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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
Trade of Innocents, a Focus for Mercy Day Now (Aotearoa New Zealand)
Nga mihi atawhai – greetings to all in Mercy!
Dennis Horton, in Imaging Mercy Today, September 2013, in the column produced for Tiaki Manatu Sisters of Mercy NZ Ministries Trust, writes: ‘As Mercy Day dawns once more, we are challenged to join hearts and minds with Mercy folk everywhere, working for a world that still waits to be transformed by the vision which saw Catherine open her first House of Mercy 186 years ago. Though Mercy’s spirit remains unchanged, the focus shifts as our world moves on. Today, Mercy’s global network proposes two huge issues to be addressed – climate change and human trafficking. Here in New Zealand, we may find it easier to focus on the first than the second…
Messages to: Katrina Fabish rsm - Congregation Communications Contact
Mercy International Association Intention for the Coming Week (MIA)
From the Week of Prayer for Syria, Third day: Comfort those who mourn their loved ones.
The Syrian crisis, which began March 15, 2011, has already taken many lives, too many, and the current political situation continues compounding and worsening the situation, unprecedented in this nation. The United Nations reports more than 100,000 dead. Before such a reality, words fall short…
Cities are destroyed and “development plans are in the cemeteries.” They tell us from Syria: “A 6-year-old girl was playing hide-and-seek with her brother. A sniper shot the little boy. … In the cemetery, the girl cried out before the tomb of her brother: Come out from your hiding place! I don’t want to play anymore!”
We pray for the victims of this war. For all of them, and each one of them. They are not numbers, but names, members of a family. They are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. They are our brothers and sisters, children of God who created them in His image and likeness. We pray that the right to life of every person be respected and defended. Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for Syria, pray for us.
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Send in your Mercy Day Greetings (MIA)
The great feast that unites the Mercy world is Mercy Day, 24 September.
All members and friends of the Mercy network are invited to send in your greetings for posting on mercyworld.org for Mercy Day. Greetings will be posted online as they are received.
Greetings - text only- should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 23 September to make sure they are published for Mercy Day.
Messages to: the Editor
Share Your Mercy Day 2013 Plans and News (MIA)
There was a very good response to our invitation last year to share plans for and stories from Mercy Day celebrations. We invite you to do so again this year!
We welcome stories and images from your Mercy Day celebrations to include in the Wednesday 25 September Mercy E-news (Issue 533) or in the following week's on Wednesday, 2 October (Issue 534).
Thank you to Catherine McAuley School, Westmead, NSW for the first contribution.
We particularly look forward to receiving reports of any Good Cup of Tea events celebrated on Mercy Day.
Messages to: the Editor
Mercy Global Action Welcomes Launch of Office of the Faith-Based Community Initiatives (MGA)
On August 7, 2013, a new initiative at the U.S. State Department was launched entitled the Office of the Faith-Based Community Initiatives...
The mission of the initiative is to engage more closely with faith communities around the world, with the belief that we need to partner with them to solve global challenges...
Messages to: Aine O'Connor rsm - Mercy Global Action Coordinator at the UN
Invitation to Celebrate Mercy Day at Baggot Street (Repeated)
Sisters, Associates and Friends of Mercy are invited to celebrate the Eucharist at midday on the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, Tuesday, 24 September, at Mercy International Centre, 64A Lower Baggot Street, Dublin.
Celebrant: Bishop Peter Connors - Emeritus Bishop of Ballarat (Australia)
Breaking Open the Word: Mary Sullivan rsm (Americas)
All are welcome to lunch following the Eucharist
RSVP by/on Friday 20th September to: Madeline O'Hanlon - Receptionist
using the subject line ‘Mercy Mass’, or ring +353 1 661 8061
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:a retired Houston Police Officer, Antonella, Gilberta, Fabrizio, Mary, Alexandra, Francis, Jack Burt, John Fruncillo.
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 Opens Orthopedic Hospital in Springfield (Americas)
Designed with community input, the 48-bed Mercy Orthopedic Hospital Springfield opened this week to meet the increasing demand of an aging population.
Some 76 million Americans are tagged as baby boomers – the generation born between 1946 and 1964. They are expected to increase the demand for all health care services, and orthopedics is no exception...
Messages to: Sonya Kullman - Mercy Springfield Communities
McAuley Ministries awards $1.2 Million (Americas)
McAuley Ministries, the grant-making arm of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, has awarded 19 grants totaling $1.2 million to 17 nonprofit organizations. Announced [Saturday], the majority of the grants will support business development, education, services to persons who are homeless, and capacity-building initiatives in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland communities...
Messages to Sheila Carney rsm - Chair, McAuley Ministries Board of Directors
Editor: Pittsburgh Mercy Health System is this week's featured Mercy website
New Institute Leadership Team Officially Take up Leadership (GB Institute)
The new Leadership Team for the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy Great Britain officially took up leadership on Sunday, 1 September. We send our best wishes to: Colette Cronin rsm (Institute Leader), Jean Frances Fitzpatrick rsm (Assistant Institute Leader), Joan Breen rsm, Anne Hewitt rsm, Sue Randall rsm and Barbara Jeffery rsm and assure them of our prayers.
If you would like to ‘virtually’ meet the new team, please visit the linked page on our Institute’s website.
Messages to: Cathy Edge rsm - Institute Website and IT Co-ordinator
1874: Foundation to Hazelton from Buffalo - M Theresa Cantillon
2000: 150 years of Sisters of Mercy service in Aotearoa New Zealand is celebrated. Celebrations are attended by guests from throughout the Mercy world and include gifting of a Sacred Space and bronze sculpture to the city of Auckland.
Our Shared Destiny in a Post-2015 World (new resource)
Endorsed by Nobel Peace Laureate John Hume, this booklet can be used as a catalyst for change in classrooms, church gatherings, and community meetings or for individual quiet reflection as we ponder our shared destiny as human beings.
Cost $3 or €2 per copy. Bulk orders welcomed.
Orders to Deirdre Mullan rsm - Executive Director The Partnership for Global Justice
Download the flyer here
Pittsburgh Mercy Health System
Pittsburgh Mercy Health System stands with the vulnerable in assessing need, collaborating with others, providing services that address the whole person, and advocating for social change.
Reviews of what are considered 'the best' apps for starting - and sticking to - a healthy diet.
Seamus Heaney: Out of the Marvellous
An intimate and original look at Nobel Prizewinner Seamus Heaney, the man and the artist, who died on 30 August. This wonderful, beautiful documentary film, made in 2009, explores the key personal relationship in Heaney's life, that with his wife Marie, and follows him to Harvard, New York and London, to readings, signings and public interviews.(Length 01:14:45). Don't miss this. Make the time. Only online for another 17 days. Watch it here on RTE
Every year Christians throughout the world celebrate Creation Time from September 1 to October 4.The theme for Creation Time 2013 is ‘Water Justice’, corresponding with the United Nations’ International Year of Water Cooperation. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland have produced resources on the 2013 theme which can be downloaded from their website.
According to Vatican Radio, following a wish expressed by Pope Francis, the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of the Social Sciences, together with FIAMC (World Federation of the Catholic Medical Associations) are organizing a preparatory workshop on 2-3 November 2013 in the Casina Pio IV to examine human trafficking and modern slavery. Read the details here
- Vacancy for Assistant Director Global Action (MIA)
Applicants are invited for the position of MIA Assistant Director Global Action which will become vacant in March 2014. Applications close 27 September, 2013. Full details can be read here
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