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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 731  |  19 July 2017
Featured Story

Editor: 'HIgh energy', 'enthusiastic' and 'excited'. These words best describe the 104 Mercy pilgrims, all secondary/second level students, who, together with their 35 accompanying chaperones, arrived in the MICReception Area at 10am this morning to register their attendance at the Young Mercy Leaders (YML) pilgrimage for school students. This year's theme Let mercy be our badge of honour comes from one of the Familiar Instructions to her Sisters attributed to Catherine McAuley: 'Let charity be our badge of honour…so that it may truly be said, there is in us but one heart and one soul in God' (107e).

The pilgrimage for secondary/second level students is held every alternate year. This is the fourth one (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) and has the largest school representation to date: 34 schools from Australia, Belize, Ireland, United Kingdom, United States have pupils in attendance...

Messages to: YML Communications Team


Image: Kate Putney and Margaret Scroope rsm registering pilgrims in the Reception Area at MIC


The programme runs until Friday night. You are invited to follow online the life and energy of these days with our daily updates on the mercyworld.org website, on Facebook @MIA Young Mercy Leaders and on Twitter using the hashtag #YML2017.

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Vision in Action
MIA Prayer Intention: Young Mercy Leaders

MIA invites you to join us in prayer for all the young women and men on pilgrimage at Mercy International Centre this week (18-21 July).

During their days at Baggot Street may they
deepen their understanding of Mercy;
strengthen their commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ:
broaden their horizons through all they hear and see and do;
form strong ties with other young Mercy pilgrims;
carry home a desire to be of Christian service in the Mercy spirit;
and be a source of inspiration for their peers upon their return from the birthplace of Mercy.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Recent Visitors to Mercy International Centre

Editor: Sheila Carney rsm (second from left), Special Assistant to the President of Carlow University, Pittsburgh, for Mercy Heritage and Service who is also a Board Member of MIA, visited Mercy international Centre last week, on pilgrimage with some of her Carlow connections with a mission to share an appreciation of Mercy heritage and values.

Should you wish to bring a group to MIC for a visit, we will be pleased to help you tailor a programme to meet the particular needs of your  special interest group. We look forward to hearing from you.

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

MIA Reflection Process

Pope Francis' message to an international congress on care for our common home in the context of large cities, citing the obligation to provide clean water and air, reminds participants that caring for the environment ultimately means having responsibility for each other. The needs of people in large cities need to be met with “three Rs:” respect, responsibility and relationship.

'Respect is the fundamental attitude that [humanity] must have with creation. We have received it as a precious gift and we must strive for future generations to continue to admire and enjoy it, he said.

The  Pope's message is linked to this item.

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Pope Francis has endorsed the pledge campaign that aims to mobilize at least 1 million people to directly engage in turning the encyclical’s message into action. 

Organised and promoted by the Global Catholic Climate Movement, the pledge  calls on those who sign to answer the call of Laudato Sì by praying with and for creation, living more simply, and advocating to protect our common home.

Mercy International Association supports the pledge campaign and invites readers to consider signing it.

Messages to: GCCM

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MIA Members News
Impact of 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake felt by Mercy Community (Philippines)

Editor: A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Leyte in the central Philippines on 6 July. 

The earthquake's epicentre was located near the city of Tacloban, which was severely damaged during Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November 2013. [Regular readers of Mercy eNews would remember reading about the impact from the 2013 typhoon on The Religious Sisters of Mercy Congregation convent and ministries situated in Leyte ]

Word has reached us from Marian Ladrera rsm, their Superior General, to ask for the prayers and support of the Mercy community. There have been more than 200 aftershocks in the week since this latest earthquake. Where the Sisters live and work in Milagro  there has been significant damage as it was close to the epicentre of the quake in Ormoc.   

Over 500 people are severely impacted in that town in the mountains as their homes are seriously damaged.  The Sisters are providing food and support for the families who are homeless.   

In the midst of serious heat and humidity in Tacloban the Sisters are attempting to keep their school and hospital going. 

However, they are struggling with the loss of electricity and the problems with the water supply which has also been severely affected by the earthquake. They would appreciate your prayers and support at this time.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Marian Ladrera rsm - Superior General

Image: Taken from youtube video of damage in Leyte


Mercy Education System of the Americas (MESA) Officially Opened

Mercy Education System of the America (MESA) officially opened on July 1, 2017. The system serves education ministries in Argentina, Belize, Guam, Honduras, Jamaica, the Philippines and the United States each faithful to the core values of Mercy education. It is dynamic, forged in trust and ever learning and developing. A profile of each of the education ministries can be accessed here

The office for Mercy Education System of the Americas (MESA) officially opened July 3 in Silver Spring, Maryland, located in the same building as the Institute office.

