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Mercy Enews
No. 547 | 18 December 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


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...

Messages to:

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


Further Resources

Worth Watching
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

Human Trafficking
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

Worth Reading
Human Trafficking
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

Asylum Seekers
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

Worth Considering
'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
Pope Francis - why he has been named person of the year. Time explains. Watch and read the explanation here

Nelson Mandela
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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