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Mercy Enews
No. 479 | 29 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


Who is Catherine for me? (MIA)

On September 24th, we celebrate Mercy Day. On that day in 1827 Catherine McAuley did the unthinkable. She used her million dollar inheritance to open the first House of Mercy in Baggot Street – right in the heart of Dublin’s wealthiest neighbourhoods. She inspired many to walk with her and animated others at the centre of wealth, power and influence to share in her heroic efforts of connecting the rich to the poor, the healthy to the sick, the educated and skilled to the uninstructed and the powerful to the weak to do the work of God on earth.

In preparation for the feast we have invited 8 Mercy people to share with us ‘Who is Catherine for me?’ Between now and September 19th, we will publish two of these reflections each week.

This week the reflections are provided by Marie Etheridge rsm (Newfoundland) and Nancy Corbett (Americas). Their reflections are linked to this item.

As you read each of these reflections, you are invited to consider and to share:

  • How has your own Mercy story expanded and changed over time?
  • Who is Catherine for you, today?

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Image - Watercolor Portrait of Catherine McAuley by Marie Henderson rsm © used with permission of the artist.


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