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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
Sister Mary Scullion and Joan McConnon to receive 2011 Laetare Medal (Americas)
Mary Scullion rsm and Joan McConnon, co-founders of Project H.O.M.E., an organization devoted to ending homelessness in Philadelphia, will jointly receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2011 Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics, at Notre Dame’s 166th University Commencement ceremony May 22 (Sunday).
“In their work for the homeless of Philadelphia, Sister Scullion and Joan McConnon have splendidly answered the Gospel summons to love,” said Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “Serving the unsheltered Lord on the streets of their hometown, they have provided an example for others to serve likewise in cities worldwide.”
Messages to Mary Scullion rsm and Joan McConnon
Editor: Project H.O.M.E. (Housing, Opportunities for Employment, Medical Care, Education) empowers people to break the cycle of homelessness, address the structural causes of poverty, and attain their fullest potential as members of society. Click here to vIew the interview with Mary Scullion rsm on mercyworld.org
Project Home is this week's featured Mercy website
Three new posts from MGC are online:
Reports: Overcoming Barriers to Gender Equity
Special Report: Empowering Women to Change the World
Announcement: UN Community welcomes Chilean miner survivor
Messages to Deirdre Mullan rsm - Director MGC
Lenten Programme: Soup and Substance (5)
The theme of the fifth Lenten Reflection in this six part series is “Human Trafficking”. You are invited to engage with it by:
• Learning about human trafficking and advocacy to prevent it by
Watching the presentation ‘Human Trafficking’, a presentation by Sheila O’ Gorman rsm, APT (Act to Prevent Trafficking)
• Reading some information about APT presented below
• 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
Catherine's Canonisation Cause: Prayer requests
Prayers are asked for all those on the MIA list and in particular for those whose names have been recently added: Connie Cucina, Catherine Higley OSB, Andrew Smith, Aida Potencia Cuyugan Ayson, Dominic Cairo, Helen, Pat, Liam Kennedy, Stephen, Bill Guest, Pat Hynes, Mary McCarthy.
Anne Hannon rsm - Vice postulator Europe and Africa
Sheila Carney rsm - Vice postulator Americas
Mary Duffy rsm - Vice postulator Australia, New Zealand, Philippines
MAG-net’s Peruvian Exposure Experience (Australia)
Editor: Last week's Global action lived locally case study was from Lima, Peru. The following news item from the Australian Mercy Institute's website recounts the experiences of some recent visitors to the Mercy Family Health Service in Peru...
Last December, writes Magaretta Doran MAG-net Member, seven young women, including herself, travelled to the outskirts of Lima, Peru to participate in a 10 day exposure experience to visit the Mercy Women’s Houses and Family Health Centre established by the Sisters of Mercy.
Messages to Margaret Sheppard rsm
Global Action Lived Locally: A Case Study from Ireland
One of the major issues being addressed by the Irish Congregation is the issue of human trafficking, particularly of women for prostitution.
Sr Mary Ryan is working with the major organisation in Ireland working on prostitution, Ruhama, providing a safe house for women who have been trafficked. The work involves accompanying trafficked women to court, helping them access medical and educational services etc. Most of these women come from Africa and Eastern Europe and many do not speak English. Some of the women have been trained in care of the elderly and are now working in that area.
Messages to Mary Purcell - Assistant Director Global Action
1846: Foundation to New York from Baggot St - M Agnes O'Connor
1849: M de Sales (Lady Barbara) Eyre died, London
1915: Convent opened in Finley, New South Wales from Albury - M Catherine Dwyer
When Silence Falls: The Stations of the Cross
About the book
The stations of the Cross, whether celebrated in our Christian Communities or as a private prayer, call us into the depths of the mystery of God. As we remember again the political, social and religious systems that condemned, violated and killed one innocent man, we are faced with the truth of our own cultural time and the systems we ourselves support.
About the author
Anna Burke is a Mercy Sister who works in faith development and pastoral renewal at diocesan level. She has many years of experience in parish ministry and has also worked as a teacher and a school chaplain. Her previous publications are Sacred the Hour and Where Blessings Flow (Veritas, 2007).
Project H.O.M.E. (Housing, Opportunities for Employment, Medical Care, Education) empowers people to break the cycle of homelessness, address the structural causes of poverty, and attain their fullest potential as members of society.
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Source: The Age
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