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Mercy Enews
No. 535 | 09 October 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

Feature

Great Gathering Celebrates Catherine's Legacy on her Birthday (The Congregation)

Editor: By all accounts, the Sisters, Associates, Circle of Mercy Members, Colleagues and Friends of Mercy who gathered in Charleville on 29 September, Catherine McAuley's birthday, enjoyed a wonderful day, the fruit of twelve months planning by The Congregation's Canonisation Committee .

Symposium events, organised in each of the Mercy Congregations across the globe, are intended to help make the Cause for Canonisation and Catherine McAuley ‘known and loved’. The large turnout for this second national Catherine McAuley Symposium and the responses to the speakers confirm that 'Catherine's life provides a strong and graced model for people today, especially women' (Sheila Carney rsm).

Those present were fortunate to hear 3 excellent presentations on gathering the harvest of Catherine's legacy: her faith - from Mary Reynolds rsm (MIA); her love and humility - from Mary C. Sullivan rsm (Americas) and  her hope - from Brenda Dolphin rsm (Postulator)

Those of us unable to be present at the Symposium can download the texts of the presentations from The Congregation's website (linked to this item), purchase the audio recordings from the Mercy International Centre Shop in Baggot Street, Dublin and will be able to view the videos of each presentation on the mercyworld.org website as soon as these become available (to be advised in a forthcoming issue of e-news).

Messages to:
Anne Hannon rsm - Vice postulator Europe and Africa
Ailish O'Brien rsm - Communications Co-ordinator

 

Image: Irish experts on Catherine McAuley. L-r: Brenda Dolphin rsm (Postulator), Caitlin Conneelly rsm (Provincial, Western Province), Mary Reynolds rsm ( Executive Director MIA), Anne Reid (Mercy Associate), Aine Barrins rsm (The Congregation)

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Resources

Worth Reading:
On Mercy
'...How do we accompany others in mercy, a quality difficult to define and even more difficult to live authentically?

The answer, perhaps, can be found in a wonderfully invented word from Pope Francis: mercy-ing. In turning the noun into a verb, a sentiment into an action, Francis calls us not only to have mercy or to show mercy, but to embody mercy. The word emphasizes the active element of mercy, as a force that binds us, compels us, and enables us to love one another more fully...' Read the article by Kerry Weber, Managing Editor of America

Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is a global problem
'The tragic drowning in the Mediterranean Sea of scores of African migrants is a painful reminder of the terrible humanitarian challenges caused by the developed world’s strict immigration policies and the vast, cynical trade in human trafficking that preys on those hoping to outwit the system...' Read the editorial here

Worth Taking a Minute:
Building for Tomorrow
In Issue 507 (27 March 2013) we included a link to the CBS programme 'God's Architect: Antoni Gaudi's glorious vision' which showed the development of La Sagrada Família church in Barcelona. Watch it here if you missed it (12:39).

Now the foundation responsible for the construction of the famous church has released a short video depicting the final stages of this extraordinary building. The breathtaking clip combines footage shot from a helicopter with computer-animated renderings to show what the basilica will look like as nearly 150 years of building (and delays) finally wraps up in 2026. Nearly 3.5 million views already and the clip has only been online two weeks. View it here (01:33) For more about the clip, look here

Worth Knowing:
International Day of the Girl

  • 11 October is International Day of the Girl. Girl Rising, the global action campaign for girls' education, provides a standards-aligned curriculum for two chapters in the film: Suma from Nepal, and Senna from Peru, which can be accessed online after registering. Details are online
  • The booklet 'What Price a Girl's Life? produced by Deirdre Mullan rsm, Partnership for Global Justice, is still available. Download details here or contact Sr Deirdre
  • 'Malala: The girl who was shot for going to school' .It is twelve months this week since Malala was shot by the Taliban. Watch her interview with BBC's Mishal Husain, screened on the BBC on 7 October. Watch it here (09:30)

Worth Giving it a Go:
The 4Liter Challenge
In last week's e-news we reported on the presentation given by Karen Schneider rsm on behalf of the Sisters of Mercy and MIA at an event promoting collaboration on water and sanitation issues. Here's an activity that may be of interest:

DIGDEEP Asks You to Take The 4Liter Challenge on October 14, 2013
In an effort to raise awareness and funds for clean water access and conservation, digdeepwater.org is launching its first annual anti-water poverty campaign asking people to live on just four liters of water a day for up to five days. Read the informative press release here

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