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Mercy Enews
No. 532 | 18 September 2013

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


Enrol in a Programme to be Held at Mercy International Centre in 2014 (MIA)

There are many ways in which the Mercy story is shared among Sisters, Associates and colleagues in ministry. At Mercy International Centre - a place of welcome, hospitality, pilgrimage and renewal - we provide a 'well-spring' of nourishment in Mercy heritage, spirituality, charism and ethos to those members of the global Mercy family who wish to explore the significance of the Mercy story in their lives during time spent here at Baggot Street.

We invite you to consider enrolling in one of the programmes on offer in 2014:

  • Soup and Substance:Let's Live Lent! Wednesdays of Lent : 5, 12, 19 & 26 March and 2 & 9 April
  • “Where ever a religious woman presides, peace and good order are generally to be found” – The Leader as Teacher, Healer, Reader and Poet. 11 May - 15 May. Presenter: Elizabeth Davis rsm
  • Watering the Roots at the Wellsprings of Mercy. June 1- June 28. Presenters: Helena O'Donoghue rsm, Elizabeth Dowling rsm, Sheila Carney rsm, Avis Clendenen
  • Come Home to Catherine. July 6 - July 12. Presenters: Áine Barrins rsm and Anne Reid
  • Mercy- the Wildness of Divine Love. July 20 - July 26. Presenter: Mary Trainer rsm
  • Pilgrimage of Young Mercy Leaders (for University students and young adults). 5 August -Friday 8 August
  • Come Home to Catherine. 17 - August 23: Presenters: Áine Barrins rsm and Anne Reid
  • Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Mercy International Centre. 23-29 September

    Further details of each of these programmes can be downloaded here (PDF)

Messages to: Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality

Image: Statue of Catherine McAuley at the door of Mercy International Centre. Sculptor: Michael Bourke


Worth Looking at:
Decisions on a new global plan for ending poverty and protecting the environment must be informed by 'the grassroots experience of those facing poverty, disease, hunger and injustice', says Rowan Williams, Chair of Christian Aid and former Archbishop of Canterbury, in his foreward to the Christian Aid report published 12 September, about what should follow the MDGs when they expire in 2015.
The World We Want To See: Perspectives On Post-2015, carries commentaries by 17 Christian Aid partner organisations from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, about the future world they want. Download the report here PDF (44 pps)

Worth Considering:
'Aging', says Joan Chittister OSB, 'is a great adventure, an opportunity to deepen and enrich our spirituality....There is a difference', she notes, 'between age, aging, aged, ag'ed, and ripened...'
Sr Joan is running an e-course on Aging between 7 October and 1 November 2013. Details, including cost, can be found here. News of the e-course brought to mind the keynote address, 'Wisdom is our Home', given by Pat McDermott rsm (Americas) at the Mercy Network on Aging (MNOA) Conference in 2011. Download Sr Pat's paper here PDF (11pps)
It is also a timely reminder of the 2013 MNOA Conference being held 26-28 September. Download the registration form here (PDF)

Worth Viewing:
Cosmology/Eco Justice
'Fracking explained: opportunity or danger'
What is Fracking? How does it work? What impact does it have? Uploaded only two weeks ago (3 September), this infographical instructional video has already been viewed more than one million times! Accessible viewing for secondary school (second level) students and above. Watch it here (05:04)

Worth Knowing About:
"The Fun Theory" proposes that the easiest way to change people's behavior for the better is by making the desired change a fun experience . Watch this short video to see one application of the theory. Watch it here (01:48)

Worth Listening to:
Teresa Forcades OSB has been labelled 'one of Europe's most influential left-wing public intellectuals'. This year, thousands have joined her anti-capitalist movement, which campaigns for Catalan independence, the reversal of public spending cuts and nationalisation of banks and energy companies. Read about Sr Teresa here.  The BBC recorded a radio interview with Sr Teresa, played on 'Heart and Soul' on BBC World Service on 14 September. Listen to the radio interview here (26:44)

Send your contribution for the "Worth..." section to: the Editor


Vacancy for Assistant Director Global Action (Final Reminder)

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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