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MIA Prayer Intention: Severe Weather

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: Severe Weather

As we mark this World Environment Day and give thanks for the gifts this planet presents us with daily — ‘For the beauty of the earth/ For the beauty of the skies’ (Rutter)— let us pray for people who are victims and survivors of extreme weather events, particularly those in the United States currently experiencing tornadoes, floods and extreme heat.

Post your prayer in our online chapel.

MESSAGES TO: Mary Reynolds rsm CEO MIA
Mercy Global Action Co-Sponsors Event on Traditional Knowledge Sharing on Human Trafficking

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Mercy Global Action Co-Sponsors Event on Traditional Knowledge Sharing on Human Trafficking

Mercy Global Action co-sponsored an event entitled "Grandmother Council: Anishnabe Training Bundle for Sharing Knowledge on Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation" during the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII)…

The historical roots of trafficking in indigenous communities include: loss of identity and hope, control and fear, and loss of family ties, when family and friends reject victims or due to shame…

Members' News

St. Catharine Academy Students Win Contest for Water Sustainability App L-R: Snrs Channon Lawrence & Ashley DeLeon

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St. Catharine Academy Students Win Contest for Water Sustainability App

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection Water Resource, Art and Poetry Contest recently recognized a water sustainability app created by members of the APP Team, part of the National Beta Club at St. Catharine Academy Bronx, New York.

In keeping with the Mercy Critical Concern for Earth, the APP measures daily water intake and offers suggestions for water conservation and water recycling, including a step-by-step process for filtering contaminated water to use for drinking and/or bathing. The club's moderator, Sheree Petrignani, expressed her enthusiasm for the students who combined science with coding to bring the APP to life. The APP is available through the MIT Media Lab.

Creating a 'Bee Hotel' for Blue-Banded Bees

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Creating a 'Bee Hotel' for Blue-Banded Bees

Members of the Green Group at Damascus College Ballarat put the finishing touches to a “bee hotel” for the native blue-banded bees which have been busy around the College grounds for the past year. Blue-banded bees (Amegilla spp.) have shown that they love tomato flowers, but also appear to like the (also introduced) red valerian flowering outside the College staffroom. Native species don’t necessarily eschew exotic plants.

Mary Immaculate Students Demonstrate their Concern for the Environment

Mary Immaculate Students Demonstrate their Concern for the Environment

Two groups of students from Mary Immaculate Secondary Lisdoonvarna, a Mercy founded school, now under the trusteeship of CEIST, presented two projects at the National Finals of the Young Environmentalist competition held in the Convention Centre in Dublin on Thursday 23 May 2019. These were ‘Creating a Wellbeing garden in our school’ and ‘Communicating Climate Change’

Community Garden is Officially Opened

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Community Garden is Officially Opened

The Gairdín Beo ('Garden alive') is on a two acre site adjacent to St. Leo's Convent Carlow. In 2014 the opportunity came to respond to the cry of Earth, when the Mercy South Central Province generously made the site available to be protected as a green space and a Community Garden.
AN Gairdín Beo has fast become part of the Carlow landscape and work continues to ensure its greater benefit to the local community. That was the message as the community garden in Carlow town was officially unveiled recently with special guest, renowned environmentalist Eanna Ní Lamhna, in attendance…’

Source: The Nationalist

MESSAGES TO: Mary Carmody rsm
How the Farm at St. Joe's Transforms Its Health System

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How the Farm at St. Joe's Transforms Its Health System

At St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor in Michigan, we decided to … demonstrate firsthand that healthy eating can serve as the driver to a healthier lifestyle, improving personal health and overall wellness. Food, as they say, is medicine.

To that end, we set aside 25 acres of open land on the hospital campus to start a farm. The Farm at St. Joe's serves as the heart of our wellness initiative, a place to grow a healthy community and catalyze positive changes to the ways we live, eat and restore ourselves.

Mercy Matters

Apple Special Event, 3 June 2019

Technical Tip

Apple Special Event, 3 June 2019

Technical Tip

Apple Special Event, 3 June 2019

Have you an iPhone or an iPad, Apple watch or an iTunes account and not sure what the changes mean?

The explanations are online on the Apple site and link to this item.

Pentecost Sunday Year C

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Pentecost Sunday Year C

Gospel

Pentecost Sunday Year C

John 20: 19-23

'Pentecost Sunday is sometimes called the birthday of the Church. For the ancient Israelites, Pentecost (meaning ‘fiftieth’) was a harvest festival celebrated fifty days after the harvesting of the first sheaf. When the Jerusalem temple was built, this harvest festival was transformed into a pilgrimage feast to celebrate the covenant that Israel had made with God on Mt Sinai...'

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

1829: Fr L'Estrange said Mass in Chapel at Baggot St, served by Daniel O'Connell

1865: Foundation to Swinford from Tuam - M Aloysius Martyn

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

World Environment Day #Beat air pollution

International Day

World Environment Day #Beat air pollution

International Day

World Environment Day #Beat air pollution

The theme for World Environment Day (WED) this year is: #Beat AirPollution.

This global campaign for clean air is aimed at reducing the impact of air pollution on our health & climate.

Resources

Worth Reading

'These Millennials Got New Roommates. They’re Nuns'

‘A project called Nuns and Nones moved religion-free millennials into a [Mercy] convent.

Read the NY Times article featuring Mercy Srs and Nones here
Play it out

Worth Knowing

Play it out

A UN festival against plastic pollution was held in Antigua on 1 June.

Festival performances and plastic statistics can be viewed here
Oprah interviews Joan Chittister and Richard Rohr on their latest books

Worth Watching

Oprah interviews Joan Chittister and Richard Rohr on their latest books

Oprah’s latest two interviews on Supersoul Sunday are with Joan Chittister on her book ‘The Time is Now’ and Richard Rohr on his latest work ‘The Universal Christ’.

Watch the interview with Joan Chittister here

View the Interview with Richard Rohr here

Worth Reading

Stop Trafficking! newsletter

The June 2019 issue (vol. 17 no.6) highlights issues affecting trafficked persons and what they see as helpful in their journey toward healing.

Read the article here
Not one single country set to achieve gender equality by 2030

Worth Knowing

Not one single country set to achieve gender equality by 2030

The first global index measuring efforts to end gender inequality finds countries are not doing enough to improve women’s lives’

Read the article here
'For the Beauty of the Earth'

Worth Watching

'For the Beauty of the Earth'

Heartstrings Cello Ensemble, ‘young cellists dedicated to providing concerts and performances to benefit domestic and international missions’ perform John Rutter’s composition of the well-known hymn.

Watch the music performance here

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

The Bottom Line

‘When the Spirit visits the human word, it becomes dynamic, like 'dynamite.' It is capable of enlightening hearts and destroying patterns, resistances and walls of division. It opens up new paths and expands the boundaries of God's people.’

Pope Francis, General Audience, 29 May 2019

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