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Mercy Enews
No. 508 | 03 April 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


End of an Era for Hesed Christian Community (ISMAPNG)

The end of an era was quietly enacted in Adelaide, Australia recently with a number of changes occurring at Hesed Christian Community. The founder and co-ordinator of the community, Sr Pat Kenny, now 86 years of age, moved in December to a supportive aged care community. This marked for Pat the conclusion of thirty years of living in community with, and ministering to, the most vulnerable and misunderstood in our society: the addicted, the mentally ill and homeless.

At the 2012 AGM of Hesed, held in November, many tributes were paid to Pat’s extraordinary commitment and the achievements of the Hesed Community. Acknowledgement was made of the involvement of several other Mercy Sisters over the years – Sr Betty Schonfeldt, Sr Mary O’Loughlin and Sr Felicia Holland. Mention must also be made of the late Sr Rose Casey who, then in her eighties, accompanied Pat from the Angas St Convent in 1983 at the start of this great adventure in faith...

Mary Wickham rsm-  Chair of Council Hesed Christian Community

Messages to: Pat Kenny rsm



Worth Watching:
Eucharistic Prayer of the Cosmos. Theme: 'God (who is...)...we honour you'. Text by Father Seán ÓLaoire Ph.D. Watch this beautiful reflection here on Youtube (00:13'28").

The annual endowed Dudleian Lecture, the oldest and most prestigious endowed lecture at Harvard, was presented last month by  Mary Hughes OP, prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Amityville and former president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The title of her talk was "Priesthood of the Faithful: Light in the Darkness." Watch this lecture here (1:09:11)

Worth Reading:
The Medicine of Poetry by Kim Rosen. This article offers insights and activities to help the reader explore the "healing power of poetry". Read it here A good accompaniment for the monthly poem presented by Mary Wickham rsm.

LCWR Update (Newsletter) April 2013 is available online here

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