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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 721  |  17 May 2017
Featured Story

Editor: Mary C. Sullivan rsm, author of the biography 'The Path of Mercy: The Life of Catherine McAuley' and editor of 'The Correspondence of Catherine McAuley' and 'The Practical Sayings of Catherine McAuley', has now edited 'A Shining Lamp: The Oral Instructions of Catherine McAuley'.

Writing of this, Sr Mary's latest publication, Sr Pat McDermott, President of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of the Americas said 'A Shining Lamp reveals the heart and spirituality of Catherine McAuley, the 'why' of doing the works of mercy, spiritual and corpo­ral'.

How to order:

In the United States
In Europe
In Canada and the Rest of the World

Details of how to order can also be found on this flyer (PDF)

Further information is linked to this item.

An ebook version is due out soon. Once ordering information is available, details will be advised in MercyeNews.

Messages to: Mary C. Sullivan rsm


Image: Image: © 2017 MIA. This image is available to any Mercy group that would like to use it to promote this publication. Please contact the Editor.


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Vision in Action

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is held annually at the UN in New York for two weeks and has been part of the Economic and Social Council processes since 2000. Indigenous representatives from around the globe join with member states and other representatives of civil society to share ideas, discuss policy and present issues of concern. Its purpose is to report on and advise the Council on economic and social, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights relating to Indigenous people and communities. The Sixteenth Session took place from 24 April - 5 May 2017. The Special theme for this year's forum was 'Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: measures taken to implement the Declaration'. MGA at the UN was represented by Colleen Cloonan, Bridget Crisp rsm and Angela Reed rsm...

Messages to: 
Colleen Cloonan (Intern), Bridget Crisp rsm (Intern) and Angela Reed rsm (Coordinator, MGA at the UN)

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MIA Prayer Intention: Praying for Peace on the Centenary of the Apparitions at Fatima

On 12 May, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, had the opportunity to speak at the UN — the body which works to maintain international peace and security — in an Address entitled, 'The Centenary of Fatima and the Enduring Relevance of Its Message of Peace.'

Let us join our prayers with these words of his which underscore the urgency of peacemaking:

'We pray with [Our Lady's] help in particular for an end to the war in Syria, for an end to the growing threat of war on the Korean peninsula, for the cessation of violence in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Eastern Ukraine and other places of conflict. We pray as well for an end of terrorism, religious, ethnic and racial persecution, totalitarian crackdowns, murderous drug cartels and organized crime, trafficking in persons and other forms of modern slavery, and various national insurgencies that have stained the world with blood and hatred.'

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

'Our Relationship to the Ocean and Our Capacity to Change' is the topic of part 9 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 9: 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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As more people face famine today than any time in modern history, the World Council of Churches (WCC) together with the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and a range of faith-based partners and networks including Mercy International Association, invite a Global Day of Prayer to End Famine on 21 May 2017, in response to the hunger crisis.

Sisters of Mercy are ministering in two of the countries identified as facing famine - South Sudan and Nigeria- and in Kenya, where communities are facing the devastating impacts of a severe and prolonged drought. Our prayers are needed in support of their efforts; for those with whom they minister, and for the affected populations in each of these famine-ravaged countries.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm

Image: A man serves lentils to a young girl at a feeding centre in Mogadishu.
09 March 2017
Photo # 716501
UN Photo/Tobin Jones. Used with permission

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MIA Members News

At our General Chapter in 2015, it was decided, after much discussion, that one of the greatest needs in our world today is care of those living with Dementia and support for their carers:

'In honour of the forthcoming Jubilee Year of Mercy, we mandate the Congregational Leader and Team, in consultation with the membership, to research all aspects of Dementia Care, taking into account the donations fund and that this Mercy initiative begins within the Jubilee Year.'

Over the last two years, workshops have taken place in England and Wales and we have now had one in Scotland which was led by Sr. Peggy Ennis rsm.

Messages to: Annette McCartan rsm

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The Universe Story (The Congregation)

Suzanne Ryder rsm, one of the editors of 'Walking Gently on Earth', is interviewed on Soul Waves radio this week. Sr Suzanne explains that sustainability is our lifeline, which informs all our daily choices, ensuring the future survival of our earth. She discusses how it relates to the Universe Story, which looks at our shared evolution and interconnectedness with each other.

