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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 Global Action Voices Concern at the UN
Last week we alerted the world of Mercy to Mercy Global Action activities relative to the Commission on Social Development currently in session at the UN in New York. On Wednesday, 6 February, MGA Coordinator at the UN Aine O'Connor provided a thought-provoking question to the panel of experts and the delegates present in the United Nations hall. The question stems from our written statement and represents an aspect of MIA priorities that speak to the violation of human rights and eco-justice perpetrated by destructive mining as witnessed by Mercy throughout the world. Her question follows:
• Currently, many member states and United Nations bodies maintain that natural resource extraction in mineral, oil, and gas-rich countries promotes people empowerment, sustainable development and poverty eradication.
• However, the experience of our members in several countries overwhelmingly reveals these extractive models of development often disempower people, perpetuating joblessness, poverty, discord and destruction of livelihoods.
Consequently, we submit to the panel the following two questions:
1) What measures must be taken to empower the people’s true experience of extractives to be heard by members states and the Commission on Social Development?
2) How can we muster the political will and where can we find policy space for an evidence-based UN global study of the social, environmental, and economic impacts of extractive industries in order to influence policy regulation of the sustainable management of natural resources and to ensure people's empowerment and poverty eradication?
Messages to: Aine O'Connor rsm - MGA Co-ordinator at the UN
Editor: Deirdre Mullan rsm (The Congregation) representing the Partnership for Global Justice is also attending the Commission for Social Development. Read her report.
Mercy International Association Intention for the Coming Week (MIA)
Mercy International Association gives thanks for the gifts of leadership and service of Pope Benedict XVI and joins with the universal church in praying for the election of a successor worthy of this office.
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Wellsprings Programme (MIA)
Sisters of Mercy considering renewal time in 2013 are invited to consider the month long renewal programme being offered at Mercy International Centre ( 2 June - 29 June).
Presenters and topics for the four weeks are:
Marie Chin rsm (Americas): Religious Life: A Deep-Down impulse to Care and Make Creation Whole (2-7 June)
Veronica Lawson rsm (ISMAPNG): The Liberating Face of God's Mercy in Luke-Acts (9-14 June)
Madeline Duckett rsm (ISMAPNG): Contemplating Catherine...Nourishing the Soul (16-21 June)
Janet Ruffing rsm (Americas): Touched by the Holy; Contemplation, Gratitude and Compassion (23-28 June)
Facilitator is Dervilla Byrne (The Congregation)
Attached here is further information about the presenters, facilitator and programme which offers participants the opportunity to take 'time out' in an atmosphere of warmth, hospitality, and internationality in order to discern more clearly the invitation of the Spirit in how to live out the mission of Mercy in our church and world.
Messages to: Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality
500 Issues of Mercy E-News (MIA)
Thank you to all those who sent messages of congratulations on the occasion of the publication of the 500th issue of Mercy E-News. Today we publish the first issue of the next 500!
We appreciate your ongoing interest, support, feedback and encouragement. We renew our ongoing invitation to you to share your Mercy events, ideas, actions, connections, opportunities, resources and weblinks through the weekly Mercy E-News, and to let others in your Mercy network know of its existence if they don't already receive our enews letter each Wednesday.
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Catherine's Canonisation Cause: Prayer Requests (MIA)
Will we all meet in Heaven? Oh what a joy even to think of it! Catherine McAuley,
Letter to Teresa White, February 3, 1841
Prayers with the intercession of Venerable Catherine McAuley are asked for: The family of John-M. O'Donoghue, R.I.P. and all whose names are in our hearts and 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 Issues Report on Delegation to Honduras (Americas)
With the escalating violence and dissent in Honduras following the coup that took place in June 2009, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Institute Justice Team and the Friendship Office of the Americas organized a religious delegation December 6-12, 2012.
The purpose of this visit was to examine firsthand the current situation in Honduras, and to extend a gesture of solidarity to those, including the Mercy community in Honduras, who are working with impoverished and marginalized persons in this Central American country...
A full report of the visit is linked to this item.
Messages to: the Institute Justice Team
Mercy Jubilarians Celebrate at Mass for Religious (GB Union)
A Solemn Mass for the Religious of the Diocese of Westminster was held at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 2 February, the feast of The Presentation of the Lord. Mass was celebrated by Bishop Alan Hopes, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster.
Representatives from most of the 98 female religious communities in the diocese attended. Among them were those celebrating 25th, 40th, 50th and 60th jubilee anniversaries.
Thirty two Sisters of Mercy were among those attending and celebrating Diamond and Golden Jubilees.
Messages to: Kathleen Gooch rsm - Congregation Leadership Team
Mercy to Participate in Climate Change Rally (Americas)
Sisters of Mercy along with Mercy students and co-workers will gather in Washington, DC on February 17 for the Forward on Climate Rally. The purpose of this rally is to call on President Obama to take action on climate change during his second term of office.
