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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 676  |  22 June 2016
Featured Story
Mercy Leadership: Ethos Pilgrimage for Partners in Mercy

An opportunity to celebrate this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy with a six day programme at Baggot Street exploring the Mercy charism in the tradition of Catherine McAuley.

This programme is open to all in the Mercy family and is especially designed for administrators, staff and board of trustee members of Mercy ministries and all who want to deepen their rootedness in the Mercy story: past, present and future. It draws on the inspiration of the founding women of Mercy as it engages Mercy mission and leadership as it is lived today.

Cost: €570 (Residential); €390 (Non-residential)

Download the flyer here (PDF)

Register by contacting Madeleine O'Hanlon - Receptionist by email or phone her on +353 1 661 8061


Image: iStock. Used under licence

Vision in Action

Mercy Global Justice priorities took center stage for several women and men students from Mercy universities who brought their varied experience, high motivation and deep passion for justice to Mercy Global Action (MGA) at the UN.

Sponsored by the Conference for Mercy Higher Education (CMHE), the 1-3 June advocacy immersion brought together students from five U.S. Mercy colleges and universities: Georgian Court University in New Jersey; Mercy College of Health Sciences in Iowa; and Carlow University, Gwynedd Mercy University, and Misericordia University in Pennsylvania...

Messages to:
Rita Parks rsm - MGA Staff
Angela Reed rsm -Resident, MGA at UN
Áine O’Connor rsm - MGA Coordinator at the UN

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On June 15, 2016, at the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Angela Reed rsm delivered a joint statement by Sisters of Mercy and the Good Shepherd Sisters. The oral intervention was in response to reports by the Special Rapporteurs on Health and Human Trafficking respectively.

The statement affirmed the health report highlighting the need to recognise and respond to risk factors early in life in order to impact life trajectories. The Trafficking report was also affirmed for recognising root causes and vulnerabilities to human trafficking. Calling for a preventative, human rights, Life Course Approach to addressing human trafficking, Sr Angela informed the Council that narratives shared by survivors pointed to areas of vulnerability to trafficking...

Messages to:
Angela Reed rsm - Resident, MGA at UN
Áine O’Connor - MGA Coordinator at the UN

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As a Mercy Community we pray with those in need of prayer

God of love and mercy, touch with your healing power and restore to full health: John Bucki and all whose names are on our prayer list.

We ask this with confidence through the intercession of Venerable Catherine McAuley. Amen.

Messages to: the Vice postulators

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In her reflection 'Musings on the European Referendum vote on June 23rd', Camilla Hunt rsm (GB Institute) calls for 'all people who believe in the power of prayer to join together, in spirit, to pray for an outcome that will be for the greater good of our country [Britain] and that whatever the outcome, we will all live and work together in unity, friendship and peace'.

Let us join our prayers with Sr Camilla's for the people of Britain that 'whatever the outcome [tomorrow, all] will live and work together in unity, friendship and peace'.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

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MIA Reflection Process

During Laudato Si’ Week (12-19 June), prominent speakers from different backgrounds dialogued about the crisis affecting our common home and reflected on the Pope’s Laudato Si’ message on occasion of its first anniversary.

Four webinars covered four key sections of the encyclical document, following the Pope’s 'urgent appeal for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet'
(LS, 14).

The four webinars are linked to this item.

Messages to: Global Catholic Climate Movement

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Creating A New Story and Healing Earth: Free Online Resources

The Summer 2016 issue from Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center (IPJC), a collaborative venture of a number of US religious communities, of A Matter of Spirit on “Creating A New Story” is now available for free download (16pps; PDF). The podcast version can be accessed here as can past issues of this publication, as well as resources such as:

A Primer on Sustainability (16 pps; PDF; free download)

Messages to: Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center

Loyola University Chicago and the International Jesuit Ecology Project (IJEP) have launched Healing Earth, a free digital environmental science 'textbook' for upper-level secondary (second level) and beginning college (university students). Broken into six chapters — biodiversity, natural resources, energy, water, food, and global climate change—the resource offers perspectives from a scientific, ethical and spiritual perspective. Access the textbook here.  Further information about the project can be read here

