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Mercy Enews
No. 492 | 14 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


Celebrating Remembrance Day at Baggot Street (MIA)

The Celebrations of the Anniversary feast started with Liturgy in the Chapel at Baggot Street. As the Sisters and Friends of Mercy arrived from the various parts of the country, it was reminiscent of that day, 171 years ago when Sisters and friends of Catherine arrived to say their final good-byes and of Vincent Whitty’s account of Catherine’s parting messages :She went over every name – saying, oh I remember them all. May God bless them ... May they live in Union and Charity and may we all meet in a happy eternity.

The Old Testament and Gospel Reading for the day could not have been more appropriate, emphasising as they did a boundless generosity of spirit, grounded in an unshakable belief in the Providence of God . Aine Barrins, rsm shared a beautiful and challenging reflection on this.  As the Suscipe was sung at the end of the Eucharistic Celebration, the congregation processed to Catherine’s grave where the account of her burial was recalled and where the mood of the day was captured in the singing of This is Holy Ground. There followed, of course ‘The Good Cup of Tea’, which was in effect a good hearty lunch! Catherine who’ loved to see all happy and joyful'; would have been proud of the gathering .The day concluded with a showing of ‘Kitty’s Folly’, a re-launched edition of a programme done for Irish Television some time ago.

It was a fitting remembrance for the celebration of Catherine’s anniversary.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Photograph: Looking out into the back garden area at Baggot Street onto Catherine's grave.

Editor: Catherine McAuley was the first to be buried in this cemetery, consecrated at the time of her death in 1841. The 49 Sisters who died at Baggot Street after Catherine are buried alongside her in the grassed area in this garden. You are invited to visit this sacred space online and to pause here to pray with Catherine and these early sisters.

See also the reflection: Remembering the Legacy of Catherine on the GB Institute website

Mercy Links

Catherine McAulery's Last Illness and Death
Miss hearing Mary C Sullivan rsm on this them in last week's Mercy E-News? To access the session, made available in two parts, click here.

Update on MalalaYousafzai, who was shot because of her efforts to promote education for the Girl Child.
Mercy International Association supports the right to an education for all people. Sisters of Mercy have been involved in teacher training in Pakistan for over twenty years.

In the UK, Shahida Choudhary is campaigning for the Prime Minister and prominent politicians to recommend Malala to the Nobel committee. Read more To sign the petition, click here

Worth Reading
Towards uncharted territory - Michele Connolly rsj. 'Congregations should move beyond the language & narrative of their respective charisms toward a common framework that will facilitate a new way of doing mission.' Read more
In what has been described as her 'brutally frank' new memoir, 'recovering' Catholic Judith Lucy talks about revisiting the church she abandoned as a teenager, her encounter with a Mercy community in Parramatta, and the thinking she has done as a result . This article, published in the Australian daily newspapers last Sunday, reminds us of the importance and impact of making connections. Read more

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