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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 730  |  12 July 2017
Featured Story

The Gairdín Beo ('Garden alive') is on a two acre site adjacent to St. Leo's Convent Carlow.  In 2014 the opportunity came to respond to the cry of the earth, when the Mercy South Central Province generously made the site available to be protected as a green space and a Community Garden.

A group of four local Mercy Sisters reflected on how best to proceed. It was agreed to invite likeminded, enthusiastic and talented local people to form a committee and to dream together. The vision that evolved from this group is of a space in which diverse people can connect more to nature, to the growing and the making of food and to each other.

The ethos is based on an ecological orientation, on valuing diversity, sustainability, organic methods and indigenous species...

Messages to: Mary Carmody rsm
                       Bernie O'Rourke rsm


Image: View of St Leo's Convent from Gairdín Beo. In the foreground, situated near the reflective area of the garden, can be seen a geodome under construction. It is hoped that this will be an area where one spends some quiet time reflecting, reading or happily chatting and enjoying a 'good cup of tea'. Photo: Bernie O'Rourke rsm

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Vision in Action
Prayer Intentions Remembered in Thursday Morning Prayer at MIC

There are a number of ways in which prayer intentions are remembered at Mercy International Centre (MIC).

There is a book in the Chapel for anyone to enter prayer intentions when visiting MIC. In the Oratory there is a box where those who visit to pray there also leave their prayer requests. On our website there are opportunities to post prayers online in the Chapel and at Catherine's graveside.

Every Thursday at 8.45am Morning Prayer is prayed in the Chapel at MIC for all the intentions received that week. If Mass is celebrated at MIC on a Thursday morning, prayer intentions will be remembered at Mass instead of at Morning Prayer.

All are welcome to join us on a Thursday morning for Morning Prayer.

Messages to: Anna Nicholls rsm - Team leader Heritage & Spirituality

Reminder: Input into the Next MIA Strategic Plan

Thank you to all who have already completed the survey.

All are welcome to fill in either the complete survey or the section/s that most interest you.

Sections are:

  • Administration & Finance
  • Communications
  • Global Action
  • Heritage & Spirituality
  • New Horizons
  • Organisational Structure

We have been asked for a print copy of the questions to be made available for those who would like to prepare their answers before going online. Here is the print copy (19pps; PDF).

A reminder that survey responses need to be completed by you online.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Making Ready at Baggot Street for the Young Mercy Leaders’ Pilgrimage

Editor: The Seventh Young Mercy Leaders’ Pilgrimage, the fourth for secondary/second level students, begins next Tuesday, 18 July, in Mercy International Centre, Dublin.

The staff and volunteers at Mercy International Centre have been hard at work for months preparing a big welcome for our 105 young Mercy Leaders and their 29 chaperones who will be arriving in Dublin over the next week from Australia, UK, USA, Belize and Ireland. We look forward to spending time with them and experiencing their energy, enthusiasm and idealism.The international mix of both participants and presenters will enrich the whole event.

Follow the pilgrimage daily through updates on our Mercyworld.org website, our tweets @mercyworldwide and on Facebook @mercyinternationalassociation and @mercyleaders.

Messages to: the Communications Team

Image: 'Buried in bags'. Kayla Holtquist, MIC volunteer, filling the pilgrim packs

MIA Prayer Intention: Those Impacted by the Elements

We pray for those persons facing evacuations because of the elements, especially the people in parts of California impacted first by flood and now by fire. We remember the 18 people in Nigeria who died over the weekend as a result of continuous rainfall in parts of the country triggering widespread flooding.

We are deeply concerned for the people of South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia impacted by drought, now facing hunger, malnutrition and dependent on emergency food aid. Please pray with us that the world community will intervene.

Post your prayer or reflection in our online chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Website visitors using an iOS device (iphone or iPad) are remindedthat to post a prayer in our online chapel which is created in Flash you need to use the Puffin Browser app.

