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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 751  |  29 November 2017
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We invite you to journey with us through Advent, reflecting during this season on the MIRP themes of Degradation of Earth and Displacement of People. Let us pray together

for Earth, our home
for our abuse of its riches,
for our squandering of its resources,
for the malaise we have inflicted on its creatures,
for our waste and our negligence.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

An interactive version of this prayer is linked to this item.

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Vision in Action

The next five leaflets (Days 8-12) on issues of gender violence are now online.

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

'Violence against women is fundamentally about power. It will only end when gender equality and the full empowerment of women will be a reality.' The Remarks on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by Secretary-General António Guterres can be read here

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Invitation: Send in Your Christmas Greeting for Posting on Mercyworld.org

As we bring this year to its conclusion, we invite you to share a Christmas greeting with the global Mercy community.

Send in your greetings - text or text and image - by Tuesday, 19 December. The last issue of Mercy eNews for 2017 will be published on Wednesday, 20 December.

Messages to: the Editor

On 12- 13 October,  the United Nations office in Geneva held the last thematic session towards a Global Compact on Migration. This last session focused on "irregular migration and regular pathways, including decent work, labour mobility, recognition of skills and qualification and other relevant measures"...

Many faith based organizations and other NGO's were present to provide input for this last session, including members of the NGO Committee on Migration, in which MIA -MGA at the UN is a member. The NGO Committee on Migration submitted a response to the Issues Brief noting concrete examples for a human rights based approach to migration, as well as ways in which UN Member States must respond to enhance existing pathways of migration and labor mobility schemes...

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

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Final Reminder: 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


MIA Members News

'Over his 50-year career, Chef Ron Hall has fed a lot of people who can afford fine food, and many more who cannot...

But when you talk to him, you hear more about expanding the Thanksgiving in July program he started in 1999, which has collected tons of food for food pantries from Rock Island to Des Moines. 

The program mobilizes civic clubs, school groups, businesses and others into a concentrated July drive to collect nonperishable food items for families in need...

Source: Iowa City Press-Citizen

Messages to: Ron Hall - Executive Chef Mercy Hospital Iowa

Image: stock photo

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Final Profession of Rachael Waisman rsm (ISMAPNG)

On 15 November, Rachael Waisman rsm made her Final Profession during a very joyous Eucharistic celebration in her home parish of St Lawrence’s, Dagua, Wewak, Papua New Guinea.  Berneice Loch rsm, leader of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea, received Rachael’s vows and Jozef Roszynski SVD was the main celebrant.  Rachael, accompanied by her parents, arrived at the church wearing her traditional dress and was warmly greeted by several hundred local people, family and friends and about thirty Sisters of Mercy from Papua New Guinea and Australia.  Many guests had travelled in four-wheels drives or on the back of trucks to cross swollen creeks after heavy rains...

Read the complete report here (PDF)

Messages to: Rachael Waisman rsm c/- Joan Doyle rsm - Director of initial Formation

image: Sr Rachael being called forth to say her vows accompanied by the singsing group

The November 20 announcement by the Trump Administration to end immigration protections for 50,000 Haitians, giving them 18 months to leave the United States, represents a cruel and tragic injustice, and a pattern of total disregard for our nation’s humanitarian and moral obligations to defend the vulnerable.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) gives permission to almost 320,000 immigrants to live and work in the U.S. away from their 10 countries where environmental disaster, armed conflict or other extraordinary circumstances would place them in danger if they return. 

“The Administration’s decision appears driven by a broader political agenda that promotes fear-mongering and blaming of immigrants, and diminishes us all as a nation.  It will cause tremendous suffering both in Haiti and here, including the tearing apart of families, especially for the nearly 27,000 U.S.-born children of current Haitian TPS holders,”  said Sister Anne Marie Miller, Institute Leadership Team Member...

Messages to: Institute Leadership Team c/- Lauren Albright - Institute Communications Office

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'Nestled in the Oblate Renewal Center on Blanco Road [San Antonio] is a small grotto where visitors can pause or pray.

It was there, 15 years ago, that Sister Celestine Daly, a [Mercy} nun from Ireland, and George Gisin, a San Antonio resident, were reflecting when they struck up a conversation.

