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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
This week we make available the first of the series of videos from the "Watering the Roots at the Wellspring of Mercy" 2012 renewal programme, with presentations from Elizabeth Davis rsm, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland, given during the first week (July 1-6).
'Today, women religious who echo Catherine's charism in a new age marked by intense social change and growing fragility of earth are challenged,' says Elizabeth,' to be that mercy fire kindling.'
Two clips are presented for viewing and reflection in which Elizabeth raises and addresses those challenges. These clips, both from Day 5, should be viewed sequentially (Session 1, Session 2).
Messages to: Elizabeth Davis rsm
Editor: Details of the Presenters and their themes for the "Watering the Roots at the Wellspring of Mercy" 2013 renewal programme can be accessed here.
Mercy International Association Intention for the Coming Week (MIA)
For our sisters, associates, partners in ministry, friends and benefactors throughout the world, that on this feast [of Our Lady of Mercy] we may experience our oneness in Mercy.
-From the Intercessions of the Feasts of the Sisters of Mercy 1, Morning and Evening Prayer
MIA Programmes for 2013 (MIA)
Mercy international Centre is pleased to announce that the following programmes are in place for 2013:
- Watering the Roots at the Wellspring of Mercy - Sun, 2 June – Sat, 29 June
- Dublin Pilgrimage of Young Mercy Leaders -Tues evening, 16 July – Fri afternoon, 19 July
- Come Home to Catherine - Sun, 28 July – Sat, 3 August
- Catherine McAuley - an inspiration and a challenge - Sun, 11 August – Sat, 17 August
- Come Home to Catherine - Sun, 25 August – Sat, 31 August
- Catherine McAuley and the Following of Jesus Christ Today - Sun, 22 September – Sat, 28 September
- Exploring the mystery of God “forming and re-forming” our lives in Mercy - Fri, 8 - Mon 11 November
Details of all programmes can be found online and are linked to this item
To access the print brochure ( A3 double-sided pdf), click here
To access the print brochure to read online ( 8.5 x11 USA page size pdf) click here
Messages to: Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality
Volunteer Internship at the Mercy Global Action Office at the UN (MGA)
Effective Immediately: Volunteer Internship at MGA Office in New York
A short-term intern position as a component of a pilot project at Mercy Global Action Office in New York is open to applicants. Applications will be received until the deadline of October 5, 2012.
This is a volunteer position one day each week for four months, with day expenses covered only.
Applicants can send a resume to: Aine O'Connor rsm - MGA Co-ordinator at the UN
To access the job description, click here (pdf)
Messages to: Aine O'Connor rsm - MGA Co-ordinator at the UN
Celebrating Mercy Day at Baggot Street (MIA)
On this 185th anniversary since Catherine opened the House of Mercy on Baggot Street, eighty five Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Associates, partners in ministry and friends of Mercy celebrated Mercy Day in her original house on Baggot Street. The home countries of those participating in this celebration included Australia, England, Ireland, Kenya, United States and Wales.
The celebration included a liturgy presided over by Patrick Hume SJ (Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice) followed by food and conversation in the dining room. Helena O’Donoghue rsm (Congregation/South Central Province) provided the reflection on the Mercy Day readings.
The liturgy was enriched by music led by Eithne Doyle rsm (organist), Rosaleen Hogan rsm (singer), and Ailish O’Brien rsm (violinist), all from the South Central Province of the Congregation/Ireland.
A full report, including Helena's reflection, is linked to this item.
Messages to: Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality
Camden Catholic High School celebrates 125 years (Americas)
CHERRY HILL — On the north wall of Camden Catholic High School the words Faith, Honor, and Loyalty are painted in big green letters.
Inside the walls of the oldest Catholic high school in South Jersey there are four members of the administration that have taken loyalty to an entirely different level.
Teachers John Phipps, Jim Crawford and Anthony D’Antonio, and guidance counselor Sister Philomena Gini have combined for nearly 190 years of service to the school.
And as the school celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, those close to the Fighting Irish say such longevity and dedication are key to the school’s ongoing success...
Messages to: Heather Crisci - Principal
President Christopher Blake reflects on the value of Mercy 'pillars' (Americas)
...When the Sisters of Mercy arrived in Iowa with a desire to follow in the footsteps of Catherine McAuley and to serve "wherever human needs exist," they focused their energies on seeing to the needs of the sick and the poor and providing education to improve lives. In so doing, they created three pillars of this city: Mercy Hospital, the Catherine McAuley Center and what eventually became Mount Mercy University, now celebrating 85 years of educational service to this community. What they left behind, however, created a value that cannot be measured by institutions alone...
Messages to: Christopher Blake - President Mt Mercy College Iowa
Editor: Mt Mercy is this week's featured website
Seeds of Eco-spirituality & Sustainability Planted at Mercy Farm (Americas)
Editor: This article by Chloe Van Aken, an Associate of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, is the first in a series on places and programs where concerns for Earth, sustainability, ecology and eco-spirituality are fostered by sisters and associates. It has been reproduced from iViva Mercy with the kind permission of the Institute Communications Office.
