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MGA Amplifying Plight of Haitians at the United Nations

MGA

MGA Amplifying Plight of Haitians at the United Nations

MGA

MGA Amplifying Plight of Haitians at the United Nations

For the last few months, Catholic Sisters, Brothers, priests and their partners in mission in Haiti have been sending deeply concerning reports of the rapidly escalating unrest in Haiti to their representatives at the United Nations. Since sitting Haitian President Jovenel Moïse rebuffed significant pressure from political opposition to leave office in early February, a country that was already in the grips of poverty and health crises, has been unraveling into a state of utter chaos…

May Meetings of Directors and Members

MIA

May Meetings of Directors and Members

MIA

May Meetings of Directors and Members

Over the past two weeks a series of meetings have been held by zoom.  These included meetings of the Board, meetings of Members, joint meetings of Directors and Members, and the Annual General Meeting (AGM).   At the AGM, Sr Paula Thomas (Federation of the Sisters of Mercy Great Britain) was elected as a Director to replace Sr Colette Cronin (The Institute of Our Lady of Mercy (UK)).  Sincere thanks was expressed to Colette for her nine years of board service, and to Paula for being willing to take on Directorship responsibilities…

-Berneice

Congratulations to Ron Ashworth, Chair of the MIA Board

MIA

Congratulations to Ron Ashworth, Chair of the MIA Board

MIA

Congratulations to Ron Ashworth, Chair of the MIA Board

At the start of the recent Board meeting, Sr Sheila Carney, Vice-Chair of the Board, congratulated Ron Ashworth on the honour he recently received from the University of Missouri, where a Professorship to support Autism research and services has been named for him.  This was in recognition of Ron’s extensive involvement in the work.  Ron spoke briefly to his deep interest in Autism and the impact the condition has on the lives of individuals and families.  Board members are deeply appreciative of the time Ron gives to MIA in spite of his many other commitments.  Thank you, Ron.

-Berneice

MESSAGES TO: Berneice Loch rsm CEO MIA
MIA Prayer Intention: The Workings of the Spirit

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: The Workings of the Spirit

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: The Workings of the Spirit

‘O God, we believe that in the bursting forth of your Spirit the face of the Earth is renewed.

Help us to recognize the working of the Spirit among us so that we may be open to transformation.

Let us use our gifts for the benefit of others and the good of all your creation.

We ask this in the name of Jesus whose promises never fail.

Amen.’

Source: ‘Intercessions of Mercy’ edited by Joy Clough rsm

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MESSAGES TO: Berneice Loch rsm CEO MIA

Members' News

Institute Divests from Fossils Fuels During Laudato Si' week

GB Institute

Institute Divests from Fossils Fuels During Laudato Si' week

Sr Maura Mullen, on behalf of the Trustees of the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy (UK), said: "In the midst of increasing awareness and acknowledgment of our current climate emergency, our attention is directed to the urgent need to cut carbon emissions drastically. This presents us with a clear moral imperative to which we are called to respond by divesting from Fossil Fuel holdings and joining the Global Divestment Announcement on 17 May 2021. We see this as a powerful witness to our faith and values in the context of the April Leaders' Summit on Climate and the UK's hosting of the COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021."

Resilience: Theme of Mission and Development Report for 2020

The Congregation

Resilience: Theme of Mission and Development Report for 2020

2020 was a year like no other.  The M&D (Mission and Development) Report for that year highlights how Mercy responded to the challenges encountered in Kenya, Peru and South Africa. Through ministry efforts by the Sisters on the ground, solidarity with those most in need was once again the hallmark of Mercy presence.

Mercy Oklahoma City Keeps Up Relentless Pace in Race Against Virus

Americas

Mercy Oklahoma City Keeps Up Relentless Pace in Race Against Virus

When the first doses of vaccine arrived, Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City was in the throes of a COVID-19 patient surge. At one point, patients with COVID occupied almost half its 379 beds…

By late April, the hospital, in partnership with its Mercy Clinic and the local health department, had administered more than 61,000 doses of vaccine, most of them through its vaccine clinic but some through two retail pharmacies it runs. Its vaccines have covered 15% of the Oklahoma City population…

MPJP Sponsorship Committee Meets for Last Time

Aotearoa New Zealand

MPJP Sponsorship Committee Meets for Last Time

History was made on April 13 when the Sponsorship Committee, formed three years ago to plan for the creation of a Ministerial Public Juridic Person (MPJP), held its last meeting.
The conclusion of its work was signalled in the completion of documents to be sent to Rome, in support of a request from Ngā Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand that the Holy See approve the establishment of the MPJP, to be known as Whānau Mercy Ministries…

Sharing Their Peruvian Ministry Story Back Home in Sydney L-r: Srs Patricia McDermott, Jackie Ford, Joan Doyle

