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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
'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
Advocacy for Justice at the United Nations (MGA)
In this last in the series of reflections on the 2013 Mercy Global Action (MGA) Advocacy Experience at the UN, the focus is on the participants’ learnings for their ministry.
Advocacy for justice at the United Nations is advocacy in the spirit – the Spirit of God and the spirit of Mercy.
No one knows this better than those who continue to labor in the arena of advocacy to bring forth the voice of the voiceless, the cry of those who have been silenced by poverty, insecurity, marginalization, and exclusion...
Messages to: Rita Parks rsm
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, especially those whose names are newly added: Norman Usiak, Francine Alzate, Diego Tobon, Andrew Keogh, Ralph Willie, Julia, Jan McLean, Joyce Hanrahan.
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)
Let us respond to the call of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea and to the invitation of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart and hold in prayer the needs and concerns of all refugee peoples, particularly those 'who have been pushed to the edges and excluded from... Australia' over recent weeks.
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Keeping Watch With Those Seeking Sanctuary: An Invitation to Prayer (Australia)
Editor: In last week's Mercy E-news (Issue 525) the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) called for an end to the "inhumane treatment of asylum seekers", rejecting the Australian government’s decision to transport new arrivals to Papua New Guinea.
Tomorrow, 8 August, Feast Day of St Mary MacKillop, the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart invite all Australians and people of good will to join us in prayer as a sign of your solidarity with asylum seekers. Mary’s feast is an opportunity for all of us to engage in a communal prayer that will enable us to stand with those who have been pushed to the edges and excluded from our land, Australia.
Details of the prayer vigil, including a prayer you may wish to use, are linked to this item.
Messages to: Jan Barnett rsj - Josephite Justice Office
Mercy School Competing to Support Mercy Beyond Borders! Please Help us Do It! (Americas)
Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, OH, USA has been spending our summer break competing in a national social media competition to try and win $10,000 for charity! Should we win the $10,000 we will donate it to Mercy Beyond Borders to help support educational scholarships for women and girls in Haiti and South Sudan.
Help us achieve our goal. Details are linked to this item.
Messages to: Jenny Kroner Jackson - Communications & PR Specialist Mother of Mercy High
Mercy Law Resource Centre (The Congregation)
The right to shelter is one of the most basic human rights. Mercy Law Resource Centre (MLRC) was set up in Cork St, Dublin in 2009 by the Sisters of Mercy, South Central Province. It is an independent law centre, registered charity and company limited by guarantee, which provides free legal advice, representation and befriending services to local authority tenants and people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in the areas of social housing and social welfare law...
In a detailed report posted on The Congregation's website we meet staff and volunteers and learn of the work they do to assist those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We learn that demand for their work is growing...
Messages to: Caitriona O'Hara rsm - Volunteer Administrator
Editor: Mercy Law Centre is this week's featured Mercy website
New Principal Appointed for OLMC Parramatta (Parramatta Congregation)
Sister Catherine Ryan rsm, Congregation Leader of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, and Kerrie Walshaw, Chair of the OLMC Parramatta Board, have announced the appointment of Mr Stephen Walsh as the new Principal of OLMC Parramatta. "We are confident that Stephen will bring to the role a deep faith, a strong understanding of and passion for the education of girls and a commitment to the mission of the Sisters of Mercy..."
Messages to: Christine Pace - OLMC Communications Officer
'We all have Catherine in Common': a Reflection on the YML Experience (ISMAPNG)
Editor: In Issue 516 (May 29) we linked to a report in the Warrnambool, Victoria, paper, The Standard. The paper carried an interview with Eliza Sully, 15, and Aylish Frusher, 16, students from Emmanuel College in Warrnambool, participants in the Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage, supported to do so by Emmanuel College and their local parishes of St Joseph’s and Our Lady Help of Christians.
Last Sunday Eliza gave her report to her parish. That account gives witness to the impact this experience of global Mercy had on Eliza. Read Eliza's report here.
Messages to: Eliza Sully c/- John O'Sullivan (Teacher)
Editor: Over recent issues we have published some key dates. Here they are again for those who may not have noted them:
Mercy Network on Aging (MNOA) USA 2013
Conference: 26 - 28 September, 2013
Brochure: Download it here
Contact: Antoinette Manley rsm
Mercy Secondary Education USA 2013
XX11 Conference: 11 - 12 October, 2013
Hosted by St Vincent's Academy, Savannah, Georgia
Brochure: Download it here
Contact: Corinne Raven rsm
MIA Dates 2014
Wellspring: 1 - 28 June, 2014.
Young Mercy Leaders (College and University): 5- 8 August, 2014. Flyer: Download it here
Come Home to Catherine: 6-12 July and 17 - 23 August, 2014. Presenters: Anne Reid and Áine Barrins rsm
Catherine and the Mission of Mercy: 20 - 26 July, 2014. Presenter: Mary Trainer (Americas)
Contact: Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality
No event of particular significance is recorded in the "Mercy Through the Years Calendar" as having taken place on 7 August. We know, however, that the Works of Mercy continued to be carried out and so we remember on this day Catherine and all our Sisters, Associates and Co-workers who have given their lives in service to others.
We invite contributions for this date to be be added to the mercyworld.org online calendar.
Submit your dates online here
Called to Serve (Book Review)
In her review of 'Called to Serve' in the current issue of America, Camille D'Arienzo rsm labels Margaret M. McGuinness’s book ' a comprehensive biography of religious life as a significant life form in the building of the United States'.
Mercy Sisters are just part of this rich and scholarly work. 'This book chronicles the lives, triumphs and tragedies of thousands of women religious who began serving their church and its people in 1727, when the first band arrived in the New World.'
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Mercy Law Resource Centre, Dublin, Ireland
Mercy Law Resource Centre provides free legal advice and representation, in an accessible way, to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the areas of Social Housing and Social Welfare Law.
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LCWR Update (newsletter) August - September 2013. Read it here (PDF)
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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