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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 700  |  30 November 2016
Featured Story
Online Launch of 'Walking Gently on Earth' Ensures this Wonderful Publication is a Gift to Mercy Worldwide

Editor: On Sunday, 27 November, a large crowd of Sisters and friends of Mercy gathered at the Knock Hotel, Co. Mayo, Ireland for the launch of Walking Gently on Earth. We are privileged and proud to be launching this wonderful publication online today. The Sisters write:

'The Sisters of the Western Province in Ireland have been honoured with an Eco-Congregation award. The process involved making a submission, which developed into a book, Walking Gently on Earth. Following the gratuitous nature of our merciful God, and the universe that is constantly giving of itself, we wish to share some of our story— as it is expressed in this book— with you, the Global Mercy community.

May you enjoy it, as the Jubilee Year of Mercy comes to a close.'

Download a copy of the book here (211 pps; PDF; 20 mb)

Messages to: Sisters of the Western Province (The Congregation)


Image: Elizabeth McNamee rsm (Western Province). Cover photo of 'Walking Gently on Earth'

Vision in Action
Invitation: Foundation Day Celebrations at Baggot Street

A Prayer Service & Icon Exhibition to celebrate the 185th Anniversary of the Founding of the Sisters of Mercy,
the fruits of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the richness of the Mercy International Reflection Process & the ongoing call to the Ministry of Mercy, will be held at MIC on Sunday, 11th December commencing at 3pm. Afternoon Tea will follow.

RSVP by Wednesday 7th December to Madeline O'Hanlon:
E-mail receptionist@mercyinternational.ie using the subject line ‘Foundation Day’
or phone (01) 661 8061 in business hours.

Download the invitation (PDF)

Invitation: Send in Your Christmas Greetings for Posting on Mercyworld.org

As we bring this Jubilee Year of Mercy to its conclusion, we invite you to share a Christmas greeting with the global Mercy community.

Send in your greetings - text or text and image - by Friday, 16 December. The last issue of Mercy eNews for 2016 will be published on Monday, 19 December.

Messages to: the Editor

MIA Prayer Intention: Advent Week 1

'Ever faithful God, you have never abandoned us. As we anticipate the feast of Christ's holy birth, keep us faithful to you in thought word and deed.

We ask this in the name of Jesus, who will bring to light what is hidden in darkness. Amen.'

from Evening Prayer, Wednesday, Advent Week 1, Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Updated Advent Resources for inspiration, reflection, prayer & action can be found on our website

Image: iStock. Used under licence

Editor: The joint MGA at the UN/Good Shepherd campaign to mark the UN 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence enters its second week this Friday.

So far we have heard from Aleta, Emerita, Katrina, Leah, Raquel.

Today (Day 7) Riza shares her story with us.

Messages to:

Angela Reed rsm - MGA Interim Coordinator at the UN
Colleen Cloonan - MGA intern

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MIA Reflection Process
Apollo Bay Group Share Their Response to MIRP (ISMAPNG)

A small group of Apollo Bay women responded to Sr Liz's [Elizabeth Callen rsm] advertisement in our local Apollo Bay News. In her introduction to the process Sr Liz created an atmosphere to suit the different ways people respond to ideas - music, written and spoken words, signs, objects, visual material and silence. Notes were given to each participant to take home and use for private consideration - prayer, family discussion, further research or reading - in preparation for the next gathering.

Our lack of a voice here in Apollo Bay was raised.  An issue in which we felt our lack emerged quite naturally, one very close to our hearts and one which affects every person in our community whether affiliated with a church (or not), whatever age, income or interest. It is our Apollo Bay environment, particularly the erosion of the beaches and the threat to the Great Ocean Road...

Download the Summary report (PDF)

Messages to: Adele Howard rsm - MIRP Coordinator ISMAPNG

Image: Overlooking Apollo Bay. iStock. Used under licence

Summary Report from a MIRP Group in South C Community (ISMAPNG)

Our group, which was convened by Rosemary Patterson rsm, met a number of times and enjoyed lively discussions firstly deciding on our issue and then working on the issue itself – Homelessness.

As this is not only a very hot issue, but also very widespread in Australia, we decided to narrow our field of discussion to Melbourne and would concentrate on the needs of women and children as they, as in Catherine’s time, are the most vulnerable. We did not exclude vulnerable men entirely from our discussion.

We looked at both general and particular causes of homelessness and reports from organisations, Article 25 of the Human Rights Charter, Scripture and our Mercy Traditions as taught by Catherine herself.

We found it was a really good exercise to work on one particular issue and hope that some plans for future action may bear fruit.

