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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 722  |  24 May 2017
Featured Story
Invitation: Join Us in 9 Days of Prayer to Celebrate the Second Anniversary of the Release of Laudato Si'

Editor: 18 June marks the second anniversary of the release of Laudato Si'. To maintain the momentum begun by the Mercy International Reflection Process, in 2017 the dates of April 22 and 23 (Mercy to Earth), 12-16 May (meeting of MIA Members and Board), 18 June (second anniversary of Laudato Si’), and 24 September (Mercy Day) were determined in the MIRP Review as 'pivotal moments for global communication and reflection'.

Commencing on Saturday, 10 June and concluding on Sunday, 18 June, we will be invited to reflect on a verse from Laudato Si' with a short video in the form of a reflection, song or story included in the reflection page for each day on our Mercyworld.org website. The reflection pages will be launched in MercyeNews on 7 June (Issue #724).

To assist individuals, communities and groups in preparing for the 9 Days of Prayer, a prayer sheet and poster in English and Spanish have been produced. We invite you to display these and to share these widely.

Download 9 Days of Prayer Sheet:
A4 Paper Size (PDF); US Letter Size (PDF)
Spanish: A4 Paper Size (PDF); US Letter Size (PDF)

Download Laudato Si' Anniversary Poster
English: A3 Paper Size (PDF); A4 Paper Size (PDF);  US Letter Size (PDF)
Spanish: A3 Paper Size (PDF); A4 Paper Size (PDF); US Letter Size (PDF)

The Mercy to Earth posters and 8th Work of Mercy poster are also useful resources for the anniversary.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Image: Image: © 2017 MIA. This image is available to any Mercy group that would like to use it to promote the 9 Days of Prayer. Please contact the Editor.


Vision in Action
Meeting of MIA Working Group Opposing Human Trafficking

Editor: Members of the MIA Working Group Opposing Human Trafficking met by conference call on Thursday, 18 May, for their first meeting for 2017. Members addressed key elements of their reports. The focus topic of the meeting was the UN Gift Box and its recent tour of Ireland.

Reports from members can be read online:

Colleen Wilkinson rsm - Report on Trafficking in Persons (South Africa)
Angela Reed rsm - Update on Anti-Trafficking work at Mercy Global Action at the UN
Pat Zerega - Report from Mercy Investment Services (Americas)
Carole McDonald rsm - Report from ACRATH (Australia)
Margie Taylor rsm - Report on Human Trafficking (Newfoundland)
Ruth Kilcullen & Mary Ryan rsm - Report on the Activities of MECPATHS (The Congregation)
Jeanne Christensen rsm - Summary from the Justice Advocate on Human Trafficking (Americas)
Lynda Dearlove rsm - Report from Institute of Our Lady of Mercy (UK)

Messages to: Denise Boyle fmdm - Team Leader Mercy Global Action

MGA Leaflet on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #13 Now Available

Editor: To coincide with World Environment Day (5 June), Mercy Global Action has produced a leaflet on SDG Goal #13, 'Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts'. The leaflet can be downloaded here (2pps; PDF).

This sixth leaflet is an accompaniment to the MGA leaflet introducing the SDGs (2pps; PDF), and the leaflets addressing Goals #1 and #2 (2pps; PDF), Goal #5 (2pps; PDF); Goal #6 (2pps; PDF) and Goal #16

MGA has identified 8 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Goals 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 13,16) as most relevant to the mission of the Sisters of Mercy. Further leaflets will be released through Mercy enews over coming months.

Messages to: Denise Boyle fmdm - Team Leader Mercy Global Action

'Our Dream of the Earth. Can we prevent further destruction?' is the topic of part 10 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 10: 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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During the September 2016 UN Summit in New York, Member States agreed on a powerful set of plans to address the issue of Migration. The outcome document is referred to as the New York Declaration.

A key initiative within this declaration for Refugees and Migrants was the commitment to undertake intergovernmental negotiations during 2017 in order to create a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular migration. This Global Compact is set to be adopted at an international migration conference in 2018.

Mercy Global Action at the UN will represent the Sisters of Mercy worldwide at these governmental negotiations which will consist of thematic sessions and multi-stakeholder sessions beginning in May 2017...

Messages to: Angela Reed rsm- MGA Coordinator at the UN

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MIA Prayer Intention: Manchester Tragedy

We pray for the deceased and wounded victims of the Manchester (England) tragedy; for their families and friends who love them, for their local communities and networks who know them as neighbours, fellow students, teenagers and music fans.

We pray too for ourselves. Not one of us is unaffected. We are challenged once again in the face of violence and tragedy, grief and loss, anger and disbelief, to remain people of mercy, people of hope.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

As a Mercy Community, we pray with those in need of physical healing through the intercession of Catherine McAuley.

God of love and mercy, touch with your healing power and restore to full health: Peter O'Reilly, Jo Clarke, Mary Cordeiro, Mike and family, newborn baby Inigo, Bernadette, Jeanette Fitzsimmons and all whose names are on our prayer list.

We ask this with confidence through the intercession of Venerable Catherine McAuley. Amen.

Messages to: the Vice postulators

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MIA Reflection Process
About The 'Further Resources' Section in Mercy eNews

Readers of the MIRP Review Report will know that the issues chosen by the MIRP groups focussed on two key themes: (i) displacement of persons, and (ii) degradation of Earth (see list p6 of MIRP Review).

