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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 619  |  06 May 2015
Featured Story

Editor. On this day in 1992, Mandatory Detention of Asylum Seekers was introduced in Australia by the Federal Government with bipartisan support.

We asked Maryanne Loughry rsm AM, Associate Director, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia, and a member of the Australian Government’s Minister of Immigration’s advisory Council on Asylum Seekers and Detention (MCASD) amongst her academic and other appointments, to write an article to mark this anniversary covering why mandatory detention is an issue for Mercy and how Mercy in Australia is addressing it.

Sr Maryanne writes-

Christmas Island by Christmas was the mantra adopted by Australian Sisters of Mercy and their co-workers in 2009 at the Sisters of Mercy Institute Social Justice conference held in Canberra Australia that year.

What did this mantra mean? The conference was held in November 2009 and one of the hot topics at the conference, which had the theme “Embrace the other, welcome difference”, was the growing numbers of asylum seekers who were being accommodated in a purpose built detention centre on Christmas Island, a territory of Australia in the Indian ocean, that was closer to Indonesia than the Australian mainland...

Messages to:
Maryanne Loughry rsm AM
Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA


Image: Wikimedia

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Vision in Action
MIA Prayer Intention for the Coming Week

MIA joins with the Sisters of Mercy of the UK in prayer on the eve of the General election that the needs of the poor and most vulnerable in society will not be forgotten.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to:
Dolores Magee rsm - Federation President, The Federation of the Sisters of Mercy
Colette Cronin rsm - Congregational Leader, The Institute of Our lady of Mercy
Sheila Burke rsm - Congregational Leader, Sisters of Mercy of the Union of Great Britain
Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Ministry Position Repeated: Assistant Director (Administration & Finance)

An opportunity will become available later in 2015 for a Sister of Mercy to be appointed to the role of Assistant Director with responsibility for Administration and Finance.

The position will be based in Dublin with, initially, a 3 year contract.

The successful candidate will

-be able to demonstrate an understanding of Mercy International Association
-have extensive experience in personnel and financial management
-possess highly developed interpersonal and organisational skills
-be proficient with Word and Excel, accounting and payroll software packages

Download the Job Description here (PDF)
Download the Referee Template here (PDF)

Applications will close on Friday 5 June.

Applications to: Mary Reynolds rsm -Executive Director MIA

Position Inquiries to: Sylvia Williams rsm - Assistant Director Administration and Finance

Final Reminder: Volunteer Internship at MGA Office in New York

An intern position at Mercy Global Action Office in New York is open to applicants. Applications will be received until the deadline of May 15, 2015.

This is a volunteer position five days a week for 9 months. A stipend is provided to assist with some food, housing and transport expenses.

Download the job description here (PDF)

Applicants can send a letter of interest and resume to: Áine O'Connor rsm

Messages to: Áine O'Connor rsm - Mercy Global Action Coordinator at the UN

God of love and mercy, touch with your healing power and restore to full health Adam Reinhard and all whose names are on our prayer list.

We ask this with confidence through the intercession of Venerable Catherine McAuley. Amen.

Messages to: the Vice postulators

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MIA Members News

 In the second of a series of reflections to be published on The Congregation's website over the coming months, Jo O'Donovan rsm addresses the question of a suffering God. Sr Jo writes: ’Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s proclamatory statement - Only a suffering God can help – has always inspired me. Bonhoeffer, who was killed in Auschwitz, was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian. His prison writings raised the question of God in a new way for many post-Holocaust theologians, and Kasper is one of these. He is deeply influenced by this suffering man and he cites him frequently (cf pp.137, 155). And no wonder, because as we have seen, the God-question today more than ever has to address the question of evil and suffering. ..

This and the first reflection are linked to this item in HTML and PDF formats.

Messages to: Jo O'Donovan rsm

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Mercy in the Gospel (ISMAPNG)

Editor: On Tuesday, 28 April, The first lecture of a seven part series organised by Brisbane Archdiocese  – 'Mercy in the Gospel' – was presented by Veronica Lawson rsm, Biblical Scholar and Educator.

The lecture, subtitled 'Mercy the enduring and liberating love of our womb-compassionate God', was videoed and can be viewed online here (1:20:39). A web-ready version of the booklet used by attendees at the lecture can be downloaded here (11pps; PDF)

Sr Veronica is well-known to readers of Mercy eNews through her 'Reflections on the Sunday Gospels' published on the mercyworld.org website each month. The May Reflections can be downloaded here

Messages to: Veronica Lawson rsm

In this fourth article in the series published in 'Tui Motu InterIslands', an independent Catholic journal, Elaine Wainwright rsm (ISMAPNG) uncovers the subversive message in the parable of the sower in Mark 4:1-9

'It could be easy to think that the familiar “parable of the sower” is simple to read ecologically. Certainly it is rich in materiality with seeds, birds, soil, a sower and many other aspects. As readers we will find that the finely woven interconnections of habitat, human and holy give depth to this parable.' writes Sr Elaine.

Download the May article here (1 pp; PDF; 4 MB)

The February, March and April articles are linked to this item.

Messages to: Elaine Wainwright rsm

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The Western Province of The Congregation organised for a day with John Philip Newell. 'For the over 140 strong audience, to hear him speak in person in Claregalway recently brought a whole extra dimension to all the wisdom he has to share,' writes Suzanne Ryder rsm. 'Many remarked on the beautiful scarf he wore as, indeed, it showed his comfort in himself and how well-rounded is his presence. Moments throughout the day brought us to meaningful, quiet prayer and two short, meditative, times of silence reminded us of that deep well, from which we all need to drink.'

Two short videos filmed on the day accompany Sr Suzanne's article.

