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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 728  |  28 June 2017
Featured Story
Lynda Dearlove rsm Speaker at Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) Malta Summit

Editor: Lynda Dearlove rsm (GB Institute) has presented at the Malta Summit, 'Sharing Models and Best Practices to End Modern Slavery and Restore Dignity to its Victims', held 13-14 June in Malta. Five best practices and model solutions were identified at this international conference which was organised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) 'following a wish of Pope Francis to study and eradicate modern slavery in terms of human trafficking, forced labour, prostitution and organ trafficking, which he considers humanity’s wounds' (Concept Note)

Sr Lynda is the Founder and CEO of Women@thewell, a women-only drop-in centre in Kings Cross, London, dedicated to supporting women whose lives are affected by, or at risk of being affected by, prostitution. She was one of the speakers addressing the Nordic model, a human rights and gender equality-based approach to prostitution. She also participated on a panel.

Sr Lynda is shown here signing the Statement from the Summit in which signatories pledged 'to promote these 5 models and best practices in our own countries and to continue to study and reveal the magnitude, locations and extent of this crime against humanity'.

The complete Statement can be read here (PDF)

Messages to: Lynda Dearlove rsm MBE

Image: Original photo taken by Gabriella C. Marino (PAS) and used with permission

Vision in Action
Final Reminder: Papal Visit to Dublin 2018

There will be limited accommodation at Baggot St for the week of Pope Francis’ visit to Dublin, 21-26 August 2018, for the World Meeting of Families 2018.

Should you wish to book accommodation for this event please do so as soon as possible.
We will allocate rooms on a strictly ‘first come, first served’ basis with a short waiting list.

Messages to: Madeleine O'Hanlon - Receptionist


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: Martina Barrett rsm, Eileen Flanagan, Jaxon McKinney, Toby Peters, Letty Miranda-Santillan, Manolito 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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Mercy Global Action at the UN has been actively involved in the workings of the NGO Mining Working Group for the past five years. The NGO Mining Working Group acts as a coalition of NGO's working in collaboration with affected local communities. With advocacy at and through the United Nations, members address unjust and unsustainable practices of environmental and human rights as it pertains to extractive industries and other environmental degradation. In addition, they promote the usage of transparent international policies, national laws that heed international standards and obligations, as well as intervention as a means of addressing such injustices and violations...

Messages to: Angela Reed rsm - MGA Coordinator at the UN

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MIA Prayer Intention: Abundant Blessings

God of all creation,

fill us with wonder and gratitude for the abundance of your blessings.

We lift our hearts and voices to praise you for the beauty of Earth, the harvests of field and orchard.

Give us hearts that long to share our abundance with those who suffer from want and hopelessness.

We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Post your prayer or reflection in our online chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Source: 'Intercessions of Mercy', compiled and edited by Joy Clough rsm

MIA Reflection Process

Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), of which MIA is an early member organisation, is undertaking a campaign to raise awareness of the Laudato Si’ message and to encourage the Catholic community to take action with the urgency required by the climate crisis.

The pledge has three aspects to it:

Pray for and with creation;
• Live more simply;
• Advocate 
to protect our common home.

As a member organisation, MIA is automatically included as a signer of the pledge. Members of the Mercy family might like to sign on individually.

Further information can be found on the Live Laudato Si' website which is linked to this item.

Messages to: GCCM

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Videos Worth Watching Related to Laudato Si'

Two recently released series of videos on issues to do with Laudato Si' are:

GreenSpirit TV's 'Caring to Cultivating', a 12 part-video series on modelling the Canadian response to Laudato Si’. The series is co-authored by Archbishop Bolen with the contribution of Canadian religious and lay organisations committed to environmental issues. View the series and accompanying lesson plans here

'Forging the Future'.  Do You Have Reason to Be Optimistic About the Earth’s Future?'
Smithsonian Institution Secretary Dr. David Skorton joins some of the world’s leading thinkers in a spirited discussion about our ever changing planet. Visit the dedicated site to view the videos and access related resources

Messages to: Anne Walsh - MIRP Communications Director

MIA Members News
Introducing the Mercy Legacy Award (Americas)

To close the first day of the Institute Chapter, the Institute Leadership Team (ILT) first acknowledged the many celebrations of the Institute's 25th anniversary that have taken placed throughout the past year, including the book Union and Charity, by Sisters Denise Colgan and Doris Gottemoeller. They also called to mind all those Sisters who have gone before us, yet whose presence remains so strong in our midst. Among these many women, they honored Sister Marie Chin. A special video presentation on Marie can be viewed here.(19:19)

To "recognize this moment in our graced history" and to celebrate the legacy of Marie Chin, the ILT announced the Marie Chin, RSM, Mercy Legacy Award, a $25,000 award given annually to a Mercy ministry which serves those who are economically poor. The ILT presented the first award to the ministries of Jamaica. Several sisters who serve in Jamaica rose to accept the award as the Chapter body burst into applause.

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

Editor: At the 2017 Catholic Health Assembly held last week, Lynn Britton, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Health System, St Louis, was awarded the Sr Concilia Moran Award, given for 'demonstrated creativity and breakthrough thinking'.

Sr Concilia was a Mercy Sister. This award 'celebrates the memory of a woman who, as a leader in religious life and in the health care ministry, was an agent of change, a shaper of dreams, and an enabler of persons'.

A profile of Lynn Britton's achievements is linked to this item.

Messages to: Lynn Britton c/- Nancy Corbett - Executive Director of Media Relations & Social Media

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Led by Native Americans, hundreds of Sisters of Mercy walked for water through downtown Buffalo on 23 June.

