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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
Entering into Lent (Americas/The Congregation)
Editor: We are reminded on the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas website that "Once again, we have made that turn on the liturgical calendar into Lent ". Rich questions are posed to us:
"We’ve traveled this 40-day journey so many times; what will make this year unique?
What will we notice that we never noticed before?
Will we hear a familiar refrain in a new way?
What insight will change our thinking or an attitude?
The Congregation, in the Lenten reflection on their site, respond in asking us each to pause and consider the following primary questions before setting out on our journey:
"What do I need for the journey?
Where am I going on the journey?"
We are then led slowly inward to where we are invited to fast from what holds us back or holds us down.
"As we follow this Lenten path this year," the Institute concludes, 'let each of us pay special attention to the signs of our times. Let us listen again and with open hearts to the words and the echoes of words that may sound different this time. Let us find the courage to step across a line, an opinion, an attitude that has held us too long in its clutches. Let us ask what our loving God of Mercy, of Wisdom and Mystery is inviting us to this year?
How are we willing to respond?"
Pat Kenny rsm - Institute Communications Office
Ailish O'Brien rsm - Communications Co-ordinator, The Congregation
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Mercy International Association Intention for the Coming Week (MIA)
This weekend the MIA Board Members meet at Baggot Street. Let us keep them and their deliberations in our prayers.
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director
Mercy Support for Communities Affected by Mining (MGA)
At the first meeting of the Lenten "Soup and Substance" gatherings, Betty Lacey and Mary Purcell from MIA Global Action addressed these two issues:-
Why is MIA working on the issue of the Extractive Industries?
What are Mercy Sisters doing on the issue of Mining?
Their report given at the session is linked to this item with the handout available here.The video of Betty Lacey's presentation can be viewed here.
Messages to: Mary Purcell - Assistant Director Mercy Global Action
Raising Awareness about Human Trafficking (MIA)
In an article ‘Raising Awareness about Human Trafficking’ linked to this item, the focus is on offering insights and guidance to those persons new to learning about the Human Trafficking issue on how to locate relevant information. The content is up-to-date and some information may also be helpful to workers in the field.
Messages to: Catherine Gibbons rsm - MGA Intern
Don't Miss Your Place on the 2013 Wellsprings Programme (MIA)
Sisters of Mercy considering renewal time in 2013 are invited to participate in the month long renewal programme being offered at Mercy International Centre ( 2 June - 29 June).
Presenters are: Marie Chin rsm (Americas), Veronica Lawson rsm (ISMAPNG),Madeline Duckett rsm (ISMAPNG), Janet Ruffing rsm (Americas). Facilitator is Dervilla Byrne (The Congregation)
Detailed information about the presenters, facilitator and programme which offers participants the opportunity to take 'time out' in an atmosphere of warmth, hospitality, and internationality is linked to this item
Messages to: Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality
Catherine's Canonisation Cause: Prayer Requests (MIA)
We pray for trust in God's providence during times of doubt and difficulty.
Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy p 856
Prayers with the intercession of Venerable Catherine McAuley are asked for: Pauline Fannelle 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
Mount Mercy Signs Joint Statement on Gun Violence, Call for Nonviolence Response (Americas)
Mount Mercy University Iowa has joined educators at 16 other colleges, 32 secondary schools and nine elementary schools sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy nationwide in signing on to a Sisters of Mercy leadership team statement, which emphasizes commitment to building a culture of nonviolence. This unified statement is a direct response to the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and the ongoing debate around the need for response to the issue of gun violence in the United States.
Messages to: Jennifer Jentz - Coordinator of Marketing & Media Content, Marketing and Communications
Editor: Mount Mercy is this week's featured Mercy website
OLMC Parramatta launches 2013 Project Compassion campaign for Diocese (Parramatta Congregation)
Our Lady of Mercy College (OLMC) Parramatta hosted the launch of Caritas Australia’s 2013 Project Compassion campaign for the Parramatta Diocese on Tuesday 12 February.
Held on Shrove Tuesday the launch saw OLMC students hear from two Caritas speakers; Annabelle Dulhuntly, African Latin America Group Leader at Caritas Australia and the Secretary General of Caritas Sri Lanka, Father George Sigamoney...
OLMC Parramatta’s Director of Mission Claire Thomas says the College’s foundations are based on a group of women who believed in justice, compassion and solidarity with the materially poor and economically marginalised; these are strongly in tune with Caritas’ aims...
Messages to: Kitty Guerin - Principal
Sister Professes Final Vows in Peru (Americas)
February 8, 2013 - Sister Blanca Quintana Balladares pronounced her perpetual vows as a Sister of Mercy on February 2 in Lima, Peru. Her profession ceremony was held in her parish church - Santos Archangeles. In addition to several family members who attended the celebration, many Sisters of Mercy and Mercy Associates from Belize, Argentina, Honduras, Chile, Guyana, Guatemala, Panama and Peru joined in the celebration.
Messages to: Blanca Quintana Balladares rsm c/- Pat Kenny rsm - Institute Communications Office
Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea : Celebrating our first anniversary (ISMAPNG)
On behalf of the leadership team of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea, Sally Bradley rsm shares their reflections on the year-old Institute. Their insights reveal an emerging community with long years of combined experience doing what they do best: the works of hospitality, compassion and justice.
Messages to: Sally Bradley rsm - Institute Councilor
Mercy Leader Honoured in the Australia Day Honours Lists
Congratulations to Berneice Loch rsm, Institute Leader, who was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Australia Day 2013 Honours Lists for service to the community through the Institute of Sisters of Mercy.
Messages to: Berneice Loch rsm
North Sydney Leadership Team Elected (North Sydney Congregation)
On 9 January the newly elected North Sydney leadership team took up office. Joanne Kirk rsm was elected as the new leader and Loreto Conroy rsm, Anna Koeneman rsm, Mirian Crech rsm and Bernadette Mansour rsm were elected to the team.
Messages to: Joanne Kirk rsm
No event of particular significance is recorded in the "Mercy Through the Years Calendar" as having taken place on this day. We know, however, that the Works of Mercy continued to be carried out and so we remember on this day Catherine and all our sisters, associates and co-workers who have given their lives in service to others
Morning and Evening Prayer
In 1998, the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas produced Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy, basing text on the English translation of the psalms and canticles taken from the Liturgical Psalter: Text for Study and Comment, 1994, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc.
At a leadership development program of Sisters of Mercy in Panama City, Panama, in November 2011, the sisters expressed a desire for an electronic version of their prayer book. Recognizing that many hands make light work, they decided to work collaboratively over several months to accomplish the task of digitizing their daily prayer book. The web site is not meant to replace the Morning and Evening Prayer book; rather, it is a supplement for use during travel or at times when a sister or associate cannot access her own book.
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Worth Hearing: On Sunday, 17 February, Joan Chittester OSB was interviewed by Rachael Kohn on the ABC (Australia) Radio National program "The Spirit of Things". In the interview Sr Joan speaks of her extended poem "The Monastery of the Heart" and other matters. Listen to it here.
Worth Reading: Maria Konnikova: The Beautiful Fragility of Language.Read it here
Worth Watching: Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Dare to educate Afghan girls. Watch it here
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Worth Remembering: Sunday Gospel commentary by Veronica Lawson rsm (ISMAPNG), published each week on the Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) website. Find it here
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