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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 729  |  05 July 2017
Featured Story

We are inviting you to contribute to a road map for MIA over the coming years by completing an on-line survey, available here

Periodically, we review our Strategic Plan in order to ensure that our activities continue to be in line with the MIA Vision and that they are responding to current contexts and needs. We are now embarking on such a review and value as wide a participation as possible in such a review.

The context in which we operate continues to evolve. The majority of people who visit MIC and partake in programmes are lay people. Many are Leaders of Mercy Ministries and a large proportion are young people. The multicultural face of Mercy is very evident in the Sisters who come, especially the younger members.  The advances in technology have made it possible for us to deliver some events and programmes online as well as to provide support and resources online. The MIRP process has identified and highlighted current needs in relation to ‘the cry of the Earth and the cry of the Poor’ that must impact our Global Action programme. Fundraising has become a major part of what we do and we have learned to see that it is as Henry Nouwen says  ’first and foremost a form of ministry; that it is proclaiming what we believe in such a way that we offer other people the opportunity to participate with us in our vision’.

Here is your opportunity to help us shape the future of MIA and ensure we remain open to new horizons. Please complete the survey by Thursday 10th August, 2017.

Reference is made in this survey to the Mercy International Reflection Process (MIRP) Review document which can be accessed here

We welcome your participation!

Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Image: MIA Logo © 2009 MIA

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Vision in Action
MIA Annual Report 2016 Now Online

The MIA Trustees Report & Financial Statement for Year Ended 31st December 2016 is now online.

The document has 7 sections and contains the following information:

  • Company Information
  • History of MIA
  • Structure, Governance & Management
  • Commitment to Best Practice in Governance
  • The Work We Do
  • Looking to the Future
  • Finances

The  document can be downloaded here and from the Compliance - Governance page on our website (108 pps; PDF)

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Image: © 2017 MIA

Members of the G20 will meet on 7–8 July in Hamburg, Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said this year's G20 summit 'Shaping an Interconnected World' will focus on furthering the aims of the Paris climate deal. Migration and refugee flows and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are among the other items on the Agenda

Let us pray that those gathered may have the vision and wisdom, courage and compassion necessary to work together over these two days and beyond to create a future for all — human and other than human —who share 'our common home'.

Post your prayer or reflection in our online chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

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Mercy Global Action at the UN Intern, Colleen Cloonan, attended the Third Thematic Session on facilitating safe, orderly and regular migration, held in Geneva from 19-20 June. The theme for the meeting was 'international cooperation and governance of migration in all its dimensions, including at borders, on transit, entry, return, readmission, integration and reintegration'...

Colleen Cloonan, together with Cecilie Kern of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, delivered a joint statement on behalf of both organizations at an informal dialogue with the Co-Facilitators of the Session, the Ambassadors of Mexico and Switzerland...

Messages to: Colleen Cloonan - MGA Intern

Image: L-r: Cecilie Kern, Colleen Cloonan

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Editor: Member States and leaders from civil society, business, UN System, specialized agencies, academia and other stakeholders convene in New York from 10 to 19 July 2017 for the annual High-level Political Forum (HLPF) to review progress made towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Goals 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 14 and 17 will be reviewed in depth.

Mercy Global Action has produced leaflets on Goals 1,2, 5, 6 and 16. These can be accessed here  Other leaflets are planned for goals 4, 8, 13 which are also considered most relevant to the mission of the Sisters of Mercy.

MGA at the UN recommends 'Critical Hope for the SDGs: Advocating from the Margins for Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice in the Context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals', a publication of the International Presentation Association (IPA), in partnership with other NGO's at the UN. The publication can be downloaded here (72 pps; PDF).

Messages to: Denise Boyle fmdm - Team Leader Mercy Global Action

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MIA Members News
Ministering in the Nuba Mountains, Sudan (ISMAPNG)

Editor: Srs Cathy Solano and Nicole Rotaru have each been ministering in the Nuba Mountains for a number of years. We are delighted that they have shared the latest issue of 'Nuba News' with us so that our readers can learn about Mercy action in that region. They write:

'As you read the stories and ponder the pictures know that despite all the difficulties of war, hunger, drought, corruption and tribalism the Nuba, like people everywhere, yearn for freedom and desire a future full of hope and possibility for their children. The students' eagerness for education continues to inspire us and makes us work even harder for them!

The first half of 2017 has been remarkable because there has not been one bomb dropped near any of our schools and students have not had to evacuate their classrooms. Please pray that the fragile ceasefire that exists for the Nuba Mountains (but, sadly, not for Darfur or Blue Nile) may continue and become a permanent reality...

Download the June issue of Nuba News (13 pps; PDF)

Messages to: Cathy Solano rsm and Nicole Rotaru rsm

Nearly 300 Sisters of Mercy gathered in Buffalo, New York, elected a new leadership team for the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas: Sister Patricia McDermott, president; Sister Patricia Flynn, vice president; and councilors, Sister Judith Frikker, Sister Áine O’Connor and Sister Anne Marie Miller.

Sister Patricia McDermott is serving her second term as Institute president.

The team’s term begins August 1.

Read the brief bios that the members of the newly elected ILT submitted as part of the elections process (14pps; PDF)

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

Image: L-r: Sisters Patricia Flynn, Judith Frikker, Patricia McDermott, Anne Marie Miller and Áine O’Connor

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On July 21, 2017 Sister Elizabeth Davis, Congregational Leader, will open the 21st General Chapter of the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland.

