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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 735  |  16 August 2017
Featured Story
Preparing for the Season of Creation

Editor: The Season of Creation (1 September - 4 October) was a significant period during the Mercy International Reflection Process (2016) where we heard 'the cry of Earth and the cry of the Poor' in a new way.

In light of our commitment to continue our engagement with processes flowing from the Mercy International Reflection Process (MIRP Review, p18), we are each invited to participate anew in this Season of Creation, using resources produced by MIA to help us to do so.


Calendar: English: (A4 PDF); (A3 PDF); (A2 PDF);
                                 (US Letter PDF); (US 11x17 PDF); (US 24x18 PDF)

                 Spanish:  (A4 PDF); (A3 PDF); (A2 PDF);
                                  (US Letter PDF); (US 11x17 PDF); (US 24x18 PDF)

Posters:   English: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation:
                                 Leaf: (A3 PDF); (US Tabloid PDF
                                 Rose: (A3 PDF); (US Tabloid PDF) 

                                 Season of Creation- (A3 PDF); (US Tabloid PDF)

                 Spanish: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation:
                                 Leaf: (A3 PDF); (US Tabloid PDF
                                 Rose: (A3 PDF); (US Tabloid PDF)

                                 Season of Creation- (A3 PDF); (US Tabloid PDF)

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Image: © 2017 Mercy International Association (MIA)

Vision in Action

A series of six informal thematic sessions on facilitating safe, orderly and regular migration are being held between April 2017 and November 2017 to gather substantive input and concrete recommendations to inform the development of the global compact on migration.

The Fourth Thematic Session, aimed at establish a Global Compact for safe, orderly, and regular migration was held from July 24-25th at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The theme for this session was the "Contributions of migrants and Diasporas to all dimensions of sustainable development, including remittances and portability of earned benefits". Each panel at the session introduced imperative aspects of migration including topics such as contributions of migrants to sustainable development and remittances...

Messages to: Angela Reed rsm - MIA Coordinator at the UN - Mercy Global Action

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MIA Prayer Intention: Success of Diplomatic Efforts to Address Conflict Among Leaders of Nations

MIA joins with the Sisters of Mercy on Guam— members of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of the Americas— in prayers for an end to the ongoing war of words between the leaders of North Korea and USA.

We pray for the success of diplomatic efforts in addressing the issue so that there might be peace.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Marian Therese Arroyo rsm - Guam Mercy Administrator
                      Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA


MIA Reflection Process
Additional MIA Resources

Additional MIA Resources Suitable for Use during the Season of Creation include;

8th Work of Mercy graphic and poster (English and Spanish)

Mercy to Earth logo and posters (English, Spanish, Irish, Maori, Tagalog)

Laudato Si' anniversary poster (English, Spanish)

9  Days of Prayer using  the Prayer for our Earth from Laudato Si'

VOICES, 14 interviews with scholars and other experts offering an inspiring range of insights to assist all who seek a better understanding of the action of God in our world today, particularly in the light of the challenge to respond to ‘The cry of Earth and the cry of the Poor’.

Resources gathered for engaging with Laudato Si' during the Mercy International Reflection Process

Video resources gathered for Stage One of the Mercy International Reflection Process

Image: © 2017 MIA

Resources from Other Sources

Resources produced for the 2017 Season of Creation by other organisations include:

  • 5-week programs:

'Reflections During Creation Time: Praying with the Gospels, stories from our time and Laudato Si’ ',
Download it here (PDF)

'Resources for Creation Time 2017',
Download it here

'Eco churches WA',
Access the materials here

  • Websites: 

Season of Creation from Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM)

Live Laudato Si' - take the pledge

Season of Creation from Uniting Church Australia

Let All Creation Praise

As further resources prepared for the 2017 Season of Creation become available, they will be publicised in MercyeNews

Messages to: Anne Walsh - Communications Director MIRP

Image: iStock. Used under licence

Invitation to Contribute to the Photo Meditation for the Season of Creation

Last year, for each of the 34 days of the Season of Creation we offered a daily visual meditation—a photograph of an aspect of the beauty of our world —on the homepage of our mercyworld.org website. This was so well received that we plan to do it again this year!

