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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 622  |  27 May 2015
Featured Story
Pope Francis Has Endorsed the Catholic Climate Petition- Will You?

Editor: Six representatives (pictured above) of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) presented Pope Francis with the GCCM petition to World Leaders following the Holy Father's 7 May Wednesday Audience. News of this endorsement was made public on 14 May.

As reported in last week's Mercy in eNews, Marianne Comfort, a member of the Institute of the Americas Justice Team, was among this representative group. In preparation for the meeting in Rome, Marianne met online and via email with the MIA Working Party on Cosmology and the Environment whose members represent all MIA Mercy congregations and institutes, to seek input into her representation at the meeting.

Since the launch of the GCCM in January this year, we have promoted (through Mercy eNews) this movement of laity, religious and clergy, theologians, scientists and activists who have joined forces to work together on climate issues.

We invite you to add your signature to the GCCM petition—and thus your voice—in demand of bold climate action, if you haven't done so already. With World Environment Day only a week away (5 June), this is one way to have an impact on protecting the environment.

The petition signatures will be presented to world leaders in December 2015, when they will meet in Paris (30/11- 11/12) at  the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21). The stakes are high - 'a universal, legally binding agreement that will enable us to combat climate change effectively and boost the transition towards resilient, low-carbon societies and economies.' 

Once more, Mercy will be strongly represented in person. Let your voice be heard there too.

Messages to:
Marianne Comfort - IJT
Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Image: The group of GCCM representatives that met Pope Francis, together with the Pontifical Ceremoniere, Monsignor Karcher who signed on behalf of Pope Francis. (Credit: Fotografia Felici/ GCCM)
L-r: Allen Ottaro (CYNESA, Kenya), Marianne Comfort (Sisters of Mercy, USA), Patrick Carolan (Franciscan Action Network, USA), Jacqui Remond (Catholic Earthcare Australia), Lou Arsenio (Archdiocese of Manila Ecology Ministry, Philippines), Tomás Insua (GCCM, Argentina), Monsignor Karcher.

Vision in Action
MIA Prayer Intention for the Coming Week

'Fisherman Muchtar Ali broke down in tears when he set eyes on the overcrowded boat carrying desperate, starving Rohingya off the coast of Indonesia before going to the rescue of a vessel that has become emblematic of Asia's human-trafficking crisis...

"Looking at these people, me and my friends cried because they looked so hungry, so skinny...We must help fellow Muslims, how can we not help destitute people like this? It would be a big sin," he said...' Read more

Let us pray:

'Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One,
have mercy on us and on the whole world.
In the ocean of your mercy,
teach us to be merciful towards others.'

Source: Intercessions of Mercy ed. Joy Clough rsm

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Another action you can take: Sign the 'Lost at Sea: Fleeing the Threat of Genocide' Petition to President Obama here

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Five Reflective Papers and Accompanying Resources Now Available on Mercyworld.org

We welcome your reflections online on the following themes:

Daring Hospitality - 'I was a stranger and you welcomed me' by Elizabeth Davis rsm

Called to Compassion by Breege O'Neill rsm

Extravagant Mercy—A New Story in an Ecological Key by Elaine Wainwright rsm

'Take from My Heart All Painful Anxiety': Catherine's Courage by Janet Ruffing rsm

'God's Healing Mercy is Forgiveness' by Kathy Rule rsm

Feedback on how you are using these reflective materials personally, in small groups, in community and congregational meetings, with staff and board meetings is also welcome.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

God of love and mercy, touch with your healing power and restore to full health: Eoghan McGrath, Baby Payton Riley, Tricia Stampfli, Suzi, John, Cavan 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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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 Job description and Referee Template are linked to this item.

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

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MIA Members News

'The vision behind the groundbreaking service project was simple: Build bridges. Create levels of understanding. Ease divisiveness.