Messages to: Suzanne Ryder rsm

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Carol Rittner rsm, Distinguished Professor in Holocaust & Genocide Studies and Dr. Marsha R. Grossman Chair at Stockton University, was invited by the United Nations Office on Prevention of Genocide and the KAICIID Foundation, Vienna, to take part in a seminar of 30 religious leaders from around the world who were asked to deal with the question: How can we engage religious leaders in the effort to combat hate speech that incites people toward committing mass atrocity crimes?

The meeting was held April 23 to 24, 2015, in Fez, Morocco.

Participants developed a “Plan of Action for the Prevention of Incitement to Violence that could lead to Atrocity Crimes.”

The Plan of Action will be further developed at five regional meetings over the next year, where religious leaders and faith-based organisations will strengthen and augment it with additional detailed elements.

Messages to: Carol Rittner rsm

Image: Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria and Sister Carol Rittner rsm

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Mary Anne Walsh rsm RIP (Americas)

Editor: In Mercy eNews Issue 609 (25 February) we linked to an item reporting Sr Mary Ann Walsh's recent appointment as U.S. church correspondent for America magazine, following more than 20 years on the staff of the Office for Media Relations at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Through each of those roles Sr Mary Ann became widely known throughout the Mercy world.

In that item we also linked to Sr Mary Ann's profile  in the series on Sisters in the Institute of the Americas living with serious illness.

Sr Mary Ann died last Tuesday (28 April). We offer our sympathies to her Regional Community and to the Institute, as well as to her family, friends, co-workers and former colleagues.

Messages to: Sisters of Mercy NyPPaw Regional Community

In this very short clip (42 seconds) the pre-schoolers who attend Bayview Academy step out and sing with great confidence their Catherine McAuley Prayer:

'Dear Catherine McAuley,
The girls of Bay View
Are learning many wonderful things
All because of you.
We will try to follow
Your example of
Gentle kindness so bright and clear
And someday teach the world
What we have learned right here.
Amen
'

Enjoy their innocent and whole-hearted performance.

Messages to:Vittoria Pacifico-DeBenedictis - President

Editor: Bay View Academy is this week's featured Mercy website

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Editor: The goal of Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia 'is to create partnerships and services that respond to the needs of those who are poor in the North Philadelphia community, especially women, children and persons with special needs'. Located in the Tioga-Nicetown section of North Philadelphia, it serves a neighborhood that has one of the highest poverty rates in the entire city.

In an inspiring article published in Technical.ly Philly on 1 May and linked to this item, we learn how Mercy is one of the not-for-profits in the city helping adults bridge the 'digital divide' to open up opportunities for employment and further education.

Messages to: Ann Provost rsm - Executive Director of Mercy Neighborhood Ministries

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Mercy Matters

'Never judge anyone but endeavour to excuse faults and have a good opinion of others.'

-M Frances Warde

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A Place of Mercy

'The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.'

- Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 114

On This Day

1840: Foundation to Galway from Baggot St - M Teresa White
1872: Foundation to Warrnambool, Victoria from Baggot St - M Philomena Maguire
1889: Blessed Katherine Drexel, Foundress of Sisters of Blessed Sacrament, began novitiate in Mercy convent, Pittsburgh

Post a fact about the Story of the Sisters of Mercy for our online archive

St. Mary Academy - Bay View is an independent, Catholic school serving a diverse population of girls from pre-school through grade twelve.

In the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, we foster academic excellence in an innovative and creative learning environment.

We are committed to empowering each student to be a confident, independent, compassionate and socially conscious young woman who fully lives her faith.

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'It’s official, Microsoft has killed off Internet Explorer, its new browser will be Microsoft Edge … although you’ll be forgiven for thinking nothing has changed if you’re looking at the logo.'

The article includes a link to Microsoft’s Edge browser promotional video.

Source: The Guardian

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Peace through Justice Newsletter

A great resource which draws from a wealth of sources for its information on topical issues of concern.

To subscribe to Peace through Justice, send a cheque for
US$20 for 12 months USPS delivery
US$15 for 12 months email delivery
made out to Peace through Justice c/o Mary Schmuck rsm
PO Box 3000 Nazareth Kentucky, USA 40048-3000
Email: schmuckrsm@scnazarethky.org

The anticipated date for the next issue is late May 2015 . Subscribe now to be included in that email and mailout.

The current issue #PTJ 16 April 2015 can be read here, enabling you to see the tremendous value of this Mercy-produced bi-monthly publication. Read about Sr Mary here

Further Resources

Worth Playing:

To usher in the month of May, here's a Russian Magnificat composed by Sergei Tolstokulakov with art by Ilya Repin, a Russian and Ukrainian realist painter. Watch/listen here (06:43)

Worth Reading:
Human Trafficking

The Vatican and COATNET (Christian Organizations Against Trafficking in Human Beings) have teamed up against human trafficking. Read the article here

'Nuns Intercede for Victims of Sex Trafficking in Italy.' Read the article here

Cosmology & Eco-justice

'Church of England ends investments in heavily polluting fossil fuels.' Read the article here

The Bottom Line:

'St. Augustine wrote that God is nearer to me than I am to myself but different enough to make me more than myself. … I want to describe this mystery as I have experienced it—of how we are drawn from a familiar sense of God to an experience of God who is different enough to summon us to become more than ourselves. And the mystery of how the stranger and newcomer, if we stay with them long enough, lead us to a new sense of the nearness of God—to affection and friendship and companionship with God. Living in the shelter of each other, we begin to live in the neighbourhood of God.'

-Mary Jo Leddy, Writer, Speaker, Theologian and Social Activist

Send suggestions and contributions for the 'Worth...' section 2015 to: the Editor

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