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Mercy Enews
No. 473 | 01 August 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

Watering the Roots at the Wellspring of Mercy - Week Four (MIA)

In the fourth and final week of Watering the Roots at the Wellspring of Mercy, Ray Maria McNamara rsm engaged the group on the topic: “For the Love of God: Mercy Spirituality in the Context of Ecological Urgency”.

Participants explored links between a love of nature and a response to ecological concerns that is rooted in Mercy spirituality. They worked to develop a shared understanding of ‘Mercy spirituality’, and discussed ecological issues and concerns. Time was structured to allow for input from Ray Maria, group sharing and conversation, personal prayer/reflection, and direct experiences of nature.

Ray Maria, who led this week, currently serves as the director of Mission Advancement for the South Central Community of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. She is a theologian whose area of expertise is Christian Spirituality, and her published books include: Interdependence and the God Quest: A Christian Ecological Spirituality and Spirit and Nature: The Study of Christian Spirituality in a Time of Ecological Urgency.

Watch this video to hear Ray Maria speak of her time with this renewal group (00:10:33)

Messages to:
Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality
Ray Maria McNamara rsm - Presenter

Photo: Participants in session led by Ray Maria in the International Room at MIC

Editor: This concludes the series of presentations from each of the presenters. In next week's Mercy E-News (Issue 474) we will hear from some of the participants through the sharing of their written reflections.

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