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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
Mercy International Association Intention for the Coming Week (MIA)
Mercy International Association joins with the Institute Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas in calling on President Obama and Congress to 'step back' from plans to launch a military attack in Syria.
The Institute of the Americas Statement on Syria: 'Crisis in Syria Calls for Prayer and Peaceful Action' is online. Read it here
Affecting images of some of the millions of Syrian refugees can be seen in the special presentation 'Six Million Displaced by War in Syria', published yesterday in The Atlantic online. In the words from our prayer last week, '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...' Meet them here.
Four million Syrians are internally displaced, two million have fled the country. One million of those are children.
An international petition for peace is gathering global support. When the petition reaches one million signers it will be delivered directly to the two presidents, Asaad (Syria) and Obama (US).Sign the international petition for peace here
A World at School has developed a plan to provide Education without Borders so that the Syrian refugee children in Lebanon can go to school within a few weeks. They will deliver a petition to world leaders on 23 September asking them to fund education for Syrian refugees. Sign the petition here
Let us continue to pray for the victims of this war. For all of them, and each one of them, enduring what the World Health Organization now calls 'the worst ongoing humanitarian crisis on earth'.
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director
Post your Mercy Day 2013 Greetings Online (MIA - Repeated)
The Mercy Day Greetings already received have now been posted online and are linked to this item.
All members and friends of the Mercy network are invited to send in your greetings for posting on mercyworld.org for Mercy Day. .
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 - Repeated)
The first contributions of stories and images from Mercy Day celebrations are online and linked to this item.
We welcome all contributions for inclusion in the Wednesday 25 September Mercy E-news (Issue 533) or in the following week's on Wednesday, 2 October (Issue 534).
We particularly look forward to receiving reports of any Good Cup of Tea events celebrated on Mercy Day.
Messages to: the Editor
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: Sharon Natividad,Theresa Young, Kelly Di Domenic, Mary Pillage Fritz.
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
Preparing for Global Frackdown Day, 19 October (MIA)
For Global Frackdown Day in Pennsylvania, US Mary Prengergast rsm will organise a showing of "Gasland", a film which exposes some of the dangers of fracking at St Mary Academy, Bay View, Riverside, RI high school and invite the sisters and friends to learn about fracking.
The Earth Justice website gives an overview of the fraccidents (reports of poisoned drinking water, polluted air, mysterious animal deaths, industrial disasters and explosions) in the US.
Share your plans for 19 October with the Mercy Network in Mercy E-news.
Messages to: Mary Purcell - Assistant Director Mercy Global Action
New Leadership Team Missioned (Newfoundland)
On 29 August 2013, Sisters Elizabeth Davis, Sheila O’Dea, Diane Smyth and Elizabeth Marrie were surrounded by over sixty of their Sisters in a prayer of blessing as they took up the call to leadership in their Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland.
The Missioning Service was held in the chapel of St. Bride’s Convent at Littledale, Waterford Bridge Road. These four women had been elected or re-elected to the ministry of leadership for the next four years during the 20th General Chapter held earlier in June...
Messages to: Elizabeth Davis rsm - Congregation Leader
Soroptimist, McAuley Center Have Recipe for Empowerment (Americas)
When Karen Vlasek walked into the kitchen of the Catherine McAuley Center’s Transitional Housing Program, she took one look at the cramped space, dated cabinetry and dilapidated appliances, turned to Jennifer Tibbetts, transitional housing program manager, and said: “What if we can do something for you?”
That was the beginning of a partnership between Vlasek’s organization, Soroptimist of Cedar Rapids/Marion, and the Catherine McAuley Center. Their goal is to transform the outdated kitchen into an accessible, functional space where homeless women can learn the skills needed to transition to a permanent living situation...
Source: The Gazette
Messages to: Paula Land - Executive Director
Editor: Catherine McAuley Center is this week's featured Mercy website
Mercy Springfield in Clinical Trial for Dissolvable Heart Device (Americas)
Mercy Hospital Springfield is evaluating an innovative device to fight coronary artery disease, which is characterized by blockages of fat and cholesterol in the vessels that supply blood to the heart. Doctors have been treating those blockages in the heart for decades with things like balloon angioplasty and metallic and drug eluting stents, which push the blockages out of the way and restore blood flow.
