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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 685  |  24 August 2016
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Celebrate Mercy Day With Us

Editor: It's a month today till Mercy Day! For many years, Sisters, Associates, Communities, Ministries, Congregations and Institutes, as well as members of the wider Mercy network, have sent in their Mercy Day Greetings early in September for posting on our mercyworld.org website.

As we invite you to do so again, we extend a warm invitation to MIRP groups and others who have not done so previously, to take the opportunity to share greetings online in this Year of Mercy when 24 September holds for us all an even greater significance.

Greetings need to be sent to Anne Walsh by Wednesday, 21 September in order to be online for Mercy Day.

We also welcome reports of celebrations held. These will be shared in the Issues published on 31 August and 7 September so need to be received by Monday, 5 September to be included.

A Litany for Mercy Day 2016 for those who would like to use it, specially written for the occasion, will be available in both English and Spanish through Mercy eNews on 7 September.

Messages to: Anne Walsh - Mercy eNews Editor


Image: © 2016 MIA. This image is available to any Mercy group who would like to use it. Please contact Anne

Vision in Action

Writes Betty Lacey, MGA Researcher: 'In Mercy enews of 13 June I addressed the issue of TTIP (Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and what it means to us. This article will cover the two other key trade deals currently under negotiation; The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a trade agreement between twelve nations in the Pacific Rim and the The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), a free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union.

TPP is the largest free trade agreement ever negotiated, accounting for 40% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and one-third of world trade...'

Messages to: Betty Lacey

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MIA Prayer Intention for the Coming Week: Those Who Are Anxious, Worried or Troubled

We pray with those who are anxious, worried or troubled today about challenges to be faced, difficult decisions to be made or health matters to be dealt with.

May they know courage and comfort and experience your tender and compassionate care.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Reminder: MIA Ministry Positions

Applications are invited for the following two positions which will become available early in 2017:

Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality (Commencing 1 March, 2017).
Hospitality and Facilities Manager (Commencing 1 February 2017).

The positions will be based in Dublin, with initially a 3 year contract.

Download the Job Descriptions:

- Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality (PDF)

- Hospitality and Facilities Manager (PDF)

Please apply, attaching a Curriculum Vitae and names of 2 Referees, to: Mary Reynolds rsm, Executive Director MIA

Closing Date:  23 September 2016

Indications of interest are also invited for the post of MGA Coordinator at the UN, New York. The recruitment process to fill the post will commence in November 2016.

Contact: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Three Petitions to Sign in Support of Refugees

Editor: The organisation One has an online petition calling for education for all refugee children. This petition is addressed to World leaders who will meet on 19 September in New York at the Summit for Refugees and Migrants

You can sign the petition here and add your voice to the call for all refugee children get the future they deserve.

The #WithRefugees petition organised by UNHCR, previously promoted in Mercy eNews, which will be delivered to UN headquarters in New York ahead of the UN General Assembly high-level summit, is still available for signature.

You can sign the UNHCR petition here and add your voice to the call to governments that they must act with solidarity and shared responsibility.

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas are among the 40 supporting organisations of an online petition calling on President Obama and Congress to 'to Lead by Example on Refugee Protection & Resettlement'. You can sign here.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Image: iStock. Used under licence

Invitation to Mercy Day Celebrations at Baggot Street

Sisters, Associates and Friends of Mercy are invited to celebrate the Eucharist at midday on the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, Tuesday 24 September at Mercy International Centre,  64A Lower Baggot Street, Dublin.

All are welcome to lunch following the Eucharist.

RSVP by/on Friday 16 September to Madeline using the subject line ‘Mercy Day’, or ring +353 1 661 8061.
Download the invitation here (PDF)

Messages to: Madeline O'Hanlon - Receptionist

Planning is underway to livestream the Mercy Day Mass from Baggot Street. Further Details will follow in a later issue of eNews.

Editor: In the 3 August Issue (# Issue 682) we alerted readers to the efforts of the World Peace Society for a year of Lighting up the World with Peace. The first effort on 6 August was at Hiroshima and focussed on nuclear disarmament.

The second peace prayer effort is for peace in the United States of America. This will commence on 27 August and will continue until the November Election. Further information is linked to this item.

MIA supports efforts for peace in our world and invites our readers to join your prayers with those of the World Peace Society.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

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MIA Reflection Process

Season of Creation Photographic Meditation:

We are delighted by the response from keen photographers to our invitation to share images of the beauty of our world on the mercyworld.org homepage during the Season of Creation.

We welcome contributions from those who haven't yet responded and would still like to do so. Send your image in as soon as possible and before the last week of September for it to be included.

Prayer for the Earth During the Season of Creation:

The prayer sheet will be available through eNews in next week's issue (31 August).

Messages to: Anne Walsh - Communications Director MIRP

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Silver Spring MIRP Group Boat Ride (Americas)

The MIRP group in Silver Spring, Maryland, went out on a very brief boat ride on the Anacostia River to learn more about our local watershed and threats to the wildlife and people who depend on it for their habitat and food sources. The ride was cut short by threatening thunder clouds that sent us racing back to the dock, and we continued our learning safely inside a park building with the directors of the Anacostia Riverkeeper and Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake answering our many questions. We learned about the success of national, state and local policies in cleaning the water and reducing the number of plastic bags polluting the river. Trash traps that collect garbage from the river also are helping. But we also learned that 17,000 people who depend on fish from the river to supplement their diets are still at risk from toxins that seep into the water.

