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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 724  |  07 June 2017
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MIRP Review Endorsed by President of the MIA Members and Chair of the MIA Board

7 June 2017

To All who were part of MIRP:
Participants, Coordinators, Guiding Team members

What an amazing episode the Mercy International Reflection Process (MIRP) has been in our Mercy World!
We know that at least 5,000 people participated, but that figure comes only from the groups that submitted final reports. There were many others also walking the journey, sharing, listening, learning, and eventually acting together to give glimpses of an intentional Mercy Global Presence. Among them were many Sisters, partners in ministry, associates, friends, work colleagues, colleagues of other faiths, and students. You will read all this in the MIRP report and subsequent feedback...

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

Messages to:
Berneice Loch rsm - President, MIA
Denise Fox rsm - Chair, Board of MIA

Image: © 2017 MIA

Vision in Action

We are pleased to announce the appointments of Sheila Carney rsm and Ms Susan Clarke and welcome them to the MIA Board. Both bring a range of gifts and knowledge to the service of Mercy: Sheila is Special Assistant to the President for Mercy Heritage and Service at Carlow University and Susan is Principal of Broughton Hall, Liverpool.

Patricia McDermott rsm and Peter Burnett completed their 9-year terms at the May 2017 Board meeting.

MIA Board is deeply grateful to Sr Patricia and to Peter for their many years of generous service.

Messages to: Denise Fox rsm - Chair MIA Board

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MIA Prayer Intention: United Kingdom

MIA joins with our Sisters in the UK in holding in prayer the deceased and wounded from the London terror attack. We are conscious of the people of Great Britain whose world on Saturday night — a time associated for most of us with enjoyment, leisure activities, freedom and good times — was shattered by more violence and horror.

As citizens prepare to go to the polls on Thursday, let us pray for an outcome that is respectful and responsive to the needs of all people in the UK, caring of the environment, protective of the most vulnerable and which enables each person to flourish socially and economically.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

'Praying and Working Together...for our future, for our oceans, for life on Earth' is the topic of the final part of this 12 week series.

Download Part 12: A4 Paper Size (PDF); US Letter Size (PDF)

Download the complete series: A4 Paper Size (28pps; PDF); US Letter Size (28pps; PDF)

Previous issues are linked to this item.

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

Editor: The UN Secretary-General's opening remarks to the Ocean Conference, 5-9 June [as delivered] can be watched here or read here

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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: Denise, Siobhan Cleary, Martina, Kim Woo-bin, Toni Ingram, Adele Jones, Noah 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
Resources for 9 Days of Prayer

Resources for the 9 Days of Prayer can be downloaded below, if you haven't done so already. We have also added a reflection logo (shown opposite) which you might like to use to further promote this initiative.

Download the resources here:

Reflection Logo (large size, print quality)

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

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)

Image: © 2017 MIA


Reflection Pages for the 9 Days of Prayer

The Reflection pages for each of the 9 Days of Prayer are now online. Our novena for the second anniversary of Laudato Si', an outcome of the MIRP review, has been planned for some months but has taken on extra significance with the announcement by President Trump to pull out of the Paris Agreement.

The landing page (the entry point) for each of the 9 Days of Prayer is linked here.

Messages to:

Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Anne Walsh - Communications Director MIRP (issues with resources)

Image: © 2017 MIA

MIA Members News

The Institute Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas denounces President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement and immediately cease implementing steps to reach the country’s carbon reduction targets. It was also deeply troubling to hear the president refuse to contribute to the Green Climate Fund, which helps low-income nations mitigate and adapt to climate change.

This announcement is particularly disturbing coming just days after the president met with Pope Francis, who has called climate change “one of the principal challenges facing humanity today” and has lamented its disproportionate impact on people who are poor...

Messages to: Institute Leadership Team c/- Lauren Albright - Institute Communications Office

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On the 16th and 17th May, groups of Mercy Sisters from the Western Province gathered in Longford Convent, and in Árd Bride, Castlebar to hear John Weakliam, CEO of Vita, and Ciara Feehely, Communications and Marketing Manager for Vita, speak about the developments of our Mercy/Vita Project in Southern Ethiopia. 

The Western Province has been in partnership with Vita since 2009. Through this partnership, Mercy provides funding, while Vita does the work on the ground. This happens smoothly, since both groups share many values...

Messages to:
Kathleen Glennon rsm
Suzanne Ryder rsm

Image: John Weakliam demonstrates how the Green Impact Fund works

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An Ecological Reading of Matthew's Gospel: Part 5 (ISMAPNG)

Elaine Wainwright rsm takes a close look at the parable of the sower in Matthew 13:1-9 and points to aspects which provide a fuller understanding of our relationships in creation. Sr Elaine writes 'The call to “listen” at the end of the parable and in verse 18 to “hear then the parable of the sower” invites readers to attend to and learn from Earth’s processes. This is what it means to hear the parable...'

