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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 696  |  02 November 2016
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'Give me the grace to walk on the path of Mercy': Invitation to Participate in 9 Days of Prayer

Editor: 11 November marks the 175th anniversary of Catherine's death. In preparation for that milestone we are invited to pray each day (2-10 November) a contemporary version of the morning offering composed by Catherine. Then on 11 November we are invited to post our own prayer, thought or reflection, or simply be in the presence of Catherine at her grave

The prayer sheet can be downloaded in English and Spanish here: A4 Paper Size ; US Letter Size (PDF).

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

Vision in Action
Mercy International Association Appointment

Mercy International Association is happy to announce that Anna Nicholls rsm has been appointed to the recently advertised position of Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality.

Anna is a Mercy Sister from Auckland, New Zealand. She has ministered in New Zealand and Samoa, particularly in the education field and has developed programmes for staff induction, for student leadership programmes and for youth retreats and other formational experiences. She has served in roles of Director of Religious Studies, Assistant Principal Special Character and Deputy Principal – Director of Learning for Mission.

We welcome Anna, who will take up her role in March 2017 and look forward to collaborating with her in the development of the MIA Heritage and Spirituality agenda.

Messages to:
Anna Nicholls rsm
Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

MIA Ministry Positions

Applications are invited for the position of Mercy Global Action Coordinator at the UN (Commencing 1 February 2017).The position will be based in New York, with initially a 3 year contract.

Download the Position Description here (2pps; PDF)

Please apply, attaching a Curriculum Vitae and names of 2 Referees, to: Mary Reynolds rsm, Executive Director MIA

Closing Date for applications: 25 November 2016

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Denise Boyle fmdm visited the Mercy family in Newfoundland during the week of 10-18 October, 2016 where she engaged with Sisters, Associates, groups and individuals in a mutual learning process.  As Director of Mercy Global Action she met with strategic groups like the Sisters of Mercy Leadership Team - Srs. Elizabeth Davis, Sheila O’Dea, Diane Smyth and Elizabeth Marrie and many others.

A “field visit” from Mercy Global Action?  Sr. Denise explained why spending time with the Mercy family in different countries is an important element of the Mercy Global Action (MGA) programme...

Diane Smyth rsm - Newfoundland Leadership Team
Denise Boyle fmdm - Director Mercy Global Action

Image: L-r (clockwise): Denise Boyle fmdm, Elizabeth Marrie rsm, Elizabeth Davis rsm, Sheila O'Dea rsm

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MIA Prayer Intention: All Saints and All Souls

'God of the living and the dead, through the power of Christ's resurrection you have conquered sin and death forever. Catherine McAuley told us that each day is a step we take towards eternity. May we continue thus from day to day until we take the last step, which will bring us into your presence. Then we shall be reunited with those we love and every tear shall be wiped away.

We ask this through Jesus, our Redeemer and brother.


Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Source: Office for the Dead, Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy, p863

Reminder: Invitation to the Baggot Street Celebration of the 175th Anniversary of Catherine's Death

Sisters, Associates and Friends of Mercy
are invited to celebrate the Eucharist at 12.00 p.m.on the 175th Anniversary of Catherine’s death.

Friday 11th November at 64A Lower Baggot Street
Lunch will follow

RSVP is essential by Friday 6th November:

Messages to: Madeline O' Hanlon on email using the subject line ‘Mass/lunch Nov 11’, or ring 01 6618061 in business hours.

Street parking only.

Some accommodation available.

Download the invitation (PDF)

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: Mary Lou Mercado, John Ings, Clare Murphy, Peter O'Reilly, Carole, Sharon Oldham, Rita O'Connor, Christina Carinato, Tom Conway 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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MIA Reflection Process
Limerick City Associates Stage Three Report (The Congregation)

Our group considered/reflected on our focal issue  - “A compassionate response to the Refugee Crisis”  in the light of Biblical, Theological, Spiritual and Mercy Traditions.

Keeping in mind ‘The Cry of the Earth, the Cry of the Poor’ we reflected on texts from Scripture. The two videos that caught our attention were John Haught and Mary C. Sullivan.

