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Mercy Enews
No. 491 | 07 November 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


Catherine McAuley's Last Illness and Death (MIA)

During the Wellsprings programme in July 2012, Mary C Sullivan rsm led the group in a session "Catherine McAuley's Last Illness and Death" in Catherine's room at Baggot Street, drawing on the account of the Death of Jesus in John's Gospel (Jn:19:17-18; 23-30) and on three early letters: Catherine McAuley, Sept. 26, 1841; Elizabeth Moore, Nov. 21, 1841 and Mary Vincent Whitty, Nov. 11, 1841.

The session is presented for your reflection in the two video clips linked to this item.

As we each in this season of Mercy prepare for the anniversary on November 11 of Catherine's death, let us 'remember her and all our sisters who have given their lives in service to others and...pray for Sisters of Mercy throughout the world and for our co-workers, that Catherine's life and death may continue to call us to embrace the spirit of hospitality and service'.

Source: Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy

Messages to:
Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Mary C Sullivan rsm
Editor: An early article by Mary C Sullivan rsm, "The Death and Burial of Catherine McAuley (1778-1841): Her Convent and Tomb as a Place of Pilgrimage" made available on the mercyworld.org website, can be found here (pdf).

On November 11 you are invited to pause online at Catherine’s graveside and pray with her. To post your prayer or reflection, click here


Mercy Links

Join the Million Signatures Campaign and Help Bring About Malala's Dream
Mercy International Association supports the right to an education for all people and invites our readers to join the campaign of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, to gather one million signatures to present to President Zardari (Pakistan), calling on Pakistan to agree to a plan to deliver education for every child. Further details here

Visit /search/discover/ and add your name to the petition.

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. Early registration is encouraged and the very last day for registration will be Friday 29th March, 2013.

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