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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
Providence Row Celebrates the Ongoing Commitment of the Sisters of Mercy to the Homeless and Vulnerable of London (Great Britain)
Providence Row in east London held a celebration of the Sisters of Mercy event on Tuesday, 10 December, to commemorate their work and huge contribution to the charity. The Sisters founded Providence Row in 1860 with Father Daniel Gilbert and they continued to run it until 1988.
The Archbishop of Westminster, Most Rev Vincent Nichols, led a service which gave thanks to the work of the Sisters and Providence Row. During the service he reflected on the charity’s approach to seeing those who use the centre as people with problems, not problem people. “When we fail to see people as people and see them as statistics then we will fail to support them”. The Archbishop of Westminster looked back on the charity’s history and how it was always open to all, regardless of faith: “From the word go this was a charity which was open to everybody, a characteristic of a good charity.”...
The Sisters remain linked to Providence Row; two members of the Board are from the Sisters of Mercy of the Unionwww.sistersofmercyunion.org.uk and the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy...
Pam Orchard - CEO Providence Row
Colette Cronin rsm - Congregational Leader Sisters of Mercy of the Union
Sheila Burke rsm - Congregational Leader Institute of Our Lady of Mercy
Editor: Providence Row is this week's featured website
Mercy International Association Intention for the Coming Week (MIA)
'You have called us to fullness of life, O God. Set us free, then, from al that prevents us from reaching our full stature as children of grace. Freedom is the law you have written in our hearts, and so we know that you will hear and answer our prayer. Amen.'
Prayer from 18 December Evening Prayer. Source: Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy
Send in Christmas Greetings for Posting on the Mercyworld.org Website (MIA)
Editor: Each year the Christmas greetings not only impart good wishes and hopes for us all, but they also hold out to us something of the stories of Mercy lived, loved and experienced in ministries across the Mercy world.
As we bring this year of sharing our global Mercy story to its conclusion, we invite you to tell us all how it has been for you in your ministry - through an anecdote, a greeting, a prayer, a wish, a dream you have or a plan for 2014.
Post your Christmas greeting online on the mercyworld.org site. Send these in by 23 December.
Messages to: the Editor
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 to the list: Michael Claire and Family, James Roe, Mary Skorupa, Ellen Gunnell, Henry Jenkins.
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
Celebrating Foundation Day at Baggot Street (MIA)
On 12 December 2013, Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Associates and Friends of Mercy gathered in Catherine's house at Baggot Street to commemorate the 182nd anniversary of the Foundation of the Sisters of Mercy, and to celebrate the past, the present and the future of Mercy...
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Apartheid Days Remembered (The Congregation)
“Make every home, every shack or rickety structure a centre of learning.” (Nelson Mandela)
Throughout his life, Mandela stressed the need for education as a means of liberating the oppressed and enabling them to live in dignity. Even when he was imprisoned on Robben Island, he encouraged others (his white jailers as well as his co-prisoners) to keep on striving for an education. Above all he led by example – managing against all odds to qualify as a lawyer.
The South African apartheid regime used education as a means of oppression: firstly by providing education of an inferior nature, secondly by limiting access to any kind of education and thirdly by not making attendance at school compulsory for black Africans as it was for whites. (Mandela had been educated at a Methodist mission school before apartheid became a law).
How did the Church, and in particular, the Mercy Sisters contribute to Mandela’s ambition of universal education for every South African?...
Messages to: Immaculata Devine rsm
Editor: Sr Anna Burke's reflection at the Foundation Day Eucharist (pages 9-14 of the Mass booklet) draws the connections between Mercy as understood by Sisters of Mercy and Nelson Mandela. It is another lens, another source of inspiration on the topic addressed by Sr Immaculata.
Championing the Dignity of Indigenous Peoples (Americas)
Editor: Last week we published the news that the Americas Mercy Institute Leadership Team, along with 12 other religious congregations, has called upon Pope Francis to start a new era of justice with a public declaration that formally rescinds papal “bulls,” or decrees, of the 1490s that dehumanize indigenous peoples and justify the taking of indigenous land.
We have learned this week that religious non-governmental organizations in the United Nations, including the Partnership for Global Justice, have written to Pope Francis to ask him to 'act with courage and holy resolve to formally revoke the Papal Bulls', calling such an action 'an act of moral leadership' to governments and the churches.
Read the letter here
Messages to: Deirdre Mullan rsm - Executive Director Partnership for Global Justice
Future we Need Intercongregational Group Submissions Making Contribution to OWG (The Congregation)
The Sisters of Mercy in Ireland as part of the Future we Need Intercongregational group has been contributing to the Open Working Group process at the United Nations. They are preparing submissions for the Irish government’s official delegation who are attending the OWG meetings in New York. To date they have submitted two papers, one on Energy and one on Human Rights.
Messages to: Mary Purcell - Assistant Director Mercy Global Action
Mercy Sister Invited to Speak at Major United Nations Event (Americas)
Carol Rittner rsm, Distinguished Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at The Richard Stockton College of NJ and a member of the Board of the Partnership for Global Justice at the UN, has been invited to give the keynote at the Department of Public Information (DPI) briefing to be held in Conference Room 2, United Nations headquarters, New York on 23 January 2014. The event will deal with the deportation of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust – Lessons for today.
