Delay in MGP Emerging Programme
As we planned for the launch of the Mercy Global Presence Emerging programme, we became aware that we would benefit from a short pause. Some areas have requested more time to negotiate the process, timeline and way of involvement. Just as in the organisation of MIRP, we are open to the surprises of an organic process that honours diversity, global inclusivity and new challenges and directions.
Therefore, we have decided to postpone the proposed launch until late September 2019. Delays in the launch of MIRP resulted in it coincidentally being launched in the Year of Mercy; a delay this time in the launch of the programme for Mercy Global Presence Emerging means that it will coincide with the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the opening of Mercy International Centre (24 - 26 September 2019) and the already scheduled programme of Mercy Global Presence Exploration (30 September - 03 October 2019)…
Vision in Action
Forthcoming: Inherent Dignity Webinar Session Two
Session Two of the series will take place on 24 May from 9am to 10am New York Time (Your Time here).
Angela Reed rsm and Amanda Lyons, J.D. will explore the common patterns of human rights violations that take place during the trafficking experience and discuss the obligations of governments to prevent trafficking under key international and regional human rights instruments…
MIA Prayer Intention: World Day of Prayer for Vocations
‘On this World Day of Prayer for Vocations, let us join in prayer and ask the Lord to help us discover his plan of love for our lives, and to grant us the courage to walk in the path that, from the beginning, he has chosen for each of us.’
-Pope Francis, *Message for the 56th World Day of Prayer for Vocations*
Post your prayer in our online chapel
Reminder: UISG Plenary 2019
A reminder that the keynote sessions from UISG’s XX1 plenary are being live-streamed from Rome, 6-10 May.
Details of how to register and watch are on our website here. Or view the archived (after the live event) sessions online here. Videos and texts of presentations are made available on the UISG site here.
Global Sisters Report (GSR) is covering the plenary sessions. GSR’s daily written coverage can be read here.
Investing in People and Planet
As the socially responsible investment program of the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Investment Services looks closely at how to use the sisters’ financial resources to support their five Critical Concerns.
In addition to engaging companies on environmental issues, Mercy Investment Services invests in projects that positively impact the environment, people and communities around the world…
Mercy Combats Food Insecurity at Its Dobbs Ferry Campus
Dobbs Ferry’s Mercy College campus is one of a growing number of schools to offer free groceries so that their students can eat properly and in some cases put food on the table for their families at home. This past year, a new MAV (short for Maverick, Mercy’s mascot) Market has provided the makings for over 3,500 meals for some 450 members of the campus community…
Launch of ‘An expression of the Divine Spirit - the artwork of Bernardine Carr rsm'
On April 26, more than sixty people gathered at Academy of Mary Immaculate in Fitzroy, Victoria, for the launch of the book written by Dr Mary Stainsby rsm. Bernardine Carr was a gifted artist, teacher of art and very skilled in heraldry. A member of the former Melbourne Congregation of Sisters of Mercy, she spent most of her active ministry at Fitzroy, in the Community and Teaching at Academy. She died in 1967…
Aotearoa New Zealand
Mercy Signs Good Food Charter
Signatories to the charter agree to work towards a series of principles around food, including actively supporting positive health and social outcomes, supporting a food-friendly local economy, and protecting the environment…
Mater Nairobi Babies Day 2019
Saturday, 23rd March 2019 marked a birthday celebration for those who were born at Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Nairobi since it opened in 1962. All roads led to the hospital for Mater Babies’ Fun Day. The estimated number of people present was 2,000.The day started with a health check and screening for all the children and their parents, ensuring all were physically fit and healthy. Health talks were also given to those gathered by a Gynaecologist, Paediatrician and a Midwife…
New Program Helps Single Mothers
‘The first four participants in Mercyhurst North East’s Women with Children program are all studying nursing…
This is the first year for the Women with Children program, and while participants may choose any academic program, each of the four single mothers is pursuing a career in nursing…
Jackie Fink, director of the Women with Children program, said it is an example of the missions that Sisters of Mercy founder Catherine McAuley, the sisters and Mercyhurst University exemplify…
On This Day
1848: Foundation to Loretto, Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh - M Catherine Wynne
1862: Building of St Mary's Convent Ponsonby, Motherhouse of the Sisters of Mercy Auckland, is completed.
1883: Sisters from Tralee began work in Fever Hospital, Listowel, Co Kerry
2003: Death of Sr Mairead Burke of Muhoroni Mission, Kenya from malaria.
Contribute a fact from the story of your Mercy congregation, institute or federation, to our online archive.
Building the Kingdom Through Kindness
‘In a world where acts of hatred like those in Christchurch and Sri Lanka kill and maim hundreds, let’s speak of kindness and with kindness. Let’s show by our actions that there is another way.
It is only through kindness that we can build a more compassionate and equitable world.’
11 May (second Saturday of May) World Migratory Bird Day
Every year, World Migratory Bird Day presents an annual theme aiming to raise awareness of issues affecting migratory birds and to inspire people and organizations around the world to take measures for their conservation. This year’s theme − “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution!” − will put the spotlight on the negative impact of plastic pollution on migratory birds and their habitats.
12th May 2019. 4th Sunday in Easter
‘Today’s gospel is amazingly reassuring for those who truly hear the voice of Jesus. He “knows” them. These are the ones who “follow” him, those who live as he lived, caring for the “flock”.There is a sense of mutuality in hearing and in being known. The inheritanceof the “known” ones is“eternal” or never-ending life…’
What Happens to our Data when we Die?
Elaine Kasket is a counselling psychologist based in London. Her first book, All the Ghosts in the Machine: Illusions of Immortality in the Digital Age, examines the ethical and technical issues surrounding our data when we die.
'Let Nature Sing'
This track, released by the UK’s Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), is charting at No. 11, its two and half minutes composed entirely of bird calls including warblers, woodpeckers and blackbirds.
'Let Nature Sing' aims to raise public awareness about endangered UK birds.
The May issue (vol. 17, no. 05) is now online. This issue highlights forces that make people vulnerable to human trafficking and how organizations use creative means to intervene.Read the newsletter here
The Church in Africa, Seed of Unity: May Prayer Intention of Pope Francis
‘Let us pray that the Church in Africa, through the commitment of its members, may be the seed of unity among her peoples and a sign of hope for this continent.’Find the prayer intention here
World is ‘on notice’ as major UN report shows one million species face extinction
‘A hard-hitting report into the impact of humans on nature shows that nearly one million species risk becoming extinct within decades, while current efforts to conserve the earth’s resources will likely fail without radical action, UN biodiversity experts said on Monday.’Read the story here
CRC Bulletin, spring/Summer 2019
Theme: Listening to Others.
What does listening deeply really means? The articles in this latest issue of the CRC Bulletin attempt to address this question.
An exploration of what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.
Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.
There’s also an accompanying bookWatch the trailer here
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