St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Opens New Hospital-based Farm to Patients, Providers and Members of the Community

The Farm at St Joe's

Vision in Action

Mercy Global Presence: A Video Overview of the Process

MGP

Mercy Global Presence: A Video Overview of the Process

MGP

Mercy Global Presence: A Video Overview of the Process

On 14 May, 2021, Elizabeth Davis rsm, Members' Representative on the Mercy Global Presence (MGP) Guiding Team, presented via zoom an overview of the MGP process to Board Directors and Mercy Leaders (Members). Berneice Loch rsm (CEO MIA) and Anne Walsh (MGP Communications), the other members of the MGP Guiding Team, were also present.

The presentation in video format (37:29) has been added to the Mercy Global Presence microsite and can also be found in our online library

MESSAGES TO: Eizabeth Davis rsm MGP Guiding Team
Learning, Experiencing, Growing: Reflections of an Outgoing Intern

MGA

Learning, Experiencing, Growing: Reflections of an Outgoing Intern

MGA

Learning, Experiencing, Growing: Reflections of an Outgoing Intern

Applying for the intern position at MGA was one of the best decisions I’ve made! It has been a year of learning, experiencing, and growing, and my heart is filled with gratitude as it comes to an end.

Here are my top five things that I’ve learned during my internship with MGA:
1. Having a supportive team around you is so important
2. Poverty is definitely not a fate!
3. Adaptability is key
4. If the opportunity is there, grab it!
5. Enjoy yourself!

MIA Prayer Intention: Contemplation and Compassion

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: Contemplation and Compassion

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: Contemplation and Compassion

Loving God, pour out your Spirit upon us.
You have given life and breath to all creation since the dawn of the Universe.
Pour out your Spirit that we may see visions and dream dreams.
Give us a deeper awareness that we are part of all that you have made.
Open our hearts anew to the cry of Earth and the cry of the Poor.
At this moment in our history, may we see with contemplation and respond with compassion.

Amen

Source: Opening Prayer for the May MGP Region Two Gathering by Patricia McMahon rsm

MESSAGES TO: Berneice Loch rsm CEO MIA

Members' News

Carol Wheeler rsm RIP

Americas

Carol Wheeler rsm RIP

Mercy educators in many places, particularly the US, Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, are familiar with the 13 page monograph by Carol Wheeler rsm ‘Catherine: A Reflection on Values from the Mercy Tradition’ which originated as an address delivered by Sr Carol. First published in 1991, it has had three subsequent printings and is available from the MIA Gift Shop (currently closed).

Sr Carol was principal (and later president) of Mercy High School Baltimore for 36 years until her retirement in 2013. She played an integral role in shaping what is now the Mercy Education System of the Americas (MESA). Among the many public tributes to her, following her death last month, was this one in the Archdiocesan ‘Catholic Review’.

MESSAGES TO: Helen Doherty rsm
New Exhibition Celebrates Women Who Dare

Brisbane

New Exhibition Celebrates Women Who Dare

Art and design students from Griffith University are celebrating Brisbane’s female pioneers, with a new interactive exhibition that showcases some of the city’s early risk-takers.

The Women Who Dare exhibition explores the social justice work undertaken by the Sisters of Mercy in Brisbane over the past 160 years.

Students were commissioned by Adderton:house&heart of mercy to develop participatory works that would spark conversation about social issues today and give visitors a chance to create, share and be empowered…’

Source: Griffith Uni News

Mercy Hospital Lorain Garden of Hope takes root stock image

Americas

Mercy Hospital Lorain Garden of Hope takes root

‘The garden is about community, our work family and being able to be more sustainable as an organization. To bear the fruit of the labor so they’ll be able to share the vegetables and fruit with staff, their families and community.’

Source: Morning Journal

Seville Mercy Conference Centre

ISMAPNG

Seville Mercy Conference Centre

Last month, Rod Cole-Clarke, the Manager of Seville Mercy Conference Centre, Cairns Queensland, welcomed Cairns Mayor, Bob Manning, to Seville to discuss the Centre’s environmental sustainability policies and practices which are based on the principles of Laudato Si’…

MESSAGES TO: Rod Cole-Clarke Manager
Gardens Brighten Hospital Visit Larkspur - stock image

Aotearoa New Zealand

Gardens Brighten Hospital Visit

‘Whether the reason is to have a blood test, hearing check, surgery or to visit a patient, chances are that the gardens at Dunedin’s Mercy Hospital have caught your eye…

Bedding plants are placed to “lift people’s mood”…’

Source: Otago Daily Times

Mercy Matters

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

1858: Foundation to Enniscorthy from Wexford - M Teresa Kelly

1974: Sisters of Mercy Wellington missionary endeavours begin with Sister Monica Quigg working in Fiji

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

The Poetry of Loss (before we go on...)

