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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 631  |  22 July 2015
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This is a Kairos moment in Mercy International Association!; Ona ke ona motsotso wa mohau wa seboka sa ditho – bathusi; Ang Mahalagang "Kairos" sandali ng Sanlibutang Kapulungan ng Paghahabag; Seo Am Tráthúil do Chumann Idirnáisiunta na Trócaire; Em nau- Em Taim Stret bilong Mercy International Association!; Te wa hou nei mo Te Kahui o Te Aroha o Te Ao; Huu ni wakati Muafaka  katika  Muungano wa  Kimataifa wa (shirika la) Huruma; ¡Este es un momento Kairos en la Asociación Internacional de la Misericordia!

As was announced in a recent edition of Mercy e-News, all our Mercy Leaders and the MIA Board took a decision to invite Sisters of Mercy and our Partners- in- Mercy in the Jubilee Year of Mercy to participate in a worldwide reflection process so that we can discern together globally a shared response to the human and other than human cry for Mercy in our world today.

Download the invitation in full: English (A4),  (US Letter); Spanish (A4), (US Letter).

We wish to share with you here some practical steps we have put in place to support the process.

Messages to:
Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Mercy International Reflection Process Team


Image: The logo is shown here with the start and end dates of the process. An explanation of the symbol can be read here

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MIA Reflection Process

Tomorrow, 23rd July, we celebrate the 21st birthday of Mercy International Centre. It is traditional to mark 21st birthdays with a key; but what is a key without a door!  During the course of our 21st year, the Year of Mercy, the door of 64A, Lower Baggot Street will take on a special meaning. Pope Francis has used the symbolism of Opening the Door of Mercy’ as a way of urging us to discover anew the call of Mercy and the implications of that call for us today.

Without consciously knowing it, God the Potter has been moulding us for this special year....

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All Sisters and Partners-in-Mercy are invited to be engaged in the International Reflection Process as our shared response to the call to plumb the depths of the 'great river of Mercy' in the year of an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.


The model for this International reflection will be grounded in an action/reflection/action process. The process will move over and back from personal reflection to group reflection at local level, to interconnected reflection at the regional level to communal integration of the reflections at an international level.

Specific details of the what, how and where of this process will be published in e-News over the coming weeks.

In this preparation time we are each encouraged to read/explore/engage with the encyclical Laudato Si by way of readying our minds/hearts/selves for our shared undertaking.

Some resources to help us with that engagement are linked to this item. These, as well as further resources, will be made available on the Mercy International Reflection Process microsite on mercyworld.org which will be launched in Mercy eNews on Wednesday, 19 August. Suggestions for resources are welcome.

Messages to: Mercy International Reflection Process Team

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We invite everyone to join with Pope Francis in offering his prayer for the earth, included at the conclusion of his encyclical. This will be our shared prayer throughout and until the conclusion of the reflection process.

'All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes...'

The prayer in English and Spanish is linked to this item.

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The following are key dates in the Mercy International Reflection Process–

8 December, 2015:  The Reflection Process begins with the commencement of the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. Circle of Prayer.
13 December, Third Sunday in Advent:  Symbolic Opening of Baggot Street Doors.
December/January: Invitation to begin personal reflection on the theme.
February: Final stages of preparation as necessary; and
February/March – June:  Local processes for Stage 1 and 2.
July – August/September:  Regional gatherings and Stage 3.
September – November: Local process for Stage 4 and conclusion
12 December, 2016, Foundation Day:  Formal conclusion of the process internationally.

MIA has appointed a 3 person team to oversee, support and co-ordinate the process at the International level

Elaine Wainright rsm  (ISMAPNG) is the International Director with oversight of the Reflection process

Anne Walsh is the Communications Director with oversight of the communications of the International Reflection Process.

Helen Diviney rsm (Congregation, Ireland) is the International Co-ordinator and will ensure overall organisation of the process.

The Mercy International Reflection Process Team (MIRPT) will have the expertise of a Cross Cultural Committee (MICCC) and an Advisory Committee (MIAC) available to them.

At the Congregational/Institute level, Leaders will take an active part in promoting the process. Each congregation and institute will have a part-time co-ordinator, who will act as liaison person with the International Guiding Team.

Local Facilitators of the process will also be identified and trained.

Messages to:
Elaine Wainwright rsm
Helen Diviney rsm
Anne Walsh

Image: L-r: Sr Elaine, Anne, Sr Helen

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Key Documents

The key documents referred to in and linked to from items in this issue of Mercy eNews can also be downloaded below:

  • In English

*Flaming the Fire of Mercy... eNews Announcement 17 June (A4),  (US Letter), (online)

*An Invitation (A4 ), (US Letter)

*Summary Statement (A4) (US Letter)

  • In Spanish

*Avivando el Fuego de la Misericordia:...(translation of) eNews Announcement 17 June  (A4), (USLetter)

*Una Invitación (A4), (US Letter)

*Declaración en Resumen (A4), (US Letter)

Messages to: Anne Walsh

Our thanks to Elsa Valdiviezo and staff of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Institute Communications Office for the Spanish translations of these key documents.

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