Remembrance Day, 11 November
Cup & saucer brought by Catherine from Coolock to Baggot Street
‘The most often repeated of Catherine’s last words – the request that the sisters be given a good cup of tea when she was gone…has become central to our understanding of Catherine’s hospitable spirit and has helped us, over the years, to introduce others to her generous heart…
The message of the cup of tea is a profound one. It is a sacramental, if you will, of our life together. In it, Catherine asks us to be sisters to one another and to trust that, when we turn to one another in moments of joy and sorrow, in times of confusion and change, we will find God in that interaction. And herself as well, I believe. So we must use this symbol carefully because, in addition to all the other meanings with which we have invested it, it is Catherine’s final call to a loving and generous sisterhood among us…’
From the Reflection given at MIC, 11 November 2010
Messages to: Sheila Carney rsm
Cup & saucer brought by Catherine from Coolock to Baggot Street
MIA Vision in Action
MIA Prayer Intention: Guide us in the Way of Peace
11 November known as Armistice Day, marks the centenary of the conclusion of World War One (1914-1918). Let us join with Pope Francis in his prayer from 2014.
‘Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!
We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms. How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried… But our efforts have been in vain…
Launch of 'In God Alone, the Story of Catherine McAuley'
The premiere of the film,'In God Alone, the Story of Catherine McAuley', was held at Mercy International Centre on Friday 2nd November. In attendance were the MIA Board, Sisters of Mercy, partners-in-Mercy, present and former staff of MIA, consultants, donors and representatives of Mercy Health St Louis Group responsible for the production.
Almost twenty-five years ago the docu-drama 'Circle of Mercy' was made about the life of Catherine McAuley to coincide with the re-opening of the House of Mercy as Mercy International Centre. While the story of this heroic Dublin woman has not changed, it was time for a new version to be created. Creating something of the desired quality was a very long-term fundraising dream for Mercy International Association…
Reminder: Remembrance Day at Baggot Street
Mass will be celebrated at 2pm on Sunday, 11 November at MIC to recall the anniversary of the death of Catherine McAuley and to remember all those who have walked the path of Mercy. It will be followed by a ‘Good Cup of Tea’ in the Dining Room.
The flyer and Mass booklet are linked to this item.
RSVP by 7 November by phone
(01) 661 8061, email or book in using Eventbrite.
Messages to: Madeleine O’Hanlon - Receptionist
All are invited to send in the names of those who have died in the past year so that they can be remembered in a special way at this Mass. At the end of Mass the scroll of names will be placed at Catherine’s grave.
Good Governance Award
Now in its third year, The Good Governance Awards is an initiative that recognises and encourages adherence to good governance practice by nonprofits in Ireland.
2018 sees the introduction of a new award type “Best Governance Improvement Initiative” to recognise initiatives that have been taken to improve the quality of a nonprofit’s governance.
We are delighted to announce that MIA is one of six organisations to be nominated for this award in Category 3.
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA
Report from Mercy Global Action Network (MGAN) Conference Call
On 16th October eight members of the MGAN (Mercy Global Action Network) who are the justice coordinators for their Mercy Institute or Congregation, had a conference call meeting via phone link up. In a wide ranging discussion, members from New Zealand through to the United States spoke on their work for justice related to the two major themes MIA-Global Action is working on. These are: ‘Degradation of Earth’ and ‘Displacement of Peoples’. …
MIA-MGA Response to SDG 4
Editor: Mercy Global Action (MGA) has produced a leaflet on SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) #4 ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’.
MGA has identified 10 of the 17 SDGs (Goals 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13,15,16) as most relevant to the mission of the Sisters of Mercy and has now published a leaflet on each of these.
The individual leaflets and the complete set are linked to this item.
Messages to: Denise Boyle fmdm - Team leader Mercy Global Action
MIA Members' News
Sisters of Mercy Condemn Disparaging Rhetoric Against Refugees
The Leadership Conference of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, which gathered last week in Madison, Connecticut, wholeheartedly condemns the ongoing disparagement of refugees fleeing violence in Central America by President Trump, Administration Officials, and their allies.
This unconscionably false and misleading rhetoric must stop.
As a congregation of Catholic women religious who have long ministered in countries throughout Central and South America including Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, we understand firsthand why individuals flee their homes in search of safety and a better life…
Aotearoa New Zealand
Kindness Must Be Mercy's Reply to the 'Wicked' Problems that Face Our World
‘A couple of decades after the death of Catherine McAuley, Mercy major superiors met in Limerick to scope the mission she had entrusted to them. “The objects of the Institute are of vast extent,” they agreed. “They embrace the endless miseries which poverty, sickness, ignorance and sin entail... Mercy to the poor, the homeless, the captive, the erring, the afflicted, to suffering humanity in every phase of its manifold miseries, in which it is possible for aid or sympathy to reach it. Such is the spirit of our Institute,” they declared.
