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Edition No. 642 | 07 October 2015
Editor: Coordinators from eight of the MIA Congregations and Institutes who were able to attend, gathered with the members of the Mercy International Reflection Process Guiding Team at Baggot Street from 28 September -1 October for an intensive four days of meetings in preparation for the implementation of the process during the Year of Mercy.
This coming together enabled them to be guided through the four stage reflection process by Elaine Wainwright rsm, the International Director, and made it possible for the Communications Director, Anne Walsh, to present the philosophy of MIA online communications and to explore the principles, platforms (technologies) including the Mercyworld.org website and Mercy E-news. and the practices of our shared communications for this process.
Coordinators were able to experience the process then share questions and insights and clarify understandings. By forming a group undertaking the process they were a microcosm of the many groups that will be formed across the Mercy world when the process gets underway. This experience also enabled them to discover the support that they will be able to give one another across the process through forming a global circle of Mercy connectedness...
Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Mercy International Reflection Process Team
Back row l-r: Sheila Curren rsm, Elaine Wainwright rsm, Kathleen Rushton rsm, Anne Walsh, Adele Howard rsm
Front row: Marianne Comfort, Helen Diviney rsm, Natalie Murphy rsm, Patricia McMahon rsm, Josephine Davies rsm, Teresa Anderson rsm, Elizabeth Marrie
Absent: Sandra Lupi rsm, Valda Dickinson rsm, Carmela Cabactulan rsm. Photo: Adele Howard rsm
God of love and mercy, touch with your healing power and restore to full health: Susan Madden, Pat Linnane rsm, Joyce Njuguna, Selena Delahunty 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
Please note: While we welcome requests for prayers for healing, to respect individuals' privacy, those who post prayers need to confirm by ticking the box on the prayer form that you have the permission of the person you are asking prayers for to post the request online.
MIA Prayer Intention for the Coming Week: Synod on the Family
With the Synod on the Family underway in Rome now (4-25 October), we pray that those attending will do so with wisdom, compassion and openness to listen to one another and 'the kind of attitude that will allow them to face challenges as one body caring for one another. May decisions and outcomes be for the common good.' (adapted from Prayers for special help)
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel
Mercy International Reflection Process: Key Events
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.
An invitation to participate in a global circle of prayer on this day is forthcoming. All Sisters and partners-in-Mercy will be invited to pray the prayer for the earth/Oración por nuestra Tierra on this day.
13 December, Third Sunday in Advent: Symbolic Opening of Baggot Street Doors.
A simple ritual will be provided in November for use by Mercy ministries and communities to use in ritually opening your local door of Mercy.
COP21. 30 November - 11 December. While not a key date in the Mercy International Reflection Process, COP 21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, with its aim of achieving a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, is a significant event in this time of preparation.
We will be inviting all Sisters and partners-in-Mercy to pray the prayer for the earth/Oración por nuestra Tierra during these days. Further information is forthcoming
Messages to: Mercy International Reflection Process Team
Editor: Berneice Loch, Institute Leader ISMAPNG and President MIA, was interviewed by The Catholic Leader, a publication of the Brisbane Archdiocese, about the Letter of Greetings sent to Pope Francis for Mercy Day
The article draws attention to how 'the Pope’s gifts to the world focused on mercy, including his encyclical Laudato Si’ and the Year of Mercy, had challenged and energised them “in our lives and ministries as Sisters of Mercy”.
“Together these gifts are helping us shape a new vision for our lives as Sisters of Mercy in the midst of the ecological, social and ecclesial realities of this twenty-first century,” the letter said.
“They have strengthened our planning to engage in an international reflection process intended to provide ways for our sisters and our partners in mercy to explore the challenges and issues that the new cosmology and its link to eco-justice are bringing to light in our world.” '
Messages to: Berneice Loch rsm
Editor: Longtime Readers of Mercy eNews will be very familiar with the name 'Ailish O'Brien rsm'. Sr Ailish was the Communications Co-ordinator with The Congregation for 12 years until July 2015 when she commenced her new ministry. Together with members of other religious congregations, ministering through Solidarity with South Sudan, Sr Ailish is now in Yambio, South Sudan educating primary school teachers in English, the mandated medium of education.
