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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
Videos of Presentations from the Second National Symposium on Catherine McAuley Now Online (The Congregation)
Editor: In Mercy E-news Issue 535 (9 October, 2013) we reported on the very successful Second National Symposium on Catherine McAuley, organised by The Congregation's Committee for the Cause of Catherine's Canonisation.
We are pleased to announce that the videos of the presentations are now available in the Spirituality section of the mercyworld.org website (linked to this item), along with the text of each presentation. The presentations are
- Gathering the Harvest of Catherine’s Faith: Mary Reynolds rsm, Executive Director MIA
- Gathering the Harvest of Catherine’s Love and Humility: Mary C Sullivan, Biographer of Catherine McAuley
- Gathering the Harvest of Catherine’s Hope: Brenda Dolphin rsm, Postulator for the Cause of Catherine McAuley
Thank you to the Canonisation Committe for generously making these presentations available to the global Mercy family and to Marie B Stuart rsm for her filming on the day.
Anne Hannon rsm - Vice-postulator Europe and Africa
Marie B Stuart rsm - Videographer
Image: Mary Reynolds rsm presenting to the assembled group.
Mercy International Association Intention for the Coming Week (MIA)
More than a million people in India made homeless by Cyclone Phailin;100,000 people killed, over two million refugees fled to neighbouring countries and at least another five million people displaced inside Syria; more than 700,000 people affected by catastropic flooding in Cambodia; 10.3 million people across west Africa suffering from food shortages; ongoing insecurity affecting South Sudan and Somalia; a severe storm that ripped across Britain and onto mainland Europe with a death toll of 13, with the UK and Germany hit the hardest; floods in the Philippines, the third most vulnerable country in the world to natural disasters and climate change...
There are so many in our world who are in need of prayer and practical help. Let us not succumb to a culture of 'global indifference' (Pope Francis).
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
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; in particular those whose names have been newly added: Christine Atkinson, Bob Acton, Carmen Dizon, Mary Paz Aribon, OP, Maria Lourdes Casillano, Min Aly'o, Mercy Hug.
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
Being Visible and Available (ISMAPNG)
Sixteen years ago, Monsignor Allan Hart had a new vision of being pastoral in the Parish of Hamilton, part of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, New South Wales. He approached the Sisters of Mercy to develop this new approach which was to be an outreach to all people (not only Catholics) in the entire region of his Parish. This was to be accomplished by simply walking in the residential streets and casually meeting the people in their gardens or along the street. Patricia Whitten rsm was appointed coordinator to gather a small group of Sisters for this ministry and so began the Walking Pastoral Team...
Messages to: Patricia Whitten rsm
Brief Report on the MECPATH Training Workshop (The Congregation)
Mercy-End Child Prostitution and Trafficking in the Hospitality Sector’ (MECPATH) is a ministry of The Congregation. On Friday, 4 October MECPATH held a training workshop to raise awareness and brief the 12 Mercy Sister Volunteers from the 4 Irish Provinces about the sexual exploitation of Children in Ireland today.
Mary Ryan rsm (Campaign Coordinator) and Denise Boyle fmdm (Campaign Manager) invited speakers from NGOs; plus the Anti-human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of the Ministry of Justice; and the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) which includes the anti-human trafficking section, to address the participants.. The NGO participants came from Act to Prevent Trafficking (APT); Children’s Rights Alliance (CRA); and Survivors of Prostitution and Abuse Calling for Enlightenment (SPACE).
An overview of the day can be downloaded here.
Mary Ryan rsm
Denise Boyle fmdm
Join Sisters of Mercy at School of the Americas Rally and Vigil (Americas)
The annual witness for nonviolence and human rights at the gates of Fort Benning, the home of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly known as the School of the Americas) is so important to our Sisters of Mercy family in Latin America.
Mercy’s presence at WHISC/SOA symbolizes our solidarity with the suffering of the people in Latin America at the hands of U.S. militarization and trade policies. Join us for the annual rally and solemn vigil for closing the SOA, November 22-24 in Columbus, Georgia.
Messages to: email@example.com
Mercy Hospital Joplin Named Top Hospital by National Research Group (Americas)
Mercy Hospital Joplin has just been named one of the top hospitals in the nation by the National Research Corporation – one of the nation’s leading consumer health care study groups...