Messages to: Healing Earth Team


Meet the MIRP Group from Wiri, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand

Meet the Group from Wiri, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand who have completed the first Stage of the Mercy International Reflection Process after gathering for three evening meetings, each of an hour and a half duration.  The group comprises four Sisters of Mercy, one Sister of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart and one Good Shepherd sister.  They report, 'We named our focus "the acceptance of unsustainable debt". We will explore the effects and implications of debt ‘on the earth and the poor’ locally, nationally and globally.'

Messages to: Natalie Murphy rsm - MIRP Co-coordinator ANZ

Image. L-r: Teresa Donworth rgs, Alice Sinnot rsm, Anne Hurley rsm, Margaret Martin rsm (facilitator), Adrienne Galle rsj and Jeanette Mathers rsm

Meet the Members of Newfoundland's RSM-11 Group

We are 1 Mercy Associate, 4 Partners-in-Ministry and 6 Sisters of Mercy meeting monthly for two hours each time in St John's

Our Co-facilitators are Sharon Basha rsm and Charlotte Fitzpatrick rsm.

Messages to: Elizabeth Marrie rsm - MIRP Coordinator Newfoundland

Image: Back row-L-R: Michelle Gibbons rsm, Madeline Byrne rsm, Gerri Stapleton, Mickie Pitcher, Bobbie Brennan, Agnes Brennan rsm
Front row-L-R:  Marie Crotty rsm, Charlotte Fitzpatrick rsm (Co-F)
Absent from photo: Sharon Basha rsm (Co-F), Sheila Grant rsm

MIA Members News

On Wednesday June 1st, the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta provided a free sponsored lunch at the Parramatta Mission Meals Plus Program. The Sponsored Lunch marked the beginning of a upgraded 3 year partnership between the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta and the Parramatta Mission Meals Plus Program. During the lunch the Sisters presented a $10,000 cheque to Parramatta Mission, being the first payment of our 3 year, $30,000 commitment to support this vital program...

The Sisters see the work of Parramatta Mission's Meal Plus program as akin to the work of the Sisters in Parramatta who since arriving in 1888, provided meals at the Convent door to those in need...

Messages to: Maria Lawton rsm - Congregation Leadership Team

Image: Parramatta Mercy Sisters and Staff at Parramatta Mission

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A year ago, I was joining in the celebrations of the release of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ and its strong messaging about the need to respond to the 'cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor'. Now it’s time to celebrate how the themes of this important document are being lived out.

Lots of people report eliminating purchases of bottled water, recycling and composting more, using fewer disposable products, preparing more meatless meals, and buying more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Those are worthy immediate responses, but Pope Francis is challenging us to take more radical action. His critique of societies that prioritize financial markets and corporate profits over the needs of Earth and all people calls for an overhaul of our way of life. And that only comes out of deep prayer, reflection and discernment about what is truly ours to do individually and collectively...

Messages to: Marianne Comfort - Institute Justice Team

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On Tuesday, May 31st, MECPATHS (Mercy Efforts to Counter Child Prostitution and Trafficking in the Hospitality Sector) hosted an important event in that very house, what is now the Mercy International Centre, to examine ways to combat the sexual exploitation of children. Facilitated by Debbie Beadle from ECPAT UK, this training day focused on child sex trafficking in Ireland.

ECPAT UK is one branch of an international organisation working to end the sexual exploitation of children in the sex trade. They regularly provide training to a range of state agencies and childcare practitioners across the UK, and are leading advocates of policy reform for the protection of children from trafficking and slavery...

Messages to: Ruth Kilcullen - Campaign Manager

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Call to Embrace Renewable Energy (ISMAPNG)

On 2 July the Australian Federal (National) Election will take place.

