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MIA Prayer Intention: World Mental Health Day, 10 October

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: World Mental Health Day, 10 October

We pray with all persons who suffer from a mental illness and for their relatives, friends, neighbours and carers who support them on their journey to recovery.

We pray for understanding of mental illness and for a society where those living with mental illness do not experience stigma and discrimination…

Young Mercy Leaders' Pilgrimage

Programmes & Events

Young Mercy Leaders' Pilgrimage

The Pilgrimage will commence at 10am on Tuesday, 16 July 2019 and conclude at 4.30pm on Friday, 19 July 2019.

Group leaders are asked to pre-register their Pilgrimage group here before 30 November 2018 and estimate numbers for our planning purposes.

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

UN Environment's Faith for Earth Initiative

UN Environment's Faith for Earth Initiative

In November 2017, UN Environment (UNEP) launched its Faith for Earth Initiative, recognising the influence of faith-based organisations around the world. It is evident that ’almost all religions address the issue of creation of the universe, or universes, in different forms and with varying degrees of clarity or detail. However, all religions agree that the creation is an act of God and should be treated as such’…

MIA Members' News

Where are they? Carlow Museum Searching for Six Families for Unveiling of Plaque

The Congregation

Where are they? Carlow Museum Searching for Six Families for Unveiling of Plaque

Carlow Museum is searching for six families – related to seven Mercy nuns who set out from Carlow [Ireland] to Pittsburgh [USA] on November 4, 1843 to establish a convent there. There are plans to commemorate the seven this year with the County Council, St Leo’s College and the Mercy Sisters.

The families being sought are Warde, Cullen, Reid, Strange, McDarby and O’Briens…’

Source: Carlow Live

Read about Carlow University honouring the first Mercy Sisters in the United States

Sisters of Mercy Condemn Treatment of Migrant Children

Americas

Sisters of Mercy Condemn Treatment of Migrant Children

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas are outraged and appalled by the recent reports of immigrant children being moved to detention camps under the cover of darkness. The image of children lined up and marched into camps while disturbing, pales in comparison to the trauma and uncertainty these young girls and boys and their families will experience for years to come.

A Reflection on the Canonisation to sainthood of Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero Monseñor Romero 1979. Public domain

The Congregation

A Reflection on the Canonisation to sainthood of Blessed Archbishop Oscar Romero

In Rome on14th October, 2018, Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI will be canonised as saints. As a Mercy Sister, who ministered in Peru for a number of years, I would like to share my reflections on Oscar Romero….

May the life of St Oscar Romero be an inspiration to all of us, as we strive to be a Mercy Global Presence responding to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the Poor in a new way.

Messages to: Sheila Curran rsm

20th Anniversary Gala: Sanctuary in All Seasons L-R:Srs Mary Trainer (Cranaleith’s founder), Patricia Vetrano (President) and Kathleen Keenan (Vice president) Mid-Atlantic Mercy Community

Americas

20th Anniversary Gala: Sanctuary in All Seasons

Cranaleith Spiritual Center celebrated its 20th Anniversary at a gala September 27, 2018, at Knowlton Mansion in Northeast Philadelphia, attended by more than 200 business and nonprofit leaders and philanthropists.

Cranaleith, which means "sanctuary of trees" in Gaelic, is a retreat and conference center whose mission is to offer a contemplative space for those seeking reflection, renewal and transformation.

Messages to: Mary-Anne Smith - Marketing Director

'No Place for Greed': Scripture with Kathleen Rushton rsm

Aotearoa New Zealand

'No Place for Greed': Scripture with Kathleen Rushton rsm

Kathleen Rushton rsm interpreting Mark 10:17-31, highlights how greed works against discipleship of Jesus.

Sr Kathleen writes, ‘We can help to make changes. For example, we can advocate for workers to receive the living wage…

Jesus looks attentively at us, but solidarity with the least will require us to look attentively around us, too.’

Q&A: Youth-led organization targets Rhode Island’s approach to fossil fuels

Americas

Q&A: Youth-led organization targets Rhode Island’s approach to fossil fuels

‘Earlier this month, [Nature’s Trust Rhode Island] the youth-led environmental nonprofit presented its challenge to the state with support from the Sisters of Mercy Ecology, a faith-based ecological justice organization...’

Source: Energy News Network

Ngā Whaea Atawhai Sisters of Mercy Aotearoa on Video

Aotearoa New Zealand

Ngā Whaea Atawhai Sisters of Mercy Aotearoa on Video

Earlier this year, Ngā Whaea Atawhai Sisters of Mercy Aotearoa commissioned Stun Media from Wellington to make a suite of videos and powerpoint presentations. In 3 videos the historic and contemporary ministries of the Mercy family are explored. Their work is looked at through the lens of the diverse people working within these ministries.

God as Gardener

ISMAPNG

God as Gardener

In 2017, the volume on the Gospel of John in the Earth Bible Commentary Series was published. Written by Margaret Daly-Denton, the commentary’s subtitle is “Supposing Him to be the Gardener”. As many would be aware, these words come from John 20:15, during the encounter between Mary Magdalene and the risen Jesus. A few years ago, I heard Daly-Denton present a paper at a biblical conference and she commented on the subtitle she had given to her then work-in-progress. In relation to the context of John 20:15, she said, “Of course, the irony is that Jesus is the gardener!”…

New Unit Helps to Destigmatise Mental Health

ISMAPNG

New Unit Helps to Destigmatise Mental Health

In the lead-up to World Mental Health Day on 10 October, Member for Werribee Tim Pallas officially opened the Clare Moore Building, a 54-bed inpatient mental health unit at Werribee Mercy Hospital, named after Sr Mary Clare Moore, a dedicated nurse, who worked alongside Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War. The purpose-built building houses two inpatient wards for the region’s most vulnerable mental health patients.

