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Mercy Enews
No. 527 | 14 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


Last Testament (Americas)

Editor: Among the many emails that came in from readers and new subscribers last week was one forwarded on from Michael J.L.La Civita from Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA). It contained a link to a piece that ran on the CNEWA site on 22 July, the day the association learned of the death of Christian Molidor rsm, longtime member of the CNEWA family.

May the inspiring words in Sr Christian's last email (printed below) which were included in the CNEWA article (linked to this item) speak to us all:

'Mend a quarrel, seek out a forgotten friend, dismiss judgments and replace with trust. Write a love letter, share some treasure, give a soft answer and encourage youth.

Manifest your loyalty in word and deed, keep a promise, find the time; forgo a grudge, forgive an enemy; listen, try to understand, examine your demands on others and think first of someone else. Appreciate. Be kind. Be gentle. Laugh a little, then laugh a little more, deserve confidence, fight malice and decry complacency.

Express your gratitude, go to church, welcome a stranger; brighten the heart of a child. Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.

Speak your love; speak it again. Speak it still once again.'

Messages to:
Pat Kenny rsm - Institute Communications Office
Michael J.L.La Civita - CNEWA

Image: Courtesy of CNEWA



Worth Watching:
Ilia Delio OSF
Those interested in learning more about Ilia Delio OSF in preparation for the lectures being given in ANZ might like to view the talk 'Gospel Life in the 21st Century' where Sr Ilia addresses the issue: 'What does it mean to live the Gospel life in an age that is global and plural and scientific?' This talk, given at Mt Alvernia College, Qld, Australia, is presented in 12 segments of approx 10 minutes each. Access the series of clips here.

In Every Age
This is a cover version of 'In Every Age' by Janet Sullivan Whitaker. Nicely done and when the original isn't available to view...Watch it here

Worth Watching out for in 2014
HarperOne – Harper’s faith imprint – have announced that next April they’ll publish “A Nun on the Bus,” named after the widely watched USA national bus tour Sr Simone and other Sisters launched last year to oppose US Congress member Paul Ryan’s budget plan. Sr Simone will be writing her memoirs with Catholic journalist David Gibson.


  • 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

Young Mercy Leaders (College and University): 5- 8 August, 2014.
Flyer: Download it here
Contact: Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm

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