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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 750  |  22 November 2017
Featured Story

Editor: In the MIRP 6 Month Update, Sisters and partners in Mercy were encouraged to explore one of the three symbols from the MIRP Report pps 15-16 (the holon, the butterfly or the global heart), to creatively deepen the image (in poetry, in painting, in sculpture...) and to share their artistic work with the Mercy world.

A number of creative pieces, including the one shown here, have been received from individuals and circle groups in Newfoundland. These are linked to this item.

We welcome more creative contributions from your contemplative engagement for sharing with the Mercy world.

Messages to: Mercy International Reflection Process Continuation Group (Elizabeth Davis rsm, Mary Reynolds rsm, Anne Walsh)

Contributions to: Anne Walsh - Director MIRP Communications

Image: Global Heart created by Sisters Mary Tee, Irene Neville, Monica Hickey, Patricia Maher, Theresa March, Diane Smyth

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Vision in Action
The Season of Advent (3-24 December)

The Season of Advent commences on Sunday, 3 December. In next week's MercyeNews (29 November, Issue #751) and the following 3 weeks, the MIA Prayer intention will focus us on Advent. We are taking as our inspiration for each week of Advent our MIRP focus themes Displacement of People and Degradation of Earth.

Week 1: For Earth our home
Week 2: For those not at home
Week 3: For those who have no home
Week 4: For those not at home within themselves

Our prayer each week will be presented in interactive format to aid reflection.

Once again, we have compiled a list of new- for- Advent  free online resources for your reading, listening, viewing, praying and reflection. That list will be available in next week's MercyeNews.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA


On Thursday, 23 November, 2017, at 5:30 pm (Rome time) in St. Peters’ Basilica, Pope Francis will preside over a celebration of Prayer for Peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The prayer with Pope Francis is an initiative of Solidarity with South Sudan.

As we pray for peace, let us also remember the members of our Mercy family whose ministry is in South Sudan: Ailish O'Brien rsm (The Congregation), Rosario Staunton rsm (GB Institute), Maureen Limer rsm (GB Federation), or on behalf of South Sudan:  Marilyn Lacey rsm (Americas).

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

'It is our duty to liberate people from poverty', a Global Sisters Report article on South Sudan

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Registration Opens for the 2018 Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage

Registration is now open for the 2018 Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage for school leavers, college and university students ages 18-25 in 2018.

ALL attendees (pilgrims, mentors, volunteers, staff) need to register their attendance online here

Earlybird registrations and payments of €250 per participant are due by St Patrick's Day, 17 March 2018. After 17 March the registration cost will be €280 per participant.

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



Report from Mercy Under 60s

In response to an invitation sent through Congregation Leaders in August and advertised in MercyeNews, 85 Sisters of Mercy across the Mercy world under the age of 60 have formed a discussion group.

Members of the group met through video conferencing for prayer together on Mercy Day and again a month later.

The group have spent time introducing themselves through the online discussion page and in the month of October shared their responses to the invitation from the MIRP 6-month Update to explore ecological conversion in relation to religious life.

A snapshot of our discussion is linked here (PDF)

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

Editor: The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is a global campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and its impact on a woman’s well-being. It commences on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and concludes on 10 December, Human Rights Day. This year, the UNiTE Campaign has the overarching theme, “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”— reflecting the core principle of the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Future We Need group of which MIA-MGA is a member is producing a series of leaflets, one for each day of the campaign. The first seven leaflets are linked to this item with further leaflets to be available through the next two issues of Mercy eNews.

Messages to: Denise Boyle fmdm - Team Leader MIA-MGA

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12 December: Foundation Day at Baggot Street

Sisters, Associates and Friends of Mercy are invited to celebrate Eucharist at Mercy International Centre,
64A Lower Baggot Street, Dublin
on Tuesday, 12 December at 12 midday.

As part of the celebrations,
Catherine McAuley’s Refectory Bell
will be received for inclusion in the
Mercy International Association Heritage Collection.

