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Mercy Enews
No. 415 | 24 May 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


Tornado Hits Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri

May 23, 2011 - Last evening a tornado struck Joplin, Missouri in the southwestern part of the state. St. John's Regional Medical Center, a Sisters of Mercy Health System hospital, took a direct hit. The hospital sustained extensive damage and was completely evacuated. It is unknown how many of the 183 hospitalized patients were injured as a result of the tornado. Patients were transported by various means to hospitals across the region, including to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, another Sisters of Mercy hospital.

Sisters of Mercy and,to the best of our knowledge,  Mercy Associates residing in Joplin, were not injured.

Please keep the Joplin community and our Mercy patients and co-workersin your prayers.

Regular updates on the Mercy response to the Joplin Tornado are being posted on www.mercy.net and on the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas website www.sistersofmercy.org

Due to the disaster the St John's website www.stj.com is temporarily unavailable.

Messages to Pat Kenny rsm -  Institute Communications or Stephanie Heiland -  Institute External Communications Manager, will be forwarded

Photo: the image shows the only item on Joplin campus that was untouched by the tornado

Editor: A further image that shows the extent of the devastation can be viewed here


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