New CEO Appointed for MIA Effective March 1, 2020
The Board of Directors of Mercy International Association Is pleased to announce that Sister Berneice Mary Loch has accepted the position of CEO of Mercy International Association (MIA). She will assume this position effective March 1, 2020. During January/February 2020 she will work with Sister Mary Reynolds, MIA’s current CEO, to assure a smooth transition…
Vision in Action
'Let us pray well and never grow weary'
Editor: In the Introduction to *‘Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy’,* we read that ‘In her Retreat Instructions, Catherine McAuley reminded the newly founded Sisters of Mercy that “our centre is God from whom all our actions should spring as from their source” (p.154) and “our whole life should be a continual act of praise and prayer” (p. 44).’ The authors continue: ‘Our shared prayer centers us in the paschal mystery, opens us to the needs of the world, and strengthens us for mission.’
Prayers have been prayed in the Baggot Street chapel for the needs of our world for 190 years — since 4 June 1829 when the chapel was solemnly blessed by Archbishop Murray. An account of this day can be found in Mary C. Sullivan’s ‘The Path of Mercy’…
MIA Prayer Intention: The Ascension
‘God of heaven and earth, your glory fills the universe. All peoples praise you for the wonders you have worked among us. As we remember the mystery of Christ’s death and rising, help us to remember that he has not left us orphans. We have not known his touch or seen his face, but we believe that he is with us now. Deepen our faith. Open our eyes to see his presence in our midst. Amen’
Source: ‘Intercessions of Mercy’ ed. Joy Clough
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Responding to the Cries of the Amazon
The United Nations NGO Mining Working Group, of which Mercy Global Action is a member, co-sponsored an event titled “Towards an Integral Ecology: responding to the Urgent Cries and Horizons of the Amazon” during the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN hosted the event, and other cosponsors included, Red Ecclesial Pan Amazónica (REPAM), Conselho Indigenista Missionário of Brazil, and the Justice Coalition of Religious…
Statement From The Sisters Of Mercy May 17th, 2019
The Sisters of Mercy recognise the tenth anniversary of the publication of the Ryan Report [20 May 2009]… will be a difficult time for many people and we hope that it can also lead to a time of deeper healing. We recognise those sisters and lay staff who served in caring for children in situations where support structures and training were frequently inadequate.
In conclusion, we reaffirm our commitment to support our former residents. May we continue to heal the wound and walk together into the future.
Read the complete Statement on The Congregation website which is linked to this item.
Sisters of Mercy Call for a Truly Modern Immigration Plan
Last week, following the U.S. president's announcement of his new immigration plan, the Institute Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas issued a statement calling for an immigration plan that *"addresses the status of people who are undocumented and implements a humane and generous asylum system."*
Urgent Request for Assistance at the U S-Mexico Border to Members of LCWR
The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas has passed on the appeal for assistance to their Mercy communities. We are making the appeal known to Mercy communities internationally through Mercy eNews.
Donations of much needed goods can ordered & paid for online from Amazon and sent to La Frontera Shelter in Laredo.
Full details and the address in Laredo are linked to this item.
Australasia & Americas
Reminder: Conferences for Mercy Educators
The AMSSA (Australasian Mercy Secondary Schools Association) Conference will be held at Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College, North Sydney from 8-10 August 2019. Details on the AMSSA site here. Download the information here
150 Years of Mercy in Conception Harbour, Newfoundland
The Sisters of Mercy have provided ministry in Conception Harbour for over 150 years. On Tuesday May 21 about thirty of us attended a grand celebration in the parish of Eucharist followed by a hot roast beef dinner…
At the end of Mass, a plaque was presented to the Congregation which will be placed in the church to commemorate the anniversary. In his homily Bishop Daniels connected the call and ministry of the sisters to that of the early disciples of Jesus and gratefully commended their life and ministry among the people of Conception Harbour and surrounding area…
A Celebration of Living Light
Editor: The Mercy Mission, Spirituality & Action Hub in North Carlton, Victoria, was the perfect setting on Saturday, 18 May, for an exhibition of the work of four Australian iconographers: Margaret Broadbent rsm, Margaret McHugh rsm, Pauline Pervan lcm and Mrs Alice Vaughan.
Adding to the atmosphere, the afternoon's programme featured the Melbourne Capella Choir, an ensemble of professional choral and operatic singers performing works sung in English, Greek, Georgian and Russian, conducted by Nicholas Cowell…
Take back control of your iPhone with these 14 fixes
‘The iPhone is by far the dominant smartphone in the U.S. If you’ve got one, you click, swipe, and long-press on its screen countless times a day. But you may be doing a lot more of those moves than necessary…’
On This Day
1854: Foundation to Ennis from Limerick - M Vincent McMahon
1871: Death of Sister M. Stanislaus Droguet, early member of the Wellington foundation
1897: Opening of Waitara Founding Home, Sydney - M Aloysius Casey
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Feast of the Ascension Year C
'Loss is part of the human condition, and the physical death of a loved one is among the most painful experiences of loss. Today’s Feast of the Ascension invites us to face the experience of loss in a transformative way...'
53rd World Communications Day: 'We are members one of another» (Eph 4,25). From network community to human communities.'
Celebrated on Sunday before Pentecost (2 June 2019).
‘If the [Inter]Net becomes an opportunity to share stories and experiences of beauty or suffering that are physically distant from us, in order to pray together and together seek out the good to rediscover what unites us, then it is a resource.’
The Path of Mercy: The Life of Catherine McAuley
‘This work places [Catherine] McAuley in her Irish context, particularly in post-penal Dublin, where the destitution, epidemics, and lack of basic education, especially of poor women and young girls, led her to a life of practical mercifulness.’
Words of Mercy
‘We rejoice in the continued invitation to seek justice, to be compassionate and to reflect mercy to the world’
'Let us pray well'
Words: Catherine McAuley. Music: Catherine Teresa Martin rsm. From her album Cothú agus IomlánúListen here About the song and purchase details for the album here
Latest issue of 'Update' available
The June issue of Update, the newsletter of LCWR is now onlineRead the newsletter here
New Job positions in South Sudan
Solidarity with South Sudan has four new job positions open in communities in South Sudan.
Responses are due 30 June 2019.Details are here
As US associates track to surpass women religious, both face 'turning point'
‘If current trends continue, within five years, the number of associates in the United States will be greater than the number of vowed women religious…’Read the article here
‘Everybody Wants a Revolution, but Nobody Wants to Do the Dishes’
‘St. Mary’s was a parish that, as the Jesuits like to say, ruined me for life. It ruined me for clericalism, for racism, for xenophobia. Most of all, it convinced me that when it comes to building humble, accountable, inclusive Catholic communities, another world is indeed possible—not in a small, self-selecting alternative community of like-minded individuals, or in the kingdom of God, but in an ordinary city parish here and now…’Read the article here
Latest issue of 'A Matter of Spirit' available
The latest issue of A Matter of Spirit is available online. This Summer 2019 issue is “Economic Inequality” and it is available for download now.Read the newsletter here
Cardinal Turkson on Fourth Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato si’
‘The 1.5°C threshold is a critical physical threshold , inasmuch as it would still enable the avoidance of many destructive impacts of climate changes caused by man…a moral threshold: it is the last chance to save all those countries and many millions of vulnerable people who live in coastal regions…a religious threshold. The world we are destroying is the gift of God to humanity precisely that house sanctified by the divine Spirit (Ruah) at the beginning of creation, the place where he pitched his tent among us (cf. Jn 1: 14 )…’
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