All are welcome to lunch following the Eucharist.

RSVP by Friday 1 December 

Download the invitation:  A4 Paper size, US Letter size

Email: Madeleine O'Hanlon - Receptionist or phone her on +353 1 661 8061


Mercy Global Presence
'An Historic Moment'- Report from ISMAPNG - Meeting of Mercy Asia Pacific Leaders and Teams'

Editor: In MercyeNews Issue #746 (25 October) we published a short report from the gathering of the Mercy Leaders and Teams in the Asia Pacific Region.

A more detailed report from the gathering, written by Sally Bradley rsm ISMAPNG Leadership Team, is attached to this item. The report includes 9 key points that were raised in discussion at the meeting.

Download the report here (5pps, PDF)

Messages to: Sally Bradley rsm - ISMAPNG Leadership Team

Image: iStock. Asia Pacific Region. Used under licence


Summary of MIRP in Griffith, NSW (ISMAPNG)

In March 2016 we gathered together eight people who were interested in looking at the needs in our small multi-cultural city...  We met five times, prayed and brought to the group our knowledge of the city after interviewing personnel in schools, community health agencies and youth and multi-cultural services. We looked at youth homelessness and the reasons for same. Finally we decided on the need for a sub-acute  rehabilitation residential centre for young  people effected from drug and alcohol abuse in Griffith and surrounding areas.

At the end of 2016 we did not feel we could let this need and our enthusiasm die. The group agreed to continue...

Read the complete item (PDF)

Messages to: Theresa Foley rsm and Tricia Johnson rsm

Image: View over Griffith NSW. Wikipedia CC2.0

MIA Members News
Establishment of the Center for Faith and Spirituality and Mandala Sand Painting Exhibit (Americas)

Saint Joseph's College of Maine is establishing a Center for Faith and Spirituality as part of the College's strategic plan to be recognized as an exemplary, 21st Century, Catholic, liberal arts college in the Mercy tradition.  Rooted in the Mission and Core Values of the College, the Center for Faith and Spirituality provides the space and opportunities for individuals and groups to explore their own spiritual development in all aspects of life in an expansive and inclusive setting where hospitality is experienced, community is fostered, and relationships are deepened.  

To celebrate the formation of the Center, the College hosted a Mandala Sand Painting Exhibit by the monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery and the Mystical Arts of Tibet October 16th-19th in the Stone Barn located on the Saint Joseph’s campus.  For more information about the Center, visit www.sjcme.edu/cfs 

Messages to: Michael E. Sanderl - Vice President & Chief Sponsorship and Mission Integration Officer

The Reach of Mercy Hands (Americas)

There is a young Haitian man in immigration detention in Kankakee, Illinois.  When Sister JoAnn Persch rsm met him, his only request was “good news” about his mother in Haiti.  JoAnn immediately thought of Sister Marilyn Lacey rsm, of California who has a school in Haiti that is sponsored by Marilyn’s ministry, Mercy Beyond Borders.  Thanks to Sister Marilyn, a staff member of the school traveled several hours to find the young man’s mother. This staff member told her where her son is and how worried her son is about her.  The mother was grateful that she now knows where her son is and will be praying for him. She sent a message telling him that she is fine.  When Sister  JoAnn was able to deliver this message to the young man in the immigrant detention center, his face lit up and he relaxed thanks to “good news” about his mother.  It so happened the day the message was delivered was the young man’s birthday.  What a great birthday gift made possible by Mercy hands and hearts reaching out across states and countries.  How blessed we are to be Mercy!

Messages to: JoAnn Persch rsm

An Ecological Reading of Matthew's Gospel: Part 10 (ISMAPNG)

Elaine Wainwright rsm points to the ecological impact of the parable of the goats and sheep in Matthew 25:31-46 as calling us to care for our common home. Sr Elaine writes: 'The celebration of the Cosmic Christ on 26 November with the last great parable of Jesus invites us to ponder more deeply the call of Pope Francis to this eighth work of mercy: care for our common home.'