We invite our readers and members of the wider Mercy network who are keen photographers to send in an image you have taken with your SLR or smartphone camera to be shared in this way.

Requirements are simple. Images need to be landscape in shape, to be focussed and clear and to be uncompressed (ie taken at a large size and at least 1mb). JPEGS are preferred.

Please provide a caption identifying the location as this, along with your name, will accompany the photo.

Photos can be sent in at any time from today. Send images to Anne Walsh.

Image: Bird of Paradise. Elizabeth McNamee rsm (The Congregation)

Prayer for the Season of Creation

We are each invited during this Season to renew our focus on using Pope Francis' Prayer for our Earth which became our prayer in the Year of Mercy and throughout the Mercy International Reflection Process.

An updated prayer sheet, with the prayer and a quote from the MIRP review for our reflection, can be downloaded below:


Colour: (A4 PDF); (US Letter PDF)

B& W: (A4 PDF); (US Letter PDF)


Colour: (A4 PDF); (US Letter PDF)

B&W: (A4 PDF); (US Letter PDF)

Image: © 2017 MIA

MIA Members News

Mercy Housing, Inc (MHI), is a leading national affordable housing nonprofit headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1981, and in operation in 41 states, MHI has 35 years’ experience developing, preserving, managing, and financing affordable housing.

In 2016 Mercy Housing grew its portfolio 24%.

Read the 2016 Annual Report which is linked to this item.

Messages to: Mercy Housing

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World Day of Prayer for Creation (ISMAPNG)

Last year’s September edition of Liturgy News (2016) featured a little article entitled “Creationtide” that briefly explained the origins of the World Day of Prayer for Creation and outlined the debate around the issues involved in introducing into the Catholic Church a season of creation. Some of that story bears repetition and even further explanation...

Download the article (PDF)

Messages to: Veronica Lawson rsm

Mercy Matters
Mercy Investment Services: Our Responses to Climate Change,

Watch Mercy Investment Services video, Our Responses to Climate Change, to understand how the Sisters of Mercy's investments are addressing the Critical Concern of care for Earth. The English version may be viewed here.

A version of the video with Spanish subtitles is available here. Please click on the CC graphic icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the video to view the subtitles.

1915: Foundation to Bangor, North Wales from Abingdon, Berkshire

1944: Detroit province formed from part of Cincinatti - M Carmelita Manning

1966: Election of M Therese Moore as Mother General of Union Australia

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 gospels are written in Greek and much of the language of the gospels has to be understood against a Greek philosophical background...'

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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The Sisters of Mercy are inspired by the courageous and compassionate example of their founder, Catherine McAuley.  The Sisters of Mercy on Guam are involved in various ministries: education, pastoral work, prayer ministry, and social work.

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'[D]ivine mercy both transforms us and renews our hope.  Our Lord, who rejects no one, graciously bestows upon us the mission to proclaim his mercy to the world.'

-Pope Francis, General audience, 9 August 2017

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

'Time will Tell' by Gregory Alan Isakov. Watch/listen here (02:47)

Worth Knowing:
-Degradation of Earth

'Stained Trade' - the 9,000-mile journey of rainforest timber from Papua New Guinea, where illegal logging is rampant, through China to the U.S. Read the article here

Worth Reading:

The August/September issue of 'Update', the LCWR newsletter, is now available. Read it here (13pps; PDF).
LCWR's 2017 Assembly concluded on 11 August. Read reports from the Assembly here

-Displacement of People
Human trafficking
Modern slavery risks have risen in nearly three quarters of the 28 member states of the European Union over the last year, reveals an annual study from global risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft. Read the analysis here
'Migrant crisis triggers heightened risk of slavery in EU supply chains, say analysts'. Read the article here

-Degradation of Earth
Climate change
Creation care or climate change? See: 'God, Climate and Word Choice' Visit the site here

The bottom Line:

'Against fear, against hate, raise the green world:
its answer of oxygen and generosity, its lively bees.'

- Robin Chapman, poet and developmental psycholinguist, in 'Raise the green world'

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

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