Celebrating the 11/11/11 (MIA)
As we gather around the world to celebrate the 170th anniversary of the death of Catherine McAuley, let us in the words of Sheila Carney rsm hear again some of Catherine’s final messages and, from this distance of 170 years, find the wisdom they hold for us today.
" Reflection on these last words reveals several themes. The first is the concern she had for those around her – beginning with her physician...
She spoke also of the future of the Institute...
Finally, there are those words which reveal the graced and amazing composure and peace of soul that she exhibited in her last hours..."
A number of resources - readings, videos and audio clips available online on mercyworld.org which might be used on November 11 are linked to this item.
Messages to Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Special Celebrations at MIC (MIA)
November 11th: On the 170th anniversary of Catherine’s death there will be a continuous ‘Good Cup of Tea’ and scones at Mercy International Centre from 10.00am to 2.30pm. Mass will be celebrated at 3.00pm in the Chapel at Baggot Street and will be followed by afternoon tea.
December 12th: On the 180th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Mercy, Mass will be celebrated at George’s Hill at 12 midday. Lunch will be served at Mercy International Centre from 1.30pm.
Full details are linked to this item.
Messages to Madeleine O'Hanlon - Receptionist
Suggested Process for the International Good Cup of Tea Event (MIA)
A suggested process for the International Good Cup of Tea Event has been posted online for those who might find it a helpful way to structure their celebratory gathering:
A Short History: Venerable Catherine McAuley
Good Cup of Tea
The process could be used in conjunction with other resources. A number of resources available on the mercyworld.org website have been highlighted here
Messages to Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Catherine's Canonisation Cause: Prayer Requests
Prayers are asked for the intentions of all those on the MIA Prayer list, and, in particular, for those whose names have been most recently added: Leanne Vine, Lee Piercy.
Anne Hannon rsm - Vice postulator Europe and Africa
Sheila Carney rsm - Vice postulator Americas
Mary Duffy rsm - Vice postulator Australia, New Zealand, Philippines
Editor: A complete list of the names of all those who have asked for remembrance in our prayers will be published in pdf format in next week's Mercy E-News, in advance of November 11th.
Mercy Sisters in Australia are concerned about Coal seam gas mining (MGA)
Like many other areas where the Sisters of Mercy are working, coal seam mining is an issue for the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia.
Some of the major concerns about coal seam gas mining include:
• mining being established on good cropping soil and its impact on production of food
• interruption to the use of farming land
• use of and impact of chemicals upon the land and on the water table
• degradation of and devaluation of farming properties
• how to deal with the significant amount of waste materials (by-products) of the process
• impact on Australia’s Food Production, valuable export industries of beef and wine, Tourism, Thriving Communities– all of which effect human health.
Messages to Carmel Heagerty rsm - Institute justice Co-ordinator
Beaumont House - A Day to Remember
A day indeed when another facet of Mercy Ministry came to fruition at the opening of Beaumont House in Derby. Many months of painstaking planning, meetings, discussions and brainstorming sessions were finally realized with the opening of this beautiful unit. It will provide holistic and specialized care for persons suffering from the debilitating illness of dementia and associated conditions.
Messages to Cathy Edge rsm - Institute Web & IT Co-ordinator
Mercy Network on Aging Focuses on “Wisdom” at Biennial Conference (Americas)
Mercy Network on Aging held its 14th National Conference, titled, A Gift...journeying with our wisdom figures, in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 6 - 8, 2011. The conference program provided opportunities to understand and celebrate the richness of aging experiences as they pertain to spirituality, best practices and practical approaches while affirming and energizing those in attendance.
Messages to Marietta Walsh rsm
1900: Foundation to Tatura, Victoria from Bendigo - M Francis Hanigan
1930: Opening of Novitiate and Generalate, Rosanna, Victoria - M Evangelist Doogan
1969: Foundation to Tupac Amaru, Peru from Leeds, England - M Assumpta Hegarty
A new audio CD to accompany daily quiet times or an individually directed retreat by Penny Roker rsm and Val Goldsack
We all struggle at times, as the disciples did, to accept the death of Jesus and to allow his new life to transform our ordinariness. We too may feel weary and dejected. Like the disciples of Jesus, the angel's invitation to 'come home' with the Risen Lord is one we all need to hear.
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Saint Joseph's College of Maine
Saint Joseph's College is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college for men and women of all faiths, located on 350-acres on the shore of Sebago Lake in Standish, Maine, on what was once a large estate owned by the Verrill family of Portland.
Saint Joseph's was founded by the Portland Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas in 1912 and chartered by the Maine Legislature in 1915.
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