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Mercy Enews
No. 457 | 11 April 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


Put your whole trust in God - St. Leo's Carlow (The Congregation)

April 10th marked 175 years since the establishment by Catherine McAuley of her fifth foundation - St. Leo’s Mercy Convent, Carlow.

Invited by Dr. Edward Nolan, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, to start a foundation, Catherine arrived in Carlow town on a fair day, 10 April 1837, accompanied by Sisters M. Francis Warde, Josephine Trennor, Teresa Whyte, Ursula Frayne and Cecilia Marmion.

The story of their arrival in Carlow, the works of Mercy conducted there and the foundations made from that place to other parts of the world, is the subject of a wonderful article by the South Central archivist and sisters from Carlow linked to this item. A video interview with Sheila Carney rsm (Americas) is a particular highlight of the article.

Messages to: Mary Coyle rsm - Archives South Central Province
and the Sisters of Mercy, St Leo's Convent, Carlow

St Leo's College which opened its doors to the first students on the 1st May 1839, is this week's featured website.


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Seventh General Chapter Assembly (Philippines)

The Seventh General Chapter Assembly of the Religious Sisters of Mercy (Philippines) is being held this week April 9-13, 2012. Please accompany us in prayer. Access the Chapter prayer here.

Please Pray for Rain for Kenya

Readers of Mercy e-News are asked to pray for 'long rains' for Kenya. The rain is late in arriving - it was due in March - and the weather is hot and oppressive. There were some showers in February but solid, steady rain is needed to ensure there will not be a drought.
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