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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 717  |  19 April 2017
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Mercy International Reflection Process Report to be Released on 21 April 2017

Editor: This coming weekend is Mercy2Earth weekend, such an important date that we have coined the term 'Mercy to Earth' and are working with our existing MIA logo — see examples below—to highlight our response to the invitation of Pope Francis: 'May the works of mercy also include care for our common home'.

On Friday, 21 April, leading into the weekend, MIA Leaders and Board Members will receive a copy of the MIRP Report from the March meeting of the Guiding Team and Coordinators with Elizabeth Davis rsm (Members liaison) and Mary Reynolds rsm (Board representative). Coordinators will then commence circulating the MIRP Report through their congregations and institutes to all MIRP participants, Sisters of Mercy and partners in Mercy.

The Report: Review of the Mercy International Reflection Process: "What has been discovered? What has been revealed?" will be available in English for download from MercyeNews Issue #718 and the Mercyworld.org website, next Wednesday, 26 April. Plans are also underway for the translation of the Report. Details will be advised in a forthcoming issue of MercyeNews.

Messages to: Anne Walsh - Communications Director MIRP

Image: MIRP Review Participants. Photo: Adele Howard rsm
Back Row. L-r: Anne Walsh (Guiding Team, International Communications Director), Sandra Lupi rsm (Coordinator, Brisbane Congregation), Mary Reynolds rsm (Executive Director MIA), Elizabeth Davis rsm (Congregation Leader Newfoundland & MIRP Member Liaison), Teresa Anderson rsm (Co-coordinator, Aotearoa New Zealand), Elaine Wainwright rsm (Guiding Team, International Director), Sheila Curran (Coordinator, The Congregation), Patricia McMahon (Coordinator, Great Britain Union), Adele Howard rsm (Coordinator, ISMAPNG), Natalie Murphy rsm (Co-coordinator, Aotearoa New Zealand)

Front row. L-r: Elizabeth Marrie rsm (Coordinator, Newfoundland), Marianne Comfort (Coordinator, Americas), Valda Dickinson rsm (Coordinator, Parramatta & North Sydney Congregations), Josephine Davies rsm (Coordinator, Great Britain Institute), Helen Diviney rsm (Guiding Team, International Coordinator)

Absent: Carmela Cabactulan rsm (Coordinator, Philippines), Kathleen Rushton rsm (Process & Content Coordinator, Aotearoa New Zealand)

Vision in Action

'The Ocean... Receptacle of all our actions' is the topic of part 5 of this 12 week series.

Each week's reflection includes:

  • Excerpts from Pope Francis (primarily from the encyclical Laudato Si')
  • A video clip that you can watch (just hover your cursor and click the link to watch)
  • An opportunity for action and prayer reflection

Download Part 5: A4 Paper size (PDF) ; US Letter Size (PDF)

Previous issues are linked to this item.

Messages to: Bridget Crisp rsm - MGA Intern at the UN

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MIA Prayer Intention: Congo Republic

The UISG invites the women religious of the world to join in prayer for all who currently suffer because of political unrest in Congo. 

Reports from Kalamba and Kambamb, among other places in the interior, tell us that rebel troops are looting and burning convents, schools, hospitals and churches. As a result, the poor, especially the sick, are sent away. 

Let us pray for peace.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Image: UISG

MIA Reflection Process
Stage 4 MIRP Report from St Mary’s Primary School Rydalmere (Parramatta Congregation)

Our focus issue was Displacement-Homeless Shelters. We have decided on 3 actions:

-Staff visit and support the women and children who are living in the local refugees through conversation and friendship.
-School providing comfort packets of toiletries and other basic necessities
-Advocating with Local Council and State Government for increased funding for refugees.

Messages to: Valda Dickinson rsm - MIRP Coordinator Parramatta & North Sydney Congregations

Stage 4 Report from NL-RSM-15 (Newfoundland)

We (Creedon Circle Associates) have merged Christ as our living water, the miracle of water and reliance upon water being for all (human and non-human). The issue of clean water and non- use of plastic bottles is not merely water in bottles, but also our love/respect of Earth and all, especially for the poor and future generations. We advocate using water naturally. We seek to understand living a caring, dignified, and hopeful life on this earth. As NL'ers reliant on the water, we commit to respecting not misusing our earth and each other.