Download the article here (2pps; PDF)

Messages to: Elaine Wainwright rsm

Sister Ana Rosa and Sister Ana Maria were born in Puerto Rico and ministered there for many years. Now living in Pittsburgh, they reflect on the history of Mercy presence in Puerto Rico and share some of the hardships facing their island home in the wake of two devastating hurricanes.

Their reflections are linked to this item.

Messages to: Srs Ana Rosa de la Cruz and Sister Ana Maria Cases c/- Lauren Albright - Institute Communications Office

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Mercy Matters
16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (25 November - 10 December)

Last year MIA-MGA at the UN in partnership with the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd produced the #16Days16Stories campaign. These videos can be accessed online here.

ACRATH, the organisation with which Mercy Sisters in Australia address modern slavery, has updated its resources for this campaign. Access those materials here

'“It has long been a common custom to give to Christ the metaphorical title of King.” These are the words of Pope Pius XI who established this feast between two world wars in the hope of counteracting the growing secularism “in public affairs and politics” and finding a way towards global peace....'

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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'Google knows a lot about you.It knows what you get up to online, and if you have an Android phone, it knows the last app you opened.

Of course, Google isn’t trying to stalk you personally; the information is stored anonymously and then used to sell to advertisers. However, if you’re not happy with it, there is a way of deleting it.'

Source: PC & Tech Authority

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1884: Acquisition of Merion motherhouse property

1922: Opening of Cunningham Chapel, Adelaide, South Australia

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

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Available on the iPhone 6S, 6S 7, and 7 Plus, 3D touch is a great shortcut tool to use on your iPhone that you won't regret learning how to use.
Source: Popsugar.Tech

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'May the Lord, who has compassion for our poverty and needs, and bestows his talents upon us, grant us the wisdom to seek what really matters, and the courage to love, not in words but in deeds.'

-Pope Francis, Homily, World day of the Poor 2017

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

Simply three string trio play 'Rain' (original song). Watch/listen here (04:27). Purchase on *iTunes; *GooglePlay

Worth Reading:

-Degradation of Earth

Climate Change

In a message sent 16 November to Frank Bainimarama, Fijian Prime Minister and President of COP23, Pope Francis reaffirmed his 'urgent call to renew dialogue on how we are building the future of the planet'. Read the message here

'Bonn: UN conference closes with renewed urgency for greater ambition to tackle climate change'. Article here

The 2017 Executive Director's Report was presented on 16 November by UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim, analyzes impacts on human health and ecosystems brought on by air, land, freshwater, marine, chemical and waste pollution. Access the report 'Towards a Pollution-Free Planet, here (29pps, PDF); English & Spanish translations

Religious Life

A report in Global Sisters Report on the conference 'Engaging Our Diversity: Interculturality and Consecrated Life', hosted by the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life, Chicago, includes the videos of the keynotes given by Tim Norton SVD and Adriana Milmanda SSpS. Find the report here

-Displacement of People


A new report 'Changing the Narrative: Media Representation of Refugees and Migrants in Europe',  indicates a “pattern of invisibility” of refugees and migrants in news reports on asylum and migration in European media. Read a summary or the full report (52pps; PDF) here


In a new report released to coincide with World Children's Day on Monday, 20 November, UNICEF revealed that in 37 countries, some 180 million youth are more likely to exist in extreme poverty, be out of school or be killed by violence, than children in those same countries 20 years ago. Press release here

The Bottom Line:

'Architects and painters, sculptors and musicians, filmmakers and writers, photographers and poets, artists of every discipline, are called to make beauty shine, especially where darkness and greyness dominate everyday life; they are custodians of beauty, heralds and witnesses of hope for humanity, as my predecessors have repeated many times. I invite them, therefore, to care for beauty, and beauty will heal the many wounds that mark the heart and soul of the men and women of our times'.

-Pope Francis, Message to the Pontifical Academies 2016

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