The Congregation

The Poetry of Loss (before we go on...)

A pause to gently acknowledge the losses of the past year, through poetry and reflection.

This year has been characterised by loss – people have suffered sickness, death and bereavement; incomes have been affected, families have been separated. Many other losses, large and small. Where are you now?

Session led by Anne Francis, Director of Galilee Spirituality Centre and forthcoming contributor to Mercy Global Presence.

Online via Zoom. June 19th, 10.30am-12,30pm.  Click here to find the time and date in your local area. Cost: €10. Use the Currency converter. All welcome.  Booking and link info@galilee.ie

CTU Chicago: Reframing Retirement for Mission

Resource

CTU Chicago: Reframing Retirement for Mission

Reframing Retirement for Mission will be offered online from Monday, June 7th – Friday June 25th. This program will include morning presentations from 9 -11 am CST from our renowned speakers. The topics include the spirituality of aging, life transitions, theological updating and the arts.

Register: by 3 June. Cost: $US750

MESSAGES TO: Jessica Curbis Admissions Officer
Laudato Si’ and the U.S. Catholic Church: A Conference Series on Our Common Home

Resource

Laudato Si’ and the U.S. Catholic Church: A Conference Series on Our Common Home

Marianne Comfort, Justice Team member for Sisters of Mercy of the Americas will be among the breakout (workshop) presenters at **this conference **sponsored by Creighton University and Catholic Climate Covenant and being held virtually on 14-15 July.
The conference is free, but registration is required, and a freewill donation is encouraged.

Marianne’s session will be held at 11:00am Central Time on 14 July. Click here to find the time and date for your local area. Use timeanddate.com to find out the times of other presentations you may be interested in hearing

Body and Blood of Christ, Year B

Gospel

Body and Blood of Christ, Year B

Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

'The Gospel for today’s feast reminds us that we are in a “covenant” relationship with our God. We renew that covenant in every celebration of the Eucharist...'

The Best Speech to Text Software for Windows 10

Digital Life

The Best Speech to Text Software for Windows 10

‘There are multiple options for speech-to-text software on Windows 10, but it can be hard to narrow down the best picks. We’ve examined both the free and paid options to help you choose the right software for you.‘

Further Resources

'Gee Seven' by Sir Tim Rice and Peter Hobbs for 'Sing2G7' with Truro Cathedral Choristers

Worth Watching

'Gee Seven' by Sir Tim Rice and Peter Hobbs for 'Sing2G7' with Truro Cathedral Choristers

The 47th G7 summit is scheduled for 11–13 June 2021 in the United Kingdom

'Imagine if we could put children's voices at the heart of G7 (2021) and make the Summit relevant to their young lives...'

Watch/listen here G7 interfaith event : watch the livestream
Australian court finds government has duty to protect young people from climate crisis

Worth Knowing

Australian court finds government has duty to protect young people from climate crisis

‘The federal court of Australia has found the environment minister, Sussan Ley, has a duty of care to protect young people from the climate crisis in a judgment hailed by lawyers and teenagers who brought the case as a world first.'..’

Read the article here
Branching out: is communication possible between trees and people?

Worth Reading

Branching out: is communication possible between trees and people?

Mary Katherine Doyle rsm in her Theological Imaginings for MGP, Segment 4, theme 1, ‘Contemplative Seeing’ told us that she learnt the truth of contemplative seeing from observing an ancient sequoia tree. In this article Peter Wohlleben, author of ‘The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate’, asks can we know what trees feel about us?

5 June, World Environment Day, Marks Launch of UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

Worth Knowing

5 June, World Environment Day, Marks Launch of UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

Learn about the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a global movement to halt and reverse degradation of our planet.

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

The Bottom Line

‘For we learn who we are, indeed we continue to create who we are, by the stories we tell.’

—Carol Estelle Wheeler rsm, '‘Catherine: A Reflection on Values from the Mercy Tradition’, 1991

Mercy eNews

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