Four Major International Awards for MIA's New Website!

Vision in Action

MIA Prayer Intention: This New Day

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: This New Day

‘God of my life, I welcome this new day.
It is your gift to me, a new creation, a promise of resurrection.
I thank you for the grace of being alive this morning. I thank you for the sleep that has refreshed me. I thank you for this chance to make a new beginning…’

Post your prayer in our online chapel.

MESSAGES TO: Mary Reynolds rsm CEO MIA
Website Tips

Communication

Website Tips

For three months after the new website went live last Mercy Day, the weekly Mercy eNews carried practical tips to help site users find their way around the site and its functionality.

Those tips have now all been added to the Library. Search the category ‘Website Tips’ to read the series.

From time to time, further tips will be added to the library. We welcome suggestions of what you might find helpful.

MESSAGES TO: Anne Walsh Editor
Youth-led Side Event during the 57th Commission on Social Development Back row: Marian Gardner is 3rd from left

MIA-MGA

Youth-led Side Event during the 57th Commission on Social Development

Along with five youth interns from other faith-based NGOs, Marian Gardner [MGA Intern] had the opportunity to organize a youth-led side event titled “Youth Empowered! Enabling youth through social protection: Education, Employment, Environment” during the 57th Commission on Social Development. The event…explored how youth are impacted by lack of access to social protection in the areas of education and employment and how this exclusion impacts their capability to respond to environmental challenges…

Resources for Earth Day 2019

Resources for Earth Day 2019

The theme for Earth Day 2019 is 'Protect our Species'. Earth Day falls on 22 April which this year is Easter Monday. There are a number of new, free resources available online to mark this day. 

Members' News

Mercy Mission and Heritage Centre North Sydney

North Sydney

Mercy Mission and Heritage Centre North Sydney

In our world today we see so much instability with some of our world leaders refusing to look at the past or seek the reason why injustices occur whilst they create their own empires. The Gospel story is our foundation story and seeing ordinary human beings like Catherine McAuley and Elizabeth McQuoin live it extraordinarily well, is both a gift and a challenge to our present and future generations…

An Interview with Carol Rittner rsm

Americas

An Interview with Carol Rittner rsm

A recent interview with Sr Carol in the online publication ‘Profiles in Catholicism’.

The interview includes a link to a presentation Sr Carol gave at King's College, Wilkes Barre, PA where she was asked to speak about her "vocation" as a Sister of Mercy as well as a Scholar of the Holocaust. A video of a lecture given by her in 2014 is also embedded in the online interview.

MESSAGES TO: Carol Rittner rsm
Mercy Mission Formation Network

Australia, PNG & Aotearoa New Zealand

Mercy Mission Formation Network

Ten years ago, in 2009 the Mercy Mission Formation Network of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Aotearoa New Zealand began…
The network is sponsored by the Mercy Congregational Leaderships in Australia and New Guinea and Aotearoa New Zealand and Mercy Partners. Meeting annually, the network has developed a framework to use when developing programs and has compiled a bank of resources which are shared…

 Some Thoughts On A Workshop On Eco-Spirituality

The Congregation

Some Thoughts On A Workshop On Eco-Spirituality

There is a very active JPIC group in the parish of Rosebank, Johannesburg. I have done some work with them on eco-spirituality and was asked by the newly formed Justice and Peace group of a neighbouring parish to facilitate a workshop on eco-spirituality with them.

This was really enriching: a deeply spiritual experience for me and for the group…

My Vegetarian Thing

Americas

My Vegetarian Thing

A few weeks ago, someone asked me, “Are you still doing your vegetarian thing?” The question surprised me at first, and after my initial “yes,” I realized I was grateful for the opportunity the question afforded me. Why am I a vegetarian? What do I get out of it? What does the world get out of it?…

In finally fully committing to becoming a vegetarian last March, two texts grabbed my consciousness. The first, unsurprisingly, is Laudato Sí….

Mercy Matters

14 April 2019. Passion Sunday Year C

Gospel

14 April 2019. Passion Sunday Year C

Gospel

14 April 2019. Passion Sunday Year C

Luke 22: 14-23, 56

'Jesus of Nazareth is executed in Jerusalem when the city is filled with pilgrims who are there to celebrate the Jewish festival of Passover. A year after his execution, when his friends and family gather once more for Passover, they find new meaning in the celebration of the feast...'

Significance of Fasting & Abstinence

Reflection

Significance of Fasting & Abstinence

Reflection

Significance of Fasting & Abstinence

‘Our fasting and abstinence, if we are serious about them, have a particular significance in a world dominated by a culture of consumption. Today we are all encouraged to think of ourselves as ‘consumers’ or ‘customers’, as if the material things of creation had no other meaning than to be used by human beings. Fasting is a form of restraint in which we stand back to contemplate things as they are in themselves, as they are in relationship to God the creator, and not just a they exist for us.’

  • Archbishop George Stack, Cardiff
On This Day

Fact

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

1850: First orphanage established, St Patrick's, Auckland

1837: Foundation to Carlow from Baggot St - Catherine McAuley

1937: Opening of St Anne's Mercy Hospital, Mt Lawley, Western Australia

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

The 25 Best New Productivity Apps for 2019

Digital Life

The 25 Best New Productivity Apps for 2019

Digital Life

The 25 Best New Productivity Apps for 2019

‘These slick, capable tools will help you get motivated, stay focused, and improve the quality of your work.’

Resources

Doctors and their Humanitarian Collaborators in War-Torn Areas: April Prayer Intention of Pope Francis

Worth Knowing

Doctors and their Humanitarian Collaborators in War-Torn Areas: April Prayer Intention of Pope Francis

‘Let us pray for doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war-torn areas, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.’

Find the prayer intention here

Worth Watching

W. A. Mozart - Laudate Dominum, KV 339 /

Patricia Janečková soprano

Enjoy it here

Worth Reading

Christian Aid mourns death of Amazon land rights defender

Dilma Silva Ferreira, 45, was a co-ordinator for the Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) in the Tucurui region.

The Brazilian Amazon is a region that accounts for nine out of 10 murders of land rights defenders and environmentalists in Brazil, according to Global Witness.

Read the article here
António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa (6 April 2019)

Worth Watching

António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa (6 April 2019)

At video 07.00 the Secretary-General explains his purpose in calling a Climate Action Summit in New York on 23 September. ‘I am telling leaders: “Don’t come with a speech; come with a plan” to put us, once and for all, on a sustainable path’.

Watch it here
Drinks bottles now biggest plastic menace for waterways – report

Worth Knowing

Drinks bottles now biggest plastic menace for waterways – report

‘Plastic bags only 1% of plastic in freshwater after sustained efforts to reduce their use.’

Read the report here

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

The Bottom Line

‘We have such a full and wonderful potential as Christians, which is both ancient and new. It’s [ground]ed and yet it reaches high. It’s apostolic and it’s also contemporary. The Greek word for us is Christianos, which means those who are “in the company of Christ”. Each of us can be fully anointed and fully empowered to bring something unique that no one else can bring, if we will but have the courage and faith to do it.’

John Michael Talbot

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