Messages to: Lisa Griffith rsm - Executive Director

Image: L-r: MESA staff: Kimberly Baxter, Associate Director for programs and services; Regina Ward rsm, Associate Director for Mercy mission integration; Lisa Griffith rsm, Executive Director; and Jennifer Lasseter, Executive Assistant.

MESA is this week's featured Mercy website.

An Ecological Reading of Matthew's Gospel: Part 6 (ISMAPNG)

Elaine Wainwright rsm writes: 'In Tui Motu June 2015, we read the Markan story of a woman named according to her region, Syro-Phoenicia. This woman sough healing for her daughter who was described as "demon possessed" (TM Issue 194, June 2015: 20-21). Now we will read the parallel story in the Gospel of Matthew 15: 21-28. we will find that the story has been developed significantly as it was told and re-told in the Matthean context.'

Download the article here (2pps; PDF)

Messages to: Elaine Wainwright rsm

Image: element from The Canaanite Woman by Limbourg Brothers. Public Domain

We marked ten years here on the wild Atlantic edge at Glór na Mara in Bundoran last year (2016)! Back in 2006 as we began putting our roots down here our vision was to re-connect with the Earth and to explore our lifestyle and spirituality within the context of the stunning new insights of the Sacred Story of the unfolding Universe and the interconnectedness of the whole community of life of the natural world. The call has been to widen our circle of compassion to include the natural world in all its splendour. We discovered it was both an outer and an inner spiritual soul journey...

Messages to: Mary Kate Hagan rsm

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

We invite our Mercy friends and others around the world to join with us these days in prayer and support.  We are grateful for the energy and effort of so many with whom we share “Mercy”.

Messages to: Sisters of Mercy Newfoundland c/- Elizabeth Marrrie rsm

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'[W]riting as he has on care for our common home, Pope Francis has made it clear that no nation on earth can achieve greatness on its own terms. Solidarity is the clue to his view. All life is interconnected, and we can fulfil our own destiny only by respecting and upholding the rights of all other beings to their place in our world. There is a moral dimension to which all political and economic decisions must be aligned if they are to stand and survive the test of time...'

Source: Imaging Mercy Today

Messages to: Katrina Fabish rsm - Congregation Leader

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Mercy Matters

'For individuals starting to focus on different aspects of connectedness, improving your social health is pretty similar to our approach to diet and fitness.

Source: World Economic Forum

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And What of the Future?

'Everything that we have learned assures us that the future will be born out of fidelity to the past and the present.'

-Kathrine Bellamy rsm, 'Weavers of the Tapestry', p 928

1859: St Vincent's Convent, Hardy Street Liverpool founded - closed 1939.

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

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'The Passport for Humanity' has now gone out to 19,000 people since 1 March, with governments, schools, hospitals,  and Associate groups still ordering!

The President of Ghana and his Associates were gifted copies by Cardinal Turkson who wrote the foreword!

Details of how to order this publication are linked to this item.

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (Matthew 13:24-43)

'Some time back, my great-nephew met with an unwelcome refusal from his father. His response: “Dad, I am not impressed with what I’m hearing!” ...'

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

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

Mercy Education System of the Americas is an international Mercy education system organized under the Public Juridic Person of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. It holds a delegated governance role and service role for each Mercy education ministry individually and the system communally.

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

Walk Beside Me'' by Celtic Woman was the opening song in the opening prayer on day one of the YML Pilgrimage. Here Celtic Woman perform the song live In concert. Watch/listen here (04:20). Lyrics here

Worth Reading:

Religious life

The keynote address given by Mary Sujita snd at the June 2017 Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) Assembly 'Creating a future together – How will we be prophetic?'  is now available online. Download: Part one (8 pps; PDF); Part two (10 pps; PDF)

-Degradation of Earth

In defence of Earth

'2016 saw a record 200 killings of people defending their land, forests and rivers against destructive industries'. Read the article by Global Witness, available in both English and Spanish here


Water Deeply’s 'Toxic Taps' series looks at the root causes of the safe drinking water crisis in California, how communities are organizing for change and what more needs to be done. Read the series here

'Running Dry: Seeking Solutions to South Asia’s Looming Water Crisis.' Read the article here

Progress on Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: 2017 Update and SDG Baselines. Report from WHO and UNICEF. The first global assessment of “safely managed” drinking water and sanitation services. Read the report here. (110pps; PDF)

SDGs and Climate Change

A new World Resources Institute (WRI) examination of 44 countries' national reviews of progress on the SDGs shows that most recognize the powerful links between building sustainable development and tackling climate change. Read the article here

The Bottom Line:

‘A good beginning is of great importance, you must waste some time with visitors’ 

- Catherine McAuley, Letter to Frances Warde, 1840

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

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