Earth Hour

Vision in Action

LED Lights Installed at Baggot Street

MIC

LED Lights Installed at Baggot Street

Editor: MIA is committed to addressing degradation of Earth, expressed in our new Vision Statement as ‘Actively engaged in the protection of our Common Home, we will witness to the sacredness of all creation’.

In the lead up to Earth Hour this month, MIC undertook an energy efficient lighting upgrade, replacing all fittings at the Front of the House, along corridors and walkways, in bedrooms, offices and the kitchen and dining area – 460 replacement lights in total…

Chief Executive Officer Mercy International Association

MIA

Chief Executive Officer Mercy International Association

Mercy International Association is seeking a Sister of Mercy for the position of Chief Executive Officer. The role of the Chief Executive Officer is to provide leadership and inspiration for the implementation of the Association’s vision in a global Mercy context. This role, based in Dublin, Ireland, is characterised by unity in diversity, inclusion and respect for our multiple cultures, languages and local realities. The Chief Executive Officer represents the Association publicly and is its spokesperson…

'Sounding 12 Years': Join Us in this Symbolic Action Baggot Street Bell

MGP

'Sounding 12 Years': Join Us in this Symbolic Action

ClimateKeys is inviting places of worship and individuals the week beginning 15 April (Monday of Holy Week) to sound 12 bell rings to symbolise the twelve year timeline we have left in which to limit climate change catastrophe (IPCC Report).

MIA invites the global Mercy Family to participate with us in this symbolic action.

Wellspring Programme

Events & Programmes

Wellspring Programme

The main presenters this year will be Anne Curtis rsm (Americas), Brenda Dolphin rsm (The Congregation, Sheila Carney rsm (Americas) and Margaret Daley Denton. Guest presenters will be Elizabeth Davis rsm (Newfoundland), Carmel Bracken rsm (The Congregation) and Margaret Prendergast rsm (The Congregation).

There are still a few residential spaces available in the programme. Sisters living out out are also very welcome to enrol…

Sisters of Mercy Signatory to Statement Holding Corporations Accountable for Human Rights Abuses

MGA

Sisters of Mercy Signatory to Statement Holding Corporations Accountable for Human Rights Abuses

On March 11th, Constantine D'Abreu from Edmund Rice International delivered a statement on behalf of the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy International Association and Members of the NGO Mining Working Group during the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council… focussed on prevention, protection, and accountability…

MIA Prayer Intention: Impact of Cyclone Idai

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: Impact of Cyclone Idai

Tropical cyclone Idai has caused catastrophic damage across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. At least 750 people are dead, hundreds are missing and nearly half a million people have been left homeless.

Join us in prayer for all members of the communities affected by this disaster, that they may have the strength and support they need to deal with what confronts them.

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

Member News

Mercy Ministries Respond to the Cry of the Earth Holy Cross School

Americas

Mercy Ministries Respond to the Cry of the Earth

Implementing Green initiatives

The Mercy Community is taking to heart Pope Francis’ call to ‘ecological citizenship’ through changes in lifestyle and policies that exemplify its critical concerns and the sustainability of life.

Mercy-sponsored hospitals, colleges and universities are leading the way.

Messages to: Marianne Comfort - Institute Justice Team

Fifth Australian Catherine McAuley Symposium L-r: Srs Barbara Bolster, Mary Pat Garvin, Catherine Reuter

ISMAPNG

Fifth Australian Catherine McAuley Symposium

Over the past two weeks, Mary Pat Garvin rsm (Sisters of Mercy of the Americas) has led the exploration of the topic of Catherine McAuley as a ‘social mystic’, at the Fifth Australian Catherine McAuley Symposium…

Sr Mary Pat described Catherine McAuley as a “a mystic, a ‘live-wire’ between God’s grace, God’s mercy and a world in need!”…

The Galaxy and Beyond. Mercy Students Explore Earth and the Universe

Americas

The Galaxy and Beyond. Mercy Students Explore Earth and the Universe

Mercy High School, Middletown, Connecticut, Dean of Academics and Technology Mrs. Melissa Bullock and Science teacher Ms. Gianna Iannucci have been involved with the University of Notre Dame Science and Religion Initiative since 2015. The Initiative is designed to help secondary Catholic school teachers to integrate Catholic teaching into the science classroom in terms of ethics, awareness of the history of Catholic scientists, and clarifying superstition from religion…

