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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
The Power of Story in a Digital Age (GB Institute)
Numerous events happened in London on Saturday 20th October. One of them was The Christian New Media Conference 2012, at Kings College.
The theme of this year’s conference was, “The Power of Story in a Digital Age”. Online, a lot of what we do is tell our story. For us, as Sisters of Mercy, this is the story of Catherine McAuley, her building of Baggot Street, the beginning of the Sisters of Mercy, the first British foundation in Bermondsey, right through to today. And of course, this is God’s story, the unfolding story of God in our lives...
Catherine McAuley wanted her Sisters to be out where people were, she wanted the streets of Dublin to be their cloister, and so they became know as "the walking nuns".
Today one of the places people are is in the online world. Here we can be present to people where they are and make connections with people we could never have made connections with before. As Sheridan Voysey put it, ‘We have great tools to cross the boundaries like never before’. The same boundaries Jesus crossed with the Samaritan woman at the well...
Messages to Cathy Edge rsm - Institute IT and Web Co-ordinator
Editor: "Being in the world of social media makes me consider when Jesus said 'go to the ends of the earth' a little bit differently," contributed conference presenter, Social media consultant Bryony Taylor. Read the conference report in Christian Today Pope Benedict sees social networks as 'new spaces for evangelization" - a preview of his topic for World Communications Day 2013 can be accessed here.
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New Vice postulator (MIA)
Caroline Ryan rsm (Parramatta Congregation) has been appointed as the new vice postulator for the Australia/New Zealand/Philippines region. Caroline will replace Mary Duffy rsm (ISMAPNG) who retired for health reasons. The Canonisation Committee for the Canonisation of Catherine McAuley is delighted to welcome Caroline among its members and looks forward to working with her into the future as it endeavours to promote Catherine's cause for beatification.
The committee would also like to take this opportunity to extend its heartfelt thanks to Mary Duffy rsm for her generous and very valuable contribution to the work of the Cause and the work of the committee. Mary was a founding member of the committee and has given of herself unstintingly to the many projects that she led and co-ordinated which have contributed to the spread of devotion of Catherine McAuley.
We wish her every blessing into the future and know that we will continue to be united in prayer.
Messages to: Brenda Dolphin rsm - Postulator
Caroline Ryan rsm - Vice postulator
Mary Duffy rsm
Come Celebrate Remembrance Day at Baggot Street (MIA)
Will you be in Dublin on Sunday, 11th November – the anniversary of Catherine's death??
If so, you are warmly invited to the celebration of the Eucharist at 1.30pm followed by lunch at Mercy International Centre, 64A Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.
RSVP please by 7th November.
Messages to: Madeleine O'Hanlon - Receptionist or +353 (0)1 6618061.
Mercy International Association Intention for the Coming Week (MIA)
As an NGO with representation at the United Nations, Mercy International Association joins its voice with that of the UN and calls upon all parties to the conflict in Syria to refrain from acts against the civilian population, including children.
More than 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have died in Syria since the uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad began some 20 months ago. A further 2.5 million Syrians urgently need humanitarian aid and more than 340,000 have fled to neighbouring countries according to UN estimates. www.un.org
Catherine's Canonisation Cause: Prayer Requests (MIA)
“We need people who are mysteries –whose lives wouldn’t make sense unless God exists…those who will give us hope and strength for resistance against all that does not breathe and breed life.” Mary Ann Stevens rsm, 1989.
Prayers through the intercession of Venerable Catherine are requested for the intentions of: Clare, Doris and all those who have asked us for prayers.
Anne Hannon rsm - Vice postulator Europe and Africa
Sheila Carney rsm - Vice postulator Americas
Caroline Ryan rsm - vice postulator Australia, New Zealand, Philippines
New Congregational Leadership Team Officially Take up Leadership (The Congregation)
The new Congregational Leadership Team for the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy officially took up leadership on Thursday October 18th. We send our best wishes to Margaret Casey rsm (Congregational Leader), Patricia O’Donovan rsm (Assistant Leader), Cecilia Cadogan rsm, Scholasticah Nganda rsm and Marie Louise White rsm and assure them of our prayers.
