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Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, used her inheritance in service of the needs of her time. Today, Sisters of Mercy, through Mercy International Association, use their resources to respond to issues of global poverty demonstrated in the massive displacement of persons worldwide...This vision keeps alive the founding spirit of Catherine among peoples of the world most in need of God's compassion and mercy.
– from the MIA Visioning Statement 2007
Mercies and friends gather around the world for Good Cup of Tea Events (MIA)
Mercy Sisters, Associates and friends gathered on convent lawns, in community rooms, school halls, staffrooms, lunchrooms, lounge rooms and at the local parish to share a 'Good Cup of Tea' and conversation, on or around 11/11/11.
Wonderful reports from events held in Australia, the US, New Zealand, Ireland, Philippines and England, along with a report on the continuous Good Cup of tea Event held at Mercy International Centre, are already online and linked to this item.
We invite you to send in your reports, images, and captions for inclusion on the mercyworld.org website and will update the news page as these come in.
Messages to Mercy News
Image: The Good Cup of Tea gathering on the front lawn of the Mercy Convent, Grafton, NSW, Australia
Mercy International Association extends a very sincere thank you to everyone involved in hosting and attending a Good Cup of Tea event. Your support enables Mercy International Association to continue its mission of keeping alive the founding spirit of Catherine among peoples of the world in need of God’s compassion and Mercy.
Donations are currently being received from the events held worldwide, so watch in December for a report on the events held and donations received. The principles underpinning our fundraising activities can be viewed here.
How to make a donation
If you would like to make a secure online credit / debit card donation you can do so at:
You can make a bank payment to:
Bank of Ireland, Baggot Street Branch
Account No.: 27868395
IBAN: IE59 BOFI 9014 9027 8683 95
Cheque or Bank Draft
You can send donations directly by cheque or bank draft to:
Mercy International Centre, 64a Lwr Baggot St., Dublin 2, Ireland.
Remember to always name your donation as ‘International Good Cup of Tea’ event.
For further information or enquiries contact: email@example.com
Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Commemoration of the Life and Death of Catherine McAuley at Baggot Street (MIA)
The life and death of Catherine McAuley was commemorated at Baggot Street on the historic 170th anniversary of her death on 11-11-11. Sixty-five Sisters of Mercy, Associates, partners in ministry, and friends of Mercy participated in a Eucharistic liturgy followed by afternoon tea. Mary Reynolds rsm, director of Mercy International Association, welcomed the congregation, which included persons from Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, and the United States...
In the evening as the specific time of Catherine’s death approached (7.50 p.m.), a dozen Sisters of Mercy and friends of Mercy who were staying overnight at Baggot Street, or are on staff with Mercy International Association, gathered in Catherine’s Room for evening prayer. Readings were taken from the letters and early manuscripts of the sisters who detailed Catherine’s final hours. As Catherine’s light was extinguished, all present lit a candle with the commitment to carry on Catherine’s legacy in our world today.
Messages to Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director, Heritage & Spirituality.
European Day Against Trafficking (MGA)
APT is a faith-based group working against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) in Ireland. It is linked to both the Conference of Religious of Ireland (CORI) and the Irish Missionary Union (IMU). Concerned about the growing reality of the worldwide trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation, we explore ways of working together nationally and internationally to prevent this evil.
Messages to Mary Ryan rsm
Special Celebrations at MIC (MIA)
Monday 12 December: 180th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Mercy
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.
RSVP is required for both Mass and Lunch. Please ring– 353 (0)1 661 8061 or email Madeleine or & let us know whether you will be attending the mass and/or lunch. All our Mercy friends are invited.
Messages to Madeleine O'Hanlon - Receptionist
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Ireland (MGA)
Within the last six months or so the word ‘fracking’ has become a household word in parts of the island of Ireland. The screening of the award-winning film ’Gaslands’ in several towns and villages both sides of the Border, has added a visual interpretation to the word ‘fracking’. Viewers are still shocked and wonder how water from a tap could go up in flames. What was going on?
Messages to Catherine Gibbons rsm
Sisters of Mercy build homes in Haiti (The Congregation)
On 29th October 2011, seven Sisters of Mercy travelled to Haiti to participate in Build it Week with the Haven Partnership, along with three family members of the sisters.
On this occasion, the Sisters of Mercy and the Haven volunteers worked near the epicentre of the January 2010 earthquake, a place called Leogane- 18 miles outside Port Au Prince, capital of Haiti.
A video 'snapshot' of their experiences during 'Build It' week has been posted on The Congregation's website.
Messages to Ailish O'Brien rsm - Communications Co-ordinator
1969: Mater Misericordiae Hospital Dunedin shifts from its original site on Royal Terrace to Maori Hill, Dunedin.
Commemoration of Catherine’s life and death
The reflection given by Kathleen Rushton rsm at Baggot Street on the occasion of the 170th Anniversary of Catherine McAuley's death is now online in the Spirituality section of mercyworld.org and linked to this item
Mother of Mercy High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Mother of Mercy High School, a Catholic secondary school for young women sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, provides quality educational programs in a Christian community which promote life-long learning and strong, clear Mercy values: Faith, Compassion, Service, Leadership, and Excellence.
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Directors:Sister Patricia McDermott (US), Peter Burnett (British), Maura Hyland, Sister Coirle McCarthy,
James Peppiatt-Combes (US), Sister Mary Waskowiak (US) and Sister Denise Fox (NZ)