In conjunction with the Australian Federal Election, the Institute has initiated a petition that calls on politicians to develop policies that enable progress towards:
·    A national goal of at least 50% renewable energy by 2030
·    A fair tariff for the millions of people who have invested in their own solar power
·    A national program to help low-income households and renters with soaring power bills to transition to renewable sources of power
·    Innovative energy structures in which communities collectively control these new energy systems
·    Transition to new jobs for people currently in fossil fuel industries.

The petition is online and can be signed here

Messages to: Elaine Wainwright rsm - Executive Leader, Mission & Ministry


Mercy Matters

Users of gmail will find these tips helpful for improving efficiency.

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1927: Death of M Clare Dunphy, Foundress of Parramatta, from Callan

Contribute a fact about the Story of the Sisters of Mercy in your congregation or institute to our online archive

Editor: Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Congregation is this week's featured Mercy website

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'Gary Cohen’s film, Judah & Mohammad, depicts the separate lives and education of two teenage school boys, one a Jewish Israeli and the other a Palestinian Arab...'

- Veronica Lawson rsm

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The foundation from Callan to Parramatta (1888) was a direct result of the close relationship between Cardinal Moran and the Sisters for Mercy in Callan... Mother Clare Dunphy was the leader of a group of nine sisters who responded to the Cardinal’s invitation.

It was said of Mother Clare:

"'She was never haughty, there was always the kindly smile, the little pat on one’s head or shoulder. She always found an excuse for everybody.'

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'Maybe it’s when we’re ill that we appreciate mercy more fully— the relief of the ambulance’s arrival at an accident, the hot meal at the door, a mowed lawn, the right prescription, a phone call, the children’s cards, the prayer, the visit. It’s in these acts of visiting — of giving our real presence — that the geranium scarlet of mercy is embodied and compassion surges in our universe. Mercy is in our real presence, a voiced “I’m still here” in the dark night, in compassionate company in pain, in sitting beside listening.'

- Ann Gilroy rsj, Editorial Tui Motu, Issue 205, June 2016

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Video: Pope Francis invitation to all to 'Be God's mercy' (1:00)
This message by Pope Francis was released on Friday 17 June to highlight an awareness and fund-raising initiative by the Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

'And do not be afraid of mercy: mercy is God's caress.'

The Pope's June video, part of the monthly  Apostleship of Prayer series, can be accessed here or from the highlight button below

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Further Resources

Worth playing:

'Open My Eyes' by Jesse Manibusan (English/Vietnamese/Spanish). Watch/listen here (04:00)

Worth Reading:


LCWR's 2015 - 2016 Annual Report : Springs of the Great Deep Burst Forth: Meeting the Thirsts of the World is now available for download here (34pps; PDF)

Cosmology and Eco-justice

2015 was the worst year on record for killings of land and environmental defenders – people struggling to protect their land, forests and rivers, according to Global Witness. Download the Report here (15 pps; PDF)

El año 2015 fue el peor de la historia en lo que respecta al asesinato de defensores de la tierra y el medio ambiente - personas que luchaban por proteger su tierra, sus bosques y sus ríos. Descargar Informe (15 pps; PDF)

Worth a Look:

Interested in contemplative dialogue? LCWR has produced a one hour video, also available with Spanish-language captions of the introduction and closing remarks. A transcript and a pdf of additional information about this practice can be accessed on LCWR's site here.

Worth Thinking About:

'Thomas Berry: Prophet and Mystic of the Earth'. A new e-course by Kathleen Deignan CND and Kevin Cawley CFC. (4 - 29 July, 2016). Biographies of the presenters and details of the e-course can be found here A new website focussed on Thomas Berry's life and thought has been recently launched by the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale. Visit the site here for videos, audio recordings, essays and other resources on Thomas Berry.

The Bottom Line:

Don't ask the mountain
To move, just take a pebble

Each time you visit.

— Jean Paul Lederach, Professor of International Peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame


Send suggestions and contributions for the 'Worth...' section 2016 to: the Editor

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