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Mercy Enews
No. 505 | 13 March 2013

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


A New Look at Coolock House (The Congregation)

In early January this year the recently completed visual-cum-audio installation at Coolock House was launched as a Heritage Resource Centre for Mercy Sisters, Associates, Friends and Researchers worldwide.

In an article on The Congregation's website and linked to this item, Canice Hanrahan rsm traces the history of Coolock House in Catherine's story and in the life of the Colvill family, third owners of the house after Catherine (1855- 1937) before describing the new installation and inviting us all to "make plans to give yourself an hour at Coolock House even if you’ve been there before!"

Messages to: Canice Hanrahan rsm

Photo: Coolock House 2010



Worth Watching: "Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?' wrote American author, philosopher and poet Henry David Thoreau (1817 -1862). In this video 'Empathy', produced by the Cleveland Clinic, we are invited to stand in the place of the other and to experience what that person feels. View this thought provoking video here

-Looking for a reflection for St Patrick's Day ? You might consider using this one. Music by Phil Coulter, singing by Roma Downey. View the video here

Worth Reading:  The Price of Violence Against Women and Girls
"Violence against women and girls is not only a human rights or public health issue, but an economic and development issue, slowing economic growth and undermining efforts to reduce poverty," writes World Bank Group Managing Director Caroline Anstey. Access the article here.

-Poetry for Lent and Easter. Access poems here.

Worth Doing: The Millenium Development Goals expire in 2015 and there is a movement, springing partly from Rio+20, to create sustainable development goals beyond 2015. These would continue and change the way the world moves to create peace, human rights, equality, justice for all, and include harmony with the earth.
NOW is an opportunity  to have our say. Responses will be collated and fed into a data base to be discussed at a number of high level dialogues within the UN. How to get involved?

Visit: http://www.myworld2015.org/ and tick the six most important areas of future development. You then have a chance to add one you think might be missing. The more widely this survey is completed the more impact it will have. Children are encouraged to complete the survey. The sooner this task is completed the better as the first high level dialogue is in May and the responses must be collated. The General Assembly will discuss the development goals in September 2013.

Send your suggestions for "Worth..." to: the Editor

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