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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
Mercies Mobilise for Global Frackdown Day- 19 October 2013 (MGA)
Mercy International Association, through Mercy Global Action, is inviting all Mercy Sisters and Colleagues to participate in or organise events for Global Frackdown Day on 19 October 2013.
These events should highlight Mercy concerns with fracking, especially the threats to drinking water, the environment and to community harmony which we have been highlighting in E-news over the last months.
Suggestions are attached to this item. Your ideas are most welcome!
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, especially those whose names are newly added: David Bannworth, Carl Pape.
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)
MIA joins in prayer with our Sisters and colleagues in the Philippines where severe flooding and a continued onslaught from tropical storm Trami, known locally as Maring, prompted authorities to close the country’s financial markets, government offices and schools on Monday.
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Jamaican Mercy Associates Celebrate 25 Years of Mercy Connection (MIA)
As part of their 25th Anniversary celebrations, six Jamaican Mercy Associates visited Mercy International Centre recently to take part in the Come Home to Catherine Programme...
Taking part in the programme was a very important experience for the Jamaican Associates...“The original house physically connects us with the Sisters of Mercy on whose shoulders we stand, and bears testimony to Catherine’s vision to hear the cries of the poor...”
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Editor: Dates for the Come Home to Catherine Programme for 2014 have yet to be confirmed. They will be published in Mercy E-news once known. Meanwhile, if you are interested in being personally advised when these programmes will be offered in 2014, please contact Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality.
Celebrating 35 Years of Volunteering (Americas)
Mercy Volunteer Corps began the celebration of their 35th anniversary in Merion, Pennsylvania with the commissioning of 35 volunteers. The volunteers will be serving at 28 different sites in 8 U.S. cities and Guyana, South America. Mercy Volunteer Corps promotes social change by placing and supporting volunteers for one year of service with people who are poor and marginalized in the U.S. and South America. Volunteers work in education, healthcare, and social services while living together in a community and growing spiritually. Please keep all of our volunteers in your prayers as they bring Mercy to our world.
Messages to: John Farley - Director of Communications and Alumni Relations, Mercy Volunteer Corps
Editor: Mercy Volunteer Corps is this week's featured Mercy website
Care of Creation (Brisbane Congregation)
The 2008 Chapter of the Brisbane Congregation accepted Stewardship for Creation as a priority area for action during the next five years. It recommended a spirituality that recognizes the goodness of God’s creation and compels us to respond to the consequences of environmental damage for the Earth and all life.
We acknowledged that climate change is a reality of our world and a human rights issue of our times, impacting most seriously on the poorest people of our planet.
We pledged to respond through:
- Awareness raising and education
- Advocacy on behalf of those suffering as a result of environmental harm
- Personal and communal action.
This newsletter is a report on what has resulted communally so far.
Messages to: Anne McLay rsm
Playing a Vital Role in the City of Detroit (Americas)
Editor: Much has been written recently about the City of Detroit’s filing for bankruptcy in mid-July. 'As a Catholic, Jesuit and Mercy university with three campuses in Detroit, this is another ideal time in our history to show and share [University of Detroit Mercy] UDM’s commitment and economic impact on an iconic American city.' says Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., President University of Detroit Mercy.
Once such project is that between General Motors Co. executives, Detroit-area high school students and University of Detroit Mercy administrators. A nine week internship for 110 Detroit area students finishes tomorrow, 22 August. Over those nine weeks students have 'refurbished eight Detroit-area parks, planted 425 trees, shrubs and flowers, laid 392 yards of mulch, applied 223 gallons of paint, disposed of 205 bags and 29 Dumpsters of plant overgrowth and refuse, distributed 30,000 pounds of food via local hunger organizations...'
