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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 693  |  12 October 2016
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Editor: It's just over a year since the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) —a definitive plan for people and the planet —were officially adopted by World Leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. We were given a vision of how the world could look in 2030. What a wonderful world (01:34) it could be!

Three months earlier, Pope Francis had released his encyclical letter Laudato Si’, asking every person to choose ways of living more thoughtfully, more responsibly, more generously, more respectfully, for the sake of earth and the entire earth community.

Next week marks two UN Observances - World Food Day (16 October) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October). The themes of these days reflect concerns expressed in the SDGs, Laudato Si’ and the focus issues of our MIRP global groups...

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA


Image: © 2016 MIA. This image is available to any Mercy group who would like to use it. Please contact the Editor

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Vision in Action
MGA Brochure on SDGs 1 and 2 Now Available

Editor: Of the 17 global goals, Mercy Global Action (MGA) has so far identified eight as most relevant to the mission of the Sisters of Mercy - Goals: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 13,16. Over the next twelve months we will hear more from Mercy Global Action about each of these goals and how we can take action.

This week MGA has released a brochure on Goals 1 and 2 - (G1) No Poverty; (G2) Zero Hunger, designed to coincide with two forthcoming UN Observances - World Food Day (16 October) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17 October).

This second brochure is an accompaniment to the MGA Introducing the SDGs brochure

Messages to: Denise Boyle fmdm - Assistant Director Mercy Global Action

MIA Prayer Intention: Those Affected by Hurricane Matthew

Please join us in praying for the people and communities in Haiti, Cuba, the Bahamas and United States pounded by Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Caribbean storm in nearly a decade.

Media outlets are reporting more than 1,000 lives lost in Haiti. Doctors now warn of a surge in cholera cases. Once again, this poor country has been devastated.

Sisters of Mercy have been supporting people in Haiti as a result of the earthquake in 2010. Read the latest report from the 'Focus on Haiti' group. Mercy Beyond Borders has been educating girls in Gros Morne, Haiti since 2012.

Mercy Beyond Borders encourages donations from those who are able to contribute, to one of the larger organizations, such as Catholic Relief Service or Hope for Haiti.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Image: Haiti Hit by Hurricane Matthew
UN Photo # 697534 . Used with permission

Editor: There has been a wonderful response to the MIC 2017 calendar. Thank you for your interest and support.

Unfortunately, there is an issue with our online Gift Shop payment facility. We will advise in eNews and on our website when the problem has been resolved.

Meanwhile, those wishing to order calendars are asked to contact Sr Margaret by email (finance@mercyinternational.ie) or phone (+353 1 661 8061) with your order.

Messages to: Margaret Scroope rsm - Assistant Director Administration and Finance

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As a Mercy Community we pray with those in need of prayer

God of love and mercy, touch with your healing power and restore to full health: Charlie Hockey and all whose names are on our prayer list.

We ask this with confidence through the intercession of Venerable Catherine McAuley. Amen.

Messages to: the Vice postulators

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On International Youth Day, Friday, August 12th, 2016, Avery Kelly, a former intern of Mercy Global Action at the UN, was privileged to speak in the ECOSOC Chamber on this years’ theme  “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”. The event urged young people to promote, advocate, and work towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. ..

Messages to: Avery Kelly c/- fellow@mercyinternational.ie

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Hi my name is Colleen Cloonan and I am overjoyed to be working with Mercy Global Action at the United Nations as their new intern. I am from Connecticut, USA and am the youngest of five children...

If it weren’t for being chosen to attend the Young Mercy Leaders Conference in Dublin (2014), I would never have been exposed to this focus in my International Relations passion...

Messages to: Colleen Cloonan - MGA Intern

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MIA Reflection Process
Cluster 1 Ballina Formulates its New Vision (The Congregation)

Rekindle the flame of Mercy which inspired Catherine McAuley and which each one of us has accepted as a gift to be lived and shared with everyone we encounter, whether as an individual Sister of Mercy, community or cluster.

