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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
Mercy E-News Celebrates its 500th edition! (MIA)
Editor: "Celebrating the 500th edition of Mercy eNews offers us the opportunity to look back on almost 12 years of a journey,' writes Mary Reynolds in an article tracing the origins of the MIA website and the creation of the Mercy e-newsletter, first published on 13 August 2001 and for 48 weeks of each year since.
From the beginning of the Institute the letters of Catherine and other Mercy writings have been a source of union and strength among Sisters and have become central to Mercy life.
In the messages received from readers around the Mercy world to mark this occasion, we hear how the telling and sharing of the Mercy story through this communal newsletter opens them to the needs of the world and strengthens them for mission.
May the rich selection of Mercy stories each week continue to inspire, to nourish and to animate us all.
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Mercy International Association Intention for the Coming Week (MIA)
Catholics in England and Wales are being invited to pray for all victims of human trafficking on the Feast Day of St Bakhita, 8 February 2013. Trafficking is a priority issue for MIA Global Action. Accordingly, Mercy International Association invites all readers to join with us in this prayer day for victims of trafficking throughout the world,
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Time for Soup and Substance (MGA)
Editor: On Ash Wednesday Betty Lacey (MGA Intern) and Mary Purcell (Assistant Director MGA) will present on 'Mercy Support for Communities Affected by Mining' in the first of the 2013 'Soup and Substance' series, under the banner of the Intercongregational Religious on Eco Justice in Ireland. Over six Wednesdays (13 February - 20 March) from 12.30 - 1.30 pm at the Catherine McAuley Centre, Herbert Street Dublin, a variety of knowledgeable speakers will present on a range of ecological issues. Full programme here.
All are welcome. No booking necessary. Light refreshments provided.
Messages to: Mary Purcell - Assistant Director MGA
Catherine's Canonisation Cause: Prayer Requests (MIA)
Each day is a step which we take toward Eternity and we shall continue thus from day to day until we take the last step bringing us into the Presence of God. Catherine McAuley, Retreat Instructions p 185.
Prayers with the intercession of Venerable Catherine McAuley are asked for the following persons: James Hannon, Michael Putney, Bishop of Townsville, Australia, Gabrielle Murphy, James Dixon, Judy, Terry Scavetta and all those who have asked for prayers and those whose names are on our prayer list.
Anne Hannon rsm - Vice postulator Europe and Africa
Sheila Carney rsm - Vice postulator Americas
Caroline Ryan rsm - Vice postulator Australia & PNG, Aotearoa New Zealand, Philippines
Mercy Global Action Formal Interventions to UN Commissions: A Goal Completed (MGA)
Our MGA Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) comes with the privilege of allowing the Sisters of Mercy at the UN to submit formal statements to the UN Commissions. This is one of our avenues to give voice to our members on the ground and present recommendations on our two primary concerns: Human Trafficking andCosmology/Eco Justice...
Messages to: Aine O'Connor rsm - MGA Co-ordinator at the UN
Mercy's Earth-care 'More than Tree-hugging' (Aotearoa New Zealand)
A large gathering of Sisters of Mercy and members of the wider Mercy network came together last month for a ceremony at Papatuanuku ki Taurangi, Earth Promise Centre, a Mercy house and permaculture garden developed over recent years in Ellerslie...
Congregation leader Anne Campbell prayed a blessing on the centre. 'We give thanks for the original dream and the hard work that has sustained and developed it since 2001. We celebrate the aligning of new energies and dreams, with Earth's patient generosity towards us. She teaches us how to live in mutual relationships, in shared abundance, in gratitude for gift. She blesses us with beauty...'
Messages to: Katrina Fabish rsm - Congregation Communications Contact
Editor: Papatuanuku ki Taurangi, Earth Promise Centre is this week's featured site
Sisters of Mercy Honored at Martin Luther King Day Celebration (Americas)
Sisters of Mercy in New Hampshire received the Martin Luther King Award in recognition of years of dedication to the cause of justice at the 31st Annual Martin Luther King Day celebration held in Manchester on January 21.
Joyce Scott rsm gave the invocation, calling on the God of love, mercy and justice to “give us hope and strength and joy as we continue to try to fulfill Martin’s dream.” Sister May Cronin rsm accepted the award on behalf of the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Associates and Companions, and thanked the Martin Luther King Coalition Committee for the honor of being selected to receive the 2013 award. She opened her remarks by ringing Frances Warde’s bell, which was rung at the moment when New Hampshire declared that Martin Luther King Day would be celebrated in the state.