Download the report here (PDF)

Messages to: Adele Howard rsm - MIRP Coordinator ISMAPNG

Image: L-r. Standing: Srs Nancy Freddi, Agnes Murphy, Carole McDonald, Rosemary Patterson. Seated: Srs Maureen Lohrey, Madeleine Fox

Report from the 'Coastal Girls' MIRP Group (Americas)

The Coastal Girls: Srs Anne Linehan (Facilitator), Eileen Boffa, Cheryl Driscoll, Joan Flynn, Lilyan Fraher; Associates Kay Kenny and Loretta Merlone, met on October 29, 2016 at 225 Harbor Ave. Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Anne opened the meeting with a prayer. She then went over our focus, water, specifically Long Island Sound, from our last meeting. We continued discussing topics concerning our goal, to aid in the protection of Long Island Sound when Anne introduced material on Plum Island. This Island is a federally owned wildlife sanctuary located off Orient Point, New York. However, it is currently up for sale (Donald Trump, in the past, has expressed interest in the property for golf courses,etc.)...

Download the report (PDF)

Messages to: Marianne Comfort - MIRP Coordinator Americas

Stage 3 Report from Sisters Reflection Circle (Newfoundland)

We are 9 Sisters of Mercy: Patricia Gallant, rsm (Facilitator), Theresa Boland, Marcella Grant, Loretta Walsh, Dolorosa Brennan, Alverna Harnett, Frances Flynn, Marie Etheridge, Barbara Kenny rsm. We have been meeting monthly. Our critical issue is Water.

Resources used and Insights from our reflection are included in our report (PDF)

The new vision that emerged: As people of faith and hope as we endeavour to address the water crisis which is contributing to devastation of the life and well-being of the poor and of Earth.  We believe, to quote Pope Francis,  (Laudato Si’ #217), that protecting God’s handiwork is not a voluntary or a less important aspect of our lives but that it is central to our Christian vocation, an essential element of a virtuous life.   

Messages to: Elizabeth Marrie rsm - MIRP Coordinator Newfoundland

MIA Members News

Editor: Christine Carolan, Executive Officer of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH), and Noelene Simmons sm, ACRATH’s Project Officer for NSW have co-authored a pamphlet Human Trafficking and Slavery: A response from Australian Catholics. The publication looks at slavery and related crimes in the modern world, at the Church’s teaching, relevant international and Australian laws and ACRATH’s work in addressing this 'crime against humanity' (Pope Francis).

ACRATH is the NGO that Sisters of Mercy in Australia work with to address the issue of trafficking. A report on the organisation's establishment and growth was published in the most recent issue of Brisbane's (Queensland) Catholic Leader and is linked to this item.

Click here to order copies of the publication .
Download the free reflection guide here (PDF)

Messages to: Anne Tormey rsm - President

Image: L-r: Christine Carolan, Noelene Simmons sm

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Mercy#, with its supply chain organization ROi, has been ranked by Gartner, Inc. as a Top 10 global supply chain in health care. Mercy is the only provider to earn a Top 10 spot for 8 consecutive years. The Gartner ranking recognizes companies across the health care value chain that demonstrate leadership in improving human life at sustainable costs...

Messages to: Nancy Corbett - Executive Director of Media Relations & Social Media

#Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2016 by Truven, an IBM company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 45 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas

Image: David Greene, ROi operations specialist, runs a forklift inside Mercy’s Consolidated Services Center (CSC) in Springfield, Mo., where medical supplies are managed and passed through to Mercy’s network of hospitals and clinics across four states.

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It seems a shame to close a door once it has been opened, doesn’t it? Why does the Church do that? Well, that’s kind of like asking, “Why isn’t it always Christmas – or always Easter – or always Lent? The Church recognizes that human hearts are “cyclic”. They beat in intermingled joys and sorrows – all of which need to be touched and blessed in their own time.  

For some of you reading this today, it is Christmas. There is some gift or blessing that you have recently received that is giving renewed joy to your heart. For some of you, today is Lent. You are painfully conscious that you have messed a few things up and that you need to do better – perhaps in a relationship or a responsibility or a project. For some, it is Good Friday. A recent or impending loss lies on your heart like an iron blanket and you can’t quite come out from under its sorrow...

Messages to: Renee Yann rsm

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The end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy was celebrated with a spectacular concert conducted by Jangoo Chapkhana at St Mary’s Cathedral.

Attendees enjoyed an uplifting performance of music by American composer, Morten Lauridsen.

