Giving Voice to the Anti-Slavery Commitment of Religious in England & Wales

L-R: Srs Arpan Carvalho, Cecilia Espenilla, Lynda Dearlove

MIA Vision in Action

Foundation Day Celebrations at Baggot Street


Foundation Day Celebrations at Baggot Street

Sisters, Associates and Friends of Mercy are invited to celebrate Eucharist at Mercy International Centre at midday, Wednesday, 12 December, followed by refreshments.

RSVP by Friday, 7 December by phone 01 661 8061, email or using our Eventbrite booking system.

Messages to: Madeleine O’Hanlon - Receptionist

MIA Prayer Intentions Stock photo


MIA Prayer Intentions

Victims of California Wildfires

As three major blazes continue to devastate California, we pray with the grieving - for the injured, the missing, the displaced and the deceased. Read more.

Victims of Shooting at Mercy Hospital Chicago

Please also remember in your prayers the four people — including a Chicago police officer, ER doctor, hospital worker —killed Monday afternoon (Chicago time) in a shooting at Mercy Hospital Chicago. The shooting began as part of a domestic dispute. Read more

Post a prayer in our online chapel.
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA

Young Mercy Leaders' Pilgrimage 2019


Young Mercy Leaders' Pilgrimage 2019

The fifth pilgrimage for secondary/second level school students will take place in 2019.

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

Group leaders are reminded 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

Member News

'Let Us Sing as We Go!' Finding Joy in Ministry


'Let Us Sing as We Go!' Finding Joy in Ministry

Pope Francis gives us the title of this reflection. Near the end of his encyclical on the environment, On Care for Our Common Home, after detailing all the scientific, political, moral and cultural problems that threaten our environment and the challenges before us in making a response, he says, "Let us sing as we go!"1 This to me epitomizes the spirit of this papacy. Our leader is a man who understands all the pain and suffering in our world — not only the ecological disaster, but also the refugee crisis, war and terrorism, violence, hunger and disease, and yet his words resonate with joy. The titles of two of his principal writings so far include the word: The Joy of the Gospel and The Joy of Love…

Messages to: Doris Gottemoeller rsm

Pilgrim Pathways : Finding, Making, Walking

The Congregation

Pilgrim Pathways : Finding, Making, Walking

Walking the ancient Irish Pilgrim Pathways is becoming increasingly popular since 2013 when John G. O’Dwyer first published “Pilgrim Paths in Ireland – A Guide – From Slieve Mish to Skellig Michael”

On my 69th birthday, while walking to Mass, I was wondering what I would do to celebrate my 70th year….I knew deep down that pilgrimage would feature and then the idea came to walk the five “passported” pilgrim paths in Ireland during the course of the year…

Messages to: Ann Lenihan rsm

Winter Shelter Opens for the 2018 Season Photo: Christopher Roach for Pittsburgh Mercy


Winter Shelter Opens for the 2018 Season

Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net ®, in partnership with Allegheny County Department of Human Services, operates a Winter Shelter for men and women who are experiencing homelessness. Last winter, over 120 nights, they assisted 904 individuals.

Find out more about the scale of the Winter Shelter services by reading this news release announcing the opening for this year on 15 November through 15 March 2019 (with additional nights to be added if conditions warrant).

Messages to: Linda K. Ross - Director of Communications Pittsburgh Mercy

Presidential honour for Rosemount nun in Zambia Photo: Lusaka Times

The Congregation

Presidential honour for Rosemount nun in Zambia

‘A Rosemount native who has spent 30 years working on the missions in Zambia was recently honoured by the country's president in recognition of the contribution she has made to education.