The items listed in the Further Resources section of MercyeNews are now being organised under these two themes when they apply to the items in that section. This is to help everyone identify at a glance any resources related to the issue their MIRP group addressed.

Messages to: the Editor

Image: iStock. Used under licence

The MIRP Review Report is now available in Spanish as well as in English. Both versions can be downloaded below and are linked to this item.

Download the Report:
Full Colour: A4 Paper Size (22pps; PDF); US Letter Size (22pps; PDF)
Black & White: A4 Paper Size (22pps; PDF); US Letter Size (22pps; PDF)

Full Colour: A4 Paper Size (22pps; PDF); US Letter Size (22pps; PDF)
Black & White: A4 Paper Size (22pps; PDF); US Letter Size (22pps; PDF)

Messages to: Anne Walsh - MIRP Communications Director

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MIA Members News

Editor: Dignity Health, a 21-state network of more than 9,000 physicians, 59,000 employees, and 400 care centers, has developed a "shared learning manual" that outlines its successful Human Trafficking Response (HTR) Program.  Last week it released its manual (52 pps; PDF) to the public to assist and encourage other health providers to implement their own initiatives to help combat human trafficking.

Studies have shown that as many as 88% of human trafficking victims have had at least one interaction with the healthcare system, hence the importance of such programs.

Messages to: Holly Austin Gibbs - Director Dignity Health Human Trafficking Response Program

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'Sandra Uwiringiyimana survived a 2004 massacre of 166 civilians at a United Nation's refugee camp in Africa only because one of the assailants decided not to pull the trigger of the gun he pointed at her head...

She has told her story in a book published this week, How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child, and is now making appearances in the Rochester area.

"I didn't want anyone to define who I am," said Uwiringiyimana before a group of students Thursday at Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women, where she attended eighth grade through high school...

Uwiringiyimana, who lives in New York City and attends Mercy College, has already emerged as a human rights activist. She has spoken before the U.N. Security Council and is a co-founder of an organization, Jimbere Fund, that helps communities in rural Congo...'

Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Messages to: Sandra Uwiringiyimana c/- Our Lady of Mercy School

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Mercy Matters

'A Shining Lamp reveals the heart and spirituality of Catherine McAuley, the 'why' of doing the works of mercy, spiritual and corpo­ral'.
-Sr Pat McDermott, President of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

Click here to order the ebook

Order the print version:

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

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1857: Foundation to Dundee, Scotland from Derry - M Catherine Locke
1860: Foundation to Skibbereen from Kinsale Co Cork - M Philomena Maher
1883: Foundation to Dunmore East from Clonakitty - M Columba Marmion (sister of Dom Columba OSB)
1911: Opening of Junior Boys' Boarding School, Galong, New South Wales - M Claver Moore

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

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'There are so many persons that seek God around Jesus, but the most prodigious reality is that, long before, it is first of all God who is concerned for our life, who wants to uplift it, and to do this [God] calls us by name, recognizing each one’s personal face. Every [person] is a story of love that God writes on this earth.  Every one of us is a story of God’s love. God calls every one of us by our name: God knows us by name, .. looks at us, ...waits for us, ... forgives us, ... has patience with us'

- Pope Francis, General Audience, 17 May 2017

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Our Vision
To provide a sound educational foundation that will:
1. Foster growth In Numeracy and Science
 2. Promote positive values and attitudes that will develop students to become innovative, creative, responsible and critical thinkers.

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Covers uninstalling Windows 10 from automatic install, Rolling back, A clean install, Uninstalling via a factory restore, Using third-party backup software as well as what to do if your PC only came with Windows 10.

Source: PC & Tech Authority

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'Loss is an integral part of the human experience, and death is generally the most painful experience of loss. Today’s Feast of the Ascension invites us to face the experience of loss in a transformative way...'

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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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

'The Magnificat' (Latin) sung by The Daughters of Mary religious congregation. Watch/listen here (04:08)

Worth Knowing:

'Anaemic economic growth in some regions hampers progress on Global Goals, UN report finds'. Read the item here

Worth Reading:

-Degradation of Earth
Climate Change
At the recent Belt and Road Summit hosted by China, 30 countries reaffirmed their support for the Paris agreement and called on all countries to implement their commitments under the agreement. Their Joint Communique can be read here (See paragraph12)

Laudato Si'
GCCM’s Executive Director, Tomás Insua, published a paper on Laudato Si’ in the May 2017 issue of the Harvard Kennedy School Review. Download the article 'The Cry of the Climate and the Cry of the Poor', here (6pps; PDF)

- Displacement of Peoples
Migrants & Refugees
The number of refugee and migrant children travelling alone has reached a record high – almost a five-fold increase since 2010. UNICEF’s new report, 'A Child is a Child: Protecting children on the move from violence, abuse and exploitation' details how an increasing number of these children are taking highly dangerous routes, often at the mercy of smugglers and traffickers, to reach their destinations.  Access the report here (60pps; PDF)

Worth Watching:

Women's Studies
'The Women’s Studies Revolution: the Room Where it Happened'. Religion Gender Theology Panel at Harvard Divinity School (HDS)l.Part of HDS's bicentennial celebration Watch it here The list of videos from the celebrations can be accessed here

The Bottom Line:

''Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si' ...captures the essential vision of a truly sacramental Christianity springing from a very traditional belief - the belief in the original blessing that is creation, that is humanity, that is God's unfailing, unconditional love.'
- Daniel O'Leary

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

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