If you would like to ‘virtually’ meet the new team, please visit the following page on the Congregation’s website. http://www.sistersofmercy.ie/vision/team.cfm
Messages to: Ailish O'Brien rsm - Communications Co-ordinator
An inspirational afternoon (The Congregation)
The CORI Northern Ireland Annual Conference took place on Sunday October 7th. Deirdre Mullan rsm, Director of Partnership for Global Justice, whose experience of the presence and work of Religious throughout the globe has led her to a deep conviction of the enormous impact their work and lives are having today, gave an inspirational paper: 'The Dream of God in our World and our Part in it'.
Messages to: Deirdre Mullan rsm
Bittersweet Departure (Americas)
' ...Sister Miriam Stadulis, 76, was 52 when she walked into the office of the city Housing Authority and asked for a house for a program to help children in the low-income housing development. She got the house and after one year of operation went back and asked for another unit because one was just too small. The authority agreed.[So came to pass the McGlynn Center.]
Thousands of kids later, Stadulis has decided to leave her post to volunteer “wherever” she feels could use her help the most. It’s a bittersweet decision for Stadulis, but one she felt it was time to make...'
Messages to: Miriam Stadulis rsm c/- Pat Kenny rsm - Institute Communications Office
Editor: The McGlynn Center is this week's featured website
Sophomores chosen for Lead to Serve Program (Americas)
A group of 25 sophomore students at Misericordia University have been selected to participate in a unique program that has been designed to develop leadership skills and foster their desire to serve their communities in the spirit of the Religious Sisters of Mercy who founded the institution of higher education in 1924.
Kit Foley, dean of students, developed and launched the Mercy Leadership Program: Lead to Serve in 2011. “This select group of sophomores, for the most part, have been involved in community service in high school and have shown us a passion to lead and serve others,” says Foley. “Our hope is to make sure that their expertise and drive is fostered and the students are guided by the tenets we promote as a Mercy institution.”..
Messages to: Jim Roberts - Director of Communications
A Thought Provoking Video (Aotearoa New Zealand)
A thought provoking video has been made by students at St Catherine’s College, a small Mercy high school in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Talented Year 13 Media Studies Students, Anne Isaac, Rachel Duignan and Tessa Reid, have been announced one of three finalists in the New Zealand wide Inspiring Films Competition.
Their short film, titled “Silencio”, has been shortlisted in the Human Rights Category. To view their finished film, click here. Final winners will be announced 17th November.
Messages to: Stephanie Kitching rsm
Sheltering Homeless is God's Work (Americas)
' Helping people help themselves, particularly by helping provide them with a home, is a "work of Mercy," allowing one local to nun to continue to do God's work.
Sister Joeline Texiera, of Sisters of Mercy at the Bristol Housing Authority, shared her devotion to public housing at a “Housing America” event at the Johnston Senior Center Friday.
"What everyone needs to know is, Nuns never retire! What happens is our ministries change...'
Messages to: Joeline Texiera rsm c/- Pat Kenny rsm - Institute Communications Office
Source: Bristol Warren Patch
1838: M Vincent Hartnett professed - Limerick
1851: Foundation to Loughrea, Galway from Baggot St - M Magdalen Bourke
1969: Foundation to Yola, Nigeria from Dungarvan, Co Waterford - M Philomena Kelly
Nurturing the Global Citizen Within
Educating, Advocating and Participating for a Just World.
Produced by Deirdre Mullan rsm, Director of Partnership for Global Justice.
For orders or inquiries, contact Sr Deirdre
Cost is $3 or 2 pound plus postage and the proceeds will go towards education, advocacy and promoting a just world.
To download the flyer, click here.
McGlynn Center, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
The McGlynn Center is a family enrichment center located in the Boulevard Townhomes. Operated by the Sisters of Mercy PROJECT REMAIN since 1988, the Center provides numerous educational, recreational and social outreach programs and services for hundreds of children and families.
Volunteers are always needed!
Where the Internet Lives: A Look Inside Google's Data Centers
The technology, the people and the places at Google
Volunteer at MIC:
Enjoy a Working Holiday in Ireland - Volunteer at Mercy International Centre (MIA)! For details, click here.
Young Mercy Leaders
Young Mercy Leaders’ Pilgrimage 2013 – Reports of the inaugural pilgrimage and further details about how to book in for 2013 can be accessed here.
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