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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 636  |  26 August 2015
Featured Story
Jubilee Year of Mercy and the Cause for Beatification of Venerable Catherine McAuley

In response to many requests from Sisters, Collaborators, Associates and Co-workers, we intend to organise a 'Write a letter to Pope Francis' campaign.

This initiative proposes that as many people as possible who are in contact with Sisters of Mercy and/or who have been influenced in any way by the charism of Mercy as lived and shared by Catherine McAuley are invited to write a letter to Pope Francis for the inauguration of the Jubilee year of Mercy. This letter could include gratitude for the initiative of the year of Mercy and asking that Venerable Catherine McAuley might be beatified during the Holy year.

In the coming weeks the vice postulators (Sheila Carney rsm and Caroline Ryan rsm)  together with the postulator (Brenda Dolphin rsm) will be in contact with the people of their areas about writing such a letter and will offer suggestions as to the organisation of this “tsunami” of letters to Pope Francis from Mercy worldwide.

Please watch this space!

Messages to: the Vice postulators

Vision in Action
Special Mercy eNews Series

We welcome your reflections online on the following themes, already published:

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

Called to Compassion - Breege O'Neill rsm

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

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

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

Every Grace Abundant - Sheila Carney rsm

Whakawhanaungatanga – Making Right Relationship - Kathleen Rushton rsm

'It is a SPECIAL FAVOUR of God to be made SERVANTS of his suffering poor' ('Sayings') - Helena O'Donoghue rsm

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

MIA Prayer Intention for the Coming Week: 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Saturday, 29 August marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which resulted in more than 1800 deaths in the storm across its path of destruction, an estimated $108 billion in total damages and incalculable grief and suffering among its victims. Mercy ministries in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama (Sisters of Mercy of the Americas South Central Community) were destroyed. All of our Sisters escaped harm, but some lost everything, including their homes.

As attention returns this week to New Orleans on Katrina's ten year anniversary, and memories of loss and grief are sharply re-awakened, we mourn with those who continue to suffer, give thanks for those who gave comfort and aid and pray for light in times of doubt and darkness.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to:

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas South Central Community
Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Send in your Mercy Day Greetings

The great feast that unites the Mercy world is Mercy Day, 24 September.

All members and friends of the Mercy network are invited to send in your greetings for posting on mercyworld.org for Mercy Day. Greetings will be posted online as they are received.

Greetings should be sent to mercyenews@mercyinternational.ie by 23 September to make sure they are published for Mercy Day.

Messages to: the Editor

Share Your Mercy Day 2015 Plans and News with the Mercy World

There was a very good response to our invitation last year to share plans for and stories from Mercy Day celebrations. We invite you to do so again this year!

We welcome stories and images from your Mercy Day celebrations to include in the Wednesday 23 September Mercy E-news (Issue #640) or in the following week's on Wednesday, 30 September (Issue #641).

Messages to: the Editor

There are many ways in which the Mercy story is shared among Sisters and Partners-in-ministry. At Mercy International Centre - a place of welcome, hospitality, pilgrimage and renewal - we provide a 'well-spring' of nourishment in Mercy heritage, spirituality, charism and ethos to those members of the global Mercy family who wish to explore the significance of the Mercy story in their lives during time spent here at Baggot Street.

We invite you to consider enrolling in one of the programmes on offer in 2016. Details are linked to this item.

Messages to: Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality

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Mercy Day at Baggot Street

Sisters, Associates and Friends of Mercy
are invited to celebrate the Eucharist at 12.00 p.m. on the feast of Our Lady of Mercy
Thursday 24 September
at 64A Lower Baggot Street.

Celebrant: The Most Reverend Archbishop Charles Brown Apostolic Nuncio.

Re-dedication of the newly renovated International Room and lunch will follow the Eucharist.

RSVP is essential by/on Friday 18th September: receptionist@mercyinternational.ie

using the subject line ‘Mercy Mass’ or ring 01 6618061 in business hours

Download the invitation (PDF)

MIA Members News

'The Diocese of Phoenix, which already has two schools and a parish honoring St. Francis Xavier, welcomed a new “Xavier” to its fold.

It came in at four-stories tall, spans 87,000-square-feet and honors Mother Frances Xavier Warde who established the Sisters of Mercy in the U.S. with a mission to educate. Saint Xavier University representatives, alongside plenty of community and diocesan leaders who led the initiative, celebrated the town’s first collegiate institution during its grand opening celebration Aug. 4...'