In the attached article she shares her first impressions of being newly arrived in the youngest country in the world and in a land suffering the turmoil of civil war.
'As I write, I have been living in South Sudan for a total of twenty eight days! Looking back, I can hardly believe how different the life being lived now is, from that which I left behind on July 24th last.... I am only beginning to experience first-hand and to understand the implications of living in a land suffering the turmoil of civil war...'
Messages to: Ailish O'Brien rsm
Image: Sr Ailish with her Foundation Level English Class on Mercy Day. Ailish is holding a printout of Catherine's Canonisation Cause logo
'Last week a delegation from Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) visited ‘the Jungle’ refugee camp in Calais to meet many of the people living and working in the camp. With Europe facing a refugee crisis of unprecedented proportions, the delegation spoke with refugees from countries such as Afghanistan, Eritrea and Sudan, who had been left with no alternative other than to flee the war, poverty and destruction that has taken over their home countries.'
Lynda Dearlove rsm MBE, CSAN Trustee was interviewed by Nick Benson, journalist at The Catholic Universe paper about what she experienced there and what we need to do collectively to resolve the situation these people are in and the trauma they are suffering.
The article is linked to this item and is available here as a PDF.
Messages to: Lynda Dearlove rsm MBE
Editor: We are very grateful to The Catholic Universe, the largest selling Catholic newspaper for Great Britain and Ireland, for responding to our request to make the interview with Sr Lynda available, both online and as a PDF, so we could include these links in Mercy eNews for the information of the global Mercy family.
Image: Source: The Catholic Universe
On 24 September, 2015, Carol Rittner rsm was the facilitator at a high level seminar held at the United Nations in New York on the eve of the visit of Pope Francis to the UN. Organized by the World Bank, Caritas International, and the World Council of Churches, this standing room only event brought together global religious leaders of faith-based NGOs in an attempt to affirm an Action Framework to End Extreme Poverty.
The Action Framework builds on the statement, 'Ending Extreme Poverty: A Spiritual and Moral Imperative' (April 2015). The statement was drafted by a diverse group of multi-faith leaders heading up international NGOs. They worked collaboratively to identify and draw upon the shared moral commitments that unite their respective faith traditions to eliminate extreme poverty...
Messages to: Carol Rittner rsm
Image: Carol Rittner rsm and Dr. Sadhvi Bhagawati of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance
In the East-coast parish of Laytown Co. Meath Mercy Day 2015 had a different focus, in that the celebrations were mainly parish-based. At the beginning of the year dedicated to Consecrated Life the parish liturgy group invited each of the five congregations in Laytown/Bettystown to an awareness-raising week of celebrations around that congregation’s Feast Day. For Mercies that was the week September 19-26. Sr. Assumpta Wallace a prominent member of the liturgy group played a pivotal role in mounting a display in the church demonstrating the Laytown Mercy Story from its foundation from Drogheda in 1944 to the present day...
Messages to: Joan McManus rsm
Invitation from Australia to Pray for Healing (ISMAPNG)
Josephine Clarke, a relative of Sister Patricia Powell who lives in Bathurst, NSW, has an aggressive cancer. Jo is 38 years old. She is married to Darren and they have two children, Jacob aged 3 years and Angus aged 10 months.
Patricia is inviting all Sisters and Friends of Mercy world-wide to participate in a specific period of prayer for Jo, from October 11 until November 11 during which the official prayer for healing through Catherine's intercession will be prayed each day.
Thankyou for your support.
