Programmes at MIC in 2020
Editor: Programme offerings for 2020 are now online. The list includes never-before-generally-offered programmes, ‘Jesus the Gardener’ with Margaret Daly-Denton centred in areas of the redeveloped Sacred Garden and the ‘Ireland Pilgrimage’ visiting (among other places) many of the early Mercy foundations in Ireland. It is also possible to participate in an extended ‘Streams of Mercy’ programme combining the May ‘Mercy Ethos’ programme, ‘Jesus the Gardener’ programme and the ‘Ireland Pilgrimage’.
Flyers for each of the 2020 programmes can be downloaded and registrations can be made online here using our booking system. Mercy groups interested in individualised programmes are also most welcome to make contact.
Vision in Action
‘A Lens on the Works of Mercy: Clare Agnew and her Legacy’
This 72 page book, now available in the MIC Gift Shop, is the culmination of a research project undertaken at MIC for MIA by Annette Schneider rsm (ISMAPNG) earlier this year. The book has been written to increase our knowledge of Clare Agnew’s illustrations of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy and to provide some background context to the scenarios they represent.
Details of the publication and Sr Annette’s reflections on this project are linked to this item.
MIA Prayer Intention: Feast of the Sacred Heart,
The escalation of trade policy and territorial disputes, rising climate risks and the increase in the world’s forcibly displaced population, are some of the current factors that underscore the growing need in our world for the core values of goodness, kindness, acceptance, empathy, humility and compassion to dictate human behaviour.
Let us pray for and cultivate generous hearts, demonstrating our love for God and our neighbour in our treatment of others and our care for our planet. May our actions always bear witness that we model our lives on the Sacred Heart.
Post your prayer in our online chapel.
MIA Among Co-Sponsors of Event 'We, the Climate Generation'
The United Nations, which came together as “we, the peoples,” will hold its annual Climate Change Summit in September to address the ecological issues endangering our planet as well as people’s livelihoods and wellbeing. On June 12th, activists of all ages—“we, the climate generation”—came together to do the same…
Mercy Sister Winner of 'Irish in Britain's' Volunteer Awards 2019
This year the winner of Irish in Britain’s Individual Volunteer Award is Sister Moira Keane, who works with Irish prisoners as part of the Irish Chaplaincy. Sr Moira is described as ‘ “a natural carer” with “boundless energy”. She gives invaluable hours to assist with prison visits, advice, advocacy, suicide attempt prevention, pastoral care, as well as providing much needed support for distressed family members.’
Mercy College Degrees Awarded to Graduates of Hudson Link for Higher Education Program
On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, Mercy College New York conferred a total of 45 bachelor of science and associate of science degrees to graduates of the Hudson Link for Higher Education program situated at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York…
“This is the distillation of Mercy’s mission; that we are working to serve students who have not been well served,” said Dr. Karol Dean, Dean of Mercy’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “For me, the Sing Sing program is where we see the mission in flesh and blood.”…
Practical Consequences Of Hope In Our Lives
Brenda Dolphin rsm (Postulator) writes ‘In his book, Near Occasions of Grace* (Orbis Books, 1993, p. 100), Richard Rohr says that until we walk with despair and still have hope, we will not know that our hope was not just hope in ourselves, in our own successes, in our power to make a difference, in our image of what perfection should be. We need hope from a much deeper Source. This raises the question for all of us: *‘How has hope come to you? How do you understand hope?’…’
First published in Intercom, a pastoral and liturgical resource magazine, July/August 2019.
The Women's Program at Mercy Education Project (MEP)
Mercy Education Project in Southwest Detroit works with women to achieve their GED high school credential and a fulfilling life post-MEP programs - at college, in employment or job training programs.
Johnetta Bell (Women’s Program Coordinator*) and Kathleen Ojeda (Lead Adult Education Instructor*) feature in this video interview published earlier this month on local tv.
Song for Elio
The Maclean Music Academy is a work of the Institute and is coordinated by Anne Gallagher rsm.
