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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 678  |  06 July 2016
Featured Story
Meet Our MIRP Group: Joan of Arc School Staff, Leulumoega, Apia, Samoa (ANZ)

We are a group of 2 Sisters of Mercy and thirteen lay teachers of our Mercy Primary School in Samoa, part of Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa / Sisters of Mercy New Zealand. We’ve had two meetings - 2 weeks in a row after school in the staffroom.

The focus of our group for this process is ‘Sustainable Living’.We have identified issues facing us today such as the fast growing use of modern technologies which is also causing us to use more and more processed and instant food, rather than our old methods and natural degradable resources which are environmentally friendly. We are aware that this is going to be a challenging process but we are confident that we will achieve a good result at the end.       

More about the Mercy presence in Samoa can be read here

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

Image: From L - R /Sitting): Anarosa Leulua’ialii, Sieni Ioane, Sr. Marieta Ifopo rsm, Lusia Laulu, Ivona Tamati, Grace Amiatu, Antonina Ah Kuoi.
(Standing): Taeao Ioane, Na’oafioga Konelio, Kamila Petelo, Matthew Sam Ling, Suau’u Evile, Selafina Niko and Corrianna Moe. (Facilitator / photographer: Malia Fetuli rsm)

Vision in Action

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:
Ed Tico, Angela Moroney rsm, Sharon Fenech, Christine Chisholm, Charlie McNamee 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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MIA Prayer Intention for the Coming Week: Cessation of Violence

The bombing outside the Prophet's Mosque, one of Islam's holiest sites, in the city of Medina, on the second-to- last day of Ramadan, was the third attack in Saudi Arabia this week, following blasts in the cities of Jeddah and Qatif. A bomb blast in Iraq has killed more than 200 people, including many children.

Let our prayers be for peace.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

MIA Reflection Process

There has been a wonderful response to the launch of the MIRP Stage Three online resource: www.mirpvoices.org of short clips and full length interviews with 14 Speakers in response to the theme: 'The Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor', in light of biblical, theological, spiritual, ecclesial and mercy tradition.

We have had 2,458 plays of videos in this past week.

Some reminders about screening the Stage Three videos:

The videos can be played on desktops and laptops as well as mobile devices (iPhones,Androids) on tablets (including iPads), on apple tv, chromecast and roku. Instructions for the streaming players can be found here.

In communities where the preference is to screen videos through a tv set, instructions for connecting a laptop to TV can be found here Instructions for connecting a pc to a tv can be found here

Some reminders about locating the videos:

The videos and accompanying materials can be accessed on the VOICES microsite at:


www.mirpvideos.org or

www.mirpstagethreevideos.org (videos only)

Navigating MIRP VOICES

There are a number of  ways to access the videos on the MIRP VOICES microsite:

Access each speaker's introduction and full length interview from their individual pages via the Main Menu: Speakers or from the speakers' list in alphabetical order: Speakers: Alphabetical Order

Access the content of each speaker's interview by topic on their individual page

Access all speakers responses on set topics- Main Menu: Topics

Access speaker's comments on other topics - Main Menu: More Topics

The link to last week's Mercy eNews is: http://enews.mercyworld.org/e-news/mercy-e-news/236-2016-06-29.html

For any queries or concerns about accessing MIRP VOICES: Anne Walsh - Communications Director MIRP

Meet the MIRP Members of Cluster Group Drumshanbo, Mohill, Newtownforbes (The Congregation)

11 Sisters from locations in Drumshanbo, Dublin, Newtownforbes and Mohill gathered at Sisters of Mercy, Mohill, Co. Leitrim, Ireland for their Stage two meeting: Reflection on the underlying causes and broader context/s in which our group’s focal issue – Displacement of People plays out locally, nationally, regionally and globally.

The group used  the questions suggested in the process as prompts for our discussion.