Once everyone returned to the Chapter room, several local government officials recognized the sisters' powerful witness to the human right to water. Maria Maybee, a member of the Senaca Nation, spoke passionately about her work as a Water Walker.

Following the speeches, Sisters blended waters from their native lands in a moving ceremony in the center of the Chapter room. The ritual concluded with everyone in the Chapter body being blessed with the mingled waters, as ceremony leaders walked about the room sprinkling water on participants with clusters of leaves. Everyone is invited to take action on this Critical Concern.

The Chapter body listened to the song, "Water is Life," by Sara Thomsen, accompanied with reflective images. The video is available on the June 23 Chapter videos page, as well as the prayer service which followed the Walk for Water.

Messages to: Lauren Albright - Institute Communications Office

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'With [her] vast breadth of experience in education, pastoral work and ministry, the Most Rev Vincent Long OFM CONV has appointed Sr Catherine Ryan rsm as Chancellor (Ministries) for the Diocese of Parramatta. Sr Catherine is the first female religious to hold such a position in the Diocese. She joins Msgr Ron McFarlane who has been appointed Chancellor (Administration)...

Sister Catherine commences her appointment 1 July 2017.'

Source: Catholic Outlook

Messages to: Catherine Ryan rsm

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Janet Woods rsm attended two citizenship ceremonies last week, on 19th June and on World Refugee Day (20th June). The two women who got their Australian citizenship are refugees, one from Sudan and one from South Sudan. They both attend English classes at Mamre House and have attended our Citizenship classes which helped them prepare for the citizenship test...

Messages to: Janet Woods rsm

Image: L-r: Janet Woods rsm, Hana Kojo, Government representative, Joseph Kajo

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Sr. Philomena Bowers (Congregational Leader of the Union of the Sisters of Mercy) addressed two gatherings of Mercy Associates, one in St. Mary’s Convent Handsworth on 8th April and one in the hall of the Church of Our Lady, St. John’s Wood in London on 20th May. ‘Care for Our Common Home’ was the theme, and as she spoke she inspired us to think and reflect anew on how we can work in partnership, and individually, caring for every aspect of Creation...

Messages to: Margaret Jones rsm c/- Annette McCartan rsm - Website Administrator

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Mercy Matters

'Until last week I had never heard of Dr Douglas Owsley, forensic scientist, physical anthropologist and former curator of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. His story, as told by Jeff Benedict in No Bone Unturned (2003), is one of utter dedication and commitment to truth...'

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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Deep Time Walk enables anyone, anywhere in the world, to experience a 4.6bn year history of the living Earth.

Download the Deep Time Walk App on the App Store (iOS)

Download the Deep Time Walk App on Google Play (Android)

Currently 50% off to celebrate crowdfunding.

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Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, New York,  sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, was established in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  It is responding to the emergent need to address in a holistic manner the health education, spiritual, and friendship needs of elders living in their own homes. Mercy Care provides on a non-denominational basis the benefits of friendship, companionship, assistance, and spiritual care which is not or cannot be adequately provided by family or friends. 

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1855: Foundation to Baltimore from Pittsburgh - M Catherine Wynne

1923: Aldeburgh Convent, Suffolk founded from Abingdon, Berkshire, England - Sr Francis Boulger.

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

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Google Announces it will Stop Scanning Personal Email

'G Suite’s Gmail is already not used as input for ads personalization, and Google has decided to follow suit later this year in our free consumer Gmail service. Consumer Gmail content will not be used or scanned for any ads personalization after this change.'

Source: Google

For more information see: Google will stop scanning content of personal emails

On Charism

'Charism is always a wellspring of living water, not a bottle of distilled water.'

- Pope Francis, To participants in General Chapter of the Resurrectionists, 24 June 2017

Further Resources

Worth Playing:

Artists for Grenfell - 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', performed as fundraiser for all those affected by the Grenfell Tower Fire: (Official Video). Watch/listen here (04:00). Purchase on *iTunes

Worth A Look:

From 21-23 June, 300 national movement leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., as part of The Summit: World Change Through Faith & Justice. The five core conversations on the themes of Story, Truth, Resistance, Disruption, and Healing were livestreamed and archived on the site here

Worth Reflecting on:
-Displacement of People

World Refugee Day might be over but the issue remains.'Refugee facts: in two minutes' produced by Thomson Reuters Foundation for World Refugee Day uses current information and images. Watch the clip here

Worth Knowing:
-Degradation of Earth
Climate Change

A new report has warned global warming will cause increasingly regular and severe humanitarian crises across the Asia-Pacific. The report, 'Disaster Alley: Climate Change, Conflict & Risk' can be accessed here (28pps; PDF)

Greater emissions reductions and delivering on the Paris climate agreement are now “the only opportunity” to save coral reefs the world over from decline, with local responses no longer sufficient, a report by Unesco has found. Read the article and access the report here

Worth Reading:
-Displacement of People
Human Trafficking

My Family’s Slave. Story of Filipina domestic worker sold into servitude 'She lived with us for 56 years. She raised me and my siblings without pay. I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was.' Article here (a longread)

- Degradation of Earth

'How to reduce inequalities in access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services.' Access the report here

'Canadian Peaches and California Coffee: How Farmers Are Being Forced to Innovate in the Face of Climate Change.' Read the article here

The Bottom Line:

'Today Earth places before all our Mercy Communities a summons to increased and vigorously conscientious care of Earth that will truly promote its sustainability.'

- Mary C Sullivan rsm in 'An Ecological Summons to All Mercy Communities'

Send suggestions and contributions for the 'Worth...' section 2017 to: the Editor

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