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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
Watering the Roots at the Wellspring of Mercy (MIA)
Editor: Watering the Roots at the Wellspring of Mercy –a month long renewal programme for Sisters of Mercy, now in its third year—commenced on 2 June. This month Sisters of Mercy from Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, Kenya, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Peru, and the United States have gathered at Mercy International Centre to seek refreshment and renewal and to discern more clearly in the invitation of the Spirit how to live out the mission of Mercy in our church and world.
Last week (2-7 June) Marie Chin rsm (Americas) addressed the topic Religious Life: A Deep-down Impulse to Care and Make Creation Whole, leading the group in exploration of religious life in light of the current global reality of our unfolding contemporary story and in an examination of the vows. 'Religious vows', says Marie, 'can be experienced as the elegant choices we make daily for the sacred task of doing the transformative work necessary to bring healing and wholeness to our world.'
Over these next four weeks (June 12, 19, 26 and July 3) the Mercy E-News Feature will highlight the input from each of this year's four presenters: Marie Chin rsm (Americas), Veronica Lawson rsm (ISMAPNG), Madeline Duckett rsm (ISMAPNG) and Janet Ruffing rsm (Americas), so enabling the richness of their input to be more widely shared amongst the members of the Mercy community.
Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm
Marie Chin rsm
Image: Marie Chin rsm
Catherine's Canonisation Cause: Prayer Requests
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
Mercy International Association Intention for the Coming Week (MIA)
As floods across central Europe continue to devastate parts of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, MIA joins in prayer for the safety and support of all who are affected.
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director
Challenging Human Rights Abuses in our Waters and More (Aotearoa New Zealand)
Recently the Sisters of Mercy in New Zealand, through Mercy Global Action, were invited by the Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit of the Salvation Army, to write a letter of endorsement for the: Submission to the Primary production Committee on the Fisheries (Foreign Charter Vessels and Other Matters) submitted by the Salvation Army...
The Leadership Team has endorsed a Submission to the World Bank Environment and Social Safeguard Policies. This has been prepared by the coalition of NGO’s in Aotearoa who were key in examining and writing policies and submissions for the United Nations summit RIO+20. The Sisters of Mercy (MGA) were invited into this network during our preparation for RIO+20 in 2012...
Details of these actions can be read here (PDF)
Messages to: Katrina Fabish rsm - Congregation Leadership Team
Lead2Feed Food Project at Louisville's Mercy Academy Opened Eyes, Raised Funds (Americas)
Students at Mercy Academy, Louisville, Kentucky, members of 'Mercy Beyond Borders' which partners with displaced women and girls in ways that alleviate their extreme poverty, have earned a $5,000 grant on behalf of the development agency Heifer International through a national contest called the Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program, one of a series of grants earned by students around the country to benefit charities that combat hunger.
Listen to the students talk about what they learned through participating in this service learning project.
Source: The Courier Journal
Messages to: Mercy Beyond Borders Students c/- Pat Kenny rsm - Institute Communications
Living into your Promises (The Congregation)
Goretti Rule rsm writes: 'A three day workshop - - no “An Experience” - was offered to the priests and religious of the Southern African region by the LCCLSA. (Leadership Conference of Consecrated Life of Southern Africa) The facilitator was Rev Fr Hugh Lagan S.M.A. Psy D, a clinical psychologist...The agenda was to explore the strengths and challenges of working in leadership teams and to explore effective strategies for managing difficult persons. '
In the article linked to this item Sr Goretti shares from the wisdom of the three day experience.
Messages to: Goretti Rule rsm
New UK Mercy Associate Website Launched (Great Britain)
The National Associate Commission, together with the Leadership Teams of the Union and Institute gathered at Bermondsey Convent on 8 June 2013 for the launch of the newly designed Mercy Associate Website: www.mercyassociates.org.uk
Mass was celebrated in the beautiful chapel by our Chaplain Fr Alan McLean and was followed by a most enjoyable lunch provided by courtesy of the community at Bermondsey. The website was then launched.