Caroline Ryan rsm - Vice Postulator Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and The Philippines
Mercy Family Joins Millions in Welcoming the Pope to the U.S. (Americas)
Pope Francis’ visit to the United States was a momentous occasion for the entire world. The historic visit’s remarkable intersection with Mercy Day on 24 September made it particularly notable for the Mercy family, who participated in a number of ways.
Reports, images and press coverage of Mercy's involvement in and response to the apostolic tour can be found here on the Institute's website
Mercy's response to Pope Francis' call for dialogue and building of bridges to confront global inequality, violent conflicts, climate change and mass migration can be read here
'We share his concerns for the rights of people who are excluded and his concerns about the misuse of natural resources and the deterioration of the environment. With the Pope, we envision authentic development that includes education, shelter, labor and spiritual freedom for all.
Messages to Sue Carroll - Director of Communications
1864: Foundation to Tipperary from Limerick - M Catherine McNamara
1880: Death of M Clare Augustine Moore, artist
1989: Mercy Union Foundation - Stechford, Birmingham
Post a fact about the Story of the Sisters of Mercy for our online archive
Paper, everyone's favorite iPad sketching app, is now available for the iPhone...You can download the iPhone version of Paper for free in the iOS App Store.
Source: Fast Company
Personal Enrichment Resource: Sabbatical Thresholds in 2016 at Mercy by the Sea, Madison, CT
Mercy by the Sea is offering two sabbatical opportunities in 2016:
February 19 – March 31, 2016
6-week Sabbatical Program with Judy Fortune rsm
October 10 – November 21, 2016
6-week Sabbatical Program with Judy Fortune rsm
Download the details here (PDF)
'The rescue of a newborn infant during the epidemic is an example of Catherine’s response in love to a perceived need.'
'Welcoming the stranger and sharing our wealth with the dispossessed may demand of us a simpler way of life. Who knows what blessings it will bring if we dare to take up the challenge?'
-Veronica Lawson rsm. Gospel reflection for 11 October 2015. Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 10:17-30)
Edel Bannon rsm has been named this week as the Fermanagh Community Hero. Sr Edel is a founding member of Enniskillen’s Aisling Centre which she managed for five years. She is currently on the Board and as the article in this week's local paper, The Impartial Reporter, attests, a very active fundraiser.
Congratulations Sr Edel
'I Shall Not want'. This video prayer reflection by Susan Francois csjp uses video and photos taken at sunrise at Long Branch, New Jersey. The song "I Shall Not Want" by Audrey Assad, American singer-songwriter and contemporary Christian music artist. Purchase the song on iTunes and on GooglePlay. Lyrics can be accessed here
'Social Analysis for the 21st century', the new book by Maria Cimperman rscj, Associate professor of Theological Ethics and Director of the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life at the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, is now available in both print and ebook editions.
'Planetary Pope - The Ecology of Pope Francis'. Last Sunday, 4 October, this talk by internationally renowned speaker Newfoundland born John McCarthy sj, biologist and ecologist, was livestreamed by saltandlighttv.org. The talk has been archived online here The talk follows evening prayer and commences at approximately half an hour into the recording. To begin watching the program at the talk, simply drag the slider on the video toolbar to 35:30 when Fr John is introduced.
Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller, the documentary This Changes Everything, now screening, was filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years. This Changes Everything is considered 'an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change'. Watch the trailer here The documentary website can be visited here
The Bottom Line:
'Sr Lynda remarked that her visit to the camp [23-24 September] coincided with a big feast day for the Sisters of Mercy. "I was sat in the church in the middle of the camp, thinking never was there a situation that more needed mercy to fall on it and that's not because I'm saying these people deserve mercy, I believe they deserve rights.
I'm coming completely from a human rights perspective but somehow or other the mercy of God has got to reach and touch the hearts and minds of the political people who can make a difference. We have to find a way as a Church to help and provide a response but actually the only thing that is going to resolve any of this is political will."
- Lynda Dearlove rsm, MBE, CSAN Trustee, following her visit to 'the jungle' refugee camp in Calais
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