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Mercy Enews
No. 496 | 12 December 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


Foundation Day (MIA)

As we celebrate Foundation Day 12/12/12, we recall with great joy the events of the 12/12/ 1831, one hundred and eighty one years ago today. In her description of the day, Mary Sullivan in 'The Path of Mercy’ describes the simple but wondrous event of that day. Outlining the wording of the Act of Profession spoken by Catherine McAuley, Mary Anne Doyle and Elizabeth Harley, she says: ‘The Act of Profession that morning constituted the founding of the Sisters of Mercy. Much personal courage and resoluteness, as well as trust in the providence of a merciful God, lay behind their human words’.

Mary, in her description of the return to Baggot Street captures the excitement - their companions waiting for them at the front door, the young ones, including Catherine’s 12 year old niece Catherine rushing to the windows to get the first glimpse of the carriage, and the overjoyed Anne O’Grady waiting in the Infirmary. Mary simply states: Probably no eyewitness manuscript does justice to what happened when the front door was opened: ‘Heartfelt joy’ must be an understatement.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA


Mercy Links

Worth listening to: O Come Emmanuel.
A beautiful instrumental rendition on piano and cello

Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe
May the people of the Americas, who were blessed by the appearance of Our Lady at Guadalupe on this day in 1531, be renewed in their hope and strengthened in their efforts to build a more just society
Source: Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy

Don't Miss out on these Publications: Educating, Advocating and Participating for a Just World and What Price a Girl's Life?
These two latest publications by Deirdre Mullan rsm are going fast! Details of both works and how to order them can be found here

Mercy E-News: Publication Dates
The final issue of Mercy E-News for 2012 (Issue 497) will be published next Wednesday, December 19. The first issue of Mercy E-News for 2013 (Issue 498 ) will appear in your email on Wednesday, January 23. Issue 500 of Mercy E-News will be published Wednesday, February 6, 2013!

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