Messages to: Elizabeth Marrie rsm - MIRP Coordinator Newfoundland

Image: The Creedon Circle Associates: 12 Mercy Associates, 1 Sister of Mercy and 2 Prayer Companions

Stage 4 MIRP Report from Working Table 2 Sisters of Mercy in Western Australia (ISMAPNG)

The Sisters of Mercy in Western Australia (Community South A, Perth) formed 7 Working Tables when working on their stage 4 Action plans on their two chosen issues: 'Displacement and Movement of Peoples' and 'Degradation of Water Supplies'. This report comes from Working Table 2.

Having engaged in the Mercy International Reflection Process, focussing on the critical issue of Degradation of Water, we suggest that the Mercy International Association invites the ‘Mercy World’ to consider a collective action for change, namely:

Mercy World could advertise a worldwide campaign to educate co-workers, associates and students as well as those who work in Mercy ministries. [This should be a] worldwide and well designed, researched advertising program through media sources, written, IT, social media, regarding the issue of the degradation of water and how each person impacts that as well as the issue of the use and storage of water.

Messages to: Adele Howard rsm - MIRP Coordinator ISMAPNG

Image: Sisters of Mercy Community South A, Perth

Stage 4 MIRP Report from Working Table 3 Sisters of Mercy in Western Australia (ISMAPNG)

The Sisters of Mercy in Western Australia (Community South A, Perth) formed 7 Working Tables when working on their stage 4 Action plans on their two chosen issues: 'Displacement and Movement of Peoples' and 'Degradation of Water Supplies'. This report comes from Working Table 3.

Having engaged in the Mercy International Reflection Process, focussing on the critical issue of Displacement of People, we suggest that the Mercy International Association invites the ‘Mercy World’ to consider a collective action for change, namely:

To lobby politicians and United Nations to give serious attention to the plight of refugees and asylum seekers,  worldwide.

Messages to: Adele Howard rsm - MIRP Coordinator ISMAPNG

Image: Sisters of Mercy Community South A, Perth

MIA Members News
Neighbour or Stranger: A Christian Response to Forced Displacement in our World (The Congregation)

Forced Displacement of peoples and species is one of the most urgent issues of our time...how can we as Christians respond to the crisis we see unfolding before us?

Winchester Theological Summer School in Association with the Justice Desk of the Association of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI) is presenting this Summer School. The team for the Summer School is Dr Sheila Curran rsm, Prof Lisa Isherwood, Dr Megan Clay.

Dates: 14-16 July 2017
Venue: University of Winchester

Download the flyer here (PDF)
Book online here

Messages to: Joanna Wilson - University of Winchester

Scripture with Kathleen Rushton rsm (Aotearoa New Zealand)

Kathleen Rushton rsm uses two artworks in her interpretation of the Emmaus story in Luke 24: 13-35 - Diego Velazquez's painting 'Kitchen Maid with the Supper at Emmaus' and Phil Dyer's 2002 icon 'Meeting Christ on the Way'. Sr Kathleen writes, 'The painting is from early 17th-century Spain and the icon from 21st century Aotearoa New Zealand. Each can take us on a different yet similar journey into the encounter between Jesus and his two disciples who were slow to recognise that the One they were talking about and to who was with them.'

Download the article here (2pps; PDF)

Messages to: Kathleen Rushton rsm

The Institute Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas deeply grieves the unending brutal assault on the innocent people of Syria.  We hold in prayer those killed and wounded in the horrific chemical weapons attack on civilians this past week in Syria. We mourn with those who mourn the loss of loved ones. We remember the estimated half-million others left dead from the six years of conflict, and the estimated 14 million more who have been displaced from their homes in that country...

Messages to: Institute Leadership Team c/- Lauren Albright - Institute Communications Office

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29th March 2017 was a milestone day. It will go down in history as the day our government triggered Article 50 beginning the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union.  

On that significant day I attended a reception in Downing Street for Midlands' Civil Society leaders on behalf of Citizens UK...