Messages to: Sheila Curran rsm - MIRP Coordinator The Congregation

Image L-r: Srs Attracta Tighe, Aidan Kivelehan, Breege Duggan, Nancy Clarke, Breeda Leonard, Martha Hegarty, Maureen McDonnell

The MIA-MIRP mini-poster of the 8th Work of Mercy 'Show Mercy to Our Common Home' has been warmly welcomed by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) and the Catholic Climate Covenant (CCC), among other organisations. These coalitions working to confront the climate crisis have in turn promoted these posters amongst their member individuals, groups and organisations.

The full-colour poster versions in English and Spanish remain available for download from the link attached to this item. We invite you to display the mini-poster and to circulate the poster among the members of your networks.

Messages to: Anne Walsh - Communications Director MIRP

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MIA Members News

'On the 3rd of October 2016 St Patrick’s College had the pleasure of holding an honours ceremony of the Pontifical University, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, at which the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, honoris causa, was conferred on Sr. Margaret Casey rsm, Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy.

This honours ceremony was a recognition of the immense contribution of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy to education and health, following the charism of the Venerable Catherine McAuley and faithful to the Gospel of Mercy; for creating a more compassionate and merciful world.

The honour embraces all the Sisters of Mercy including those noble sisters, servants of the poor, who have entered eternal life.'

Source: Maynooth College

Messages to: Margaret Casey rsm

Editor: The account of the conferral written by Perpetua McNulty rsm is linked to this item. It includes links to:
the Opening Address by Professor Salvador Ryan (5pps; PDF); extract from presentation by Máire Ní Chearbhaill; the presentation from Brenda Dolphin rsm, Vice postulator for the Cause of Catherine McAuley (10 pps; PDF); Evening Prayer (9pps; PDF); Ceremony of Conferral (12pps; PDF); Citation (14pps; PDF); Sr Margaret's Address (2pps; PDF); Archbishop Eamon Martin’s response to Sr. Margaret

Image: L-r: Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland; Sr Margaret; Rev. Prof. Michael Mullaney, Vice President, Saint Patrick's College, Maynooth

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Eighty-two presidents, trustees, and other senior leaders from fifteen Mercy colleges and universities gathered in Baltimore, MD on October 2-3, 2016 for the mission leadership program, Mercy, the Principal Path.

Offered by the Conference for Mercy Higher Education, this biennial program seeks to promote and deepen understanding of the Catholic, Mercy identity and mission among presidents, trustees, and senior leaders at Mercy colleges and universities across the United States...

Sister Pat McDermott spoke first on the agenda and explored why the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas wish to continue their sponsorship of Mercy colleges and universities; Sister Pat situated this wish within a description of sponsorship as pledge, commitment and assurance...

Three of the key talks offered during the program are already on the CMHE site here

Messages to: Dr. Moya K. Dittmeier - Executive Director CMHE

Image: Front row L-r: Dr. Jane Gerety rsm, President of Salve Regina University, RI, Dr. Scott Zeman, Provost at Salve Regina University, Dr. Mary Fanning rsm, Chair of the CMHE Board of Directors, and Chris Koren, Executive Director for Mission and Community Outreach, Mount Aloysius College, PA.

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As chancellor and former president of Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, Sister Therese Antone has long believed that education is crucial to creating a just world. Over the years, she has extended her education ministry internationally to Africa, Russia and, most recently, the Middle East.

The granddaughter of Syrian immigrants who was born in Central Falls, Rhode Island, Sister Therese has an interest in the Middle East that is personal as well as professional...

Messages to: Therese Antone rsm

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Sr Maria Teresa Shanahan died at Bethesda, Nudgee on 25 September 2016 aged 101 years and ten months.

Born in Castletownbere, Co Cork, Ireland on 27 November 1914, Julia Shanahan left her homeland, with twenty-seven young Irish women, to follow God’s call to serve Him as a Sister of Mercy in the Brisbane Congregation. That was in January 1937...

Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate her life was held on Friday 30 September at St Vincent’s Chapel, Nudgee followed by her burial at Nudgee Cemetery.

Messages to: Mary Lawson rsm - Congregation Leadership Team

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Reading Luke's Gospel With Ecological Eyes: Part 9 (ISMAPNG)

Elaine Wainwright rsm shows how apocalyptic eschatology in the final section of Jesus’ teaching in Luke invites us to practice today what we want our world to be like in the future.

Sr Elaine writes: 'Pope Francis’s most recent proclamation of an eighth work of mercy — showing mercy to our common home — ... is calling us forward with the entire Earth community to create the future into which the God who goes before us is leading that community.'