The Sisters of Mercy are participating in this rally out of a commitment to reverence Earth and work more effectively toward the sustainability of life. One of our guiding documents calls us to “act in harmony and interdependence with all creation.”
Join Mercy in this effort. Visit our website (linked to this item) to find out how.
Messages to: Pat Kenny rsm - Institute Communications Office
Combined Candidates Program (ISMAPNG)
This is the second combined Candidates (novices) program since the formation of ISMAPNG on 12 December 2011. On 28 January 2013, Mai Nguyen-Doan and Michelle Goh from Melbourne, Australia joined Marianna Kolkia and Janet Andrew in Goroka, PNG for a four-week program together. The program coordinators are Kaye Evans, Barbara Broad, Anne Ryan, Cathy Jambet and Margaret Roni. Of the four week program will be spent with Mercy communities in PNG, three weeks will be in Goroka and one week in Mount Hagen.
To read the complete report, click here
Messages to: Barbara Broad rsm
Mercy Kenya celebrates New Life!! (The Congregation)
As the Nandi Flames, the Jacarandas and a variety of other brightly colored flowers adorned the Villa-Maria compound in Nairobi, so did the Sisters of Mercy-Kenyan Province.
It was Saturday, December 1st 2012, and all came in their element to grace the two-fold occasion: 1st profession of Carolyne Akoth Opong and Jackline Chepjumba Chemekuro and the renewal of vows of five sisters in Temporary vows (Srs Risper Ouma, Catherine Wamboi, Willimena Ayan Epeyon, Virginia Kasai and Pauline King’ori)...
Messages to: Selina Mbuli rsm
Australian Catholic University honours M. Philippa Brazill rsm DBE (ISMAPNG)
The co-founder of the (former) Mercy Private Hospital, East Melbourne, and former Provincial of the Sisters of Mercy in Melbourne in the 1950s, Mother Philippa Brazill rsm DBE, has been honoured by Australian Catholic University. On February 1, 2013, a lecture theatre in the new Health Sciences building at St. Patrick’s campus in Melbourne was named the "Philippa Brazill rsm Lecture Theatre".
To access the occasional address given by Helen Monkivitch rsm AO, click here.
Messages to: Helen Monkivitch rsm AO - Executive Director Leadership & Mission Mercy Health
Whakanuia Celebrating Jubilee! (Aotearoa New Zealand)
Six sisters recently celebrated their jubilees of religious life.
Sisters M Irenaeus Murphy, M Aquinas Redmond, and Ruth Oakley celebrated 70 years of religious profession and Veronica McManus, Margaret Jennings and M Susanna Kraus celebrated 60 years.
Family, friends and sisters joined them to celebrate their years of faithful Mercy living, lives of prayer and the many ways they have reached out to people in ministry.
Messages to: Katrina Fabish rsm - Congregation Communications Contact
1950: St Catherine's College opens in Kilbirnie, Wellington
1963: Foundation to Yangoru from Rockhampton
Selected quotations from the Writings of Catherine McAuley are available on the mercyworld.org website in both text and PDF
Our Lady of Mercy College, Burraneer, NSW
Our Lady of Mercy College, Burraneer is an all girls 7-10 school situated on Burraneer Bay, near Cronulla, in Sydney's southern suburbs. Our Lady of Mercy College, Burraneer is a Systemic Catholic School which prides itself on its record of academic excellence.
'[According] to researchers at IBM, the world creates around 2.5 quintillion bytes of new data every day - enough to fill 57.5 billion 32GB Apple ipads. The total amount of data in the world is estimated to be doubling every two years...'
Source: February 2013 Qantas magazine p.105
Worth Reading: Barbara Fredrickson, the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the author of the new book on love : "Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become". In this article she shares 10 lessons she has learned about love, including this: that "micro-moments of love not only make you healthier, but being healthier builds your capacity for love. Little by little, love begets love by improving your health. And health begets health by improving your capacity for love".
Worth Viewing: "Everything is Incredible” is a moving short documentary about Agustin, a Honduran man who despite being severely disabled by polio, has been building his own helicopter for the past 50 years. The helicopter, which resides in Agustin’s small house, is made out of bicycle parts, rebar, and other scavenged materials. Click here to view the film (10 minutes)
Tomorrow, 14 February, ONE BILLION women and those who love them are expected to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to violence against women. Will you be among them? Visit the One Billion Rising website to learn more. Watch the very powerful One Billion Rising Short Film (3 minutes)
Send your suggestions for "Worth reading" , "Worth Watching" and "Worth Knowing" to: the Editor
Looking for a Lenten programme for personal reflection or group study? Six weekly reflections on the Readings of Cycle C for Lent have been prepared by Tricia Stevenson rsj and made publicly available. The beautifully presented 16 page booklet can be accessed from the Sisters of St Joseph website (PDF)
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