Source: The Catholic Sun

Messages to: Saint Xavier University President Christine M. Wiseman, JD

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Students from All Hallows’ School Brisbane Perform at the World Premiere of the Gallipoli Symphony (Brisbane Congregation)

Students from St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace and All Hallows’ School Brisbane were part of the world premiere of the Gallipoli symphony in Istanbul on 4 August to commemorate the 100th Gallipoli Anniversary. What an honour and a privilege!

This twelve movement symphony written over a ten year period by Australian, New Zealand and Turkish composers tells the story, (the leaving of homes, the invasion, the battles, the defeat, the suffering and the enduring human spirit) through music, the common language to communicate intense emotions too complex for words. The premiere was an amazing experience for All Hallows’ choir and all at All Hallows’ are immensely proud of their wonderful contribution both in Istanbul and at the Lone Pine 100th Anniversary service the next day.

Messages to: Mary Lawson rsm - Congregation Leadership Team

In 1967 Ernesto Murgo, a well-known sculptor whose works can be found in private collections all over the world, including the Vatican, was commissioned by the Sisters of Mercy Ballarat East  to sculpt a statue of Martin de Porres for what was to be the heart of the new campus scheduled to open in May 1967. It was intended to capture the imagination while embodying the College motto, 'In Altum Oculos Tollite' (Raise your eyes aloft).

The statue has recently been restored and re-launched...

Messages to:

Veronica Lawson rsm
Matt Byrne - Principal Damascus College

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Mercy Secondary Education Conference XXXIV (Americas)

Mercy Secondary Education Conference. 

This year’s theme, based on the Sisters of Mercy Critical Concerns' will be

'Responding to the Call Through the Lens of Mercy'

October 16-17, 2015 at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside

Hosted by Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women, Rochester, New York

Download the program and registration (PDF)

Messages to: Corinne Raven rsm

Mercy Matters
Microsoft Translator App for iPhone or Android (Free)

Microsoft Translator helps you break the language barrier wherever you’re traveling or have a need to translate anything in your daily life.

Available on iTunes

Available on Google Play

On This Day

1878: Foundation to Valley Falls, Rhode Island from Providence

1958: Foundation to Biloxi from Birr

1959: Foundation to Lemoore, California from Ennis (withdrew 1991)

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

'God and God alone must be the principal motive of all [our] actions - it is this pure intention of pleasing God that renders the good work valuable.'

-Catherine McAuley

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The Catherine McAuley Center offers hope and opportunity through basic education for adults and transitional housing for women. 

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It is less than a month to Mercy Day.  The resources in this section of mercyworld.org offer a variety of options for those planning for a small or large group celebration.

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On Mercy

'Mercy adds love to punishment. Justice adds value to life.'

- Joan Chittister OSB

Further Resources

Worth Playing:

The Taizé monks are marking three major anniversaries this year: the seventy-fifth of Taizé’s foundation; the centenary of the birth of Taizeé’s founder, Brother Roger; and the tenth of Brother Roger’s death. Watch/listen to the album trailer 'Taizé - Music of Unity and Peace' recorded for the anniversary (09:57). Order the album here

Worth Visiting:

Celts: art and identity. Opening on Mercy Day until 31 January 2016 at the British Museum in partnership with National Museums Scotland. This is the first major exhibition to examine the full history of Celtic art and identity. Discover how this identity has been revived and reinvented over the centuries, across Britain, Europe and beyond. View more here (0:30).

Worth Reading:

On 18 August, participants at the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium, (Istanbul, 17-18 August), adopted an Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change.The Declaration is in harmony with the Papal Encyclical and has won the support of the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace of the Holy See whose President, Cardinal Peter Turkson  sent a message of solidarity to the gathering. Another encouraging signal of the faith communities’ engagement for climate change came in June through the Lambeth Declaration signed by faith leaders in the UK calling on faith communities to recognize the pressing need to make the transition to a low carbon economy.

Worth Remembering:

Pope Francis has recently declared 1 September to be an annual 'World Day of Prayer for Care for Creation''. 'The prayer for the earth' is a suggested prayer for this day. English here (PDF). Spanish here (PDF). Other resources for this day can be found here

The Bottom Line:

God comes to us in the hungry people we do not have to feed, comes to us in the lonely people we do not have to comfort, comes to us in all the desperate human need of people everywhere that we are always free to turn our backs upon. It means that God puts [God]self at our mercy not only in the sense of the suffering that we can cause [God] by our blindness and coldness and cruelty, but the suffering that we can cause [God] simply by suffering ourselves. Because that is the way love works, and when someone we love suffers, we suffer with him, and we would not have it otherwise because the suffering and the love are one, just as it is with God's love for us.

- Frederick Buechner , American writer and theologian, Presbyterian minister


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