This interview is a very good introduction to the book.
Listen to the interview here (12:25)
Download 'Walking Gently on Earth' here (211 pps; PDF; 20 mb) if you haven't already seen this publication.

Messages to: Suzanne Ryder rsm

Around lunchtime on Tuesday, 4 April, six travellers from St Mary’s Convent, Handsworth, England, took a flight from Birmingham to Dublin. Our destination was to be Catherine McAuley’s first Mercy house – of course Baggot St, Dublin.

For all of us the trip was filled with much excitement and promise. We were a bit of a motley crew in many respects, a mixture of Sisters, Archivist, Associate, staff and volunteers with a wide spectrum of knowledge of Catherine and experience of Mercy and the Mercy story. We all either live or work at the convent which was Catherine’s last foundation. We too have a centre for heritage, hospitality and outreach. How could a visit to Baggot St inform our lives at St Mary’s?...

Messages to: Jenny Smith rsm - Archivist, Union of the Sisters of Mercy GB

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The Institute Justice Team of the Sisters of Mercy is profoundly dismayed that the House of Representatives failed to uphold the human right to health care with passage of the American Health Care Act.

Independent analysis of the legislation when introduced earlier this year revealed that 14 million fewer people would have healthcare coverage in the first year of its implementation, with an additional 10 million people losing coverage over the next 10 years. Since then, provisions were added that weaken protections under the Affordable Care Act for people with pre-existing conditions. You may read here the Catholic Health Association’s statement of opposition to the bill...

Messages to: Institute Justice Team

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Mercy Matters

'Those who defend themselves in court run the risk of being outsmarted by clever and sometimes unscrupulous adversaries...'

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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1933: Foundation to Binnaway, New South Wales from Bathurst - M Joseph McMahon

Contribute a fact about the Story of the Sisters of Mercy in your congregation or institute to our online archive

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'Catherine discovered mercy at work in her life, experiencing within her concrete situation her own need.'

-M Joanna Regan rsm

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The Alpha Institute (formerly Alpha Boys School, Alpha Industrial School and Alpha Cottage) turned 137 years young on 1st May 2017. Alpha Boys’ School was founded in 1880 and administered by the Sisters of Mercy since 1890.

Alpha Boys School Radio (ABSR)  is a 24/7 streaming radio station showcasing decades of jazz, ska and regae recordings by current and past students.

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Mapting is a free tool that invites users to look for everyday actions that people take which help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Then it´s as simple as snapping a photo or video and sharing it on a world map.

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Issue 32 of 'Mercy Moments' is linked to this item. The topic is 'The Beatitudes' written by Sisters Chris Neylon, Mary Daly and Anna Roughan, MIRP group of Sisters of Mercy Brisbane Congregation resident in Ireland.

Previous issues of Mercy Moments are available here

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

'Ave Maria' (Schubert) sung by Il Volo, Italian pop-operatic trio. Watch/listen here (04:24)

Worth Reading:

Latin American Church

'In the shadow of Romero, Latin American Church renews call to mission.' Read the article here

Religious Life

'Future of religious life lies in communal soul-searching'. A review of Diarmuid O'Murchu's 'Religious Life in the 21st Century: The Prospect of Refounding'. Read the review here

Displacement of persons
-Refugees and Asylum Seekers

' "Poverty, conflict, unresponsive governments, and climate change are driving millions of people from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia to seek safety and opportunity in Europe,” Bill O’Keefe, vice president of government relations and advocacy for Catholic Relief Services, said in response to continued tragedies involving migrants.' Read the article here

- Human Trafficking

'Africa’s new slave trade: how migrants flee poverty to get sucked into a world of violent crime.' Read the article here

Worth Watching:

Displacement of persons
-Human Trafficking

Trust Conference America Forum: Putting the rule of law behind human rights. Held 25 April 2017. Keynote was given by Denise Brennan, Professor and Chair of Department of Anthropology, Georgetown University, on the relationship between trafficking and the criminalisation of immigration. Watch it here (10:57).
All videos from the conference can be accessed here

The Bottom Line:

'May God in His mercy bless and protect you all.'

-Catherine McAuley. Letter to Teresa White, 1 November 1838

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