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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 680  |  20 July 2016
Featured Story
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas: Celebrating 25 Years as One Institute

Editor: Today, 20 July, 2016, the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas will celebrate 25 years as one Institute.  This jubilee year for the Institute will culminate at Chapter 2017 (19-29 June) in Buffalo, New York, the place where the Institute began.

We wish all Sisters, Associates and Co-workers in the Institute a blessed and happy celebration.

Happy Foundation Day! ¡Feliz Día de Fundación!

Messages to: Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

Vision in Action
MIA Prayer Intention: Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Institute, a blessing and list of suggested actions to share on each of the four 'Mercy days' in the year—Institute Foundation Day (20/7), Mercy Day (24/9), Remembrance Day (11/11) and Foundation Day of the Order (12/12) —are being created by a small group within the Institute.   

MIA invites readers to join with the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas in praying with them their Foundation Day Blessing prayer for 'the glorious mystery of Mercy unfolding'.

The prayer can be downloaded here (PDF)

Messages to: Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

On Monday, 11 July Sisters of Mercy joined the Republic of Palau, the NGO Mining Working Group, Salesian Missions, and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in hosting an insightful side event discussing the ways in which the human right to water and sanitation is central to Sustainable Development Goal 6. Watch the UN webcast of the event here.

Messages to: Angela Reed rsm - Representative, Mercy Global action

Image: Áine O'Connor rsm addresses the event. Sr Áine's intervention begins at 1:12:29

God you are our refuge and our strength, an ever present help in time of trouble (Ps 46.1)

We pray for the deceased and wounded victims of the Nice tragedy; for their families and friends who love them, for their local communities and networks who know them as neighbours, colleagues, passers-by and co-workers.

We pray too for ourselves. Not one of us is unaffected. We are challenged once again in the face of violence and tragedy, grief and loss, anger and disbelief, to remain people of mercy, people of hope.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

A Call to Action and Unity – Forming Ireland’s Response to the Refugee and Migration Crisis was the title of a conference held in Trinity College Dublin on 9-10 June 2016. Hosted by the Immigration Council of Ireland, the conference was attended by politicians from Europe and Ireland and several NGOs including Mercy Global Action. Denise Boyle fmdm and Betty Lacey represented Mercy Global Action at the two day conference.

The opening address was given by President Michael D Higgins who spoke with his usual enthusiasm, passion and vigour...

Messages to: Betty Lacey - MGA Researcher

Image: iStock. Used under licence

MIA Reflection Process
Meet the Members of the White Rose UK MIRP Group (GB Institute)

Six Sisters of Mercy and the Office Manager at the Generalate form our group. We are meeting approximately monthly in the Meeting Room at the Generalate in Yeadon, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, hoping 'To be changed and to become the change'.

Our  Group Focus is 'To explore the negative impact of Nuclear power/energy, particularly in UK, and thus to inform our choices as UK citizens regarding proposals by UK government'.

Messages to: Josephine Davies rsm - MIRP Cordinator GB Institute

Image: Back row L to R: Joan Breen rsm, Barbara Jeffery rsm, Maura Mullen rsm, Robert Snelling. Front row L to R: Jean Frances Fitzpatrick rsm, Colette Cronin rsm. Missing is Margaret Duffy rsm

 

 

Meet the MIRP Group from Upper Bourke St Youth House (ANZ)

We are a group of young people, interested in social justice, living in a Community House owned by the Sisters of Mercy and supported by Challenge 2000. There are 8 of us in total, 4 women and 4 men, ranging from 18 to 27 years old.  We have been meeting fortnightly on Sunday evening in our Youth House in Kilbirnie, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Considering the environment that we live in, with many young people who are new to living away from home, we have decided to have a focus on reducing waste, recycling and looking after the land we live on. 

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

Image: L-R: Sarah Atkinson, Dylan Lynch, Apiti Tihei Maihi (Facilitator), Natalie Murphy rsm (non-member visitor), Piki Boyles, Nora Condra, Junior Seumanufagai.  Absent: Kylie Maihi and Chris Hills

Mackay Queensland Sisters Share Responses from Stage Two (ISMAPNG)

Srs Lila Galvin, Denise Hinton and Margaret Graves are three of the five Sisters resident in Mackay, about 970 kilometres (603 miles) north of Brisbane, Queensland and who are participating in MIRP. They have chosen Displacement as their focus topic.

They identified a number of underlying causes for the lack of consciousness in each individual to care for the Earth and all Creation, including: lack of respect for self and others, government corruption, wider gap between rich and poor nations and rich and poor people within nations, abuse of power in governments, lack of responsibility for taking care of our earth, apathy about care of all creation.

Messages to: Adele Howard rsm - MIRP Coordinator ISMAPNG

Image: A selfie of L-r: Srs Lila, Denise, Margaret

 

Meet the Liminals (Brisbane Congregation)

This group of Sisters of Mercy participating in MIRP have called themselves the Liminals. Their focus statement is: Lament for the violence meted out to people and the earth.

Image: Front row. L-r  Srs Rita Huxley, Ruth Wyatte,
Back row. L-r: Srs Jill Stringer, Margaret Quane and Shirley Myers

Messages to: Sandra Lupi rsm - MIRP Coordinator Brisbane

MIA Members News
Nuns on the Bus 2106: Aiming to Mend the Gaps (Americas)

Editor: NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus are on the road again for the fifth time (NOTB2016), calling on elected officials and candidates for public office to Mend the Gaps in income and wealth inequality in the United States. Once again, Sisters of Mercy are on board. Larretta Rivera-Willams rsm, a 'first-timer' on the bus, is publishing her reflections on the NETWORK blog:

My Heart is Full (12/7)
We Are All Hungry for Justice (14/7)
Connecting with Other Sisters (16/7)
Even the Sky is Crying, but God is Our Hope! (18/7)

Follow the tour here in Network's daily News from the Road where you can post your thoughts in support of Sr Larretta and the Nuns on the Bus.

