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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 683  |  10 August 2016
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Editor: The dining room at Baggot Street was just large enough to contain the 69 young adults with accompanying university staff and mentors who arrived in at 10am this morning to register their attendance at the third biannual Young Mercy Leaders (YML) pilgrimage for college students and young adults.

The participants are from Carlow, Georgian Court, Gwynedd Mercy, Misericordia, Salve Regina and Mount Mercy universities in the United States, with local delegations from the Southern, Northern and South Central Provinces of The Congregation.

The program (PDF) will run until Friday night. You are invited to follow online the life and energy of these days with our daily updates on the mercyworld.org website, on Facebook@ MIA Young Mercy Leaders and on Twitter using #YML2016.

Messages to: YML Communications Team

Image: Adrienne Kelly and Mary Murphy rsm (The Congregation/ South Central) tieing on the wrist bands during the Opening Process

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Vision in Action
MIA Prayer Intention for the Coming Week: Young Mercy Leaders

MIA invites you to join us in prayer for all the young women and men on pilgrimage at Mercy International Centre this week (9-12 August).

During their days at Baggot Street may they
deepen their understanding of Mercy;
strengthen their commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ:
broaden their horizons through all they hear and see and do;
form strong ties with other young Mercy pilgrims;
carry home a desire to be of Christian service in the Mercy spirit;
and be a source of inspiration for their peers upon their return from the birthplace of Mercy.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Image: Pilgrimage Centrepiece in the Baggot Street Chapel. Created by Bernie Ryan rsm (The Congregation)

Editor: 10 refugees will compete at the 2016 Olympics in Rio forming the first-ever Refugee Olympic Athletes team. They include two Syrian swimmers, two judokas from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a marathoner from Ethiopia and five middle-distance runners from South Sudan. The Refugee Olympic Athletes are seen as a sign of hope as they bring a focus on the enormity of the global refugee issue. Their stories can be read here

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) aims to have a million signatures by September 19, when they will deliver the petition to UN Headquarters in New York ahead of the UN summit on refugees and migrants. Almost half a million people have signed the petition to date. You are invited to sign the petition and to share the link.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

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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:
Father David Hutton, Alfredo Go, Joseph Burkhardt, Patsy McDonald, Kate Fritz 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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Wellspring Program 2016 Concludes; Save the Dates for 2017

The Wellspring program for 2016 led by Kathleen McAlpin rsm (Americas), Elizabeth Davis rsm (Newfoundland), Brenda Dolphin rsm (The Congregation), Elaine Wainwright rsm (ISMAPNG) and facilitated by Geraldine Collins rsm (The Congregation), has successfully concluded.

Dates for the 2017 Wellspring program are: Sunday, 4 June - Saturday, 1 July 2017.

Presenters are yet to be confirmed. This information will be advised in Mercy eNews once known.

Messages to: Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage and Spirituality

Image: Participants in the 2016 program

MIA Reflection Process
Earth Overshoot Day

Editor: According to the Global Footprint Network, humanity has already used up all of the renewable natural resources that the planet can replenish this year. This happened on Monday this week, 8 August.

Known as Earth Overshoot Day, this day has been coming around earlier and earlier each year since the 1970s, a sign that our consumption of renewable natural resources continues to rise.

It now takes the Earth one year and six months to regenerate what we use in a year.

The Ecological Footprint has emerged as one of the world’s leading measures of human demand on nature.

By measuring our footprint we can assess our pressure on the planet.

This is an activity MIRP groups might like to do or could be a resource fused by individuals during the Season of Creation.

Report from the Yndyamalla Group, Bathurst, NSW (ISMAPNG)

'Even though the meetings of our small group are not structured, the depth of sharing and honesty from the very senior component within the group creates a sacred arena,' writes Pat Linnane rsm. 'In an effort to be really aware of national and international issues, it has been apparent that focus areas suggested are of great concern to each member of the group. At a follow up meeting on 20 July 2016 re our Stage 2 Report, new membership is shown in the attached photo and brought a wealth of experience and love of church as people expressed their concern that health and age precludes the breadth of activity social change requires.There is no doubt that when the MIRP process concludes the challenges implied in its direction will be carried forth in the lives of each member of the Yndyamalla Group. As an example, when discussing water as an imperative for concern the reality of people who lived eighty to ninety years indicates their long term concern that  the preservation of water is mandatory for ever person on this planet.'

