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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
Touched by the Holy: Contemplation, Gratitude, and Compassion (MIA)
Editor: In the fourth and final week of Watering the Roots at the Wellspring of Mercy, Janet Ruffing rsm engaged the group on the topic :'Touched by the Holy: Contemplation, Gratitude, and Compassion'. Janet engaged the group in exploring the deep roots of mercy spirituality and the mystical roots of compassion. In her rich and insightful presentations she drew on a wide range of sources including Julian of Norwich, Meister Eckhart,Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich as well as Catherine McAuley .
Over these four weeks readers of Mercy E-News have been invited through the power of technology to experience virtually something of the richness of the 2013 Wellsprings renewal experience. In the next e-news participants will share their responses and reflections to the lived experience of these weeks.
We invite you to share in the next enews how you have been moved, enthused or challenged by what you have watched and heard as you travelled these weeks with us. Please send your response to the Editor by Monday, 8 July.
For videos from the final week, please click the 'More' button linked to this item.
Janet Ruffing rsm - Presenter
Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality
Image: Janet Ruffing rsm
Catherine's Canonisation Cause: Prayer Requests (MIA)
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, Philippine
Mercy International Association Intention for the Coming Week (MIA)
Fire and water are among the essential elements for survival. Today, however, MIA joins in prayers mindful of the loss of life and of all those affected by recent floods, particularly the people of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh in northern India, in Ghana and parts of Europe. We remember also the families of the 19 firefighters who died in the massive wildfire in Arizona.
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
The following dates for 2014 programmes have been confirmed:
1- 28 June: Wellsprings
5-8 August: Young Adult Mercy Leaders pilgrimage (for College and University Students)
6 -12 July: Come Home to Catherine
17-23 August: Come Home to Catherine (repeated)
20-26 July: Catherine and the Mission of Mercy facilitated by Mary Trainer (Americas)
Details of programmes and presenters will be published in Mercy E-news as these are confirmed and then the full 2014 calendar will be published once all programmes are finalised for 2014.
Messages to: Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality
Mercy Beyond Borders 2012 Annual Report released (Americas)
Mercy Beyond Borders touched the lives of nearly 30,000 individuals last year in South Sudan and Haiti: half with direct services and the other half with weekly radio broadcasts raising awareness about the value of girls' education.
' If you don't have time to read through the whole report,' writes Marilyn Lacey rsm, Executive Director 'at least peek at the photos. They convey the marvelous resilience and beauty and determination of the women and girls with whom we work. What a privilege for us to be involved in their lives!'
Download the 2012 Annual Report here
Messages to: Marilyn Lacey rsm - Executive Director Mercy Beyond Borders
Sisters of Mercy Respond to Senate Immigration Bill’s Passage (Americas)
'The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas stand in solidarity with immigrants seeking fullness of life and celebrate the passage of S. 744: Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act...
“We applaud this bi-partisan effort and victory for just and humane immigration reform,” said Sister Anne Curtis of the Sisters of Mercy Institute Leadership Team. “We recognize how important this vote is as we consider our 180-year history of ministering to and with immigrants in schools, hospitals, parishes and social service centers...'' '
Messages to: Anne Curtis rsm - Institute Leadership Team
Union's top military nurses were nuns (Americas)
Editor: This week ((July 1-3) marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the fight that many historians point to as the turning point of the American Civil War.
Among the wide range of historical articles and features published to commemorate the Sesquicentennial this week is this one in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette which recounts something of the involvement of 12 religious orders, including the Sisters of Mercy of Pittsburgh, who sent sisters to battlefields, military hospitals and hospital ships.
Mary Denis Maher rsm book in 'To Bind Up the Wounds: Catholic Sister Nurses in the U.S. Civil War' recounts the work of nearly 600 sisters from 12 different Catholic orders who nursed wounded and sick Union and Confederate soldiers between 1860 and 1865.
Messages to: Pat Kenny rsm - Institute Communications Office
Editor: Each month the Sisters of Mercy of the Union of Great Britain post on their website a short reflection based on the writings of Catherine McAuley. The reflections are prepared by by different members and take different forms.
This month the Addo Community from South Africa have taken Catherine's quote "The Poor need help today, not next week" and invite us to consider: Who are the poor and vulnerable in my life?
Messages to: The Addo Community c/- Kathleen Gooch rsm - CLT
Sister Ludmilla Benda inducted into Senior Hall of Fame (Americas)
' Sister Ludmilla Benda, a Catholic sister who feeds the hungry on Sunday mornings in Davenport, was inducted Wednesday into the Senior Hall of Fame, sponsored by Senior Voice, a Quad-City nonprofit advocacy organization.
Benda, 87, a member of the Sisters of Mercy, is the sixth recipient of the annual award.
Speaking during a program at the Davenport Public Library's downtown site, former Davenport Mayor Ed Winborn noted that "not all angels are in heaven."
"Sister Ludmilla really is the Mother Teresa of Davenport," he said...'
Messages to: Ludmilla Benda rsm c/- Pat Kenny rsm Institute Communications Office
Source: Quad-City Times
1836: Catherine's niece, M Anne Agnes professed, Baggot St
1842: M Catherine Gogarty professed Baggot St, died Perth 1846
Wild Dancing: Embraced by Untamed Love (new resource)
At the age of forty-three Janice Edwards rsm experienced brain surgery to remove a benign but destructive brain tumor. When the doctors woke her after three days of anesthesia, she spoke about Love and its communion. Her body was disabled, yet her spirit soared. Everyone’s spirit can soar; this conviction compelled her to write Wild Dancing. In her recently published book, Janice uses personal stories and those of her spiritual directees to highlight how God’s great-hearted Love transforms us.
This book can be purchased online from Amazon
Mercy Center of the Arts, Erie, Pennsylvania
A sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Center of the Arts philosophy embraces:
Respect for the individual, no matter how young; the individual's right to develop creatively in the provided environment.
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'Mandela's way'. As MIA continues to hold Mr Mandela in prayer, the article from NCR online is a source of insight and inspiration. Read it here.
'The Simple Life'. Writes Arthur Rosenfeld: 'A simple life is a deep life.' Read it here
Millenium Development Goals. Thirteen years after the world set the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), countries have made big strides to meet the eight anti-poverty targets by their 2015 deadline, says a United Nations report released on Monday, which stresses that the unmet goals are still within reach, but nations need to step up their efforts to achieve them.
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