That discussion was the genesis of a friendship that would span years and continents, and establish an organization that would soon help hundreds of children and families in Zambia, a landlocked country in southern Africa...'

Source: San Antonio Express News

Messages to: Celestine Daly rsm

The Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy has been supporting the Zambian people in the areas of health and education since 1971. Read their story here

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One of seven children and the daughter of a Mexican-American farm laborer, Dr. Barbara Quijano Decker, has served as president of Mercy College of Health Sciences since April 2006. Dr. Decker has led Mercy College to ever higher standards for professional health practitioners. 

Messages to: Dr. Barbara Quijano Decker

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Every county in the Province was represented.  Four score and more they came to Guillane's Hotel Ballinasloe on a wet and windy Saturday morning in mid-September; the 16th to be precise.  The cause célèbre was Dr. John Feehan, Geologist, Botanist and Environmentalist reflecting on modern science and the message from Pope Francis...

To see and listen to a snippet from Dr. John Feehan's talk, click the article link

Messages to: Attracta Tighe rsm
                      Úna Purcell rsm
                      Helen Diviney rsm
                c/-  Suzanne Ryder rsm

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Mercy Matters
1st Sunday of Advent Year B (Mark 13:33-37)

'“Eyes wide open” is the proper stance for gospel people. The little parable that is the gospel reading for this first Sunday of the new liturgical year forms the conclusion to Mark’s so-called apocalyptic discourse...'

Read the Reflection on the Gospel by Veronica Lawson rsm (ISMAPNG)

Listen to the Gospel read by Fr Eamonn O'Connor (Ireland)


Catholic Health Association (CHA) USA, of which Mercy Health systems are members, has produced a video for each of the four weeks of Advent. We shall publish these in MercyeNews each week.

Week One (03:18) is linked to this item.

Our list of free, online, new for 2017 Advent Resources can be accessed here

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If you love the starry night or are fascinated by the night sky, you might find an attractive galaxy wallpaper for your desktop in this list, all available for download.

Source: AddictiveTips.com

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1909: Death of M Austin Carroll, Mobile (professed Cork, Foundress of Buffalo, writer of life of Catherine)

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

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'I would like to reaffirm my urgent call to renew dialogue on how we are building the future of the planet. We need an exchange that unites us all, because the environmental challenge we are experiencing, and its human roots, regards us all, and affects us all.'

-Pope Francis, 16 November, Message to Frank Bainimarama, Fijian Prime Minister and President of COP23

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The Guardian list for android and iphone, some with smartwatch extensions

Source: The Guardian

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

Gabriel's Message.  An old Basque carol. Performed by the Good Shepherd Band. Watch/listen here (04:37). Lyrics here. Purchase on *iTunes

Worth Knowing:

-Degradation of Earth

Climate change

Join Al Gore and many others on 4-5 December celebrating the climate activism happening all around the planet and calling on each of us to make a difference. Visit 24hoursofreality.org for program and details

'Blood flows and rivers run dry as Honduras prepares to go to the polls – in pictures.' View these here

'Climate change, migration and displacement: the need for a risk-informed and coherent approach.' Read the new report here

-Displacement of People

Human Trafficking

In his remarks at the Security Council debate on Trafficking in Persons in Conflict Situations, UN Secretary General António Guterres said human trafficking may constitute a War Crime. Read his remarks here

'Archbishop Auza: Attack Root Causes of Slavery. International Community Must Work Together'. Article and Statement can be read here


Pope Francis has released his message for the 51st World Day of Peace (1 January 2018), 'Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in Search of Peace', calling for a strategy combining four actions: welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating and for the UN to take action in 2018 by creating two global compacts. Read the message here


'A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents uses the very latest data to show that children experience violence across all stages of childhood and in all settings.' New report from UNICEF can be accessed here

The Bottom Line:

'During Advent we are called to enlarge the horizons of our hearts, to be surprised by the life that is presented each day with its newness. '

- Pope Francis, Angelus for the First Sunday of Advent 2016

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

Advent Resources
World Soil Day - Dec 5
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