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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
Reflecting on the Experience of Participating in the Wellspring Programme (MIA)
Editor: Over the past month we have seen and heard from the four presenters at the Watering the Roots at the Wellspring of Mercy month long renewal programme. Each week in Mercy E-news we have been able to experience through the powerful medium of video, the insights about contemporary Religious Life, Scripture, Catherine McAuley and Spirituality that Marie Chin rsm, Veronica Lawson rsm, Madeline Duckett rsm and Janet Ruffing rsm shared with the participants.
The 43 videos created by Adele Howard rsm in Dublin from the series input, as well as related print materials from the presenters, can all be accessed in the newly created 'Wellspring programme' category in the Spirituality section of the mercyworld.org website, for use individually or with a group. A listing of all the videos, in order, with timings given to help plan your viewing, can be downloaded here.
In this week's issue the Wellspring participants share their reflections with us. Their reflections can be accessed by clicking the 'More' button below.
Sisters from across the Mercy world have been enthusiastically accessing these resources over the past four weeks. We hear from Pat Linnane rsm (ISMAPNG) who shares her reflections as one who has participated at home.
We continue to welcome your input on how you have used, or plan to use, the Wellspring 2013 video series. Send your reflections/responses to: the Editor
Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality
Image: Wellspring participants outside the front door of Mercy International Centre, Dublin, the original House of Mercy.
‘Malala Day’ Aims to Boost Access to Education Worldwide (MIA)
Editor: Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani champion for universal education and girls’ rights, will make her first high level public appearance at the United Nations on 12 July. At the heart of “Malala Day” is a call to improve the lives of some 57 million out of school children by improving education access by 2015. The Day also celebrates Malala’s 16th birthday.
' “On 12 July, Malala will be joined by hundreds of students from more than 80 countries in a unique Youth Assembly, where diplomats will take a back seat as young people take over the UN,” Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon said in an op-ed for the Huffington Post. “They will gather to issue a global call for quality education for all...
“We must do all we can to ensure that schools are safe and secure learning spaces. Nowhere in the world should it be an act of bravery for an adult to teach or a girl to go to school...” '
Join the call to support the Global Education First Initiative by posting photos, Vine & Instagram videos using the hashtag #MalalaDay and sign-up online to say you stand with Malala.
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director
Follow the Young Mercy Leaders (MIA)
On Tuesday, 16 July, Mercy students and teachers from across the globe will gather at Mercy International Centre for the commencement of the second Young Mercy Leaders pilgrimage.
During the pilgrimage we will be reporting each day on the programme activities on the mercyworld .org website, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.
We invite our readers to follow the pilgrimage. Please pass the information below onto your delegates so they can follow us. Pass it onto family and friends at home so they can also follow the pilgrimage.
on Facebook: MIA Young Mercy Leaders
on Flickr: youngmercyleaders
on Twitter: Young Mercy Leaders
We will use the hashtag: #YMLP
Messages to: Cathy Edge rsm - Communications Co-ordinator, YML Pilgrimage
Mercy International Association Intention for the Coming Week (MIA)
As the crisis in Egypt deepens, Mercy International Association joins with all those praying for an end to the violence and a peaceful resolution to the political crisis.
UN Advocacy Experience 2013 (MIA)
This second in a series of reflections on the 2013 UN Advocacy Experience highlights the anticipation and momentum that Bridget Crisp of New Zealand expresses in recalling her week at the United Nations in New York City and Mercy Center in Madison, Connecticut.
Subsequent reflections in Mercy E-news will continue to explore responses from the participants.
Messages to: Rita Parks rsm
Being in Mission Today - Embracing Diversity (Aotearoa New Zealand)
'Diversity can be seen as an obstacle or an opportunity, depending on whether our preference is for order or variety. Creator God seems certainly to favour the second, in making a world that is richly diverse, a creation that unfolds and continues to grow increasingly complex as it does so. The call to understand and care for creation is, more than anything, an invitation to see how we and all other forms of life are interdependent...'
Extract from: 'Being in mission today -embracing diversity' in Imaging Mercy Today, linked to this item
Messages to: Katrina Fabish rsm - Communications Contact, CLT
In the Flow of the Mobius Strip (The Congregation)
'Some months ago,' writes Carmel Bracken rsm, 'browsing in a charity shop in Enniskillen I came upon the Mobius Strip pictured here. One week earlier I would have passed it by because I would not have known its significance. Synchronistic ally, I had just read about the symbol in a book called A Hidden Wholeness by Parker Palmer. Thus I bought the object, placed it in my prayer space so I could reflect on its challenges...'
In a fascinating article Sr Carmel shares with us her reflections on the Mobius strip which 'symbolizes transformation on a planetary level'.
Messages to: Carmel Bracken rsm
Working to Make Homelessness History (Americas)
Editor: Since 1983, Mercy Housing and Shelter Connecticut has been working to empower homeless persons to become independent, so they may live and work with dignity and respect.
Last year Mercy Housing and Shelter’s programs served more than 5,700 individuals providing housing, food, job training, access to medical services, and basic human needs.
In an article in the current issue of the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut, linked to this item, Patricia McKeon rsm, Executive Director of Mercy Housing and Shelter, says very clearly that 'homelessness can be history'. The article traces the history of Mercy Housing and Shelter with Sr Patricia concluding: ' '“They are strong people,” she said about those she serves. “I don’t know that I could live through being homeless with the strength and oftentimes with the grace that they do.”...'
Messages to: Patricia McKeon rsm - Executive Director
1897: Foundation to Bundaberg from Brisbane - M Syra
On the Wings of Angels (New Resource)
'On the Wings of Angels' (Arbutus Press, 2013) highlights 12 local community leaders, physicians, clergy and religious, who have contributed to the growth and success of Saint Mary’s Health Care (now named Mercy Health Saint Mary’s).
Read an article on the book
Mercy Health Saint Mary's, Grand Rapids, Michigan, US
We serve together in Trinity Health,
in the spirit of the Gospel,
to heal body, mind and spirit,
to improve the health of our communities
and to steward the resources entrusted to us.
3 Essential Dropbox Sharing Tips That You May Not Know
This video shows the 3 basic Dropbox sharing tips from sharing to managing files in Dropbox.
LCWR Update (newsletter) July 2013. Read it here (PDF)
LCWR Annual Report 2012-2013: Navigating the Shifts. Read it here (PDF)
'This is a man’s world: Shock quiz results show how women are left disengaged by politics'
Men score more highly in political quiz in 10 nations because, say campaigners, they dominate the debate.
Read the article here
Source: The Independent
'...Photos, once slices of a moment in the past — sunsets, meetings with friends, the family vacation — are fast becoming an entirely new type of dialogue...' Disruptions: Social Media Images Form a New Language Online. Read the article here.
Source: The New York Times
Let's Step Up #MDGMomentum (2:39)
Released 10 days ago, this video produced by the United Nations Department of Public Information in partnership with the Millennium Campaign, shows the world's progress and the challenges that remain as we come closer to 2015. Mercy has made a commitment to supporting the MDGs. Help drive #MDGmomentum. To learn more, visit: www.un.org/millenniumgoals or watch Mercy and Justice Shall Meet.
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