Their responses are attached here (PDF)

Messages to: Sheila Curran rsm - MIRP Coordinator The Congregation

Image (the first MIRP Selfie):

Back row l-r: Srs. Mary Reynolds, Veronica Jones, Mary Doherty, Marie Reilly, Nora Keenan
Front row l-r: Srs. Martina Sheridan, Freda Kenny, Helen Keegan, Michelle Gorham

The focus of the gathering was to look at and reflect upon ‘homelessness’. The facilitator, Jennifer Bailey rsm who has worked with the group for many years, invited Felicity Reynolds (CEO  of the Mercy Foundation) to share with the group some information on what has been done for the homeless, what  is being done to help these people, as well as what still needs to be done.  This sparked much interest in the group who shared a lot of their memories of homelessness in Sydney when they were younger.  This created a discussion on how to deal with homelessness this.  Many ideas were addressed and Felicity took note of ideas which she will collate and return to the group for further discussion.

Messages to: Valda Dickinson rsm - MIRP Coordinator Parramatta and Nth Sydney Congregations

Editor: In Mercy eNews Issue #671 (May 18, 2016) we introduced the youngest MIRP group - Year six (primary school students). This group of Residents in care is believed to be our most senior group with all members being  over 90 years of age.

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MIA Members News
A Heart Moved to Mercy (ANZ)

Kathleen Rushton rsm provides new insights into the parable of the wounded man in Luke 10:25-37, the Gospel Reading for the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time (10 July).

Download the complete article (PDF)

Read the article online

Published in Mercy eNews with permission of Tui Motu

Messages to: Kathleen Rushton rsm

Painting: The Good Samaritan, by Vincent van Gogh (after Delacroix) 1890

'Imagine writing a formal Petrarchan sonnet about a hospital ward where the eyes look out on cubicles and concrete, and the ears are ambushed at night by snoring. Yet this is what Kavanagh does', writes Jo O'Donovan rsm in her commentary on this week's poem, The Hospital by Patrick Kavanagh.

Messages to: Jo O'Donovan rsm

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Mercy Housing, Inc., one of the nation’s largest affordable housing nonprofits, is launching a partnership with Promise Energy, Inc. to increase solar energy use across Mercy Housing’s portfolio. Since affordable housing communities usually operate on thin margins and have limited roof space, they often struggle to implement solar energy programs. Through their partnership, Mercy Housing and Promise Energy intend to show that affordable housing can, and should, be solarized...

Messages to: Caitlin Rood - National Environmental Sustainability Director

Image: This Mercy Housing property, 7th and H, in Sacramento, Calif. uses a photovoltaic system, passive solar orientation and thermal mass utilization, and high efficiency heating and cooling

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The first in the Oklahoma City metro to combine all cancer and breast services under one roof, Mercy has opened the $80 million Coletta Building. Located on the campus of Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, the facility was designed by patients, for patients, as architects took into consideration the input of hundreds of cancer survivors and those currently receiving cancer treatment...

The building will honor the final wish of Sister Mary Coletta Massoth, a visionary Sister of Mercy who died of colon cancer in 1983, at age 63, before completing her dream of opening a cancer center. A tenacious woman, Sister Coletta relocated Mercy Hospital from downtown Oklahoma City to its present day location in 1974. At that time, the area surrounding Memorial Road and MacArthur Boulevard was nothing more than a cow pasture, but Sister Coletta encouraged city leaders to develop roadways to serve rural patients who might be unable to travel downtown for health care. You can read more about her legacy and strong community ties here.

Messages to: Courtney Landsberger - Mercy Health Media Relations Specialist

Image: Coletta Building. Used with permission

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On June 11 and 12, hundreds of Sisters of Mercy, family and friends gathered in Iligan City, Philippines, and in Watchung, New Jersey, to celebrate the first profession of vows by six Sisters of Mercy.

Sisters Zaragosa (Sarah) Adlaon and Melchora (Mel) Acabo celebrated their professions in the chapel of Mercy Regional House in the Philippines. Sisters Marjorie Tapia, Danielle Gagnon, Marybeth Beretta and Jennifer Barrow and made their first professions as Sisters of Mercy at Mount Saint Mary’s chapel in New Jersey...

Messages to: Newly Professed c/- Lauren Albright - Institute Communications

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An important milestone was achieved on Saturday 11 June this year when a large group of Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Associates and supporters gathered at the Lewisham Institute Office, NSW to formally launch the new vision and model for Mercy Associates...The sense of joy was palpable at the realisation that a movement that has been important to a number of individual Mercy congregations over the years has been given new life and energy within the Institute through the efforts of committees and working parties in the last few years...