Messages to: Adele Howard rsm - MIRP Coordinator ISMAPNG

Back row. L-r: : Steve Sinn sj, Pat Linnane rsm, Tricia Favero, Moya Rivet
Front Row. L-r: Winfred Gearon rsj, Lucia Carroll rsm
Absent: Sandra Lynch, Jade Flynn, Sue Lyne

MIA Members News

Having just completed my 59th year of ministry in religious life, I am in awe of the knowledge gained along the way. I've spent these years largely in service to youth and young adults, so it is from them that I have learned about their lives and also mine; about God's working in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

Most recently my work has been as a full-time volunteer in campus ministry at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. This has brought me face-to-face with a variety of situations, needs, struggles, decisions and burdens — but also blessings — that today's young people negotiate, endure, accept and manage...

Source: Global Sisters Report

Messages to: Carol Mucha rsm

Image: Esther Sanborn, Sr. Carol Mucha, Megan Lavelle and Janna Eudave visit during the 2016 Gathering of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community

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Impacted by the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum (Americas)

The 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Forum took place the first week of June in Minneapolis, MN.  The theme was Globalizing Compassion and its goal was Inspiring Peacemaking.  The conference was under the auspices of the Norwegian Nobel Institute in collaboration with Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota.

This year’s keynote speaker was Kailash Satyarthi, one of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in 2014 who has dedicated more than thirty-six years of his life to ending child human trafficking...

Read the report here (PDF)

Messages to: Jeanne Christensen rsm - Justice Advocate - Trafficking Advocate

One of the fundamental characteristics of the trade in human beings worldwide is that it is often conducted through highly sophisticated criminal networks that span nations and continents. To counter this deplorable trade, we must also develop international networks and strive to increase collaboration between all those in society concerned about human trafficking.

One of the advantages of working with hotels on this issue is that they often already have highly developed, collaborative networks that stretch around the world. A lot of hotels in Ireland belong to hotel groups that have links in many other countries. That was why we were delighted to host a workshop in Dublin on 27 June with Malin Roux Johansson, the Director of the Swedish organisation Real Stars which runs the Hotels Against Trafficking campaign...

Messages to: Ruth Kilcullen - MECPATHS Campaign Manager

Image: Attendees at the workshop

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Reading Luke's Gospel With Ecological Eyes: Part 7 (ISMAPNG)

In the seventh part of the series Elaine Wainwright rsm reads Luke 12:22–31 and alerts the ecological reader to the sense of human superiority that could limit our relationships with the rest of creation. 

'[W]e can participate in the shaping of a new ecological consciousness,' writes Sr Elaine. 'We can become, in the words of Primavesi: “givers/receivers in relation to…other living entities”.

Download the PDF here
Read Parts 1-7 online here

Messages to: Elaine Wainwright rsm

Editor: a PDF of the complete series will be published in Mercy eNews in December 2016

Institute of Spirituality in Leadership (Americas)

This Fall [Autumn], Mercy Center Burlingame, California, offers two new programs led by Mary Waskowiak rsm that combine the insights of Spiritual Direction and the dynamics of Team Leadership. Mary Waskowiak is a Sister of Mercy and a certified/trained spiritual director and coach. She has served in leadership for 16 years and is a founder of the Mercy Leadership Development Program.