Anyone in the tri-state area who might be in the NYC area at this time is welcome to attend. UN passes to this event can be arranged by contacting:
Deirdre Mullan rsm -Executive Director Partnership for Global Justice
Imaging Mercy Today December 2013 (Aotearoa New Zealand)
Nga mihi atawhai – greetings to all in Mercy! It’s six years since the Sisters of Mercy in New Zealand began their partnership through Mercy Hospital Dunedin with the University of Otago, funding the McAuley Chair of International Health. The project aims at supporting the United Nations’ millennium objectives, particularly those to reduce child mortality, to improve maternal health and to combat diseases like HIV/AIDs, malaria and TB...
Messages to: Katrina Fabish rsm - Congregation Leadership Team
A Life of Service to Refugees and Asylum Seekers (ISMAPNG)
Editor: Carole McDonald rsm, Victorian Co-ordinator for Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH), was recently interviewed for the Alumnae magazine published by the Academy of Mary Immaculate, Fitzroy where Sr Carole is a School Council member. The magazine's release coincided with the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (2 December). In the article which is linked to this item, Sr Carole traces the establishment of ACRATH, an outcome of the 2001 UISG meeting in Rome.
Elsewhere in this newsletter, in the 'Further Resources' section, we provide a link to the NCR article 'Religious women link up to fight human trafficking' which outlines the growth in the work by women religious to address the issue of human trafficking, emanating from the 2009 UISG meeting and establishment of the group 'Talitha Kum'
Messages to: Carole McDonald rsm
Mercy House of Welcome Established for Asylum Seekers in Adelaide (ISMAPNG)
Asylum seekers on bridging visas now have a place of refuge, learning and enrichment at the newly-opened Mercy House of Welcome in Adelaide, where more help is needed to keep up with growing demand, particularly in teaching English as a second language...
Run by Mercy Works (the development agency of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia and Papua New Guinea), the Mercy House offers English lessons, legal advice, assistance with paying bills, transport to appointments and general support. Already it is attracting around 20 asylum seekers every day and co-ordinator Alison Roach rsm says she is struggling to keep up with the demand, particularly for English lessons...
Messages to: Ali Roach rsm
1883: Foundation to Clonmen from Cahir, Co Tipperary - M Bernard Vaughan
'We are called not only to imagine what can be done, but with prayer, discipline and perserverance, to do it.'
A Sense of Place: Reflections on the Bog Lands of Kilteevan (new resource)
by Kilteevan native Kathleen Glennon rsm, a book ' about the beauty of the local landscape, its flora, fauna, history, heritage and personalities...' of Kilteevan, Roscommon, Ireland.
Read the report of the book launch attached to this item, watch the video clip and listen to the radio interview, all of which together convey a marvellous sense of this book of poetry.
'A Sense of Place' is on sale in Paddy Finns in Kilteevan, Gleesons in Roscommon, and Eight Til Late in Roscommon or, for those outside Roscommon, email Sr Kathleen regarding a purchase
Providence Row, East London
Providence Row tackles the root causes of homelessness to help people get off, and stay off, the streets.
Time magazine's interactive timeline for 2013. One way to measure some of the significant events this year.
Age to Age - An Advent Prayer
The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart Congregation (Australia) has posted this contemporary reflection for Advent to the song 'In Every Age' by Janet Whittaker Sullivan. Watch it here (04:12)
Michael Leunig (Australian poet, cartoonist and cultural commentator) & Fr David Ranson (Lecturer in Spirituality) on "Faith and Grace in Everyday Life". Filmed in conversation in April 2013. Watch it here (1:18:04)
Salt + Light producers have produced a television and web based series. Their goal: 'to inspire people and get them talking about the faith, to share stories of the New Evangelization, and to highlight the broad and inclusive nature of Catholicism and its rich tradition'.
A 13 episode series, episode11: The Consecrated Life has just screened. All previous shows are available on the web. Access the series here
The band 'For Today' will release its next album 'Fight the Silence' on 4 February with the video for the title track raising awareness about human trafficking. The clip was directed by Daniel Davidson (August Burns Red, Norma Jean). A useful resource with secondary (second level) students and older, the clip is already online. View it here (03:50) The clip ends with the address of a website against human trafficking http://www.thea21campaign.org. Check out the site. Educators in the USA: details of a forthcoming high school curriculum resource, Bodies Are Not Commodities, can be found on the site here
In a comprehensive article marking the International Day of Human Trafficking in the Philippines (12 December), NCR reports on the work of religious women to combat human trafficking. Read the article here
Meeting last week with 17 newly appointed ambassadors to the Holy See, Pope Francis encouraged them to work together, regardless of creed, against the “slavery” of human trafficking. Read the article and listen to the report of this meeting on Vatican Radio here
The former Chief Justice of Australia, Sir Gerard Brennan, condemns politicians' approach to asylum seekers. Read the report in The Guardian here Sir Gerard's speech can be accessed here
'Sister' the film
The makers of the film 'Sister' are looking for a new title for their film so they are hosting an online contest to gather ideas. They are also looking for funding to help complete the film. Watch the trailer here (03:41). Visit the site to enter the contest
Worth Looking out for
Documentary on Human Trafficking
'Tricked' is a newly released feature documentary that considers the ever evolving sex trafficking landscape. Visit the website to see the promotional clip (01:47) and to learn more. Visit the site here
Worth Looking here if you haven't read these this week
Pope Francis - why he has been named person of the year. Time explains. Watch and read the explanation here
Mandela's passing: a time for self-reflection.
Barak Obama's speech delivered in memory of Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa on December 10. Read it here
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