A reminder that initial information— dates, costs— about each of the programmes to be held at MIC in 2018 has been added to our website.

We invite you to peruse our offerings and consider spending time with us in Catherine's house in 2018.

We will be pleased to tailor a programme to meet the particular needs of a special interest group and look forward to hearing from you.

Messages to: Anna Nicholls rsm - Team Leader Heritage and Spirituality

Website visitors using an iOS device (iphone or iPad) are reminded that to view the programme page which is created in Flash you need to use the Puffin Browser app.

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This was the title of a conference held on World Refugee Day (June 20th) at University College (UCD), Dublin. Hosted by the  Irish Refugee Council and the UCD School of Social Policy and Social Work, the conference explored approaches to meeting the needs of children, both unaccompanied and accompanied, who are in the protection process. The conference was attended by social workers, legal practitioners, members of NGOs and advocacy groups, researchers and academics from all across the island of Ireland. Betty Lacey attended the conference on behalf of MIA Global Action.

The opening address was given by Teresa Blake, Senior Counsel and member of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission who spoke about her recent experiences of working with refugee children on the island of Lesbos in Greece...

Messages to: Betty Lacey - Researcher Mercy Global Action

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MIA Reflection Process
Forthcoming: Season of Creation (1September - 4 October)

Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) has chosen 'cry of the Earth and the cry of the Poor ' (Laudato Si’ 49) as the theme of this year's celebration of the Season of Creation which begins 1 September with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and concludes on 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis.

GCCM has developed a useful Toolkit and the Columban JPIC team in Britain has compiled a list of resources which can be downloaded here

Signing the Laudato Si' pledge is one action that can be undertaken in preparation for the Season of Creation.

Image: © 2016 GCCM Season of Creation graphic

Advance Notice: MIA Resources for Season of Creation

MIA will be producing a downloadable calendar in PDF for the Season of Creation with suggested actions for each of the 34 days that respond to the call to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity with Earth and the Earth Community. The calendar will be available for download in MercyeNews Issue #735 on 16 August.

Our online photographic display was so well received last year that we have decided to repeat that activity again. We invite all who participated last year and all who would like to have taken part to start thinking about what image of the beauty of our world you might capture and send in. Details will be in MercyeNews Issue #735.

Prayer and poster resources will also be available.

Messages to: Anne Walsh - Communications Director MIRP

Image: © 2016 MIA Season of Creation graphic

MIA Members News
Scripture with Kathleen Rushton rsm (Aotearoa New Zealand)

In her interpretation of the parable of the baker woman, Kathleen Rushton rsm alerts us to the twists hidden in Matthew's parables, 13:1-52.

Sr Kathleen writes: 'Parables are an invitation to go beyond what seems, to ponder at length, to take further and to go deeper. An invitation. To whom?...'

Download the article here (2pps; PDF)

Messages to: Kathleen Rushton rsm

Around fifty Associates and Sisters gathered on Friday June 16 to celebrate the launch of an ebook, ‘Mercy Associates of Ballarat East’, documenting the history of the Mercy Associates of Ballarat East...

The book was written by two Mercy Associates, Helen Smith and Ann Coswello, and is dedicated to the memory of our former coordinator, Rita Hayes rsm (1928-2016). The book’s beautiful layout was created by Anne McMillan rsm...

Messages to: Carmel Ross - Mercy Associates

Image: L- r: Kathy Pollard, Ann Coswello, Helen Smith Seated: Mary Darcy & Anne McMillan rsm

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On Sunday 25th June, students from across the USA and Ireland gathered at Gwynedd Mercy University for the annual Mercy Girl Effect Workshop.

During the 4-day gathering, which is open to 4-6 student leaders from Mercy secondary schools, the participants are invited to understand what being a Mercy person means in today’s world. They meet Catherine McAuley; they undertake some assessment of their leadership skills and styles using the Myers Briggs tool and learn how to work as a group when they return to their respective schools...

