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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
Sustaining the Human Spirit with Engaged Spirituality (Americas)
" Ivanka, one of last summer’s retreat participants at Rockhaven Ecozoic Center in House Springs, Missouri, came through the kitchen door bursting with excitement. During an early morning walk, she had made an amazing discovery. She carried a handful of fresh sweet smelling flowers and herbs— weeds, to the casual observer.
“I don’t know their local names but in Bulgaria, we drink them,” she explained as she put the plants in the teapot and poured boiling water over them.
“Well then,” I replied, “let’s enjoy some tea!”
Thus, began our conversation about what grows in our bioregion.
Here in the Ozarks, we live off the land but we too ask how we can live more sustainably. Dialogues such as these epitomize Rockhaven Ecozoic Center’s ongoing task: accompanying the folks who come to Rockhaven on their myriad personal journeys while we encourage their reconnecting with the natural world..."
Read the complete article, first published in iViva Mercy
Messages to: Jan Marie Stocking rsm
Photo credit: Rockhaven Ecozoic Center is nestled at the foot of the Ozark mountains on the banks of the Big River in House Springs, Missouri.
Why Religious Communities should be concerned about Fracking (MGA)
This week at Soup and Substance Aedin McLoughlin from Good Energies Alliance Ireland Ltd spoke to a group of more than 20 people on the topic “Why Religious Communities should be concerned about Fracking”
The reflection undertaken at the meeting can be accessed here
Messages to: Mary Purcell - Assistant Director Mercy Global Action
Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage update (MIA)
Fr Liam Lawton will be the celebrant at the Closing Eucharist for the Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage in July. Fr Liam is a priest in the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin, Ireland. He is internationally famous for his music. Visit his site here. Thank you Fr Liam for agreeing to be part of our pilgrimage.
A reminder that registration is still open for the 2013 Pilgrimage of Young Mercy Leaders. Keynote presentations will be combined with workshops, discussions, rituals, socials, and the sharing of gifts and talents in an evening talent show. Details can be accessed here.
Visit the Young Mercy leaders Facebook page here
Messages to: Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality
Considering 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)
Summaries from the presentations from the 2012 Wellsprings programme keynote speakers are still available online: Elizabeth Davis rsm, Ray Maria McNamara rsm, Elaine Wainwright rsm and Mary C Sullivan rsm.
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
Mercy International Association Intention for the Coming Week (MIA)
Mercy International Association joins with the universal church in praying for Pope Benedict XV1 as he prepares to leave the papacy on February 28.
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director
Catherine's Canonisation Cause: Prayer Requests (MIA)
We pray for hearts free from anxiety and fear and full of self-surrender.
Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy p 856
Prayers with the intercession of Venerable Catherine McAuley are asked for 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
Celebrating Black History Month (Americas)
Black History Month is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for the remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in October. Source: Wikipedia
In the video linked to this item, Mercy Sisters and Associates recount their experiences and recall the past in order to celebrate the present and hope for the future.
Messages to: Lincoln Sigwald -Mercy Associate, Director of Mercy Association, South Central Community
Forced Marriage & Labour Trafficking in Australia (Australia)
In Randwick, New South Wales on 19 February, Catholic Religious and colleagues heard case studies of young Australian women forced into marriage in their parents’ home countries. They heard that new Australian legislation will criminalise forced marriage and empower the young women threatened with forced marriage. Speaking on this topic was Associate Professor of Law at UTS, Jennifer Burn, a keynote speaker at the annual national conference of ACRATH, Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans...
Messages to Carole McDonald rsm, Victorian Co-ordinator ACRATH
Editor: The February issue of Stop Trafficking is available for download here
Mother's faith, Mercy Sisters Inspire Grenada Native (Americas)
Every two weeks in National Catholic Reporter in the section " Conversations with Sr. Camille," Camille D’Arienzo rsm interviews members of the Catholic Church about how their faith has affected them. In the current issue we meet Laurel Jerome who shares her sources of inspiration - her mother and the Mercy sisters with whom she worked.
Messages to: Camille D'Arienzo rsm
Interim President Appointed to Mercy High Baltimore (Americas)
The Search Committee for Mercy High School's next President in its first search did not find a suitable candidate. So they decided to go with an Interim President for academic year 2013-2014. This announcement was made to the faculty Wednesday afternoon, Feb 20th. A letter was mailed to current parents that evening. Brief and lovely asssembly with students first thing Thursday morning. Baltimore Mercys were informed by email Thursday night. Alumnae were informed by email Friday late afternoon. Some more letters were mailed Friday evening to other significant connections.
Further details are linked to this item
Messages to: Carol Wheeler rsm - President
1840: M Clare Augustine Moore professed at Baggot St
1851: Sisters take charge of Illinois General Hospital
The Book of Flowers - M. Clare Augustine Moore
'The Book of Flowers' is one of Clare Augustine's most celebrated works. It bears an inscription on its first page that reads 'Convent of Our Lady, St Vincent's Goldenbridge', which dates the manuscript to after 1856, when Clare Augustine began to teach at the school. It consists of the inscription, title page and twenty illuminated prayers.
Turn the pages to view the illuminations by placing your cursor at the corner of the page ( far right) then clicking the cursor.
Rockhaven Ecozoic Center, Missouri, USA
Rockhaven Ecozoic Center's mission is to create an environment and model a way of living that embodies our connection with Earth.
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Worth Watching: The Archdiocese of Los Angeles RE Congress was held 21-24 February. Webcasts from this conference are online. These include: Richard Rohr: " Immortal Diamond: the Search for Our True Self" and Ronald Rolheiser: "Spirituality and the Different Stages of Our Lives: One Size Doesn't Fit All".
The full list of presentations, interviews and liturgies can be scrolled through here.
Worth a Laugh: Popularlibros.com - Did you know the BOOK? English subtitles. View here
Worth Reading: Every Monday for the past three years, poet D.S. Martin has posted about poets of the Christian faith. Poets are featured from across the centuries, around the world, and from varying denominational backgrounds. Poets can be accessed alphabetically. The list currently ranges from Dante Alighieri to Ed Zahniser. Visit the site here
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