" In 1994, the Benedictine Monks of Elmira, New York, gave their farm to the Sisters of Mercy in Vermont with the single stipulation that it be used for spiritual purposes. The farm, located in Benson, Vermont, is in close proximity to the majestic Adirondack and Green Mountains. For many years, retreats were held at Lumen Christi under the direction of the sisters operating the Institute for Spiritual Development. Then, in the fall of 2010, a new venture began when the Northeast Community opened Mercy Farm at Lumen Christi. Contemplation was no longer the only focus. The added value was to turn the 39-acre farm into an ecological model..."
To access the complete article, click here (pdf).
Messages to: Chloe Van Aken
Sharing Our Mercy Day News (All)
Editor: Mercy Day celebrations at Mercy Hospital Joplin made the evening news in Joplin Missouri and Pittsburg Kansas on KOAM television news, and was the lead story yesterday on the KOAM website.
Long term staffers, Kathy Cowley, Obstetrics Manager for Mercy and Libby Clark, an emergency room nurse at Mercy, are interviewed in this clip (2:24), explaining the origins of "the good cup of tea" and how it impacts on them and is lived out in their work. The video clip can be accessed here.
In Sioux City, Iowa, the new Outdoor Rehabilitation Courtyard at Mercy Medical Center was dedicated as part of the 2012 observance of Mercy Day.
The courtyard features new benches, artwork, a water feature and other amenities designed to enhance the experience of patients and their families.The event made KTIV News. View video of the event here.
At Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain, Ohio, a permanent art gallery opened at 5 p.m. Thursday near the Mercy Rehabilitation Center on the second floor of the hospital. View video of the opening here.
Reports from a number of universities and colleges sharing their plans for and reports from their Mercy Day celebrations are linked to this item.
Messages to:Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
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Visit the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas website to view new logo (Americas)
September 24, 2012 – As Sisters of Mercy across the globe celebrate the founding of the first House of Mercy on September 24, the Sister of Mercy of the Americas are unveiling a new logo. At the center of this new logo is a cross modeled after Sisters of Mercy’s mark of membership, the Mercy cross. The “cross within a cross” design depicts how Sisters of Mercy founder Catherine McAuley was inspired by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and her commitment to symbolically place herself on the cross in solidarity with those who suffer in our world. The joy and compassion of life as a Sister of Mercy is captured in the outer free-flowing cross...
Messages to: Sue Carroll - Director Institute Communications
The Ethics of Mandatory Detention ( ISMAPNG)
On Sunday the 26th of August, Young Mercy Links (YML) hosted an evening at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne on ‘The Ethics of Mandatory Detention’. This forum followed the event held in 2011, which explored and challenged myths about refugees and asylum seekers.
The evening was well attended by YML members and a number of present students and staff from Mercy Colleges in Victoria. Mairead, Truc and Nathan, three leaders in YML introduced the evening through the presentation of a very confronting video which they had made.
To read the complete report, click here
Messages to: Sally Bradley rsm - Institute Councilor
The Feast of Our Lady of Mercy ( GB Institute)
......We have had a wonderful summer of celebrations and our prayers for a safe, successful hosting of the Olympic and Paralympics Games have been answered a hundredfold.
Life, perhaps, for many has become a little flat after all the excitement. We however are uplifted at this time by celebrating the greatest feast in our Mercy Calendar...
As we move into the Season of Mercy, the Institute of Great britain offers us all a reflection on "The Gallery is a reflection on 'Mercy Words and Attitudes'"
Messages to: Cathy Edge rsm - Institute IT and Web Co-ordinator
$2 Million Donation Will Help Mercy’s Youngest Patients (Americas)
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—All it took was a quick tour of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Mercy Hospital Springfield, and Bobby Allison was ready to make a $2 million contribution that will improve the lives of Mercy’s tiniest patients for years to come.
“We toured the unit—the tour took maybe 20 minutes,” said Dr. Melinda Slack, medical director for the nursery at Mercy Hospital Springfield. “Within 25 minutes, he had made a decision to generously help our intensive care babies.”..
Messages to: Sonya Kullman - Mercy Springfield Communities
1924 Opening of Georgian Court College, Lakewood, New Jersey
The Mercy Day e-bulletin included a "Reflection for Mercy Day 2012" by Mary Wickham rsm (ISMAPNG). Mary is the author of two published collections of poetry: In the Water was the Fire and Souvenirs of Spirit.
The poems reflect Mary’s interests: ministry to those on the edges of society, Celtic Spirituality, a love of nature, and a deep engagement with the mystery of God and God’s relationship with the world.
Those interested in purchasing one or other of these publications are invited to contact Mary.
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