Editor: See also: One Charism, Many Paths (May 2016)

Messages to:
Carmel Ross - Executive Officer, Mercy Associates
Elizabeth Nicholls rsm    

Image: Sydney Associates with Nance Cale rsm (far right)

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Mercy Matters

It’s no secret that Google knows a lot about its users.

The tech giant collects tons of data about you, including your search history, location, and voice searches that help improve Google’s services and provide relevant ads. However, you might be surprised to know Google can easily take a look at all of the data it has on you...

Source: Business Insider

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New Mercy Resource

In this series of scriptural reflections about life in the Bethany of Jesus' time, Penny Roker rsm (GB Institute) offers insights for today's Christians to help them understand and react to their own personal challenges. Each chapter takes an episode from the Gospels as its starting point, before concluding with a prayer for either personal use or group exercises.

Order online from Veritas or Amazon

1837: Foundation to Cork from Baggot St - M Clare Moore
1847: Death of M Aloysia Strange, first Sister professed in the Americas
1880: Death of M Liguori Gibson, Foundress of Liverpool
1889: Death of Sr Evangelist Benson, Foundress of Derby Convent.

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

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'The present ecological crisis calls us to new ways of being neighbour. We used to speak in terms of thinking globally and acting locally. If we are to be neighbour in our times, we need to think cosmically as well as globally, and to act globally as well as locally...'

- Veronica Lawson rsm

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Looking for a film to screen on the theme of mercy in this Year of Mercy?

These films show us visions of a world so often lacking in mercy, as well as worlds in which one merciful act alters the landscape of human experience forever. Produced by the Arts & Faith online community, this list spans 93 years of cinema, from 1921’s The Kid and The Phantom Carriage to 2014’s Love & Mercy.

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The Parish of St Patrick's, Sydney, became part of the Mercy global story when Elizabeth McQuoin (Mother Mary Ignatius) arrived in Sydney in 1865 and accepted Archbishop Polding's invitation to make a Mercy foundation there...

Today the Sisters, although fewer in number, continue to spread the charism of Catherine McAuley by ministering in various fields... They are ably assisted by their Mercy co-workers.

Learn more of our past and current story. Visit our new website.

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

'no one looks him in the eye
no one dares to take the time
we only see him as the guilty and the shameless
we write him off as wasted and nameless'

from 'This is a Son' by Jody McBrayer. A song about homelessness. Watch/listen here. Lyrics here Purchase on *iTunes

Worth Reading:

Climate Change:

A Remote Pacific Nation, Threatened by Rising Seas. 'Climate change is threatening the livelihoods of the people of tiny Kiribati, and even the island nation’s existence. The government is making plans for the island’s demise.' Read the article in the NY Times here. Text, video, images


'Nestlé Discovers Water in the Arizona Desert, and Bottles It.' Read the article in Bloomberg

According to Feike Sijbesma CEO, Royal DSM, we ignored climate change because of our instincts for short-term thinking. Read the article here

Human Trafficking

'Contemplative Sustainability' by Kathleen Bryant, RSC is the topic of the July Monthly Reflection from USCSAHT. Read it here

The 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report  from the US Department of State has been released. Download it here A multimedia overview of the report has been created by CNN. Watch/View it here

TraffickCam is a new app allowing travellers in the US with a smartphone to upload photos of hotel rooms to a US national database used by law enforcement and investigators to locate victims and their pimps. Read more here Download the app for iPad and iPhone at the App Store; for Android devices at Google Play

Contribution of Religious Women

'Religious sisters are the largest and oldest group of women to contribute to American life. By 1920, they built more than 500 hospitals, 50 women’s colleges and 6,000 parochial schools.' Professor Marie Mullaney, during her presentation, “Catholic Sisters and the Shaping of America,” on June 22. Read the news report here

'American women religious have been involved in politics since the early days of the republic — a fact made even more remarkable by the fact that, for the first century or more of their presence they were, as women, not even able to vote...' Read the article in Global Sisters Report here

The Bottom Line:

'There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.'

-Elie Wiesel - Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor. Died 2 July 2016

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

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