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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 737  |  30 August 2017
Featured Story

Editor: DePaul University in Chicago has developed a three-part video series 'The Sisters Sent a Message...' on the ministry of Mercy Sisters JoAnn Persch and Pat Murphy, long-time compassionate and tireless advocates for the rights of immigrants in Chicago. The videos are created around three themes that describe their ministerial approach: 'perseverance, presence, and prayer.' (Total running time 18:57).

Immigration is one of the Institute of the Americas five 'critical concerns'. Responding to a call by immigrant advocacy groups to draw attention to the heightened threat of deportation for young immigrants in the United States, Sisters of Mercy Institute Justice Team Member Jean Stokan was arrested for participating in an act of civil disobedience at the White House on 15 August.

That same day, in his message released for 2018 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis, the voice of compassion for the world's refugees, outlined his four-step vision for responding to the ongoing global migration crisis: 'welcome...protect...promote and integrate'. The Vatican's migrants and refugee section has also published a comprehensive, 20-point action plan for governments entitled: 'Responding to Refugees and Migrants: Twenty Action Points' and 'Twenty Pastoral points'. Download these documents in English here. Download in Spanish here.

Messages to:
JoAnn Persch rsm
Pat Murphy rsm
Jean Stokan

Image: L-r: Pat Murphy rsm, Jo Ann Persch at presentation to them of the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Award in recognition of women religious in Hispanic Ministry for their efforts at Broadview Detention Center. The award was presented to them the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2009.

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Vision in Action
An Invitation to All Sisters of Mercy Under 60

Mercy International Association invites Sisters of Mercy who will be under the age of 60 on 24th September 2017, to join an online group with a long term aim of establishing connections and reflecting together on mercy life and leadership.

Information about the group and how to join can be downloaded here (PDF)

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

Reminder: Send in Your Mercy Day Greeting

Thank you to those who have already sent in your greeting.

All members and friends of the Mercy family are invited to send in your greetings for posting on our mercyworld.org website for Mercy Day. Greetings will be posted online as they are received. We look forward to posting yours!

Greetings should be sent in by Friday, 22 September to make sure they are published for Mercy Day.

Messages to: Anne Walsh - Mercy eNews Editor

Editor: To coincide with the Season of Creation (1 September-4 October), Mercy Global Action has produced a leaflet on SDG Goal #12, 'Ensure Sustainable Production and Consumption Patterns'. 

The leaflet is linked to this item.

Messages to: Denise Boyle fmdm - Team Leader Mercy Global Action

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The High-Level Political Forum is the primary platform for Member State Delegations and members of Civil Society to review their commitments and progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development...

The theme of the forum was "Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world". Delegates and relevant stakeholders convened from July 10th-19th at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to review Goals 1, 2, 3, 5, 9,14...

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

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As a Mercy Community, we pray with those in need of physical healing through the intercession of Catherine McAuley.

God of love and mercy, touch with your healing power and restore to full health: Stephanie Conway rsm, Mark McInerney, Helen Dillon, Zachary Benson, Denise Morrissey, Maura Kelleher, Parbati Wong and all whose names are on our prayer list.

We ask this with confidence through the intercession of Venerable Catherine McAuley. Amen.

Messages to: the Vice postulators

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MIA Prayer Intention: Victims of Flooding

We pray for the people and places in Northern Ireland, South East Britain and mid Wales, in Kansas City and Houston Texas, USA, devastated this week by flooding, and for all affected by extreme weather events, whose lives have been turned upside down and who have to now begin again to create their homes, work places and livelihoods.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

MIA Reflection Process
Season of Creation Commences on Friday with the World Day of Prayer

Editor: The Season of Creation commences on Friday, 1 September, with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. This day was established in the Catholic Church by Pope Francis in 2015 to offer individuals and communities

  • 'a fitting opportunity to reaffirm [our] personal vocation to be stewards of creation,
  • to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which '[God] has entrusted to our care, and
  • to implore [God's] help for the protection of creation as well as ...pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live'.

Access our resources for the Season of Creation.

