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Mercy Enews
No. 443 | 07 December 2011

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

Feature

Celebrating the 180th Anniversary of the Founding of the Mercy Congregation (MIA)

On December 12th  we celebrate the 180th anniversary of the founding of the congregation. The story of how it came to be fits well into the Advent theme of Mary’s Yes. God’s merciful plan for the world depended on the ‘Fiat’ of Mary. Would she be prepared to listen to the Spirit’s call? Would she risk all in trusting that call? Would she say ‘Yes‘, not knowing where it would lead, what it would cost?.

Catherine had plans for what she wanted to do. We are told in the Bermondsey Manuscript that she wanted “to make some lasting efforts for the relief of the suffering and the instruction of the ignorant,” and she thought of establishing a society of pious secular ladies who would devote themselves to their service, with liberty to return to their worldly life when they no longer felt inclined to discharge such duties.

The first step towards the realisation of this dream was the building of the house in Baggot Street, financed entirely from her inheritance of the Coolock estate....

Messages to Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Editor: A Prayer Service for Foundation Day prepared by Regina Werntz rsm (Americas) can be accessed here.

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