The latest innovation is a temporary device that eventually dissolves into the body...
Messages to: Sonya Kullmann - Mercy Springfield Communities
Catherine's Cause for Canonisation: An Update (The Congregation)
Editor: 'Even though we do not as yet have a miracle that is acceptable to the Congregation for Causes', writes Brenda Dolphin rsm, Postulator for the Cause of Catherine McAuley, in an article newly published on The Congregation's website, 'there is plenty happening around the world that underlines the extent of Catherine’s “fame for holiness”, which is one of the most important criteria for canonisation...
The miracle today, I think, is the fascination that Catherine McAuley and the charism of Mercy continue to hold for the thousands of Mercy co-workers, collaborators and associates who flock to visit her tomb and who thirst for closer contact with and understanding of this intrepid and holy woman and her way to God...'
Messages to: Brenda Dolphin rsm- Postulator
Happy Birthday Mercy Centenarians (Brisbane Congregation, The Congregation)
We send birthday greetings and congratulations to Sister Stanislaus, born Martha Zgrajewski on 31 August 1911, who recently celebrated her 102nd birthday at Holy Cross Aged Care, Wooloowin in Brisbane and to Sister Eileen Doyle who lives at Mount St Vincent on O’Connell Avenue, Limerick. Sister Eileen has just turned 100.
Read about Sister Stanislaus here
Read about Sister Eileen here
Messages to: Catherine Reuter rsm: for Sister Stanislaus
Messages to: Ailish O'Brien rsm: for Sister Eileen
1866: Mary Anne Doyle (Foundress Tullamore/Derry) died, Derry
1952: Death of M Catherine McAuley, daughter of Willie McAuley (Catherine's nephew), Kyneton, Victoria
Among the resources online for the Canonisation Cause is the presentation by Sr Brenda 'It is God who Makes Saints' (linked to this item).
Catherine McAuley Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Catherine McAuley Center (CMC), founded by the Sisters of Mercy, promotes the well-being and dignity of individuals in need by providing basic education for adults and a transitional housing program for women.
CMC is an inclusive non-profit organization that welcomes people of all faiths, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
8 World-Class College Courses Free on YouTube
A number of major universities, including prestigious Ivy League institutions, now provide lecture videos for free over YouTube. Here are 8 possibilities...
Interview with Joan Chittister
Joan Chittister OSB was profiled at the end of August on PBS TV’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. View that interview here (07:30) An extended interview with Sister Joan was also recorded. View the extended interview here (15:58). Anne Wambach OSB, prioress of the Erie Benedictines was separately interviewed. View her interview here (03:55)
Worth a Smile:
You couldn't do this on a Mac (or Pc)!
A performance of Leroy Anderson's The Typewriter by members of the National Orchestra and Chorus of Spain in Madrid. The (typewriter) soloist is Alfredo Anaya. Wonderful entertainment. Enjoy it here (04:34)
Trafficking in persons has gained recognition in recent decades as an issue of serious international concern. But while the problem is increasingly acknowledged by the global community, there is still significant confusion about its risks and how it should be dealt with. In other words, what are the security implications of human trafficking, and how can they best be addressed? This article from the International Affairs Review (Spring 2013) addresses 'Human Trafficking: A Security Perspective'. Read the article here (21 pps)
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Office has developed a human trafficking prevention manual. While developed to to help criminal justice professionals dismantle human trafficking operations, the manual provides significant background information on the realities of human trafficking and therefore deserves a broader audience. The manual is now online in PDF format. Download the manual here (38 pps)
In last week's e-news we advised of a workshop on Human Trafficking, 2-3 November, Casina Pio IV, Rome, organised by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of the Social Sciences The programme is now available. Download the programme here
Send your contribution for the "Worth..." section to: the Editor
- Invitation to Celebrate Mercy Day at Baggot Street (MIA)
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. Further details can be read 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
- Invitation to participate in Global Frackdown Day, 19 October (MIA)
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. Full details can be read here
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