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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
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
Mercy International Association Intention for the Coming Week (MIA)
MIA joins with Pope Francis in calling for an immediate end to the violence in the Central African Republic.
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Catherine's Canonisation Cause: Prayer Requests
When the Church declares that a person is a saint she is saying in effect that this person is with God, that his or her life is worth imitating and that she or he has the power to intercede with God on our behalf.
- Brenda Dolphin rsm - Postulator
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
A Easter Reflection (GB Union)
“Pray for your portion of Easter grace, before the extra treasury is closed.”
Catherine encourages us at this special time to ‘pray for your portion of Easter grace, before the extra Treasury is closed.’ Having just experienced the grief and glory of Holy Week followed by the celebration of Resurrection, we are in the right place to understand just what Catherine means.
For a deeper insight, and in the context of Eastertide, we remind ourselves of the Emmaus story. We remember that the two companions were leaving the community, walking away from Jerusalem. Whether or not this walking away meant that they were abandoning all that they had learnt from their time with Jesus and the others is not clear...
Messages to: Kathleen Gooch rsm - Communications Contact Leadership Team
It's Time for Immigration Reform (Americas)
The Sisters of Mercy, who stand in solidarity with immigrants seeking fullness of life, have been consistent supporters of compassionate immigration reform that reunites families and creates a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Congress is now seriously considering immigration reform legislation, and our voices are more important than ever in the public debate...
Messages to: Institute Justice Team
Correction: Topic of Talk by Ilia Delio O.S.F (Aotearoa New Zealand)
Ilia Delio O.S.F., a senior fellow at Woodstock Theological Centre Georgetown University, will visit Aotearoa New Zealand in December 2013 at the invitation of Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand.
She will give a series of public lectures in her field of Science and Theology in Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington.
Details of lectures, venues and registration will be posted on the Mercy ANZ website and in Mercy e-news once available. Registrations will be available from May.
Messages to: Katrina Fabish rsm - Communications Contact Leadership Team
Editor: The topic of Elio's talk was incorrectly reported last week as Science and Technology. Apologies for the confusion. Her topic is Science and Theology.
He is Risen (GB Institute)
...Strengthened and reinvigorated by the experiences of Holy Week and Easter, our Congregation now moves into its Seventh General Chapter. With Faith, Hope and Love we send forth our delegates, assuring them of our prayerful support in these twelve days of deliberation and decision making. May the graces and joys of the Easter Season fill their hearts and minds...
We invite you to accompany us in prayer.
Messages to: Cathy Edge rsm - IT Support and Website Co-ordinator
Mary Lives her Life in Good Faith (ISMAPNG)
Editor: The Australian, Australia's national daily newspaper, reported on Monday that "The number of Catholic nuns in Australia has dropped to its lowest level since 1901, with few taking their vows and the average age of those serving the church for life in their 70s."
While religious women may be a "vanishing breed" in the words of that newspaper, and in the story repeated in the Catholic press, the interview published yesterday in the Central Western Daily (Orange, NSW), in celebration of the diamond jubilee of Mary Trainor rsm, puts flesh on the statistics of those living religious life:
“One of the things I learnt was that being there was more important than doing. Being superceded the doing. I call it the sacrament of presence.”...
The interview is linked to this item.
Messages to: Mary Trainor rsm
1880: Foundation to Maryborough, Queensland from Brisbane - M Borgia Byrne
1902: Foundation to Casterton from Yarrawonga - M of Sacred Heart Kelly
1987: Opening of Aged Care Facility, Cronulla from Parramatta - M C Coyle
1994: Profession of Carmen Rosa Ccallomamani, first Aymaran Sister, Peru
Your Ever Affectionate M.C. McAuley
There are 11 tracks on the CD which features excerpts from the letters of Catherine McAuley plus reflections, historical background and music.
The CD is available directly from The Congregation (Ireland) Communications Office or from the Mercy International Centre Gift Shop, either in person or online.
Maria College, Rochester, New York
A nonprofit, independent, coeducational Albany college Maria College was founded and is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. As a Sisters of Mercy institution, Maria College carries forth a long-standing tradition of caring, and of cultivating awareness of and sensitivity toward all persons. With programs in health sciences, liberal arts and business, the Maria curriculum offers opportunities for students to pursue numerous career interests, with an emphasis on those that serve others.
Images from Earth Hour 2013
On Saturday, March 23, iconic landmarks and skylines were plunged into darkness as people and businesses around the world participated in Earth Hour 2013, turning off their lights at 8:30 p.m. local time.
How did that look? The Atlantic online shows us.
The images linked to this item (starting with photo number two) are interactive -- click on each image to "turn off the lights." [25 photo pairs]
On 22 April more than one billion people are expected to take part in Earth Day.
This year's theme: The Face of Climate Change. Find out more information and become involved here
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)
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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