Our Venerable Catherine McAuley
Catherine by Marie Henderson rsm (Americas)
On April 9, 1990, John Paul II ordered the following Decree to be published and entered into the records of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints:
It is established that the Servant of God Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, practiced to a heroic degree the theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity toward God and neighbor, and along with them the cardinal virtues of Prudence, Justice, Temperance, and Fortitude.
With the publication of this Decree, which uses language that goes back to Benedict XIV (1675-1758), Catherine was given the title Venerable. In 2020 we will celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of this papal announcement…
English and Spanish versions of this article are also accessible from the Catherine section in the library.
Catherine by Marie Henderson rsm (Americas)
Vision in Action
MIA Prayer Intention: Catherine's Canonisation
Join the Sisters of Mercy, our Associates, Companions and friends in praying for the Beatification of Catherine McAuley using this specially composed prayer and pray with those in need of physical healing who have asked for our prayers through the intercession of Catherine McAuley.
Post your prayer in our online chapel.
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Homelessness: A prominent Sign of Social Inequalities
As a member of the UN NGO Working Group to End Homelessness (WGEH), MGA helped organize a side event titled “Homelessness: A prominent Sign of Social inequalities”, which took place on 11 February during the 57th Commission on Social Development (CSocD57). In his opening remarks, Ambassador Brian Flynn, the deputy permanent representative of Ireland to the U.N., stated that “homelessness is one of the most visible and egregious signs of inequality” and it “touches every country, every city.”..
Sounding Twelve Years
MIA invites the global Mercy Family to participate with us and the international community in this action during Holy Week. It symbolises the twelve year timeline humanity has left in which to limit catastrophic climate change.
Loss & Restoration
Elaine Wainwright rsm gives an ecological reading of the parable of the Lost Son in Luke 15:11-32. Sr Elaine writes; ‘Parables are full of material details - it is through these details we are able to develop an ecological awareness.’
Casa Digna restores dignity through housing, employment
Casa Digna builds safe basic housing for people in need in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico, using recycled materials like tyres and hiring local workers. The nonprofit organisation was founded by Melody Ashley, an alumni of Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas…
Mercy School Students Seek to Improve Lives
Students at Mercy Secondary School in Inchicore have been working on multiple projects that aim to improve life in their community.
Transition Year students at the school are involved in the Young Social Innovators programme, and recently won an award at the Mansion House for a presentation they delivered on their project titled ‘Give Mercy to Inchicore’.
Mercy Associates Weekend Nairobi
It was a very special weekend of sharing and being together at Dimesse Retreat Centre Karan for 40 Mercy Associates in Nairobi, Kenya .
Three Groups of Mercy Associate were gathered on that date Mater/ Makadara Group, Ngarariga Group, Mutomo Misssion Hospital Group, coming together to deepen our knowledge of Catherine, her life, mission and spirituality…
A Joyous Occasion: Sisters Graduate in PNG
Seven Sisters of Mercy (pictured) were among the group of thirteen religious women to graduate with a Diploma in Pastoral Ministry from Divine Word University in Madang, PNG on 10 March. The DipPastMin was a pioneer program, totally sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy…
Sisters of Mercy were among Faith Leaders Participating in “Reverse Caravan” Pilgrimage to Explore Root Causes of Migration in Honduras
A delegation of nearly 75 faith leaders and social justice advocates, including seven Sisters of Mercy from the United States, Argentina and Peru, travelled to Honduras March 18-25 to meet with grassroots and religious partners in order to more deeply understand the root causes of migration.
The blog they kept of their experiences is linked to this item.
On This Day
1880: Foundation to Maryborough, Queensland from Brisbane - M Borgia Byrne
1987: Opening of Aged Care Facility, Cronulla from Parramatta - M C Coyle
1992: Foundation to Casterton from Yarrawonga - M of Sacred Heart Kelly
1994: Profession of Carmen Rosa Ccallomamani, first Aymaran Sister, Peru
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7 April 2019. 5th Sunday in Lent Year C
'Historian Gerda Lerner has demonstrated that patriarchy emerged some 3000 years ago with the emergence of weapons of war and the consequent gender division of labour. By the first century CE, when the gospels were written, every woman in the Roman world knew what that she was the possession of a man, initially of her father, and then of her husband or successive husbands...'
Reflection for Lent Week Five
‘Create a clean heart in me, God. Dust off unmindful activity that constantly collects there. De-clutter my heart from harsh judgments and negativity. Wash away my resistance to working through difficult relationships. Rinse off my un-loving so the beauty of my generous and kind heart can shine forth. Remove whatever keeps me from following in your compassionate footsteps.
The 50 best Mac Tips, Tricks and Timesavers
‘All the awesome things you forgot your mac can do.’
Sounding Twelve Years
Ring the Baggot Street Bell on 15, 16 or 17 April to Sound Twelve Years.
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach
Hauser performing Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring BWV 147 by J. S. Bach with Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir Zvjezdice. Elisabeth Fuchs, conductorEnjoy it here
Cardinal from Myanmar: Poverty is a manmade disaster
‘Myanmar Cardinal Charles Maung Bo spoke to a conference on Catholic social teaching, telling attendees that poverty demands a response on the scale of a "third world war."…’Read the article here
Archbishop Auza Stresses Climate Concerns at Fordham Conference
‘Pope Francis and the United Nations on the Environment’Read the speech here
The April 2019 (Vol. 17 No. 04) issue is now online. It highlights issues around housing for trafficked survivors and the long-term healing that is needed.Read it online here
The April issue of Update, the newsletter of LCWR, is now availableRead it here
Vatican-provided English Text of Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation Following 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational DiscernmentRead it here
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