Messages to: Deirdre Mullan rsm

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Sisters of Mercy Institute Justice Team Urge Universal Adoption of UN Nuclear Ban Treaty (Americas)

122 countries meeting at a United Nations conference in New York on 7 July adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years.

Sisters of Mercy Institute Justice Team are among the signatories to a public statement on the Adoption of the Treaty and who 'accept as our special responsibility the work of raising awareness of the risks and consequences of nuclear weapons for current and future generations, awakening public conscience to build a global popular constituency in support of the Treaty in order to achieve and sustain a world free from nuclear weapons'.

The Statement can be read here (PDF)

Messages to: Institute Justice Team

Mercy Matters

The Casa is a residential community of children and youth living with HIV/AIDS.  "La Casa or "La Casa de los Niños," as it is familiarly known was opened because of the crisis of children who are orphaned or abandoned due to the spread of HIV. In its more than six year history, the Casa has been home to over 45 children. The Casa is located in a small colonia called Colonia Perfecto Vasquez outside of the city of San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

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'In the minds and hearts of government leaders, and at every phase of the enactment of political measures, there is a need to give absolute priority to the poor, refugees, the suffering, evacuees and the excluded, without distinction of nation, race, religion or culture, and to reject armed conflicts...Shape a new era of development that is innovative, interconnected, sustainable, environmentally respectful and inclusive of all peoples and all individuals.'

Pope Francis, Letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the occasion of the G20 Summit, 29 June 2017

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1843: M Liguori Gibson professed Baggot St - Foundress of Liverpool

1884: Foundation to Sacred Heart Indian Territory from Lacon, Illinois

1891: Foundation to Oklahoma from Lacon, Illinois - M Joseph Shields

1922: Foundation to Raton, New Mexico from Stanton, Texas - M Angela Hostetter

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

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Open recently closed tabs, change your search engine, make it easier to read a webpage - just 3 of the 10 things.

Source: Mashable

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'One of the privileges of my life has been an ongoing involvement in Catholic education, especially in religious and theological education of staff...'

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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Mercy Moments is a fortnightly reflection created by Mercy Partners, Queensland, Australia

The July issue (no 36) Pope Francis: "In the Midst of the People" is now online

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

'When You Believe' from Dreamworks film 'The Prince of Egypt'. Sung by One Voice Children's Choir in English, French and Hebrew. Dedicated to the soldiers who fought in WW11 and the victims of The Holocaust. Watch/listen here (05:15)

Worth Reading:

-Displacement of Persons

'How do you prevent homelessness? LA leaders are hoping to figure that out'. Read the article here


'How does the media on both sides of the Mediterranean report on migration?' A study prepared by the Ethical Journalism Network presented in sections. Read it here

'Education, migration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.' Read the key messages or access the study here

'Women on the move: migration, gender equality and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.' Read the key messages or access the study here

Worth Knowing:

-Degradation of Earth
Climate Change

'5 places relocating people because of climate change'. Read the article here

World leaders attending G20 except for President Trump signed up to a declaration that the Paris climate agreement was irreversible. Read the document here (13pps; PDF)


The G20 Summit Declaration and other documents can be found here

Worth Watching:

The leaders of the Aymara people in Puno, Peru, are on trial for criminalization of social protest for defending their rights as Indigenous peoples and of the rights of Mother Earth, especially her water. Watch it here (08:24)

Worth Reflecting on:

'“Purchasing is always a moral—and not simply an economic—act,” said Pope Francis, quoting from Benedict XVI’s 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth). But what happens when purchasing is the only thing keeping our morals in check?' Read the article here

The Bottom Line:

'Love taking shape in food and drink, in warmth and welcome, in uplifting, teaching, healing. This was the everyday realization of her calling...'

- Martin Nolan OSA, Foreward to 'Odyssey of Mercy: Showing how Catherine McAuley Lived a life of many dimensions on the Flat canvas of 18th and 19th Century Dublin' by Angela Bolster rsm

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