Sr Celestine Daly (born Rita Daly) was awarded an 'insignia of honour' by President Edgar Lungu during an independence day event in the capital city of Lusaka last month…’

Source: Westmeath Independent

Messages to: Celestine Daly rsm c/- Denise Brennan- Communications Co-ordinator

Cranaleith Spiritual Center Recognized as Zone of Peace


Cranaleith Spiritual Center Recognized as Zone of Peace

On November 11, Cranaleith Spiritual Center, Philadelphia, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy, celebrated its designation as a Zone of Peace by the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia, a coalition of faith leaders from Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and other religious groups. “We chose Cranaleith as a Zone of Peace because of its role in offering people from all backgrounds a place free from fear, filled with respect, and marked by deeds of kindness,” said Rev. B. Hougen, PhD, coordinator of the Zones of Peace Initiative…

Brisbane Congregation Elects New Leadership Team


Brisbane Congregation Elects New Leadership Team

Following prayer and reflection, the Chapter delegates have elected:

Sr Catherine Reuter - Congregational Leader

Councillors (alphabetical order)
Sr Peta Goldburg

Sr Maree Hutchinson

Sr Patricia Kirchner

Sr Anne O’Farrell

The new Congregation Leadership Team will take office on Wednesday, 12 December 2018.

Messages to: Catherine Reuter rsm

Mercy Matters

16 Days 16 Stories


16 Days 16 Stories

Stories of trafficked women and girls in their own words from the book ‘I Have A Voice’ by Angela Reed rsm and Marietta Latonio were presented online in 2016 as part of the UN sponsored 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Global Action

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Last year, the Future We Need group (Ireland), of which MIA-MGA is a member, produced a series of leaflets, one for each day of the campaign. These have been re-edited by members of the group for this year and re-uploaded on our site in time for the start of this year’s campaign, the theme of which is:
Orange the World#HearMeToo

25 November 2018. Feast of Christ the King Year B


25 November 2018. Feast of Christ the King Year B

John 18:33-37
'The liturgical year always ends with the celebration of the Feast of Christ the King. The gospel reading for Year B is from John's gospel where the notion of God's kin-dom or reign or empire features only twice in contrast with its frequent appearance in the other gospels, especially Matthew....'

How to Lock Down What Websites Can Access on Your Computer

Technical Tip

How to Lock Down What Websites Can Access on Your Computer

‘In fact, websites now ask for almost as many permissions as the apps on your phone do, though you might not be as familiar with how to manage them. We'll show you how…’

Source: Wired

On This Day


On This Day

‘Hurra for foundations, makes the old young and the young merry.’
-Letter to Cecilia Marmion, 4 January 1841

1853: Foundation to New Ross from Wexford - M Teresa Kelly, M Aloysius Sinnott

1854: Foundation to Dungarvan from Cappoquin - M Vincent Fanning

1863: Foundation to Templemore from Cork - M Joseph Walsh

1865: Foundation to Macroom from Cobh, Co Cork

1870: Foundation to Janesville, Wisconsin - M Francis Jackson

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

Happy Thanksgiving

International Days

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing all Sisters, Associates and partners-in-Mercy celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, 22 November, a wonderful celebration with community, friends and family.

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Disqus in the Spirituality section

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Disqus in the Spirituality section

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Feature article and a Secondary Link


Feature article and a Secondary Link

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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. That is the case this week.

Further Resources

Worth Watching


Music and lyrics by Gracie and Rachel. Highlights women who have taken a stance when it wasn’t necessarily easy to do so. A list of the women in order of their appearance is on the page. Proceeds from the sale of the song will go to RAINN, the largest anti-sexual violence organisation in the United States.

Watch her go forward

Worth Knowing

Communities in Crisis: Interior Removals and Their Human Consequences

Research examines the human face of deportation and makes recommendations for Policy Makers and Faith Communities. An article about the research can be read here.

Download the Report

Worth Reading

The Planet's Hidden Climate Change

Reuters journalists spent over 12 months sifting through data, collecting stories and visualising the results to create this report on the effects of rising water temperatures on the oceans. ‘Those rising temperatures are creating an epic underwater refugee crisis among marine life.’

Check out the data visualisations

Worth Knowing

Why the World Bank is taking a wide-angle view of poverty

‘The World Bank has used an international poverty line, originally the “dollar a day” line, since at least 1990 to monitor global poverty. In recent years, the line has come under criticism for being too low in value. And indeed, it is significantly lower in value than how most of the world defines poverty. There is a reason for this…’

Find out why

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