Messages to: Anne Walsh - Communications Director MIRP

Other Important Dates During the Season of Creation

There are a number of other significant dates during the Season of Creation which you might like to explore:

16 September: International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

15- 17 September: Clean up the World weekend. Theme: 'Our place...our planet...our responsibility'

18 September: Water Monitoring Day

21 September: Zero Emissions Day

22 September: Autumn (fall) Equinox in Northern Hemisphere; Spring (vernal) equinox in the Southern Hemisphere

25 September: Second anniversary of UN adoption of 2030 Sustainability Goals

26 September: World Environmental Health Day (WHO). Theme: 'Indoor & outdoor air quality'

2 October: World Habitat Day [theme for 2017 still to be announced]

4 October: Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, conclusion of the Season of Creation

MIA Members News
Mercy Volunteer Corps Welcomes New Mercy Volunteers (Americas)

Mercy Volunteer Corps (MVC) commissioned their 40th group of Mercy Volunteers on Saturday, August 12, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Institute Leadership Team member Aine O'Connor rsm blessed the Mercy Volunteers during a sprinkling rite along with MVC alumna and recently professed Sister of Mercy Colleen O'Toole. Sister Doris Gottemoeller addressed the volunteers during their Commissioning Mass noting their courage as they embark on their year of service in the name of Mercy.

The 43 new Mercy Volunteers will serve at 35 different service sites in 11 cities across the United States and South America including a new service city in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Messages to: Elizabeth MacNeal - Communications specialist MVC


New Leadership Team Elected (ISMAPNG)

The delegates to the Chapter (August 13-26) have elected a Leader and four Councillors for our Institute.

The new Institute Leadership Team is as follows:

–      Eveline Crotty rsm, Institute Leader
–      Caroline Ryan rsm, Councillor and Institute Vicar
–      Marie Duffy rsm, Councillor
–      Gaye Lennon rsm, Councillor
–      Elizabeth Moloney rsm, Councillor.

The transfer of leadership will take place in mid-December 2017 on a date yet to be fixed.

Please pray for these generous women who have accepted leadership responsibility in our Institute

Messages to: the new Institute Leadership Team c/- Eveline Crotty rsm

Image: Back row. L-r: Srs  Elizabeth Moloney, Marie Duffy,
            Front row. L-r: Srs Gaye Lennon, Eveline Crotty, Caroline Ryan

'All Hallows’ School graduate from 2014, Rory McGahan, is the co-founder of The Unknown Project, a new Brisbane-based initiative that sells wrapped second-hand books to buy school resources for young asylum seekers.

The initiative hopes to teach Australians not to “judge a book by its cover”...

She said her education at All Hallows’, which was founded by the Sisters of Mercy, was a strong factor in her support for refugees and asylum seekers.

“The Mercy values is definitely what’s motivated me not just to want to help out and sign petitions on Facebook but feel more like it’s a duty, an obligation,” she said.

“That’s what I should be aiming to do in my life.”'

Source: Catholic Leader

Messages to: Rory McGahan c/- Angela O'Malley - Director of Mission All Hallows School

Image: L-r: Olivia Roney, Rory McGahan at one of their booksales

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Addressing Atrocities Through Educational Opportunities (The Congregation)

For the past number of years, Mercy Reaches Mercy has been alerting readers about the growing number of attacks on educational institutes around the world and more especially those educating girls. Our Sisters on the ground in both Nigeria and Nuba, Sudan can testify to this fact. More recently, there has been a sinister use of children, mainly girls as “human bombs”.

UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Organization, highlights this and other atrocities in their August 2017 report. According to UNICEF, the number of children, mainly girls, used by the Nigerian armed group Boko Haram as "human bombs" has quadrupled this year...

Read the complete article here (PDF)

Messages to: Deirdre Mullan rsm - Partnering Religious Congregations with UNICEF

Happy 109th Birthday Sr Aidan (Americas)

Editor: Regular readers of mercyeNews might remember that in Issue #714, 29 March 2017, we reported on Sr Mary Aidan Donaldson renewing her vows at the celebration of her 90 years as a Sister of Mercy. On 20 August, Sr Mary Aidan achieved another milestone - her 109th birthday.

Sister Deborah Kennedy, community life coordinator at Convent of Mercy, Mobile, Alabama, attributes Sister Aidan’s long vitality to the fact that “she has remained vitally interested in all of life around her. She took up painting in her 80s—had an art show and took orders for a number of her pictures. And she still remained active in some form of ministry throughout her 90s and early 100s.”...