The theme and logo of the Chapter have been drawn forth from the engagement of many sisters, associates, colleagues and friends in the Mercy International Reflection Process of the past year. Our previous engagement in the Year of Consecrated Life and the Jubilee Year of Mercy have served to establish a solid foundation. Our Chapter theme Mercying into the future... Misericordiando hacia el futuro resonates with our desire to experience a renewed sense of mercying in this new time leading us into Mercy Global Presence. The logo faces us with a lively Mercy Cross leaping out of the doors at Baggot Street!...

Messages to: Elizabeth Marrie rsm

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On July 3, 2017, Pittsburgh Mercy, a member of Trinity Health, serving in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, will launch the first and only federally Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
The new federally funded, two-year demonstration project is part of a comprehensive, national effort to integrate behavioral and physical health care, increase the consistent use of evidence-based practices, and improve access to high quality, community-based, behavioral health services for persons with mental health and substance use disorders (also known as addictions), and other vulnerable populations...

Messages to: Linda K. Ross - Director of Communications Pittsburgh Mercy         

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Mercy House of Welcome (MHW) in Kilburn, South Australia assists and provides support to those who have sought refuge in our country, such as two young Hazara men, Ali and Mohammad....The Mercy House of Welcome in Kilburn has funded both Ali and Mohammad to undertake advanced English language classes through TAFE; helped Ali to study photography and Mohammad to complete the NAATI interpreter’s course and assisted them in applying for University of Adelaide scholarships. Both successfully received scholarships but decided they first needed to improve their English language skills and then to graduate from Year 12.

Messages to: Elizabeth Grady - Mercy Works

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The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas gathered in Buffalo, New York, for their Sixth Institute Chapter are strongly opposed to the United States Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).

Access to health care and adequate health insurance coverage is a fundamental human right. This legislation takes funding for healthcare coverage from our most vulnerable individuals and families and uses it for tax cuts for some of our most wealthy citizens...

Messages to: Sisters of Mercy c/- Lauren Albright - Institute Communications Office

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Mercy Matters
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 11:25-30)

'Some people have little appreciation of the depth of their own wisdom. Others seem to think they have the monopoly on wisdom. Jesus contrasts the latter, those who consider themselves wise and intelligent, with the truly wise ones, the “little ones” to whom the secrets of God’s empire have been revealed...'

Read the reflection on the Gospel by Veronica Lawson rsm (ISMAPNG)

Listen to the Gospel read by Fr Eamonn O'Connor (Ireland)

Looking to purchase a new smartphone and keen on photography: 'Smartphone cameras are now amazingly good, and if you buy a top-end smartphone, it’s increasingly hard to take a bad photograph with it...'

Source: Guardian online

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McAuley Ministries is an independent non-profit organization sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and rooted in the ideals of their founder, Catherine McAuley.

Our ministry provides the basic needs of food clothing, shelter, health services, emotional support and guidance to the most vulnerable in our community. Our core values are hospitality, compassion and dignity.

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Rise Up Review is a landing site for the poetry of opposition. The site features a new poem each day dedicated to making the political personal and vice versa.

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'The union which exists among you will draw down the favour and blessing of Heaven.'

-Catherine McAuley

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1872: Connecticut (Hartford) community became independent of Providence, Rhode Island – M Pauline Maher

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

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:
James Kilbane sings 'I Believe'. Filmed on location along the River Shannon, Ireland, in counties Leitrim and Roscommon. Watch/listen here (02:29).

Worth Reflecting on:

Twenty-two of the world's religious leaders -from Pope Francis to the Dalai Lama - have issued a joint appeal asking people to follow a simple bit of advice: Make friends with people of other faiths. Watch the video (Spanish subtitles) here (03:01). Further information about this initiative can be found here

Worth Knowing:

- Displacement of People
Human Trafficking

Behind closed doors – voices against gender-based violence, human trafficking and modern-day slavery, is a research project, commissioned by Churches Together in England (CTE), national denominations in England. The report was launched in the House of Lords on 28 June. Download the report here (148pps; PDF). Press release here

The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report has been released. The report, available as a complete one-piece file and as individual sections for easier download, can be accessed here. Downloads include country narratives - learn how your country is doing on this significant human rights issue

Stop Trafficking! newsletter. July issue now online. This issue highlights information from the 2017 U.S. State Department's 'Trafficking in Persons' (TIP) Report. Read it here (9 pps; PDF)


'Narrowing the Gaps: The power of investing in the poorest children' presents compelling new evidence that supports a prediction UNICEF made in 2010: the higher cost of reaching the poorest children with life-saving, high-impact health interventions would be outweighed by greater results. Access the report here

-Degradation of Earth

''A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021'. Read the article here

The Bottom Line:

'The Holy See closely follows the work of the international community and wishes to assist its efforts to promote not mere progress or development goals in theory, but rather the actual elimination of hunger and malnutrition. All of us realize that the intention to provide everyone with his or her daily bread is not enough. Rather, there is a need to recognize that all have a right to it and they must therefore benefit from it.'

-Pope Francis, Message to UN Food and Agriculture organisation (FAO), 3 July 2017

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


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