Australia

Sharing Their Peruvian Ministry Story Back Home in Sydney

Three Australian Mercy Sisters, Srs Joan Doyle, Jackie Ford and Patricia McDermott, all former teachers at Mercy College and St Pius X College Chatswood in the 1970’s, together established a Mission in the shanty town of Candela, in Lima, Peru in 1994. This poor shanty town in northern Lima, Peru had no running water and sewerage, no paved roads and high levels of unemployment. Working with the local people and with the support of generous donations mainly from Australia, the Sisters were instrumental in establishing a health clinic, two childcare centres, and three Women’s Houses…

Mercy Sisters Join Other Women Religious in Helping at the Border Stock image

Americas

Mercy Sisters Join Other Women Religious in Helping at the Border

‘In early May, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious asked members for urgent help in ministering to migrants when families, minors and others were increasingly coming across cities and towns close to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sr. Patricia Mulderick of the Sisters of Mercy, who'd had previous experience in advocacy work on behalf of migrants and experience in Latin America, was one of several women religious who answered the call…’

Source: Global Sisters Report

Mercy Matters

Collaborating for the Future Carol Zinn ssj

Resource

Collaborating for the Future

Compass Catholic Vocations project

Guest speaker is Carol Zinn ssj, Executive Director LCWR

Date: 12 June 2021. Time: 1-4pm (London time) Click here to find out the time and date this will be in your local area

To register and receive the zoom link for this free event, fill in the form here

All religious interested in creating a culture of vocation are welcome to attend

Spirituality in a Time of Reckoning Janet Ruffing rsm

Resource

Spirituality in a Time of Reckoning

Three virtual events on Thursdays in June:
On Grief (10 June), On Anger (17 June), On Metanoia (24 June).
Janet Ruffing rsm (Americas) and Bryan Massingale will be in conversation On Metanoia on 24 June.
These conversations are free events. Register here

Each event will be held at 3pm Eastern Time. Click here to find out the time and date this will be in your local area (Time given here is for the first date)

Foundations in Spirituality for Everyday Living Sandra Schneiders ihm

Resource

Foundations in Spirituality for Everyday Living

A five-week webinar series with Sandra Schneiders ihm on Tuesdays in June (1, 8, 15, 22, 29) from 8-930pm EDT

Click here to find out the time and date this will be in your local area (Time given here is for the first date)

Suggested donation for the series: US$50

The series flyer is attached for further information

Trinity Sunday, Year B

Gospel

Trinity Sunday, Year B

Matt 28:16-20

'Trinity Sunday celebrates the core Christian conviction that God is a communion of relational love. For the people of Israel, no other god could compare with their God whom they knew as both creator and liberator and whom they experienced as intimately involved in every aspect of their history and of their day-to-day lives...'

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

1887: Sisters of Mercy in Sacramento, California became an independent congregation

Contribute a fact from the story of your Mercy congregation, institute or federation, to our online archive.

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Gmail Inbox Safer

Digital Life

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Gmail Inbox Safer

‘These built-in features definitely protect your data, but they can help keep your inbox tidy too.’

Further Resources

Rehumanizing a de-humanized society

Worth Reading

Rehumanizing a de-humanized society

‘Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, the 19th Surgeon General of the United States, jolted the wheels of my pandemic locked-down brain with his new bookTogether: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World. In doing medical interviews to explore the almost universal loneliness uncovered in their research, Murthy explored various community lifestyles…’

Read the article here
Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition

Worth Knowing

Healthy Planet, Healthy People Petition

The Global Catholic Climate Movement has launched this petition on the website, thecatholicpetition.org, for Catholics to sign for a "healthy planet, healthy people." The effort comes in advance of a meeting of global leaders for two U.N. conferences the U.N. Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in October and the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November.

Sign the Petition here
Sr. Sandra Schneiders: Women's religious life is undergoing a transformation that will help it survive

Worth Reading

Sr. Sandra Schneiders: Women's religious life is undergoing a transformation that will help it survive

‘Noted theologian Sr. Sandra M. Schneiders recently gave a presentation for FutureChurch as part of its "Women Erased" series about religious life and how it is evolving. Global Sisters Report reprinted her talk, which has been edited slightly for clarity, with her permission and that of FutureChurch.’

Read the talk here
LCWR 'Update'

Worth Reading

LCWR 'Update'

The June issue of ‘Update’, the monthly newsletter from LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) is now online.

Read the issue here
'Be Still, My Soul' by C. Rand Matheson

Worth Watching

'Be Still, My Soul' by C. Rand Matheson

VOCES8 records "Be Still, My Soul" by C. Rand Matheson, a setting of Sibelius' Finlandia - SATB a cappella

Watch/listen here

Send suggestions and contributions for the ‘Worth’ Section 2021 to: The Editor

The Bottom Line

‘At this present crossroads of history, we cannot allow the revival of hope to coincide solely with the concern for the material expression of life. There is, no doubt, an urgent need to supply food, and this demanding task, which is essentially one of economic reconstruction, must unite and mobilize our societies.

But our societies also need a spiritual restart. We do not live without bread, but we cannot live only on bread. The deepest moments of crisis have always been overcome by infusing a new soul, proposing paths of interior transformation and spiritual reconstruction of our common life… ‘

—Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça, Homily, May 13, Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

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