We will meet again on 7 September to identify root causes of our concern for water based on our personal reading and reflection, group discussions and this seminar.

Messages to: Marianne Comfort - MIRP Coordinator Americas

Sisters of Mercy, North Sydney Participating in MIRP

Loreto Conroy, Miriam Grech, Bernadette Mansour, Lyndall Hagan, Jennie Ryan and Margaret Farrell are meeting for MIRP.

Pope Francis’encyclical Laudato Si' has been chosen as the basis for our discussion and investigation.

Currently we are working through the document to discern our focus aspect and course of action.

For further information: Margaret.Farrell@mercy.org.au

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

Image: Another selfie!
L-r: Srs Loreto Conroy (front), Jennie Ryan, Bernadette Mansour, Lyndall Hagan, Miriam Grech, Margaret Farrell

Report on Stage Three MIRP Meeting in Brisbane (ISMAPNG)

We gathered and acknowledged that we were in the place of the Turrbul language group, in Nudgee, derived from an aboriginal word meaning “place of the black/wild duck”.

We sang to acknowledge that we gathered in the Circle of Mercy

We recalled that when we listened to the cries of Earth and her people, we heard that the cries of shattered Earth and displaced people are of a piece.

We recalled that when we looked below those cries to underlying causes and values that we named our obsession with stuff, and the disjunction when a pyramidal world view needs to give way to a more inclusive one.

We spent time in small groups with these questions/observations...

Download the report here (PDF)

Messages to: Adele Howard rsm - MIRP Coordinator ISMAPNG

Image: Some of the participants engaged in the discussion

MIA Members News

Editor: Rosaline O’Connor rsm attended the LCWR Conference in Atlanta Georgia and reports on the presentations given by Liz Sweeney and Margaret Wheatley. Liz Sweeney’s powerpoint is online. She names John Haught and Denis Edwards as key resources for her presentation, both of whom have been interviewed for the MIRP VOICES project.

The words Mystery, Contemplation, Reflection, Transformation and Love arose again and again at this year’s LCWR Conference where the theme was Embracing the Mystery: Living Transformation''.  You may be aware that in recent years the Conference has placed great emphasis on Contemplative Dialogue and this year we continued to use the contemplative process in our conversations and sharing...

Messages to: Rosaline O'Connor rsm

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Please Pray with and for Marie Chin rsm (Americas)

Editor: The attached message from Sr Marie Chin, written by her to the South Central Community of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, who then shared it with all Sisters across the Institute, is being shared with the global Mercy family through eNews.

Message from Sr Marie Chin (PDF)

Mensaje de Hermana Marie Chin (PDF)

Please join us in praying with and for Sr Marie, the Mercy community in Jamaica, the South Central Community and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

Messages for Sr Marie will be forwarded.

Messages to: Lauren Albright - Institute Communications Office

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Mercy Matters

If you have a bunch of old printed photos sitting in a drawer somewhere, there are plenty of ways you can easily save digital versions of them. You could scan the original negatives, but for that, you need a special scanner and a lot of time. On the other hand, you could also just use your phone.

Source: Field Guide

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1849: Foundation to Garnet Hill, Glasglow from Limerick
1858: Foundation to Cincinnati, Ohio from Kinsale - M Teresa Maher
1878: Foundation to Orange, New South Wales from Bathurst - M Bernard Sheehy
1959: Foundation to Florida from Wexford - M Dominic Sinnott

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

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'One of the most disturbing features of life in our times is the forced displacement of peoples. Some displaced people receive the hospitality they seek. Others find themselves locked out and abandoned...'

- Veronica Lawson rsm

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'We are your hands to touch the lowly ones to heal their pain.'

- Suzanne Toolan rsm (Americas)

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To lie back under the tallest
oldest trees. How far the stems
rise, rise
               before ribs of shelter

To live in the mercy of God. The complete
sentence too adequate, has no give.
Awe, not comfort. Stone, elbows of
stony wood beneath lenient
moss bed...

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This video by the Hispanic Ministry Resource Center of the Claretians (HMRC) illustrates the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Text is in English. Watch it here (02:33)

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

One Voice, sung by Elektra Women's Choir (03:22). Watch/listen here (includes lyrics). Purchase on *iTunes; *GooglePlay

Worth Reading:

Climate Change

'We’re under attack from climate change—and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII', writes Bill McKibben in New Republic. Read the article here


'Why You Should Never Drink Bottled Water Again', by Nathaniel Berman in Eco Watch. Read it here


A new report from the Christian charity Tearfund and the Institute of Development Studies, finds that the mountains of waste that pollute our environment and cause disease could instead be used to reduce poverty and save lives. Read the article here. Access the Report 'Virtuous Circle' here (32 pps; PDF)


Global Sisters Report  special series on mining and extractive industries. Access the articles here

Human Trafficking

Unesco's International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is commemorated on 23 August. Read the message from Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO which explains how the 1791 uprising of slaves in Haiti became a turning point for the establishment of universal human rights.

The Bottom Line:

'Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.'

-Desmond Tutu

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

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