Messages to:
Larretta Rivera-Willams rsm
Nuns on the Bus

Image: Sr Laretta (right) in conversation with a member of the community in Indiana. Source: Network. Used with permission

From the time when a parcel of land in Mt. Clear, Ballarat [Victoria] was designated in 1964 as the place for the senior campus of the former Sacred Heart College Ballarat East, staff and students at what is now Damascus College, Ballarat have been aware of the beauty of the native bush that occupies around a quarter of the College site...

The Year of Mercy, with its call to hear 'the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor', has brought renewed focus on the stewardship of nature, not just for what it can give the College, but for its intrinsic worth....

Messages to: David Neate - Sustainability Coordinator Damascus College

The Year of Mercy which concludes on November 20, the feast of Christ the King, has passed the half-way mark. So this month’s reflection includes a response from some of our Mercy ministries, sharing ideas on the milestones or high points that have been achieved to date, and on the goals or hopes that wait to be fulfilled before the Jubilee ends.

A recurring theme has been the door of Mercy...

Messages to: Katrina Fabish rsm - Congregation Leader

Editor: Each month the Sisters of Mercy of the Union of Great Britain post a short reflection on their website.

This month's reflection is on the theme The Value of One:

'The number one can seem insignificant. Imagine 1 sheep out of 100. One seems like very little in the grand scheme of things. But just think of one positive remark, one well executed task, one precious new life, one person at a time. One, can make a tremendous difference for good...'

Messages to: Kathleen Gooch rsm

Editor: Mary Pendergast rsm, Director of Ecology at Sisters of Mercy Northeast Community, and Ginny Burke rsm joined activists on the three-day march to Burrillville, Rhode Island, to protest the proposed Clear River Energy Center. This is the latest reported public action by Sr Mary who has long been active against the fracking industry. More about this particular action can be read here.

Last month Sr Mary featured in a Sisters of Mercy-hosted webinar that examined the human rights impacts of the fracking industry.

A report on that webinar is linked to this item.

Messages to: Mary Pendergast rsm

Image: L-r: Srs Mary Pendergast and Ginny Burke on the three-day march to Burrillville. Image taken from YouTube footage

On Saturday July 9th, Sr Katrina Zhang, made her perpetual profession of her vows as a Sister of Mercy, within the Parramatta Congregation. Before over 100 invited guests and members of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, Sr Katrina vowed perpetual Poverty, Chastity, Obedience and Apostolic Service through the works of Mercy in accordance with the Constitutions of the Sisters of Mercy.

Messages to: Katrina Zhang rsm

Image: Sister Katrina with the Congregation Leadership Team. L-R Sisters: Maria Lawton, Catherine Ryan, Katrina Zhang, Sr Margaret Jones, Catherine Harris, Mary-Louise Petro

Mercy Matters
Making Myself Aware of God's Mercy

'For his mercy endures forever' - Psalm 136:1

The above refrain is proclaimed twenty-six times in Psalm 136 in honour of God's mercy. I used to wonder why the phrase was continually repeated until I realized that the psalmist was emphasizing the endlessness of God's mercy by this constant repetition...'

- Joyce Rupp

Psalm 136 - His Love Endures Forever. Video clip by Janet Isaac Morrison (03:15)

1783: Death of Catherine's father, James McAuley
1872: Foundation to St Johnsbury, Vermont - M Stanislaus O'Malley
1889: Foundation to Kyneton from Geelong - M Gabriel Sherlock
1991: Founding of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas - first president, Doris Gottemoeller rsm

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

Editor: Institute of Sisters of Mercy of the Americas is this week's featured Mercy website

Inspired by the life of Jesus and by our founder Catherine McAuley, the Sisters of Mercy envision a just world for people who are poor, sick and uneducated.  

Inspiradas por la vida de Jesús y por nuestra fundadora Catalina McAuley, las Hermanas de la Misericordia promovemos un mundo más justo que respete los derechos de la gente empobrecida, enferma y carente de educación.

A selection of handy shortcuts for iOS phone owners.

Source: PC & Tech Authority

'This Sunday’s gospel offers three little cameos about praying: two teachings on prayer sandwiching a strange parable...'

-Veronica Lawson rsm

'All goes well when you can work together in harmony.'
- M Patricia O’Neill

Further Resources

Worth Playing:

O Christ, Surround Me by Richard Bruxvoort Colligan. A song of sending or invocation. Watch/listen here (03:22).
Purchase on *iTunes *Google Play

Worth Reading:
Refugees

According to a report released by the charity Oxfam on Monday, 18 July, the US, China, Japan, Germany, France and the UK, which together make up 56.6% of global GDP, between them host just 2.1 million refugees: 8.9% of the world’s total. Download the Report here (8pps; PDF)

Worth Knowing:

The Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue at Iona College N.Y. is pleased to announce a conference on the theme of Ecological Spirituality and Laudato Si' on 29 October 2016 at Iona College, N.Y. Proposals for papers, presentations, panels and ritual from new voices welcomed.
E: Kathleen Deignan, CND or Tel: 914 633 2590

The Bottom Line:

'We seek to relieve misery, to address its causes and to support all persons who struggle for full dignity.'
- Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Constitutions, #3.

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

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