New Vision which emerged from our reflections so far:-

Be a community that addresses the injustice which keeps minorities and those who are different outside the centre of things.

Further details can be read here (PDF)

Messages to: Sheila Curran rsm - MIRP Coordinator The Congregation

Image: L-r: Sr. Martina Bourke, Sr. Catherine Ryan, Sr. Teresa O’Neill Presenter ‘the local story of Refugees/Asylum Seekers’, Mary McCarthy, Mary Heffernan, Lonan Ni Dhubhain. Absent from photo – Berna Cremin, Helen Farmer

Watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s Climate Change Documentary Online for Free until 6 November

Before the Flood made its television debut on National Geographic's channel in 171 countries and 45 languages on Sunday, 30 October.

It was released across digital and streaming platforms around the world as part of the network's commitment to covering climate change.

You can watch Before the Flood until 6 November on any of the platforms listed here

There are many ways you can make a difference on climate change. The producers of Before the Flood suggest and invite follow up actions listed here

Report on Stage Three MIRP Meeting from Westport Cluster (The Congregation)

The following texts, insights and vision were shared with enthusiasm, conviction, heartfelt awe and appreciation. This sense of conviction and urgency has called forth a radical shift in our thinking and in our theology. Our actions and way of being in the world are flowing and will continue to flow from this ongoing awareness. Great appreciation was expressed that we are having this opportunity for reflection at this stage of our lives – enabling and challenging us to see Creation in a new way, and offering us a new Image of God.

-Texts from our wisdom traditions that we engaged with;
-Key insights which have emerged from engagement with the Wisdom Traditions;
-New Vision emerging in the group are all in the report here (3pps; PDF)

Messages to: Sheila Curran rsm - MIRP Coordinator The Congregation

Image: Members of the Westport Cluster: L-R:  Srs Brid Bryce, Mary Teresa O’Reilly, Immaculata Brady, Bernadette O’Grady, Maire Ni Bhreathnach, Kathleen Hunt, Mary Groarke, Ita Hoban, and Kathleen Friel. Celebrating as we break bread together

Stage Three Report from a MIRP Group at Nudgee (Brisbane Congregation)

We began Stage 3 after having studied the proposed Adani Mine in the Galilee Basin of central Queensland.  We became aware of the devastating effect this mine would have on the environment and climate change.  It is a case of power and money over the environment.

Elizabeth Johnson CSJ - “one splendid community of life”
John Haught – our new sense of the universe
Ilia Delio OSF – “The Emergent Christ” (final chapter) – evolution within
Margaret Twomey rsm – “ Laudato Si -12 months on “ - ecological conversion

The relationship between ourselves and the universe/creation
We are part of creation – everything is evolving
Need to change within – ecological conversion

New Vision:
To continue to deepen our awareness of our relationship with all of creation. To be alert to listen to the genuine voices calling out for care of creation.

Messages to: Sandra Lupi rsm - MIRP Coordinator Brisbane Congregation

Image: L-r: Srs Elizabeth Ryall, Patricia Nolan, Libby Jordan ,Teresa Ekerick, Anne McDonnell, Joan Morrissy (Facilitator) Colleen Geary (front)

MIA Members News
Nine Days of Prayer for a United Nation (Americas)

As Election Day nears, the Institute of the Americas Extended Justice Team would like to share with you "Nine Days of Prayer for a United Nation."

Mercy and compassion are most needed at this time of divisiveness and harsh rhetoric on all sides. We invite you to pray with us for the candidates, their supporters and all voters, that we recognize and honor the dignity of each person, even those with whom we disagree politically, in these final days of the election season.

Pope Francis reminds us, in Laudato Si, that "true statecraft is manifest when, in difficult times, we uphold high principles and think of the long-term common good." May the common good be uppermost in the minds of everyone at this time.

Messages to: Sisters of Mercy's Institute Justice Team


On Friday, 4 November, the Institute’s Sustainability Policy: 'An Integrated Approach to Sustainable living' will be launched online by Berneice Loch rsm, Institute leader.

Proceedings will commence at 2pm (AEDST). Your local time is shown here

The launch will also be recorded and available for viewing after the event.