Leader to Leader Reflection Circle: The intent of the Reflection Circle is to open deeper inquiry into the field of leadership and spirituality. Participants will develop a language of leadership and spirituality fitting for the workplace. Begins 17 September. Learn more/register

Coaching and Spiritual Direction: This program is designed to deepen one's integration in spirituality and the art of accompanying another through spiritual direction and/or coaching. Begins 8 October. Learn more/register

Messages to: Mary Waskowiak rsm

Today we are reminded of the call that the late Professor Wangari Mathai left us giving us the example of the humming bird. Humming birds are significantly small and amazingly fast. Yet the story behind the humming birds shows that we can do much more by doing the best we can. We are faced by massive fires around our schools in Kenya. Though we are stunned we remain silent for we don’t know how best to respond. Imagine the pain of more than 100 governments secondary schools in Kenya that have been set alight this year.Many of the schools were among the best schools started by the missionaries in the Catholic Church. The reasons behind such fires are not clear.

Sr Anne Itotia with the support of Jacqueline and Roselyn in the Provincial Office, Kenyan Province

Messages to: Anne Itotia rsm - Provincial Leader

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Mercy Matters

1827: Catherine’s sister Mary died, leaving 5 children – for whom Catherine cared
1844: John Hardman, the father of Mother Juliana Hardman died in Handsworth, Birmingham
1907: Amalgamation of Goulburn/Albury/Yass, New South Wales - M Brigid Hartnett

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

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Living for the Church Before Everything Else - The Hardman Family Story

Juliana Hardman, who left Birmingham in 1840 to begin her training as a Sister of Mercy under Catherine McAuley in Dublin.  Juliana, returned in 1841 to the new convent built by her father, John Hardman, on Hunters Road.  Her cousin, ‘Fanny’ Gibson, followed her to Baggot Street, returning to open a new foundation in Liverpool.

Available from: Sisters of Mercy, Cemetery Road, Yeadon, Leeds, LS19 7UR

Price: £6.50 plus £1.50 p&p (cheques made payable to “Institute of Our Lady of Mercy”)

The mission of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education is the preservation and development of the core Catholic identity and mission of Mercy higher education in accord with the spirit, mission, and heritage of the Sisters of Mercy.

Sixteen remarkable institutions across the United States represent the Mercy mission in higher education.

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'Prophets can get a hard time, as today’s first reading demonstrates (Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10)...'

- Veronica Lawson rsm

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'To support and watch films that are free, public domain, or whose creators want them free and openly shared, here are some great sites to bookmark—and visit when you want something new to watch.'

Source: Lifehacker

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Quotes on the Theme of Mercy

Video of quotes which can be used for reflection. Watch the video (04:08)

Further Resources

Worth Playing:

'Go Light Your World'  by Kathy Troccoli will be used in morning prayer on Thursday and in the closing ritual of the Young Mercy Leaders pilgrimage on Friday. Watch/listen here (04:02). Lyrics here. Purchase on *iTunes

Worth Knowing:

LCWR's 2016 Assembly in Atlanta, Georgia, commenced on Tuesday, 9 August and concludes on Saturday, 13 August. The theme is 'Embracing the Mystery: Living Transformation'. Read more here.

Worth Reading:

Cosmology & Eco-justice

'Temperatures, sea levels and carbon dioxide all hit milestones amid extreme weather in 2015, major international ‘state of the climate’ report finds. See: Environmental records shattered as climate change 'plays out before us'. Read article here

'How millions of trees brought a broken landscape back to life.' Read the article here

The 2015 State of the Climate report, a thorough overview of climate change led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was released last week. National Geographic has identified 5 key takeaways from the report. Read the article here. The complete report is available here (300 pps; PDF) According to a new UN report, the amount of the planet's natural resources extracted for human use has tripled in 40 years. Read the Summary here (44pps; PDF) Access the report here (200pps; PDF)

Human Trafficking

A nice cup of tea … and other products that may be linked to child labour – in pictures. Read it here

The Bottom Line:

''Service has a life of its own. A single act of kindness may have a long trajectory and touch those we will never meet or see. Something that we casually offer may move through a web of connection far beyond ourselves to have effects that we may have never imagined. And so each of us may have left far more behind us than we may ever know.'

- Rachel Naomi Remen, Speaker, Teacher, Writer, Healer

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

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