Read the article here (PDF)

Messages to: Sr Mary Aidan c/- Deborah Kennedy rsm

OLMC Parramatta Hosts Inaugural Women in Leadership Forum (Parramatta)

Four inspirational forum speakers challenged women to embrace all opportunities and to back themselves at the inaugural OLMC Women in Leadership Forum on Wednesday August 23, 2017 in the Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre at Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta.

Linda Burney MP, Shadow Minister for Human Services and Labor Member for Barton, and Samantha Armytage, Media Personality and co-host of Channel Seven’s Sunrise, were joined by Author Felicity Castagna and Dr Yijiao Jiang, Senior Lecturer at MQ Energy and Environmental Contaminants Research Centre, on a panel that explored the challenges and opportunities faced by women today.

Read the report (PDF)

Messages to: Christine Pace - Communications Officer

Beate Matthies, Manager Mercy Spirituality Centre, interviewed Steve Lincoln, Convenor of the Environmental & Sustainability committee of Auckland's Justice & Peace Commission. Steve italks about a paper he authored called “The Ten Green Commitments”.

The program is linked to this item.

Messages to: Beate Matthies

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150 Years of Mercy in Ballyshannon (The Congregation)

150 years of Mercy involvement and ministry fanned out across the diocese of Raphoe from its foundation in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal on 30 April 1867.  The Anniversary celebration commenced with a Mass of Thanksgiving in Sr. Patrick’s Church on 29th April 2017 with Bishop Boyce, as principal celebrant and concelebrating priests from the parishes where Sisters worked.  Members of choirs from these parishes joined with St. Patrick’s choir, under the direction of Sr. Concepta Murphy...

Read the report (PDF)

Messages to: Catherine Gibbons rsm

Mercy Matters
On Responding

'The way we respond to the natural environment directly reflects the way we treat human beings. The willingness to exploit the environment is revealed in the willingness to permit avoidable human suffering. So the survival of the natural environment is also the survival of ourselves. When we will understand that a crime against nature is a crime against ourselves and sin against God?'

- His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

'We all know people in leadership who take themselves a bit too seriously. Some confuse their role or title with their significance in the scheme of things. Some look for privilege and an easy life, forgetting that leadership of anything worthwhile involves hard work, misunderstanding, and invariably brings opposition...'

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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Out of Wonder

Reprinted (November 2016) with a new forword

In Out of Wonder, Nellie McLaughlin rsm takes the reader on a journey through life in the universe, from its initial flaring forth to the present day. In so doing, she presents a passionately argued case for the need to live in harmony with the earth, which has supported life for aeons. This updated edition includes a new foreword in which the author explores the context of her work in the light of the publication of Laudato Si',  Pope Francis' landmark encyclical on the environment.

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1866: Convent at Douglas, Isle of Man founded from Liverpool
1879: Death of M Cecilia Xavier Maguire, Superior Baggot St 1854-58, Foundress of Geelong
1924: Foundation to Great Neck, Long Island from Wilkes-Barre - M John Dowd

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

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Mercy Ecology is a ministry, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, created to work toward the sustainability of all life. We live at a time when the Earth community faces many challenges. Mercy Ecology stands ready to face these challenges in a variety of ways by assisting individuals and communities to bring about a future full of promise.

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  • More notification controls
  • Picture-in-picture mode
  • Adaptive icons
  • Improved sound quality
  • Better autofill support
  • Improved keyboard inputs

Source: PC&Tech Authority

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

'What a Wonderful World' by Playing For Change. Watch/listen here (03:40)

Worth Reading:

-Degradation of Earth

'What the World Needs Now is a New Story Based on an Integral Ecology.' (More than) a report of a workshop on “Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story for Our Shared Future.” Read the article here (7pps; PDF)

-Displacement of People

'Climate Migrants Might Reach One Billion by 2050'. Read the article here

The Bottom Line:

'There is no such thing as an individual within biology...Instead, the fundamental unit of life is interconnection and relationship… Without interconnection life ends.'

-David Haskell, How Listening to Trees Can Help Reveal Nature’s Connections (interview)

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


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