Since that meeting in 1864, Mercy’s canvas has not shrunk. If anything, it has grown…’
Blessed Living in Our Times
Elaine Wainwright rsm describes how the Matthean beatitudes 5:1-12 hold the key to relationships which will help us care for the whole Earth community.
Sr Elaine writes: ‘The idea of reading the beatitudes ecologically is new. It extends the invitation to repentance as preached in the Gospel of Matthew (Mt 3:2; 4:17) beyond the human to the other-than-human community. We are on the very threshold of a response to that invitation and each of us is invited to participate…’
A Place of Pilgrimage: The Grave of Catherine McAuley
‘The earth grave in which the coffined body of Catherine McAuley was buried on November 15, 1841, is now sheltered by the small stone oratory built over the site in 1910 (Neumann, ed., Letters, 47). Of all the venues of pilgrimage at Mercy International Centre, Catherine’s grave is the most frequented and the most profoundly reverenced…’
Remembering Catherine McAuley on the Anniversary of her Death
Anne Reid, Mercy Associate, narrates an account of the last days and death of Catherine McAuley.
Recorded in 2012.
Five sung versions of the Suscipe can be found in the Library - music by Elaine Deasy rsm RIP, Teresa Martin rsm, Erica Marshall, an arrangement of Sr Elaine’s version by Val Goldsack and a version by Cynthia Serjak rsm.
We welcome mp3 files of other versions of the Suscipe to add to our collection for the enjoyment and use of all.
Messages to: the Librarian
On This Day
1958: Opening of Maria College, Albany - M Charles Borromeo Warren
Contribute a fact from the story of your Mercy congregation, institute or federation, to our online archive.
How to Get the Most out of iOS 12 Shortcuts
‘In iOS 12, Apple introduced a new, helpful way of making your life easier by stringing together the things you do most often on your iPhone with an app called Shortcuts. Beyond automating daily tasks, Shortcuts even enables some new possibilities…’
Source: The Verge
11 November 2018. 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B
'Whether the longer or shorter gospel reading is selected for today’s liturgy, the literary context deserves attention. Jesus is teaching the crowds in the Jerusalem Temple...'
Our New Website
Visit Baggot Street Cemetery online
The Baggot Street Cemetery, burial place of Catherine and the 49 Sisters who died after her before the cemetery was closed in 1884, has been recreated online from the plan that hangs in the alcove at the entrance to the Baggot Street Chapel.
The online cemetery can be accessed directly from the Library and is linked to this item
Pray Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy
Access ‘Morning and Evening Prayer’ in a number of digital formats in the Library.
Stay With Us
Making plans to visit Dublin in 2019?
When not fully booked for programmes, MIC offers bed and breakfast facilities to Sisters of Mercy, Associates, co-workers and family and friends of Mercy.
View our recently refurbished bedrooms and renovated bathroom facilities then enquire online about the availability of accomodation for your preferred dates.
Messages to: Madeleine O’Hanlon
As Rich Nations Close the Door on Refugees, Uganda Welcomes Them
‘Refugees are allotted some land — enough to build a little house, do a little farming and “be self-sufficient,” said Mr. Osakan, a Ugandan civil servant. Here, he added, the refugees live in settlements, not camps — with no barbed wire, and no guards in sight…’Read the article
A New Manual for Transforming the Social Sector
‘We are relying on nineteenth-century institutions using twentieth-century tools to address twenty-first-century problems. It’s time for us to stop acquiescing to the old rules of the game and create new ones…..’Read the review
Only in Sleep
Trinity College Choir sings Ēriks Ešenvalds - Only in Sleep.
‘Only in sleep I see their faces,
Children I played with when I was a child…’
The November issue of this newsletter is now online. This issue highlights the relation of cobalt mining abuses to the demand for cobalt in green energy uses.Read this issue
The Global Humanitarian Landscape- Challenge and Opportunities
A speech by the UN Humanitarian Chief, Mark Lowcock.
‘We live in a world where pretty much everyone can see pretty much everything almost everywhere, pretty much all the time. Everything and everyone is inter-connected.
And every country has to decide how to deal with that. But the choice is how, not whether. Autarchy might have been a viable choice for a few countries earlier in human history. It’s not anymore.’Read the speech given on 30 October
LCWR Update (Newsletter)
The November issue of Update is now online.Read this month's issue
Everything is connected! Everything is given! Everything is fragile!
Four articles produced by members of the Canadian Religious Conference (CRC) on three key concepts from Laudato Si’Read the latest issue of the CRC Bulletin
Healing of ozone layer gives hope for climate action: UN report
The findings of a new UN-backed report, released on Monday, showing the ongoing healing of the ozone layer, are being hailed as a demonstration of what global agreements can achieve, and an inspiration for more ambitious climate action to halt a catastrophic rise in world temperatures.Read the article
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The Bottom Line
‘Catherine’s words reveal to us that, on this last day of her life on earth, the focus of her heart remained unchanged – resting in her unwavering trust in a Provident God and embracing with love and compassion her family, her sisters and her associates.’
-Sheila Carney rsm, Commemoration of the Death of Catherine McAuley, 2010
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