Download the article here (PDF)
Read parts 1-9 online here

Messages to: Elaine Wainwright rsm

ISMAPNG Associates Renew Their Commitment to Mercy (ISMAPNG)

Catherine's spirit was very evident as our Mercy Associates received their new Mercy Associate Badge and renewed their Commitment as Institute Mercy Associates during a special Ceremony held last month. Following the Ceremony, we enjoyed a Mercy Day luncheon.
Congratulations to each one, and special thanks to our local Sisters of Mercy and Fr. Allan Crowe for their presence with us and  ever present support.

Messages to: Lorraine Cupitt rsm

Mercy Matters

'Today’s gospel begins with a reference to prayer, a favourite theme in Luke, and ends with a question about faith. If the parable were about prayer as the narrator suggests, then the unjust judge would image a God who has no respect for anyone and is slow to hear the cry of the poor! There are clearly problems with this, and scholars are divided on how to explain it...'

- Veronica Lawson rsm

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'We can, and must, work together to protect and preserve our common home... We can, and must, be united in a common cause to uphold and defend the dignity of all people... Our Christian faith leads us to recognise the inestimable worth of every human life, and to honour it in acts of mercy by bringing education, healthcare, food, clean water and shelter and always seeking to resolve conflict and build peace.'

- Issued in Rome, 5 October 2016

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The mission of CMHE is the preservation and development of the core Catholic identity and mission of Mercy higher education in accord with the spirit, mission, and heritage of the Sisters of Mercy.

The site includes a Mercy Higher Education Annotated Bibliography - articles and books focused on higher education as practiced or inspired by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. 

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Mercy Housing invited Pat McDermott rsm, President of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, to share the story of Catherine McAuley on video (03:12)

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1928: Diocesan Normal School, Albany accredited - M Joan of Arc

Contribute a fact about the Story of the Sisters of Mercy in your congregation or institute to our online archive

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G Suite

Google has renamed Google Apps for Work as ‘G Suite’. G Suite is defined as a set of intelligent apps, designed to be collaborative: Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, and Hangouts, with more on the way.

Watch the video (01:03)


Further Resources

Worth Playing:

Michael Jackson Tribute - 'Heal The World' - Child Prodigy Cover. Watch/listen here (06:44) Lyrics here

Worth Reading:


Liquid Assets: How the Business of Bottled Water Went Mad (Long Read) 'How did a substance that falls from the air, springs from the earth and comes out of your tap become a hyperactive multibillion-dollar business?' Read the essay here

Worth Watching:

Religious Life

The first of the three-part video presentation 'Biblical Encounters: from Being Mercy'd to Becoming Mercy-Full and Merciful' by Barbara Reid OP, is now online at the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life (CSCL) website. You can view Sr Barbara's video 'Being Mercy'd'  here (19:32)

The 2016 Boyer Lecture Series

Fair Australia: Social Justice and the Health Gap. 4 lectures given on 3,10,17 and 24 September 2016. Listen or read the transcripts. Examples cited are broader than Australia

Worth Knowing: Free online courses

'Ending Slavery: Strategies for Contemporary Global Abolition' is the world’s first massive open online course (mooc) about contemporary slavery. Enrolment is free. The course, offered by the Walk Free Foundation, begins on 17 October. Course details & registration here

Yale University online classes on Journey of the Universe, one on Thomas Berry, and a capstone on Living Cosmology are being repeated. See announcement.  Enrol in the courses here:  You may audit the course free of charge. The next session starts October 24, and anyone can pre-enrol for that session now. These are the dates for all the sessions: October 24 - December 12, 2016; November 21, 2016 - January 9, 2017; December 19, 2016 - February 6, 2017; January 16 - March 6, 2017; February 13 - April 3, 2017

The Bottom Line:

'Misericordia means having a heart for the poor—poor in a large sense, not only material poverty, but also relational poverty, spiritual poverty, cultural poverty, and so on. This is not only heart, not only an emotion, but also an active attitude—I have to change the situation of the other as much as I can...'

- Cardinal Walter Kasper in Commonweal Magazine, 7 May 2014

Send suggestions and contributions for the 'Worth...' section 2016 to: the Editor

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