A member of the Maclean Music Academy, Kate Begbie, featured in the Tuesday 28 May episode of the ABC’s (Australia’s national broadcaster) television program, ‘The Recording Studio’. In this moving series, everyday Australians are given the chance of a lifetime: to professionally record a song.
Kate’s son Elio suffers from an undiagnosed illness that has left him unable to walk and talk. Sr Anne gives him a private music session each Friday afternoon.
ON Semiconductor Grant Supports Expansion of 'Language of Water' Educational Program
ON Semiconductor presented Misericordia University with a $25,000 grant to expand the Misericordia and Lehman Sanctuary collaborative educational program, 'Language of Water: A Forest-to-Classroom First.'' The program provides opportunities for primary, secondary and higher education students to study and understand water quality and the impact it has on organisms and the ecosystem.
A curated directory of more than 230 Mac menu bar apps, neatly categorised with screenshots.
On This Day
1855: Foundation to Newry, Co Down from Kinsale - M Catherine O'Connor
1872: Death of M Philomena Dwyer, diarist of foundation to Auckland
1959: Motor Mission begun by Brisbane Sisters - M Dolores Lyne
Contribute a fact from the story of your Mercy congregation, institute or federation, to our online archive.
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Luke 10:1-12, 17-20
‘It is not unusual for a crisis to function as the catalyst for the development of new initiatives. In the 1960s, the Second Vatican Council reminded us that the Church is first and foremost the People of God and the Body of Christ and not primarily a hierarchical institution…’
Birds of Vermont
Fourth-grade artists at Mater Christi School, Burlington, Vermont, USA, recently completed a unit on Vermont birds. Their work is compiled in this video which also features each bird’s unique bird song. ‘It is important as Vermonters, Global Citizens and as members of a Catholic Mercy Community, aligned with Catholic social teaching that we show care for all God’s creation’, say the students.
‘A Lens on the Works of Mercy: Clare Agnew and her Legacy’
The 72 page book, now available in the MIC Gift Shop, includes:
- A brief account of Clare Agnew’s life;
- Information about the illustrations and their publication;
- Background context and contemporary material in relation to each work of mercy;
- Suggestions for contemplation and action in relation to each work of mercy;
- Consideration of the Works of Mercy and Clare Agnew’s legacy in our own time.
- References and Acknowledgements.
Quote of the Day
‘It is well for us that God is all merciful’.
'Quizurvey' on Water and the UN
In order to better serve its constituents, UN-Water has designed a survey to learn more about people’s knowledge of water and sanitation and what they think about its communication.
Water was the most significant environmental issue (in number of groups) addressed during the MIR process.Quizurvey in English En español
Srs of Charity Hold Assembly of the Whole
‘We really do not think our way into new ways of living. We live our way into new ways of thinking.’
Sisters of Charity Federation members, associates, staff, and guests representing 14 congregations gathered in Chicago, Illinois, 13-16 June for their first-ever Assembly of the Whole*. The inspiring keynote given by Peggy O’Neill s.c. can be read \*here **Remaining presentations can be accessed here.Read a report on the Assembly
'Our Sinking Planet'
“Our Sinking Planet:” The 24 June issue of TIME Magazine features UN Secretary-General António Guterres and his fight against climate change on its cover and as its cover story.Read the story here
Trafficking in Persons Report 2019
The US State Department has published its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. Access it here (538 pps). There is an accompanying video of the launch and another video entitled ‘Heroes: We Can All Do Our Part to End Human Trafficking’. Sr Gabriella Bottani mccj, International Coordinator of Talitha Kum, was among the eight persons from eight countries featured in the video.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Pie Jesu performed by Hauser & friends.Watch/listen here
Film: The Camino Voyage
What happens when a writer, two musicians, an artist and a stonemason embark on the Camino by sea, in a traditional boat. An Irish film documentary captures their voyage as they make the journey to the famed pilgrimage destination.Watch the trailer here Read more about the film
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