Download the article here (2pps; PDF)

Messages to: Elaine Wainwright rsm

Image: 'Christian Art Parable of the Sower' by T Bertram Poole. Used with permission

The interweaving of Maori and Mercy values was the theme of a conference of Mercy leaders held in Auckland last month, and attended by more than 70 Sisters of Mercy and their partners in ministry.

Messages to: Katrina Fabish rsm - Congregation Leader

Image: Congregation Leader Katrina Fabish welcomes participants to Hui Taumata Mercy Leaders' Summit

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Barbara Williams rsm & Cora Marie Billings rsm Honoured (Americas)

Editor: It is commencement season in the United States where a number of Sisters of Mercy have been awarded honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters.

Congratulations to: Barbara Williams rsm who received her honorary doctorate from Georgian Court University 'for her extraordinary dedication to the call of Mercy in the many ways she has served her beloved Georgian Court for more than 55 years and for her advancement of the university...'' Cora Marie Billings rsm received her honorary doctorate from St Joseph's University Philadelphia 'for her inspiring example, leadership and service to God and others'

Messages to:
Barbara Williams rsm
Cora Marie Billings rsm

Image: iStock. Used under licence

Mary Scullion rsm Honoured (Americas)

Mary Scullion rsm received her honorary degree from Georgetown College, one of the nine colleges of Georgetown University, 'In recognition of her ministry to the poor and homeless of Philadelphia, her loving service in the tradition of Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy, and her vision of a world in which loving community answers the problem of homelessness and poverty'.

Sister Mary was the Commencement Speaker at Georgetown College where she urged the graduates to pursue a 'revolution of tenderness' by joining with those who are struggling and together forge a new path to economic inclusivity.

To listen to Sr Mary's speech, click on this page, scroll down to the Georgetown College Commencement ceremony (5th video), start the video and slide the bar on the bottom of the screen to the 44.49 minute mark. The speech can also be read here.

Messages to: Mary Scullion rsm

Mercy Matters

To coincide with National Palliative Care Week in Australia (21-28 May) the Archdiocese of Melbourne promoted the official release of 'When Life is Ending', a free booklet by Dr Caroline Ong rsm (ISMAPNG) discussing the ethics of dying, assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Download the booklet here pps; (8pps; PDF)

Messages to: Caroline Ong rsm

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‘"She has gone to God and God is very near". These are the words that some dear friends of mine chose for the cover of their mother’s funeral booklet. Their choice of words demonstrates their faith in God of whom John writes in today’s gospel...'

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

Listen to the Gospel read by Fr Eamonn O'Connor (Ireland)

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Compass Points and Lodestars

'[S]tories of grace and courage and humour and love and wild tenderness are compass points and lodestars, and if we don't catch and share stories that matter, we will have nothing but lies and blood, and can't we do better than that? Isn't that why human beings were given the extraordinary gifts of imagination and humour, to try to put lies and blood out of business after millions of years? Isn't that the point of the best stories, to be bigger than stories of lies and blood? Could we find new stories that make the old ones skitter away wailing into the dark, never to return?'

- Brian Doyle, 'Pay fierce attention to the holy of everything', RIP May 2017

1941: Amalgamation of Adelaide and Mt Gambier St

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

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'Have you made a flagrant error, in confusing your alternative choices? The legendary Fleet Street editor Harold Evans proscribes this glossary to solve your language dilemmas.'

Source: The Guardian

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The Board of Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Tiaki Manatu shares in the responsibility of governing with the Sisters of Mercy across all of its entities in Health, Education, Community and Spirituality.

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:
'Holy Sacred, Spirit'. Reflection by Michelle Sherliza OP to accompany mantra by Monica Brown. Watch/listen here (04:55).

Worth Reading:

- Displacement of Persons

In honor of International Children’s Day on 1 June, Save the Children released its 2017 report on the conditions that children face worldwide, ranking each of the 172 participating countries according to its 'end of childhood index' (where childhood is least threatened). The 23 page report, 'Stolen Childhoods', available in both English and Spanish, can be accessed here

Human Trafficking

The June issue of 'Stop Trafficking!' has been published. This issue highlights various reports that help the reader realize the complexities of human trafficking. Download it here (8pps; PDF)

The monthly reflection for June from the U.S Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking is now available. Entitled 'Are We Living Too Fast?' it focusses on the issue of fast fashion. Read it here

- Devastation of Earth

Climate Change

'Climate Change: Mobilizing the World' (Full Remarks) - UN Secretary-General at NYU Stern, 30 May 2017. Watch the conversation here (1:08:30). Opening Remarks can be read here

The Bottom Line:

'Care for the environment demands a vision of one another and of the world as inextricably linked so that we take personally the exploitation of the environment and of vulnerable people.'

- Andrew Hamilton sj, Pope calls for intellectual conversion over climate, 1 June 2017

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

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