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Mercy Enews
No. 489 | 24 October 2012

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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