Teenagers from Mother of Mercy High School, the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati and the Mayerson Jewish Community Center recently came together – in location, spirit and cooperation – to help build a butterfly garden at the Imago Earth Center in Price Hill. The timing and aim of the project were intentional. It was scheduled around Earth Day and encouraged students to quite literally feel the earth between their fingers and toes. This experience served as a reminder of our commonality – that we all cherish the earth as a beautiful object of creation – and an entree into a larger conversation about working alongside each other despite our differences.

Our intention was bolstered by the words of Pope Francis this Earth Day, who called us to "see the world through the eyes of God the Creator." He said, "The earth is an environment to be safeguarded, a garden to be cultivated."'

Source: Cincinnati.com

Messages to: Ellen Daniel - Communications Director, Mother of Mercy High School Cincinnati

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Mercy Housing and the Providence Foundation are pleased to announce that one of their properties, Bayview Hill Gardens in San Francisco, Calif., has been named the recipient of the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) prestigious Housing Award.

The Housing Award recognizes the best in housing design, and is meant to acknowledge the importance of quality housing as a life necessity, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and a valuable national resource...

Messages to: Sheela Jivan - Mercy Housing


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Friday, 8 May marked a significant day in the story of the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation. The Mater Convent was damaged by storms in November 2014, and can no longer be a residence for Sisters. The Sisters were invited by Mater Health Services to a Ritual to acknowledge the closure of the Convent as a residence for the Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation, and many sisters were able to be present. Together with current and past staff of Mater Health Services, they gathered to remember and give thanks for ‘The Grace of this Place’, for the gift of God’s Mercy made visible through the Sisters who formed a Community of Mercy on Mater Hill across its one hundred and nine year history.

Messages to: Mary Lawson rsm - Congregation Leadership Team

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Gabrielle Kieran rsm and Celine Conway rsm live in the North east of Brazil, a nine State region with 45 million people.

They live and work in the State of Paraiba, the second poorest state in the country. Here over 47 percent of the people live in misery - over a quarter of the state's 3.3. million residents have no income.

In a society which lacks adequate health, housing, education, employment and social services we endeavour to work alongside the people; to accompany their struggle; to provide basic skills and services and to encourage and affirm them as they strive to improve their lives and give a better future to their children.

Messages to:
Gabrielle Kieran rsm
Celine Conway rsm

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The latest issue (Vol. 22, No. 3) of The MAST Journal was recently published.  Editor Eloise Rosenblatt rsm reports that the issue 'During the Year of Consecrated Life', coincides not only with the papal dedication of 2014-2015 to this theme, but also with the conclusion of the Vatican’s 'visitations'. Out of a broader perspective the articles in this issue are offered. A listing of these is attached to this item.

The article 'Are We Fascinating? Religious Life As A Prophetic Life Form' by Marilyn King rsm can be downloaded here (4pps; PDF).

As usual the issue provides discussion questions for those who want to use the essays for communal reflection with Sisters, Associates, Companions or Partners- in mercy.

The MAST Journal is published three times a year by the Mercy Association in Scripture and Theology.  To subscribe please contact Julia Upton rsm.

Messages to: Julia Upton rsm

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'...As health care providers know, critical illness can bring out the difficult, often unanswerable questions that usually lie unasked at the core of human existence: What does it mean to live well? Do I have regrets? Am I ready to die?

Professionals educated in the biomedical model are rarely trained to handle such matters, but a program at Kraus' workplace goes a long way toward trying to remedy that.

Called Literature and Medicine, it's a seminar-style class that draws together professionals from all areas of the hospital to discuss poetry, literary journalism and classic novels once a month...

Modeled after a program the Maine Humanities Council began in 1997, Mercy's course was the first in Maryland, one of the 26 states in which versions of Literature and Medicine are now offered...'

Source: Baltimore Sun

Messages to: Mercy Medical Center c/- Helen Amos rsm- Executive Chair, Board of Trustees


Image: Photo by Ambro. Freedigitalphotos.net. Used with permission

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Mercy Matters

1903: Foundation to Aranmore from St Brigid's, Western Australia

Editor: Aranmore Catholic College is this week's featured Mercy website

1940: Maghull Community, Liverpool founded from Broughton Hall, Liverpool.

