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Mercy Enews
No. 526 | 07 August 2013

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

Feature

'An experience of fidelity...that is our story': an Interview with Pat McDermott rsm (Americas)

Editor: On 1 August, the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) conducted an interview with Pat McDermott rsm, President of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

The interview comes as the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which represents about 80 percent of the 57,000 U.S. Sisters, is preparing for its annual assembly, to be held this year from 13-16 August in Orlando, Florida. About 900 women religious are expected to attend the conference with the theme:' Leadership Evolving: Graced, Grounded & Free'. This important assembly will explore how the growing awareness of an evolving universe impacts understandings of religious life and leadership, with the keynote address being given by Ilia Delio OSF.

In her interview Sr Pat expressed faith in the journey of religious and hope for dialogue and finding 'a middle way' for LCWR and the Vatican, recognising that resolution of the matter is unlikely at this forthcoming assembly. ' I think we can continue to give direction to the leaders that the principles that we want -- honest and open dialogue, mutual accountability, faithfulness to our mission -- we want those upheld. So how can you do that and bring the doctrinal assessment to a close?...'

'...In the end..,' said Sr Pat, 'it’s not so much about whether doctrine will change -- and perhaps it will. But it’s about attitudes.

It’s about: Can we have conversations with one another that are rich and stretching about what’s happening in our world? In the end, that’s what religious life is about. It’s attending to the needs of our world....'

Messages to: Pat McDermott rsm - President Institute of Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

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Resources

Worth Reading:
LCWR Update (newsletter) August - September 2013. Read it here (PDF)

Worth Watching:
Remember that great animation 'The Girl Effect' from 2008? Many Mercies found out about it in a presentation made at the Bridging the Gap Conference in NY that year. Then we put it out in E-news. Didn't see it? Watch it here.
Five years on and it has been updated to reflect the current situation for girls in the global south.
After screening the updated version at the Guardian Activate Conference last month, Maria Eitel, chief executive officer and president, Nike Foundation, explained how investing in adolescent girls has a powerful impact across the world. In her talk, Maria outlined the importance of focusing upon root causes and innovation to unleash the potential of 250 million adolescent girls to help their families, neighbours and nations. Watch it here, watch her, here.(16:13).

A World at School  is asking for signatures in support for Nigeria's President Jonathan's commitment to education. Nigeria has the highest out-of-school population in the world.
Consider signing their petition. Read it here

2015. The end of poverty starts with girls. Check the website
It is International Day of the Girl Child 2013 on Friday, October 11, 2013

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