspective, the World Food Summit estimates that $30 billion a year could eradicate world hunger.
Every Day - the work of the United Nations
Every day the United Nations engages in a range of activities from providing food for 108 million people in 74 countries(1) through to promoting universal primary education, reaching 88% enrolment coverage in developing countries(10)
Messages to Deirdre Mullan rsm - Director MGC
Building hope in Haiti (The Congregation)
On Saturday, April 2nd Srs. Bernadette Costello, Frances Kennedy, Ailish O’Brien, Kathy Higgins, Ann O’Shaughnessy and Mary Walshe will travel to Haiti along with 300 other volunteers to participate in Haven's Build it Week April 2011.
Let us continue to encourage and support the Sisters who are at this time preparing physically to respond to extreme poverty in Haiti and an experience that will be both challenging and life changing for all involved.
Messages to The Congregation's Haiti Volunteers c/- Ailish O'Brien rsm - Communications Co-ordinator
Mercy Associate commitment ceremony (Newfoundland)
On Sunday afternoon, February 13, 2011 Mercy Convent Chapel was the setting for a rich experience of how God continues to grace our Mercy Congregation. Pews and Prie-Dieu were filled to capacity with Sisters, Associates and family members, gathered to welcome new Associates into the Mercy Associate Relationship. In a beautiful Prayer/Ritual led by their facilitators, Sisters Margie Taylor and Madeline Byrne, three women - Mickie Pitcher, Marilyn Stack and Geraldine (Gerri) Stapleton made their commitment as Mercy Associates
Messages to Madonna Gatherall rsm -COmmunications Contact
A milestone in our reconfiguring journey (Australia/Adelaide)
Early in February 2011, 44 members of the Adelaide congregation gathered for a weekend to share ‘Our call to dynamic conversion’.
We met in the beautiful setting of the Passionist Monastery at Glen Osmond where a window opened to sturdy gum trees and a Sacred Garden. A labyrinth was set on the lawn for us to walk our personal meditation.
Messages to: Bernadette Marks rsm - Local Communication Facilitator (Adelaide Congregation)
Mercy honoured (Americas)
Sr Lisa Gamberto rsm, Principal of Mount Saint Mary Academy was one of 400 nationwide contestants entered by her students and faculty to win a cash prize and 60 cases of chocolate for being titled the “World's Finest” principal. Selected with three other "Exceptionally Fine Principals" she received 25 cases of the chocolate, which I may say, she gracefully shared with the students and community!
The competition was administered by Today’s Catholic Teacher magazine and garnered entries from Catholic elementary and high schools across the U.S. Sr Lisa will be featured in the April issue of Today’s Catholic Teacher.
To us you are the World’s Finest Principal.
Messages to Madeline Soccodato - Moderator for Student Council Mount Saint Mary Academy
1869: Independence, Iowa founded from Davenport - M Francis Monholland
1883: Death of M Vincent Haire, Foundress of Brooklyn
1978: Inauguration of Aged care Services by Perth Congregation
Hold the date: MAST Conference
Are you interested in joining or attending a meeting?
MAST's 25th Anniversary meeting will be held June 16-18, 2011 at College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska.
If you would like to attend, receive more information on becoming a member, or be added to the MAST mailing list, please contact the association's executive director:
Aline Paris rsm
College of Saint Mary
7000 Mercy Road,
Omaha, NE 6801
College of Saint Mary is a pioneer in the careful education of women. Since our founding by the Sisters of Mercy in 1923, women of all faiths, from all parts of the world and from diverse backgrounds have studied education, the arts, sciences, business, and health care professions.
How to cut your office printing costs in half
In this video we introduce you to a few basic concepts like TCO, pages per cartridge, and steps to start cutting down on bad printing habits around the office, including:
•How to disable colour printing in Windows 7
•Enforce B&W printing for people on your network using a colour access policy manager
•The benefits of signing a printing contract instead of buying and setting up all the bits and pieces yourself.