Messages to: Antoine M. Garibaldi - Office of the President UDM
Toowoomba Diocese Social Justice Commission and the Tara Gasfield (ISMAPNG)
Deirdre Gardiner is a Sister of Mercy who works at the Toowoomba Social Justice Commission, Queensland. Tara is a community situated two and a half hours drive west of Toowoomba. The Executive Officer of the Commission became aware of the concerns of residents of what is known as the Residential Estates, an area north of Tara who are living surrounded by gas wells, and the Kenya processing plant. The residents of this area are people who have bought property here at low prices to find a place away from city life. For some, it would be a great place to raise their children in a good country environment. There is no connection to the town water or electricity. They rely on bores, rain tanks or dams for water and generate their own electricity. This was before the search for coal seam gas. Now, this area is known as a gasfield...
Read the complete report here
Messages to: Deirdre Gardiner rsm
Mother of Mercy High Wins for Mercy Beyond Borders (Americas)
Mother of Mercy High School is thrilled to announce that we have WON the medium category of the National Social Madness competition sponsored by the American City Business Journals and hosted by Cincinnati's Business Courier!
We are so thankful to all our students, faculty/staff, parents, alumnae and friends of Mercy - locally, nationally, and globally - who supported us throughout the summer.
Our $10,000 winnings will be donated to Mercy Beyond Borders to support educational scholarships for women and children in Haiti and South Sudan.
Be sure to check our Facebook page for a video message from Sr. Marilyn Lacey, founder of Mercy Beyond Borders!
Messages to: Jenny Kroner Jackson - Communications & PR Specialist
1841:Foundation to Birmingham from Baggot St - M Juliana Hardman
1862: Foundation to Rochfortbridge from Tullamore - M Gertrude Dunne
Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy (App and PDF)
The prayer book, Morning and Evening Mercy Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy, is now available as a pdf for viewing on desktop and laptop computers, e-readers, electronic tablets and other devices. The electronic version is particularly convenient for travel and for those requiring large print. To access the file, click here
As previously advised (Issue 524), applications have been created of the "Mercy Prayerbook" and "Oracion Misericordia" for the Android (Google Play) and Apple app stores. The English and Spanish versions are both free downloads in the stores and will work on tablets and iPads equally well. The apps have been downloaded 500 times to date.
Any corrections or additions to these apps or the pdf should be sent to Genemarie Beegan rsm
Mercy Volunteer Corps promotes social change by placing and supporting volunteers for one year of service with people who are poor and marginalized in the U.S. and South America. Volunteers work in education, healthcare, and social services while living together in a community and growing spiritually.
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Worth getting involved:
An opportunity to participate in Alzheimer's research by taking two simple online tests. Mindcrowd are trying to reach one million participants via the internet. Check out the link to see if you would like to participate in their data collection in working towards a cure and/or early diagnosis of Alzheimer's. Visit the site here
2013 LCWR Assembly and Board Meeting. Read the Media Release here (19 August ).
The August issue of Stop Trafficking is now available. The Dominican Sisters of Peace have taken a corporate stand, and it is listed here. Information on what airlines are doing today to address the issue of Trafficking is highlighted. Read Stop Trafficking here
In the past two issues (Nos 526, 527) of Mercy E-news the cause of asylum seekers in Australia and the response of ISMAPNG has been reported on. For those wishing to know more about this situation, the following lecture is helpful reading:
The public, the Church and asylum seekers: The 43rd Barry Marshall Memorial Lecture – Opinion – ABC Religion & Ethics (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) by Frank Brennan SJ AO. Read the article here
The article 'Unnatural Gas: The spiritual implications of fracking' by Ken Homan SJ in the latest issue of America online is worthwhile background reading for Global Frackdown Day on 19 October. Read the article here A practical example of a religious congregation opposing fracking is seen in the efforts of the Sisters of Loretto who are refusing to allow energy companies to survey their 780 acres in order to build a natural gas pipeline that would connect fracking operations in Pennsylvania with an existing pipeline that runs from Kentucky to the Gulf Coast. Read and view their efforts here
Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty on Warming. A draft of the next big report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says it’s 95-100% certain that humans are the main cause of global warming, and dismisses a recent slowdown in warming as short-term. Read the article here
Worth looking at: Forty maps that explain the world. (28) Child poverty in the developed world,(34) How people think their economies are doing, (40) The world as seen from space, over a 12-month time-lapse.
A whole new set of perspectives on the planet, from the Washington Post. View the maps here
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