Messages to: Mary Horgan c/- Annette McCartan rsm

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'For felon Daniel Geiter, mercy opened the door to his future.

If it hadn't been for a Roman Catholic Sister of Mercy who answered his cry for help eight years ago, Geiter believes he never would have had an opportunity to redeem himself.

Sister Susan Sanders, then vice president for mission at St. Xavier University, was the only college administrator to answer a mass email from Geiter, a St. Xavier student pleading for support...

Source: Chicago Tribune

Messages to: Susan Sanders rsm

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At the Annual Governance Forum in March 2017 in Sydney, the Institute’s Institutional ministries explored further Pope Francis’s declaration of an Eighth Work of Mercy – Care for Our Common Home.

Four of the presentations were filmed.

Elizabeth Dowling rsm presented a Biblical Reflection on Care for Our Common Home (41:05)

Deirdre Gardiner rsm (ISMAPNG Mission Animation Team), Mary Tinney rsm (ISMAPNG Sustainability Implementation Committee) and Ellen Geraghty (Rahamim Ecology Centre) each addressed the imperative of the eighth work of Mercy in dialogue with the Institute’s Sustainable Living Policy.

Their presentations are linked to this item.

Messages to:

Elizabeth Dowling rsm
Deirdre Gardiner rsm
Mary Tinney rsm
Ellen Geraghty

Image: MIA Eighth Work of Mercy poster. Access the digital poster files here

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Mercy Matters

'Not so long ago we used to speak of the Sundays ‘after’ Easter. The terminology has changed and we now speak of the Sundays ‘of’ Easter...'

Listen to the Gospel read by Fr Eamonn O'Connor (Ireland)

Read the Reflection on the Gospel by Veronica Lawson rsm (ISMAPNG)

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Resource: Widening the Circle of Compassion

This ritual was originally prepared by Kathleen Glennon rsm and Carmel Bracken rsm (The Congregation) for the Year of Mercy. It has been updated for wider use. Readers may wish to incorporate it into their 'Mercy to Earth' celebrations.

Download the ritual here (A4; 5pps; PDF)


'The next big update for Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows 10 operating system is here. The so-called Creators Update adds a host of new features from MS Paint reinvented to privacy tweaks....

Source: The Guardian

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Yolo. Rekt. Bae. Xans. Lordt. How well do you know your Internet slang?

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1844: Foundation to Kinsale from Limerick - M Francis Bridgeman

1885: Sisters begin ministry in Ennis workhouse

1927: St Patrick's Cathedral Secondary School Aotearoa New Zealand was opened and blessed


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Offering hospitality in the spirit of Mercy within a peaceful and tranquil environment with opportunities for prayer, spiritual direction, counseling, retreats, workshops and sessions on self help, scripture and spirituality.

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

'Jesus Name above all Names'. Maranatha Singers. Video by Michelle Sherliza O.P. Watch/listen here (03:03)

Worth Knowing:


London-based startup Skipping Rocks Lab has created a biodegradable and fully edible capsule for water known as the Ooho! These golf ball-sized sachets are made from seaweed extract and are intended as a sustainable packaging alternative to plastic bottles and cups. Watch the video here

In a report released 12 April, the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.N. Water warn that universal access to safe water and sanitation is achievable by 2030, but only if countries drastically step up their funding to at least triple the current amount.  Read article and access report here

Worth Reading:

Cosmology & Ecojustice

''It is in farming the land, the seasonal cycles of time, and the bloody, dirty, glorious reality of life, that I have come to a deeper, more intimate sense of God and a fuller appreciation of my faith." From ''Earth is a sacred text.' Read the article here

''Can a renewal of inner space help heal the Earth?'' asks Ilia Delio OSF in an article published today in 'Global Sisters Report'. Read the article here

Human Trafficking

The Vatican’s permanent representative to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Msgr. Janusz Urbanczyk, has addressed three separate panels at the “17th Alliance against Trafficking in Persons Conference”. The statements can be read here


'Jesus was on the side of the poor and exploited. Christian politicians should remember that.' Read the article here

The Bottom Line:

'The Earth is what we all have in common.'

- Wendell Berry, American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer

Send suggestions and contributions for the 'Worth...' section 2016 to: the Editor

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