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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 723  |  31 May 2017
Featured Story

Editor: On Saturday 6 May, 'Time for Mercy'  the long awaited second CD by Teresa Martin rsm was launched in the Banqueting Centre, The Mall, Newry, Northern Ireland, in front of a large and appreciative audience.

Asked to describe this beautiful and timely Mercy production recorded in Emmanuel Chapel, Convent of Mercy Newry, which features Sr Teresa, a number of instrumentalists and the Cantabile Singers, Sr Teresa said:

'Twelve tracks, simple melodies, instrumental accompaniments, refrains to invite participation,  themes/texts from Scripture, prayers and words from Catherine McAuley, and traditional prayer.

Overall, trying to capture in the titles, the Invitation of Pope Francis in the Year of Mercy and in Laudato Si'; creating a context for prayer through the medium of music and merciful service in our world.'

An account of the launch, a list of the tracks and a recording of the track 'Magnificat' in honour of today's feast of the Visitation —a sample which will leave you wanting to hear more— are linked to this item.

The CD costs €12.50 or £10 sterling plus postage. Orders are being handled by Sr Teresa.
Copies are also available from Baggot Street Gift Shop. Contact Margaret Scroope rsm

Messages to: Teresa Martin rsm

Image: L-r: Teresa Martin rsm (composer) with Olive McConville rsm, writer and speaker of the introduction to track 3 'The Kind Word', the text taken from the book 'According to Catherine' by Bonaventure Brennan rsm

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Vision in Action
Watering the Roots at the Wellspring of Mercy 2018

The dates for the month-long renewal programme at Baggot Street for Sisters of Mercy in 2018 have been confirmed. Mary C. Sullivan rsm (Americas) and Elizabeth Dowling rsm (ISMAPNG) are confirmed presenters. The remaining presenters and outline of content for the programme will be published in MercyeNews and on our website once available.

The programme will commence at 4pm on Sunday, 20 May 2018 and conclude at 10am on Friday, 15 June 2018.

Download the flyer: A4 Paper Size (PDF); US Letter Size (PDF).

Maximum cost: €3000 (Residential); €1900 (Non-residential).

Bookings can be made online

Messages to:
Madeleine O'Hanlon - Receptionist (for bookings)
Anna Nicholls rsm - Team Leader Heritage & Spirituality (for further information)


Follow the UN Ocean Conference 5-9 June 2018

Editor: MGA at the UN will be attending the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: 'Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development', to be held 5-9 June.

Visit the Ocean Conference website to learn why it 'aims to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity'.

MGA at the UN has developed the 12-week Water and Ocean Reflection Series to highlight the issues surrounding our planet’s seas and oceans. These reflections make for thoughtful reading during the conference days.

The series will conclude next week in time for World Oceans Day which is celebrated each year on 8 June.

Messages to: Bridget Crisp rsm - MGA at the UN Intern


'Our Dream of the Earth. What lessons can we pass on to the next generation?' is the topic of part 11 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 11: 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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MIA Prayer Intention: Readiness to Respond to Need

We give thanks for the opportunities this past week to feed, clothe, visit, heal, forgive and love those in need - to be love in action.

Shocked and saddened though we are by the atrocity committed in Manchester, we are moved by the deeds of goodness there; by 'the homeless guys who picked out the nails from the girls’ faces, the local residents who opened their doors to stranded teenagers, the queues that formed at blood banks, and the thousand acts of solidarity and kindness...' (Crux)

May those actions inspire us to respond to the needs we encounter as we go about our ordinary living.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Image: iStock. Use under licence


MIA Reflection Process
Celebrate World Environment Day on 5 June

Editor:World Environment Day 2017, the world’s largest celebration of the environment, 'is a chance to reconnect with nature and celebrate the places that matter most to you' says UN Environment. On 5 June, we're reminded by UN Environment to 'go outside and show us that you’re #WithNature. Breathe in the beauty and remember that by keeping our planet healthy, we keep ourselves healthy too'.

Two reflective videos have been produced by UN Environment for this year's World Environment Day. These invite us to connect with nature, consume with care and create a future for all creation. In this they echo the call of Laudato Si' 'to work together in building our common home' (LS 13).

Watch 'World Environment Day 2017'. (01:52)
Watch 'What mark will you leave on our world?' (02:09)

The 9 Days of Prayer to mark the second anniversary of Laudato Si' commence on Saturday, 10 June and conclude on 18 June.

There are many ways to participate:

- Print and hang the poster - it is a work of art.

- Print and use the prayer sheet, alone or with others.

- Visit our Mercyworld.org website on each of the 9 days and enjoy the range of videos selected to accompany the lines from the prayer for our Earth.

- Pray the lines from the prayer for our Earth on the website each day, with or without using the refrain.

Messages to: Anne Walsh - MIRP Communications Director

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MIA Members News

Editor: National Reconciliation Week in Australia (27 May - 3 June) is held to celebrate Indigenous history and culture and to celebrate and promote respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. It's 20 years this week (26 May 1997) since the Bringing Them Home report was tabled in Federal (national) Parliament, exposing the extent of forced removals of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families as a result of various government policies (1910 - 1970).

Prompted by the story in MercyeNews of the ringing of the bells on St Patrick's Day in solidarity against racism, Fran Kuhn rsm tells the story of how the Sisters in Bowraville, a small town in the Mid North Coast hinterland of New South Wales, would ring the bell when the Government Protection Agency people were coming to take the children away from their parents and how that life-saving action has been commemorated since.