Messages to: May - Associate Secretary
Editor: The Mercy Associate Website is this week's featured website.
Women Live up to the Mercy Challenge (Americas)
Thirteen women from across the country experienced Mercy firsthand as they came together in Chicago May 18 through 25 to participate in a week-long service experience with the Sisters of Mercy. The sisters host this annual event, known as Mercy Challenge, for women who are searching for spiritual direction in their lives and who want to learn about the Sisters of Mercy.
Messages to: Pat Kenny rsm - Institute Communications Office
Save the Date: Mercy Network on Aging Conference (Americas)
Mercy Network On Aging (MNOA) invites attendees to the 15th National Conference on Aging.
Date: 26 - 28 September, 2013
Venue: Radisson Hotel Downtown, Manchester, New Hampshire
Conference Cost: $325 ( by August 1st), $375 (after August 1st). Accommodation additional.
Keynote Speaker: Mary Pat Garvin, RSM, Ph.D. Celebrate Age, Celebrate Life!
General Session: Connie Goldman, M.A. Ageless Spirit
General Session: Kateri Battaglia, MSC Learning to Change Our Minds About People Whose Minds Have Changed
General Session: Avis Clendenen Ph.D 'They shall bear fruit in old age: they are always green and full of sap' (Ps. 92:14): Finding Our Way on the Yellow Brick Road...Even Now
Download the Brochure and Registration form (PDF)
Messages to: Marietta Walsh rsm
'Mary, Our Mentor in Prayer' (ISMAPNG)
Compass is the Australian review of topical theology published quarterly by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.
PDFs of its articles go online three months after the print edition is mailed to subscribers. The Autumn 2013 ( Vol 47 No 1) issue, now online, includes an article by Marie Farrell rsm (ISMAPNG): 'Mary, Our Mentor in Prayer'.
Messages to: Marie Farrell rsm
1886: Foundation to Ballyporeen from Cahir, Co Tipperary
Understanding Differently: Christianity and the World Religions (new resource)
'Understanding Differently' considers the four main religions – Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism – that, along with Christianity, represent ancient and vibrant visions of God at work in the world and in peoples. Showing the particular radiance, rationality and spirituality of each tradition and Christianity’s relationship and dialogue with them, Jo O’Donovan rsm explores what it means to be Christian in a multi-religious world.
An article by Jo'O'Donovan rsm on her encounter with interfaith dialogue can be found here on The Congregation's website
Purchase online from Veritas
Mercy Associates Great Britain (new site)
The Mercy Association is inspired by the Vision of Catherine McAuley. It is an opportunity for lay people to deepen their own prayer life and spirituality...The Mercy Association encourages its Associates to meet regularly; to join together in prayer and share their Mercy vocation with each other.
Break the shake - how to remove hand-shaking from your phone videos
'Most smartphones have nothing to offer for video stabilisation. But your videos can be fixed - even if you've already made them...'
Source: The Age
'Living In The Age of Distraction'. "Our lives, relationships, and politics are being shaped by an ecosystem of interruption technologies," argues Margaret Wheatley who offers us "the practice of three difficulties" for restoring balance. Read the essay here.
'Mobilizing at the Margins: An Interview on Women, Leadership, and Faith'. An interview with Joan Chittester OSB by Sally Steenland of the Center for American Progress. Read the interview here.
'The evolution of the committed life in the 21st century' by Maureen Fiedler, SL Read the first of the two parts, published in NCR Online, here.
Worth Listening to:
Thank you to Sr Elizabeth Y for the link to this most extraordinary voice - that of 11 year old Jackie Evancho - singing 'To Believe'. Watch and listen here.
Worth Watching: 'Nuns on the Bus out for Immigration' - Video on NBCNews.com. Watch the interview with Simone Campbell SSS in San Antonio, Texas, where the nuns are currently campaigning for immigration reform.
Watch and listen here
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