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

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After a seven year laser-cleaning project, seven hundred and fifty years of weather effects, candle smoke, and grime have been removed from over 6,000 square feet of stained glass in the thirteenth century Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. (0.47).

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'We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it.

-Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, 2

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'The founders of religious organisations have not been widely recognised as business leaders or entrepreneurs or even social entrepreneurs, but that's exactly what many of them were and, in particular, I'd say Catherine McAuley was one of history's greatest social entrepreneurs, long before the term "social entrepreneur" was in our vocabulary.'

On 8 April 2015, College of Business Administration Dean Joseph Eisenhauer examined Catherine McAuley’s social entrepreneurship and its legacy in the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) Second Wednesday Series presentation, 'Catherine McAuley, Social Entrepreneurship and Education for the Mercy Mission'. (48:34).

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Catherine's Spirituality: Prayer and Service Mingled

' "Above all things, constant ferevent prayer."
"The poor need help today, not next week."

In these two urgently stated maxims, Catherine McAuley called her followers to the challenging rhythm of contemplation and action. When asked to describe the qualities necessary in a woman seeking membership in the Sisters of Mercy, she responded simply:
"... an ardent desire to be united to God and to serve the poor." '

Burns, Helen Marie rsm and Carney, Sheila rsm. Sisters of Mercy, France: Éditions du Signe, 1996, p.14.
To be continued.

Aranmore Catholic College is a co-educational day school for students in Years 7 to 12.

Aranmore's history dates back to 1903 with the foundation of a school, originally named Arranmore, on the present site in Leederville by the Sisters of Mercy. In 1942 the secondary girls' school, St Mary's, was joined by a boys' school, CBC Leederville, established by the Christian Brothers. These two schools combined in 1986 to form Aranmore Catholic College.

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

'Sing Allelu' by Fernando Ortega from The Odes Project, Volume 2. A thanksgiving reflection for the gifts of creation. Watch/Listen here (04:49). Purchase it here

Worth Watching:


VICE News has produced a 3-part video series 'Drowning for Freedom' which includes chilling footage filmed by the Libyan coast guard, who have witnessed an influx of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, recovering bodies of those who've drowned on their journey to Europe. Warning. These videos contain graphic content.

Drowning for Freedom: Libya’s Migrant Jails (Part 1) 09:56
Trapped and Forgotten: Libya’s Migrant Jails (Part 2) 09:12
Escaping Hell: Libya’s Migrant Jails (Part 3) 11:32
Migrant Prisons of Europe (Full Length) 27:36

AVAAZ, the online activist network, has launched a campaign to help fund rescue operations at sea. Details can be found here

Worth Reading:

Cosmology & the Environment

A Conference on the "The New Climate Economy", planned in view of the upcoming publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical and an occasion of reflection on the recent New Climate Economy Report, was held on Wednesday, 20 May in Rome. The text of The Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, can be read here The Reflection by Nigel Baker, the British Ambassador to Holy See, entitled 'The New Climate Economy. How Economic Growth and Sustainability Can Go Hand in Hand' can be read here

'A Planetary Pope: When Francis speaks on the environment' by Christiana Z Peppard. Read the article here

The Sixty-eighth session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) took place in Geneva 18–26 May 2015. Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi c.s., gave an address on 'Climate and Health. Read that address here

Human Trafficking

A tool that will automatically trawl the internet for escort ads and sort them into a searchable database could be a transformative new weapon in the fight against human trafficking. Read the article here

House Passes Legislation to Increase Services for Victims of Human Trafficking. Read the article here

The Bottom Line:

'When we let Spirit
Lead us
it is impossible
To know
We are being led.
All we know
All we can believe
All we can hope
Is that
We are going Home
That wherever
Takes us
Is where

- Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer, poet & activist, 'When We Let Spirit Lead Us'

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

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