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Mercy Enews
No. 455 | 28 March 2012

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

Cross Borders and Welcome in the Stranger (ISMAPNG)

30 years of working with refugees have formed what Marilyn Lacey rsm calls her “ life stances” which she is sharing this week at gatherings with staffs and students of Victorian and Western Australian Mercy schools, an outcome of the student action plan formulated at the Dublin Mercy Youth Pilgrimage at which Marilyn presented in 2011.

Using anecdotes from life and stories from scripture, poetry, quotations, personal experiences, reflections and images of people and places (South Sudan and Haiti),  Marilyn shared with Mercy staff on Monday, March 26 in a reflective and challenging presentation on The Boundless Mercy of God, the three key “life stances” her work with African refugees has taught her and out of which she has developed what she calls a “Spirituality of Welcome”.

Messages to: 
Mary Moloney rsm (ISMAPNG) - Organising Committee Chair
Marilyn Lacey rsm (Americas) - Executive Director Mercy Beyond Borders

Editor: On Tuesday Jan 31 the students from across Ireland who attended the Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage in August 2011 were invited to MIC to continue the conversation about how they can be a leader in their schools embodying the charism of Mercy. A report of that gathering can be found here. We invite  the other schools and university groups who attended the Youth Pilgrimage to share through Mercy E-news from their action plans.
 
Photo: Marilyn Lacey rsm with Achok Deng, Liaison Officer for the Sudanese Community at Academy of Mary Immaculate College, Fitzroy. Achok attended St. Bakhita Girls’ Primary School in Narus, South Sudan in the late 1990s. Mercy Beyond Borders provides almost all the funding for St Bakhita's. Although Marilyn and Achok had never met, it had the warmth of a reunion when they were introduced on Monday.

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Bonnie Brennan rsm advises that those wishing to purchase of copy of this resource which tells the story of Mary Ann Doyle, first Companion of Catherine McAuley, will reach Bonnie at bbrennan@merboy.net, not the address advertised in last week's Mercy E-News.

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