The World's women and girls (MGC)
This year marks one hundred years since the first anniversary of International Women's Day.
Women's rights have come a long way in the past century - through determined advocacy, practical action, and enlightened policy making.
Most of what has been gained has been thanks to the efforts of women themselves.
But, in too many countries and too many societies, women are still second-class citizens, denied fundamental rights, deprived of legitimate opportunity.
Read the special report 'The World's Women and Girls 2011 Data Sheet' for a current portrait of the status of women and girls on issues of population, health, and the environment.
Messages to Deirdre Mullan rsm - Director MGC
Lenten Programme: Soup and Substance (6)
The theme of the final Lenten Reflection in this six part series is “Haiti and the Ministry of Haven”. You are invited to engage with it by:
• Learning about the ministry of Haven and the work of the Sisters of Mercy who volunteered in Haiti through Haven by:
Watching the presentation ‘Haiti and the Ministry of Haven’, a presentation by
Kathy Higgings rsm, a volunteer with Haven in Haiti; and
• Finding inspiration in the Scripture and Mercy Tradition
• Taking Action
Reading some information about Haven
Messages to Mary Purcell - Assistant Director Global Action
Local Mercy Community Sets Direction, Elects New Leadership (Americas/Mid-Atlantic)
The Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas elected new leadership at its recent six-day Assembly themed, “Passion, Purpose, and Promise,” which took place in Parsippany, New Jersey...
Keynote speaker at the Assembly, Sister Mary Waskowiak, President of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, compared leadership to the story of Exodus in Scripture that took the Israelites on a long journey across the desert...
In her talk on a day when sisters were discerning new leaders, Sister Mary cited humility, inspiration, learning from experiences and the need to be contemplative and qualities for good leadership.
“The school of leadership is a holy, human experience,” she said...
Sister of Mercy Sister Margaret Farley, Ph.D., challenged assembly participants on April 6 at the Mid-Atlantic Assembly to be examples of forgiveness and live a crucified love that, tried by fire, survives and enables us to lay down our lives for others.
Every great love is a crucified love,” said Sister Margaret in a keynote talk on April 6 titled, “Mercy Under the Sign of the Cross and Resurrection.” She said Jesus and Catherine McAuley, Sister of Mercy foundress, were examples of those who lived that love.
“It holds steady and strong no matter what must be borne; no matter what failings must be overcome, accepted or forgiven; not matter what limits are experienced in day-to-day living and working together; no matter what threatens from external forces,” she said...
Messages to Debbi Della Porta - Director of Communications
Six Sisters of Mercy travel to Haiti for Build it Week 2011 (The Congregation)
On the morning of April 2nd, six Sisters of Mercy set off to Haiti, along with 350 other volunteers, to work on the Haven Partnership Build it Week 2011. The sisters had been prepared and ready to travel to Haiti in October 2010, but because of the cholera outbreak, the trip was postponed.
So, in many ways, it was a very long journey to Haiti.
The video posted on The Congregation website, along with participants' written reflections, conveys a strong sense of the week's experiences. Click the 'more' button below to access this information.
Thank you sincerely for your financial support, for your encouragement and your prayer, without which we would not have been able to participate in this wonderful project for the people of Haiti.
Messages to The Congregation Volunteers c/- Ailish O"Brien rsm - Communications Co-ordinator
Anila Makes Final Vows ( Australia/Melbourne)
On March 26, 2011 Sister Anila Isaac made her Perpetual Profession with the Sisters of Mercy...
Anila was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, received her education there and eventually taught at the Presentation Convent. She met the Sisters of Mercy in Pakistan and was drawn to the charism of Mercy which she saw in action through the Australian Sisters who had come to minister in Pakistan...
Messages to Anila Isaac rsm
Launch of the history of the Hardman Family (Gt Britain Institute)
On a bright sunny day in Birmingham, in St Mary’s Convent Handsworth, Barbara launched her book on the history of the ’Hardman Family’ with particular emphasis on the philanthropic work undertaken by the family in this particular area of Handsworth, thus enabling this beautiful Convent of Mercy (a Pugin House) to be established. Indeed Juliana Hardman was the first Reverend Mother of St Marys, known then as (St Etheldreda’s), and Catherine McAuley, herself, lived there for 3 months making it doubly blessed.
Messages to Barbara Jeffery rsm
1844: Foundation to Kinsale from Limerick - M Francis Bridgman
1885: Sisters begin ministry in Ennis workhouse
1927: St Patrick's Cathedral Secondary School Aotearoa New Zealand was opened and blessed
Prayer Service for Easter 2011 by Kathleen Murphy rsm
Prayer Service for Mercy Sisters and Associates Easter 2011.
Theme: As they came down from the mountain Jesus gave them this order, "Tell no one about
this vision until the Son of man has risen from the dead" Matt 17:4 & 9.
Messages to Kathleen Murphy rsm
Carlow University, the first Catholic, women-centered, liberal arts university in Pennsylvania, prepares students for competent leadership and compassionate service in personal and professional life.
A thought provoking video on the progression of information technology.