Further details can be found here.
Messages to: May Cronin rsm
Sisters of Mercy Respond to Immigration Legislation Proposals (Americas)
January 31, 2013 - The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, who stand in solidarity with immigrants seeking fullness of life, are pleased that President Obama as well as a bipartisan group of U.S. senators are giving immigration reform the serious attention that it deserves...
We will continue to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform that reunites families, provides a pathway to citizenship, protects workers and provides for humane enforcement of the law...
Messages to: the Institute Justice Team
Our Lenten Journey (The Congregation)
Editor: Next Wednesday, 13 February, is Ash Wednesday. As we prepare to enter into the Season of Lent, Carmel McCarthy rsm offers us insight into the Lukan text from the first Sunday's Gospel.
'Is God really with us? Each year on the first Sunday of Lent the liturgy presents us with one or other of the gospel texts narrating the testing of Jesus. In the synoptics the testing narrative is situated at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry...
As we prepare to begin our Lenten journey 2013 perhaps we also might carry with us a threefold question:
• What constitutes our mercy identity?
• In whom is it rooted?
• How can the word of God nourish and illuminate our journey?'
Messages to: Carmel McCarthy rsm
Jefferson Regional Medical Center Now Part of Mercy (Americas)
Mercy, the sixth largest hospital system in the U.S., has acquired Jefferson Regional Medical Center, the largest hospital in Jefferson County, Missouri.
Jefferson Regional is now Mercy’s third hospital in eastern Missouri, joining Mercy hospitals in St. Louis and Washington, and the 32nd hospital across Mercy’s four-state area...
While Feb. 1 marks Jefferson Regional’s first day as part of Mercy, other changes will occur over time. One of the most visible changes will be the renaming of the hospital as Mercy Hospital Jefferson, which will occur sometime this spring.
Messages to: Bethany Pope - Media Contact
Recounting the History of Alpha and the Sisters of Mercy (Americas)
Editor: In an article written to publicise the launch on 29 January of the recently completed book entitled 'You Did It Unto Me' (Matthew 25-40), Ken Chaplin, an inductee in the Press Association of Jamaica Journalism Hall of Fame, provides a glowing account of the work of Bernadette Little rsm and her predecessors in the development of the famed Alpha Community.
Messages to: Bernadette Little rsm
1844: Foundation to Nottingham from Birmingham - M Angela Borini
1862: Branch house opened at Parnell
2013: 500th issue of Mercy E-News is published
Alpha ' the Institution of learning that “produced a parade of graduates, men and women of excellence...who have made significant contributions to the development of our nation ... to the musical treasures of Jamaica and ... who have served in every sphere of National and International life.’
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Papatuanuku ki Taurangi Garden (Aotearoa New Zealand)
Gardeners, volunteers and Sisters of Mercy in Ellerslie. Organic garden based on care for Earth and community.
5 Ways to Be More Productive With Your Smartphone
Five simple tips for getting the most out of your smartphone. Have you tried any of these yet?
CCASA Assembly - Request for Prayers
Sisters, associates and companions are invited to remember in your prayers the sisters and associates who gathered at a retreat center outside Lima, Peru, on Friday, February 1 to begin their 10-day Assembly. The theme for this Assembly is “Passionate for Mercy … wherever life cries out.”
Worth Reading: LCWR Newsletter (February 2013)
Worth watching: Let Us Rise As One & Fight Human Trafficking: Winston Moyo
Production sponsored by the Irish Congregation of the Sisters of Charity
Worth knowing: Pakistani teen activist Malala will have titanium plate placed in her skull
Malala will receive a titanium plate in the coming days, to cover an opening in her skull, and an inner ear implant.
One Billion Rising: 'It's like a feminist tsunami'
The statistics are startling: one in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. Ending violence against women is as important as ending poverty, or Aids or global warming says the organiser of One Billion Rising, Eve Ensler.
There'll be Flashmobs in Mogadishu, marches in Bute and mass rallies in India. What action will you take on February 14?
Send your suggestions for "Good reading" , "Good Watching" and "Worth Knowing" to: the Editor
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