Messages to: Fran Kuhn rsm

Image: L-r: Fr Shelwin, Aunty Sandra, Aunty Shirley, Fran Kuhn rsm and Bev Whitton rsm
[Aboriginal people traditionally refer to an Elder as 'Aunty' or 'Uncle']

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Australian Catholic University (ACU) honoured Sr Angela Mary Doyle AO through the conferment of the Award Honorary Doctorate at the ACU Brisbane Graduation Ceremony on Friday, 5 May 2017. 

Associate Vice-Chancellor Queensland, Professor Jim Nyland in the ACU staff bulletin referred to her as “a truly remarkable woman who, for those who may be struggling with the term, is the embodiment of ‘impact through empathy...’”

In her address to the Graduands, Sr Angela Mary said [in part]:

'Let it be known you are a person of integrity, to whom people can talk without feeling diminished in the process.  Recognise the privilege that is yours when you are taken into other people’s trust.  Some situations will pose challenges for you, but you will find strength and power from respectful listening and from being non-judgmental.

It may be that just small acts of daily kindnesses are all that will be asked of most of us...'

Messages to: Angela Mary Doyle rsm AO

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On April 26th, 2017, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the academic linkage between Mary Immaculate College and the University of Limerick, established in 1991, the university conferred on Angela Bugler rsm an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in recognition of her immense contribution as President of Mary Immaculate College to the college at a very significant time in its history, and for her part in the linkage between the two institutions.  In 1988 when Angela became President of MIC, the College was facing ‘a critical challenge for survival...’ 

A summary of comments from the Citation for the Conferring of her Doctorate by the University of Limerick UL) forms part of the news linked to this item.

A report in the Mary Immaculate College news can be accessed here

Messages to: Angela Bugler rsm

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Pauline Masters rsm has recently spent time in Kenya working with youth from the slum areas in Nairobi focussing on art-related projects in what she describes as ‘lifegiving and joyous’.

Sr Pauline’s interest in Kenya began in 2006 when Sr Pauline travelled across the Indian Ocean to work with the Sisters of Mercy in Kenya...

“The work we do over there is really important,” says Sr Pauline. Mukuru Promotion Centre (MPC) is close to the slums so we are working with youth and people who live in these poor conditions and making a big difference in their lives.”

Apart from overseeing several primary schools sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and running a medical clinic – St Marian’s Home for Children and Mary Immaculate Rehabilitation Home for Street Boys – MPC offers vocational schooling to youth...

Messages to: Pauline Masters rsm

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Mercy Matters

The iPhone User Guide for iOS10 has everything you need to know about the iPhone including instructions for turning your iPhone into a magnifying glass to zoom in on objects near you.

The Guide is well worth a look.

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Mercy Primary school builds on the legacy left to us by former Sisters of Mercy of a vibrant Catholic Parish school. We cater for the full range of classes from Junior Infants through to Sixth Class. Mercy Primary School is under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Killaloe.

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On This Day

1844: Death of M Aloysius Scott, Foundress of Birr

1853: Foundation to Castlebar, Co Mayo

1885: Foundation to Newcastle-upon-Tyne from Liverpool - Sr Ligouri Gibson

1942: Opening of hospital, Cootamundra, New South Wales

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

'Pentecost Sunday is often called the birthday of the Church. The earth itself features powerfully in the imagery associated with this feast: harvest, mountain, earthquake, thunder, fire...'

Read the Reflection on the Gospel by Veronica Lawson rsm (ISMAPNG)

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"...And Mary stands with all we call 'too young’,
Elizabeth with all called ‘past their prime’
They sing today for all the great unsung
Women who turned eternity to time..."

- Malcolm Guite

Image: Sebastiano del Piombo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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'Time for Mercy' CD

The CD costs €12.50 or £10 sterling plus postage.

Order from  Teresa Martin rsm or purchase from the Baggot Street Gift Shop. Contact Margaret Scroope rsm

Further Resources

Worth Playing:

Our last Marian hymn for the month of May on this, the feast of the Visitation, is the 'Magnificat ' by Teresa Martin rsm. Listen here

Worth Knowing:

Cardinal Turkson will lead off a Globethics series centred on Laudato Si’, exploring the system change we need and getting on a 1.5 C path. Details of the 26-week webinar series which starts in September are here

Worth Reading:


The June issue of 'Update', LCWR"s newsletter, is now online. Read it here (10pps; PDF)

-Displacement of People
World Humanitarian Summit 1st Anniversary

Statement by UN Secretary-General António Guterres can be read here

Article by Stephen O'Brien, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, and Tegegnework Gettu, Under-Secretary-General and Acting Administrator for the United Nations Development Programme can be read here


Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic Addresses 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva: ‘The Holy See delegation recognizes that health promotion is a fundamental aspect of advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and is also a necessary component for socio-economic stability’. Read the article here

- Devastation of the Earth

'India's Silicon Valley Is Dying of Thirst. Your City May Be Next'. Read the article here

Worth Considering:

Events in the UK

Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ,  Director of the Vatican Observatory, is to lead a study day entitled ‘God and the Cosmos’ at the parish of Christ the Eternal High Priest in Gidea Park, Essex (RM2 6DH), on 10 June, from 11am-3pm. Admission is free but booking is essential. Email: GPstudydays@gmail.com

A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor: The challenge of Pope Francis is the title of the National Justice & Peace Network Conference, 21 –23 July 2017. Details here

Canadian Event

National JPIC Gathering 2017, Mary Ward Centre, Ontario 6-8 June 2018: 'Sacred Water'. Speakers are Elder Josephine Mandamin and Maude Barlow. Details here

The Bottom Line:

'Amid the dramatic events of our time, shine like beacons in the darkness of this world, shedding light along the way and opening ever new paths of confidence and hope'.

- Pope Francis, 'Communications Day: Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time'. Issued 24 January 2017. Celebrated 28 May 2017

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

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