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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
ISMAPNG Responds to Australian Government's Decision to House Asylum Seekers in PNG (ISMAPNG)
Editor: The Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) has called for an end to the "inhumane treatment of asylum seekers", rejecting the Australian government’s decision to transport new arrivals to PNG.
"Our Sisters continue to vehemently condemn such actions which increase the suffering and anguish of asylum seekers and, simultaneously, diminish our common humanity. Together with all people of goodwill we seek an end to the inhumane treatment of asylum seekers," said Berneice Loch rsm, Congregational Leader.
Statements have been released on behalf of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) and of Sisters of Mercy living in Papua New Guinea, regarding the Agreement between the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea to take asylum seekers.
In the second statement 'Insights from Sisters of Mercy in PNG on Asylum Seekers sent to PNG', Theresia Tina rsm and Maryanne Kolkia rsm, both Papua New Guineans, expressed their shame and embarassment at such a decision "when the majority of our own people have minimal to non-existing access to basic infrastructures, health care, education, law and order and employment opportunities..."
Sisters Theresia and Maryanne proceed to outline the conditions for the people of PNG before concluding: "The PNG Government has not provided better basic services for its 7.1million people over the last 38 years even with all the money received from Australian Aid. PNG has a poor result of the basic development indicators for the Millennium Development Goals. How can PNG manage more people within its means and still provide the best for those who most need help? How can the government fulfil its vision 2050 goal and mission?"
Berneice Loch rsm - Congregational Leader
Theresia Tina rsm - Institute Councillor
Maryanne Kolkia rsm
Editor: ISMAPNG is this week's featured Mercy website
Volunteer Internship at the Mercy Global Action Office at the UN (MGA)
Effective September 2013: Volunteer Internship at MGA Office in New York
An intern position at Mercy Global Action Office in New York is open to applicants. Applications will be received until the deadline of August 15th, 2013.
This is a volunteer position five days a week for 9 months.
Applicants can send a resume to: Aine O'Connor rsm
To access the job description, click here
Messages to: Aine O'Connor rsm - MGA Coordinator at the UN
Global Frackdown Oct. 19, 2013 (MGA)
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is a major concern for Mercy International Association (MIA) and its member organisations. Mercy Sisters around the world have organised lobbying and campaigning on the issue. Reports of these activities have appeared in Mercy E-news.
This year we are asking Mercy sisters to participate in the 2013 Global Frackdown on Oct. 19. The Frackdown, organized by Food and Water Watch, is a series of events around the world calling attention to the environmental, health, earth and community effects of the fracking process.
For more information about Mercy participation and to let us know of events you might be organising in your area contact Mary Purcell.
Messages to: Mary Purcell - Assistant Director Mercy Global Action
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, Philippines
Mercy International Association Intention for the Coming Week (MIA)
An estimated 43 million people worldwide are now forcibly displaced as a result of conflict and persecution. Let us keep in our prayers the needs and concerns of all refugee peoples.
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Sisters of Mercy Stand in Solidarity with Young Immigrants Arrested (Americas)
The Sisters of Mercy stand in solidarity with the eight young immigrants who on July 22 put their own freedom at risk to highlight the problems with the U.S.’s broken immigration system. The young adults were detained by border patrol officers after crossing the U.S./Mexico border to reunite with their families in the U.S. and to call attention to the continued detentions and deportations of hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants...
Messages to: Institute Justice Office
Catherine McAuley and our Holy Patrons (Institute Great Britain)
Editor: Reflecting on the challenges that faced Catherine McAuley - ongoing disputes, clerical opposition, making foundations, poor health...Camilla Hunt rsm says we have to ask 'How did she do it?'
Camilla proposes that Catherine drew on the wisdom of our Catholic tradition and enlisted an ‘Army of Patrons’ to support her and the Congregation.
Camilla continues: 'It occurred to me that some of us may not be familiar with the Saints that Catherine enlisted as the Patrons of our Congregation and that it might be helpful to remind ourselves of each as their feastday is celebrated so I resolved to do this and will begin with St Camillus de Lellis whose feastday was on the 14th July...'
Messages to: Camilla Hunt rsm
Editor: See also the article by Sheila Carney rsm, Vice postulator (Americas):' Praying for Catherine’s Canonization: Why? and to Whom?' which references the patrons of the Congregation. Read it here.
Summer Program at Center for Ecology and Justice (Newfoundland)
If you cut across the diameter of an apple you will see a five- pointed star at its centre. Many of the blossoms that turn into the vegetables and fruits that we eat are also shaped like five pointed stars. To the Mercy Centre for Ecology & Justice, the five pointed star is a symbol that we are all connected in a reciprocal relationship with nature and the universe. The Mercy Centre for Ecology & Justice’s mission is to promote the interconnectedness and interrelatedness of all creation and to live in a spirituality flowing out of the sacredness of all creation...
Messages to: Mary Tee rsm
The ACRATH Education Resource is now on-line (Australia)
An educational resource has been prepared by the ACRATH ( Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) Education Committee to assist secondary school (second level) teachers in raising their students' consciousness and educating them about the issue of human trafficking.
Developed as a 4-step process for teaching about human trafficking: Introduction – Information – Recognition – Action, each step in the process is crucial and requires completion as students move through the learning cycle to a deepened understanding of the issue of modern day slavery and a commitment to taking action.
This resource is available online without charge and is linked to this item.
Messages to: Carole McDonald rsm - ACRATH Co-ordinator for Victoria, Australia
1922:The combined convent, boarding school and Notre Dame Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa were destroyed by fire originating from a neighboring house.
Songs inspired by the writings of women mystics Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Avila, Mechtild of Magdeburg, Clare of Assisi, Gertrude the great, Hildegard of Bingen.
Composed by Briege O'Hare osc and sung by Marie Cox rsm
Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea
The Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) became effective at the commencement of the First Chapter of the new congregation on December 12, 2011, the 180th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland. The stages in that journey can be read here.
A handy sheet prepared by Stanford University's Health and Safety Department of shortcuts for the MAC.
The Power of Words. Watch it here (1:48)
Discover the power of transforming your own words. See Andrea Gardner's book 'Change Your Words, Change Your World' at http://amzn.to/xfrT2U
Wellbeing of the poor has deteriorated over past 15 years, says CAFOD
Research from four countries reveals the worst situations of poverty are caused by a complex web of old and new issues. Read the article here
Worth Visiting online:
The Guardian Activate Summit held on 9 July was a one-day summit for leaders across all sectors to explore how the web and associated technologies are reshaping our world. Among the kenote speakers was Helen Clark, administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and former prime minister, New Zealand, who explained how the UNDP is using technology to involve people in shaping the next global development agenda. So far, more than 700,000 people have participated in the online exercise (promoted in Mercy e-news) to help shape the post-millennium development goals. Watch the video here (21:34)
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