Among 276 other hospitals nationwide listed as a 2013/2014 Consumer Choice winner, Mercy Hospital Joplin is recognized for having the Best Overall Quality, Best Image/Reputation, Best Doctors, and Best Nurses in the U.S. Mercy shares this Consumer Choice recognition with Freeman Health System, also in Joplin...
Messages to: Angella Saporito - Mercy Media Contact
National Mercy Young Adult Gathering (Parramatta & North Sydney Congregations)
On Saturday, 19 October, 20 young adults from the Sydney MAGnet (Mercy Action Group Network) and the Brisbane BAM (Brisbane Actioning Mercy) groups gathered at Stormanson House, North Sydney. The theme of the event, hosted by MAGnet, was "We’ve Boundless Plains to Share", a phrase drawn from Australia’s National Anthem...
A report of the gathering is attached here.
Messages to: Kate Anderson - Coordinator (National Gathering) on behalf of MAGnet Sydney
A Milestone in Yarrapos (ISMAPNG)
Mercy Secondary School Yarapos in Wewak, East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea, celebrated its Golden Jubilee on 11-13 September. Founded in 1963 by the Brisbane Sisters of Mercy in the Diocese of Wewak, this girls’ school has educated thousands of young women under the leadership of nine Sisters and two lay principals whose names adorn the buildings. The environment is tropical and evergreen...
Messages to: Theresia Tina rsm - Institute Councillor
1896: Opening of St Mary's Hospital, Drogheda, Co Louth
1986: Foundation to Piet Retief, South Africa
'Be sure that the Sisters have a comfortable cup of tea when I am gone': MC McAuley
Mercy Prayerbook App and PDF
Since first 'advertising' these digital formats of the Morning & Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy, we've received a few inquiries about how to access these from Sisters who missed out on seeing that news item. So we are listing them here again as well as in the Resources section on mercyworld.org (search for prayer book under category 'books').
PDF: Download the print ready document here
The Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy
Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland. Her aim at that time was to 'care for the poor, sick and ignorant'. Today, 2,324 members follow in the footsteps of Catherine McAuley, in 9 countries.
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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
We all know the story: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. But do we know its meaning? Last month Gladwell told the story of David and Goliath on TED. Watch it here (15:41). It's engrossing. Listen to an extended interview on National Public Radio with Gladwell about the book here (18:34)
By now most readers would have read 'A Big Heart Open to God', the interview with Pope Francis published in America magazine. The interview on 'Charlie Rose', with Matt Malone SJ, Editor of America and Joseph McShane SJ, President of Fordham University, is a very informative conversation about the papal interview. Watch it here on Bloomberg (23:46)
Why We Don’t Care About Saving Our Grandchildren From Climate Change
A new study suggests that human beings are too selfish to endure present pain to avert future climate change. That's why we need win-win solutions now. Read the article here
“A billion reasons to believe in Africa: The long march from ‘the hopeless continent’ to ‘the spiritual lung of humanity'"
On 18 October, Agbinkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ, Provincial of the Eastern Africa Jesuit Province, gave the 2013 CAFOD Pope Paul VI lecture at Kings College London. His talk was entitled '"A billion reasons to believe in Africa: The long march from ‘the hopeless continent’ to ‘the spiritual lung of humanity'".Orobator concluded his talk by saying that 'In spite of harmful stigmatization and stereotypical portrayal, Africa has defied formidable odds and demonstrated resilience and resolve borne on the courage and hope of a billion people. As should be clear, belief in Africa is first and foremost belief by Africans in Africa!' Read the talk here
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. Released 8 October
Available in the following editions: kindle, paperback, hardback, CD. Order from Amazon
On Human Trafficking
Joan S. Dawber, S.C., talks about the work of LifeWay Network, an organization that seeks to combat human trafficking through the provision of safe housing and education. Podcast is available here
The Cosmic Story: What Does it Have to Do with Religious Life?
New understandings of the cosmic story have clearly captured our attention. But what do these insights have to do with our everyday lives?
The Winter 2014 issue of Occasional Papers will explore how the cosmic story impacts on a number of aspects of life.
Further details and order form are available from the LCWR website. View the site here
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