Read ‘The Crimean Journals of The Sisters of Mercy 1854-1856’

Mercy Matters

14 October 2018

Gospel

14 October 2018

14 October 2018. 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time -Year B.

Mark 10:17-30

Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Everything you Need to Know

Technical TIP

Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Everything you Need to Know

Latest Microsoft update comes with new emoji, smart keyboards, cloud-powered clipboards and faster, more considerate updates.

Source: The Guardian

The Prophetic Nature of Laudato Si'

Reflection

The Prophetic Nature of Laudato Si'

‘‘‘Laudato si’ is not a document,” Fr Zampini said. ‘Laudato si’ is a prayer…a proposal to rediscover the way we live together in our common home,” not just something to read…Lifestyle changes…are “not really what ‘Laudato si’ is about…The encyclical is about a spiritual conversion that changes our heart in a way that motivates us to reconsider “how we produce, how we trade, how and what we buy, what we consume and what we waste.”’

On This Day M Vincent Whitty

Fact

On This Day

1852: Foundation to Athy from Baggot Strreet - M Vincent Whitty, M Teresa Maher
1888: M Teresa White died - Foundress Galway/Clifden

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

Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Mercy Organisations

Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carlow University, rooted in its Catholic identity and embodying the heritage and values of the Sisters of Mercy, offers transformational educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners and empowers them to excel.

Words of Mercy

Quote

Words of Mercy

‘As we break the bread of our lives, we touch the world.’

-Lucille Ciafre

Our New Website

Reading MercyeNews on a Smartphone or Tablet

Digital Life

Reading MercyeNews on a Smartphone or Tablet

Our new website uses responsive design, meaning it adapts to the device site visitors are viewing it on. When viewed on a smartphone or tablet, the various sections of MercyeNews line up in a single column, displaying the first article in each section with the subsequent articles indicated by a series of dots. So when reading on a smartphone or tablet, simply swipe right to see the next item in that category (MIA Vision in Action, MIA Members’ News etc) or swipe left to see a previous item in that category. Enjoy!

Posting a Prayer in a Prayer Space

Prayer

Posting a Prayer in a Prayer Space

There are three prayer spaces on our website: the Baggot Street Chapel, Catherine’s Grave and the Canonisation Cause Prayer Centre.
We have made some adjustments to the instructional text in each space for clarity and consistency.
When praying in each of these prayer spaces now, the first action is to ‘Type the first name of the person for whom you are praying’.

Secondary Links

Digital Life

Secondary Links

When there is further information about an eNews item that appears in MercyeNews, a blue ‘Read More’ link appears.

When there is an additional related article on the topic that we wish to draw your attention to, the title of that article appears in the eNews item in pink. There are three such instances in the Members’ News section of this issue of MercyeNews.

Resources

Worth Knowing

Stop Slavery Hub

Thomson Reuters Foundation has just launched the world's largest news and information source on modern slavery

Visit the Hub

Worth Watching

The Call of Wisdom

Nigel Short Conductor, Tenebrae and the English Chamber Orchestra perform Will Todd’s composition.

Enjoy

Worth Reading

Casting Stones

‘Across the Burren I climbed, through the morning’s gray west-of-Ireland drizzle. With half-a-dozen fellow pilgrims and a guide named Pius, I was making my way toward the holy well of a sixth-century saint called Colman mac Duagh. In my pocket was a jagged little stone I’d picked up by the gate, but I’m pretty sure I’d been carrying it with me for a long time...’

Read the Story

Worth Reading

Against the Odds: Women Leading the Struggle for Global Justice

An overview of some of the many areas where women are leading and creating change around the world.

Read the Report from Trócaire

Worth Knowing

Catholic Women Speak Network Calls for Church Reform, Focus on Women

The event was the official launch of the new book *Visions and Vocations, a collection of theological and personal reflections by Catholic women. It is a follow up to the 2015 volume *Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table. Both were published by Paulist Press for Catholic Women Speak.

Read more

Worth Reading

Waters of life, Oceans of Mercy: Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania 2018 report

In its fifth environment report for Oceania, Caritas has called for an integrated approach to tackling climate change that prioritises the needs of the poor.

Read the Report

Worth Reading

Why the Next Three Months are Crucial for the future of the Planet

Two forthcoming major climate talks offer governments an opportunity to respond to this year’s extreme weather with decisive action.

Read the article

Worth Reading

Stop Trafficking

The October 2018 (Vol.16 No.10) issue is now available. This issue highlights how financial institutions, hospitals, hotels/motels and housing needs both foster and prevent human trafficking.

Read the issue

Worth Knowing

Huge Risk if Global Warming Exceeds 1.5C, warns landmark UN report

Urgent changes needed to cut risk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty, says IPCC (UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

An infographic of key facts can be seen here.

Read the article

Send suggestions and contributions for the Worth Section 2018 to The Editor

The Bottom Line

‘…if Christians are to cogently and consistently represent the face of mercy—which is the face of Christ—in this valley of tears, then in some fashion, I think, they must find ways to gather together for prayer, to sing the psalms and canticles, to practice silence in the name of charity, to readily confess their faults to each other, and to receive strangers as Christ.’
Luke Timothy Johnson, How a Monk Learns Mercy, 26 September 2018

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