Four Catholic schools of Mercy, Aranmore Catholic College, Mercedes College, Santa Maria College and St Brigid’s College joined with MercyCare to present the concert. The schools highlighted mercy in action by displaying picture boards illustrating the way they incorporate acts of mercy within their schools and daily lives...

Messages to: MercyCare

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St. Mary’s Convent, Handsworth was designated as a special place of Pilgrimage for the Year of Mercy.  The Community at St. Mary’s decided to have an afternoon each month for anyone who wished to come for a Pilgrimage.  Eight of these pilgrimages have taken place with between seven and fourteen people attending...

Messages to: Noreen Cullen rsm

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A Lifetime of Opening Doors of Mercy: Reflection on the Life of Pat Linnane rsm (ISMAPNG)

As Pope Francis formally closed the Mercy Door of St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday 20 November, bringing to an end the Jubilee Year of Mercy, another Mercy Door closed here in Bathurst, when Sr Pat Linnane passed away at St Catherine’s Hostel. If ever a woman was a Doorway to Mercy, it was Sister Pat...

The time was 10.10 when Sister Pat died - the signal for outdoor Council workers in inclement weather to down tools and head for shelter. Pat, may you find shelter now through the Door of Mercy that leads to everlasting life.

Download the reflection here (PDF)

Messages to: Patricia Powell rsm

Mercy Matters

''The wilderness or desert features powerfully in today’s gospel reading. The desert is the biblical place of encounter with God, the place of beginnings and of testing...'

- Veronica Lawson rsm

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Every frame, digital video, canvas, responsive design, and image often has a rectangular shape that is exceptionally precise in proportion (or ratio). To fit ratios in a variety of mediums is often a challenge.

This calculator shows you how to achieve exact formats for 3:2 (classic film) 4:3 (classic tv); 16:9 (Widescreen); 21:9 (cinemascope)

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1961: Announcement of publication of a book of poems, Dialogue for Christmas Eve, the third published work of Sr. M. Edwardine O'Connor, head of the English department at Mercy College, Detroit, Michigan

2006: The inaugural Catherine McAuley Lecture is delivered by Dr Alice Sinnott rsm. The lecture series in ANZ would become an annual event.

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

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Explore the stories behind 100 images that changed the world, selected by TIME and an international team of curators

Source: TIME

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Who is My Neighbour?

'When we stop and look into the face of poverty, we recognize that “the poor” are not strangers. They are our
sisters and brothers, members of our human family...when our neighbors are hungry, cold, sick and unprepared to share fully in the life of our community, it is more than an economic challenge. Hunger, homelessness, illness and broken dreams shatter the bonds of community that hold us together, bonds that contribute to civic peace and stability...'

Catholic Bishops of Washington State, Who is My Neighbor?: The Face of Poverty in Washington State, November 2016

The Way of Mercy edited by Christine M. Bochen features essays and meditations on this gospel theme, beginning with the text of Pope Francis for the Year of Mercy, as well as reflections on mercy by theologians such as Walter Kasper, Jon Sobrino, and Leonardo Boff, and beloved spiritual writers including Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Jim Forest, Joan Chittister, and Joyce Rupp, as well as poems by Jessica Powers and R.S. Thomas.

We've quoted from this publication in 2016 and believe it's a book to take into 2017!

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

300 patients, families, staff and volunteers from 18 London hospices have formed a multi-generational hospice choir and recorded a cover of 'The Living Years' alongside Paul Carrack, inspired by the important conversations that take place between the generations in the hospice environment. Read more about the project.  Watch/listen here (05:42). Pre-order the song here: Amazon (physical); Amazon (digital); iTunes

Worth A Look:

Climate Change

Ashley Cooper, a professional photographer has spent 13 years documenting the impacts of climate change on every continent on the planet. Images from A Warming Planet is the result. The book can be viewed online, or purchased in print. Images can be licensed. Cooper also owns the world's only climate change photo library

Worth Reading:


The 2017 Hunger Report produced by Bread for the World analysing the state of world hunger and supported by religious leaders in the US, including LCWR, is now available in full or by chapter for download here There is also a study guide (10pps; PDF). An article 'introducing' the report can be read here

The Bottom Line:

Who is Jesus for a small village in Mozambique, the people of Ferguson, a busy pastor, a child awed by candles and music? Christianity is a mosaic through which people are formed by its root wisdom: that the infinite and unknowable ground of creation united itself with humanity in the body of Jesus of Nazareth. As we enter into the joy of Advent, we are invited to contemplate again the beauty of this mystery...'

-Wendy Farley, 'Born in Us Today: the Gospel of Incarnation', The Yale ISM Review: Vol. 3: No. 1 (2016)

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

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