Further details are linked to this item.
Messages to: Deirdre Gardiner rsm - Institute Mission and Ministry Team

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You Will Be With Me (Aotearoa New Zealand)

Kathleen Rushton rsm reflects on the brief conversation between two dying men, Jesus and his companion, in Luke 23: 35-43.

Sr Kathleen writes: 'The end of the year of mercy is a new beginning of seeing and living through God's mercy. In Jesus' reply to his dying companion, God breaks into a situation that seems beyond mercy and hope. This is our encouragement.

Download the article here (PDF)

Read it online here

Messages to: Kathleen Rushton rsm

Image: Crucifixion (Metropolitan Museum of Art), by Painter: Pietro Lorenzetti

Deirdre Mullan rsm representing the Partnerships with Religious Congregations and UNICEF was a special guest of Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary General at the UN, for the conference – Lead by Example – At the Frontiers of Women’s Leadership, which was held at St. Ann’s College in Oxford recently.

Noeleen outlined how inequalities in norms and practices undermine women in the world. She outlined from her experience working in both UNIFEM and now in Asia Pacific how Poverty continues to have a women’s face and how we continue to see the feminization of poverty through gendercide; child marriages; lack of equal access to education for girls; and honor killings...

Messages to: Deirdre Mullan rsm

Image: L-r: Deirdre Mullan rsm, Noeleen Heyzer

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Mercy Matters

'Is there life after death? If so, what does that mean? Will we be united in death with those whom we have loved in this life? Do the bonds of love experienced in this life continue beyond the grave? Are our loved ones far from us in death? How do they live on, if indeed they do? These are questions that have preoccupied human beings for millennia...'

- Veronica Lawson rsm

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1900: Foundation to Tatura, Victoria from Bendigo - M Francis Hanigan
1930: Opening of Novitiate and Generalate, Rosanna, Victoria - M Evangelist Doogan
1969: Foundation to Tupac Amaru, Peru from Leeds, England - M Assumpta Hegarty
1969: Doncaster and Hunslet communities send first Sisters to Peru.

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

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These are the 25 best films of the 21st century according to film critics around the globe, and where you can watch them for yourself.

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Here are some browser add-ons that make the web a better place for everyone

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The Practical Sayings of Catherine McAuley

A selection of the sayings of Catherine McAuley (1778-1841), including a reprint of the 1868 publication of her "Practical Sayings" by Mary Clare Moore, London.

With a new preface, introduction and appendix by Mary C. Sullivan rsm (Americas).

Published in 2010.

Purchase online from the publisher or from Mercy International Centre

Catherine's original composition of the Morning Offering appears on p.32 of The Practical Sayings of Catherine McAuley

Celebrating Mercy with Believers of Other Religions

The theme of mercy in 11 other religious traditions. This compendium was produced by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue for the Year of Mercy.

Download the booklet here (90pps; PDF)


Further Resources

Worth Playing:

For this week when we remember and celebrate All Saints and All Souls, here is Standing on the Shoulders by Joyce Rouse (aka Earth Mama). Watch/listen here (04:40). Purchase on *iTunes ; *Google Play Lyrics here

Worth Watching:

The Beauty of Prayer by John Main OSB.  Watch it here (01:28)

Worth Reading:
Climate Change

Climate change could drive 122m more people into extreme poverty by 2030. Article can be read here. Report can be read in summary (24 pps; PDF) and in full here (194 pps; PDF)

Human Trafficking

More than 70% of migrants travelling overland through north Africa to Europe have become victims of human trafficking, organ trafficking and exploitation along the way, according to the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Article here. Report here (11pps; PDF)

Governments need to adopt new approaches to human trafficking in light of conflict-induced migration increasing around the world and putting many more people at risk of such trafficking, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro. Article here. Statement here

RENATE - the European network of religious against trafficking is holding its second assembly in Rome from 6-12 November, 2016. Details can be found here. The opening and closing liturgies will be livestreamed. Speakers presentations will be posted online after the assembly.

The Bottom Line:

'Some days, although we cannot pray, a prayer
utters itself...'

from Prayer by Carol Ann Duffy, Scottish poet, playwright and Britain's poet laureate since 2009

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

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