 Ten Year Celebration  of the Mater Refugee Maternity Service

Brisbane

Ten Year Celebration of the Mater Refugee Maternity Service

It was in 2005 that, having identified an unmet need, the Social Work department through one of their staff, Kate Ramsay, approached the Sisters of Mercy under the then leadership of Sandra Lupi rsm and team for assistance in establishing a service that would cater for the needs of mothers –to-be from refugee backgrounds. As one of the refugee women speaking at the 10 year celebration remarked, it is hard enough to be making a new life in a new country with a strange culture but facing birth in a very different hospital environment is another step up in challenge…

Messages to: Genevieve Caffery rsm

Speaker Series – Mount Saint Mary’s Academy, Oklahoma

The Congregation

Speaker Series – Mount Saint Mary’s Academy, Oklahoma

Deirdre Mullan rsm (Northern Province) was the keynote speaker recently at Mount Saint Mary’s Academy in Oklahoma.

Focusing on the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, Sister Deirdre spoke to a packed assembly of the importance of Forgiveness. Using as a background her experience of growing up in Northern Ireland and her early years as a young teacher, Sister Deirdre highlighted how *Words Matter…*

Q & A with Sr. Maureen Lally, helping County Mayo's local farmers thrive Sr. Maureen Lally, left, with Sabina Higgins, the first lady of Ireland

The Congregation

Q & A with Sr. Maureen Lally, helping County Mayo's local farmers thrive

‘Sr Maureen is founder of the Tóchar Valley Rural Community Network, a grassroots initiative based in County Mayo in the West of Ireland that empowers 18 rural communities by establishing microenterprises producing homegrown products to help local farmers supplement their incomes…

Mercy Matters

Pale Blue Dot

Reflection

Pale Blue Dot

One of the resources widely used to introduce MIRP was the film version of Carl Sagan's famed 'Pale Blue Dot' monologue where he muses on our planet's appearance in a photograph taken by the Voyager 1 space probe.

Here’s a recent animated version using Carl’s voice. (1:54)

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

1922: Amalgamation of New Mexico/Arizona, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco to form Burlingame community

1957: Foundation to Phillipines from Buffalo - M Vincent Vossler

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

31 March 2019. 4th Sunday of Lent Yr. C

Gospel

31 March 2019. 4th Sunday of Lent Yr. C

Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

'Unfailing forgiveness and arms open to welcome back wayward sons and daughters is a key motif in today’s gospel story. There is no room in the hearts of Jesus’ critics for such forgiveness: upright law-abiding people should exclude “sinners” from their company…’

Time for Change

Reflection

Time for Change

Lenten reflection Week 4

‘Few of us can relate to the level of sacrifice and commitment that Jesus displayed in his forty days, yet Lent provides us with an opportunity to deepen our spirituality by engaging in regular discipline from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday. The wilderness — the desert days of Lent — is the true path toward spiritual transformation.’

  • Dan R Dick
How to Rescue, Repair and Revive Old Family Photos

Technical Tip

How to Rescue, Repair and Revive Old Family Photos

‘If the march of time is eroding your personal picture archive, give your beloved images new life.’

Source: NY Times

4 Ways to Access Film Page 'In God Alone'

Catherine

4 Ways to Access Film Page 'In God Alone'

From the link in the Catherine panel on the homepage of our website

From the link in the film panel in the Catherine section

From the film panel in the Spirituality section

From the film panel in the Canonisation section

Resources

Worth Knowing

Earth Overshoot Day

To learn about the Ecological Footprint, to explore Footprint and biocapacity data, and to study the long-term trend of the global ecological deficit, Global Footprint Network has developed a lesson plan and devised a competition to estimate the date of Earth Overshoot day 2019.

Find out here

Worth Watching

'Earthrise' documentary

Earthrise tells the story of the first image captured of Earth from space in 1968, forever changing the way we see ourselves.. Told by the Apollo 8 astronauts.

Watch for free online (30.23)

Watch it here

Worth Reading

Latest Issue of 'A Matter of Spirit' Now Online

A Matter of Spirit (AMOS) is the quarterly justice journal of the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center with analysis, theological reflection and action on justice issues. The latest issue on ‘Seeking Racial Justice’ is now available.

Read the issue here

Worth Reading

Cardinal Bo calls for ‘ecological reparation’ for indigenous peoples

Read the article here

Worth Watching

We've Got The Whole World In Our Hands

Listen here

Send suggestions and contributions for the ‘Worth’ Section 2019 to The Editor

The Bottom Line

‘Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.’

-Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), From ‘Aurora Leigh’

Mercy eNews

The online newsletter of Mercy International Association is published weekly, 48 weeks each year and distributed to subscribers via email.

For more information on the directors click here