The Man with the Merciful Gaze- Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier (2012). Photo by Kotukaran, cropped by Gabriel Sozzi. Used under CC 3.0

Vision in Action

MIA Prayer intention: Aotearoa New Zealand Chapter

Aotearoa New Zealand

MIA Prayer intention: Aotearoa New Zealand Chapter

From Friday, 23 August until Friday, 30 August, Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand will be in Chapter.

Join us in holding them in prayer during these days.

Come Home to Catherine Programme

Events & Programmes

Come Home to Catherine Programme

Sisters of Mercy from Ireland and from the United States participated in this programme last week. Presentations included the political and social history of Catherine’s time, lives of some of the early Mercy women, the story of the Kingstown Foundation, the features of the Sacred Garden. Other highlights included reflection times on key letters from Catherine and an introduction to Mercy Global Presence.

MESSAGES TO: Anna Nicholls Leader, Heritage & Spirituality
Reminder: Season of Creation Resources

MIA Initiative

Reminder: Season of Creation Resources

A reminder about the new resources we have produced for the Season of Creation and of our invitation to let us know of new resources for the Season of Creation which you have produced or discovered so that news of these might also be shared through Mercy eNews during this time.

MESSAGES TO: Anne Walsh Editor
25th Anniversary Celebrations at Baggot Street

25th Anniversary Celebrations at Baggot Street

Places for the Days One (24th September) and Two (25th September) programmes at Baggot Street are all filled. Bookings for both these days are now closed.

Spaces are available for the Day Three (26th September) programme. With heritage as its focus, enjoy sessions on various dimensions of the heritage collection, including recitals on the Telford organ, presentations on some of the early sisters, displays of heritage materials and an overview of 25 years of Mercy Global Action.
Bookings close 2nd September.

Members' News

Informal Study and Discussion Group: Re-visiting our Cosmic Journey

ISMAPNG

Informal Study and Discussion Group: Re-visiting our Cosmic Journey

Patricia Powell rsm will be leading an online informal study and discussion group inspired by the classic series Canticle to the Cosmos by mathematical cosmologist Brian Swimme.

Weekly sessions will be held using the online platform Zoom on Tuesday mornings in September, 10-11.30am.

Mercy National Conference on Aging

Americas

Mercy National Conference on Aging

The Mercy Network on Aging (MNOA) will present Oneness in Transitions and Aging Gracefully, October 3–5, in Buffalo, New York. This year’s conference is open to all Mercy sisters, associates, companions and our lay co-workers who are interested in our Mercy future.

The keynote address will be given by Sister Judith Frikker of the Institute Leadership Team who is also a physician. She will open the conference with a session titled “Grace of Change.” Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, international lecturer and author, will speak on “The Gift of Years.”

'Speaking the Silence' Conference Report

Australasia

'Speaking the Silence' Conference Report

More than 250 delegates and guests gathered at Monte Sant’ Angelo North Sydney over 8-10 August from a wide range of Mercy schools and settings in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, United States and South Africa. Here, they considered the identity of a Mercy school, in light of the theme ‘Speaking the Silence’ and the prevailing context of what Bishop Vincent Long identified in his homily as , ‘the darkness of despair and alienation that many people experience, especially in the Church at this time’….

Mercy Matters

25 August 2019. 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year  C

Gospel

25 August 2019. 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Luke 13:22-30

'Some people seem to have an ingrained sense of entitlement. They put themselves first without regard for the sensitivities or rights of others. Whether their behaviour derives from childhood experiences of over-indulgence or from some other source, it can be quite divisive and even destructive of family or workplace or community. Those who put themselves first will often find themselves last in that they are tolerated at best rather than welcomed into most circles...'

On This Day Bronze life size sculpture of Catherine McAuley (left) and Juliana Hardman (right) in the prayer garden at St Mary's Convent, Handsworth by Philip Jackson CVO DL MA FRBS

Fact

On This Day

1841: Foundation to Birmingham from Baggot St - M Juliana Hardman

1862: Foundation to Rochfortbridge from Tullamore - M Gertrude Dunne

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

The Practical Sayings of Catherine McAuley

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The Practical Sayings of Catherine McAuley

This is a reprint of Mary Clare Moore’s, A Little Book of Practical Sayings, Advices and Prayers of … Mary Catherine McAuley with New Preface, Introduction and Appendix by Mary C. Sullivan rsm

21 August: International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

International Days

21 August: International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism

63 people were killed and 182 wounded in a suicide bombing at a wedding last Saturday evening in Kabul at what should have been a joyous occasion. The young couple’s invitation cards had read: ‘We celebrate “with a world of hope and desire.”’

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres in his message for the Day, has called on the human community ‘to reflect on the lives that have been changed forever as a result of terrorism.’

The account in The New York Times of the heartbreak and horror of this incident last Saturday, reinforces the depth of loss and damage experienced by individuals, families and communities when a terrorist attack occurs.

The Ultimate Guide to WhatsApp’s Powerful Privacy Options

Digital Life

The Ultimate Guide to WhatsApp’s Powerful Privacy Options

‘Many WhatsApp users aren’t getting the maximum privacy out of the app that they could be getting today.’

Resources

What it means to be human in an age of climate change

Worth Reading

What it means to be human in an age of climate change

Three writers examine humanity’s place on Earth and in the cosmos

Read one or all three articles here
Religious Life for the 21st Century: Creating Communities of hope on a Global scale

Worth Knowing

Religious Life for the 21st Century: Creating Communities of hope on a Global scale

9 September - 2 December 2019

This class at CTU Chicago is also being offered in a modified distance-learning format.

Special audit rate for religious community members is US$500.00

Course details can be read here
Catholic Climate Covenant 2019 Feast of St. Francis Program Now Available for Free Download

Worth Knowing

Catholic Climate Covenant 2019 Feast of St. Francis Program Now Available for Free Download

This year’s program is described as ‘complementing and accompanying the Vatican's Amazonian Synod and focuses on integral ecology, environmental and climate justice, and lifting the voice of indigenous communities. The program contains prayers, readings, a short video, and suggested activities.’

Fill in download form here
On The Wings of Grace by Melanie Demore

Worth Playing

On The Wings of Grace by Melanie Demore

‘Gently I go
Softly I know
Nothing to fear
Spirit is here.

Love be my guide
Lift me, I’ll fly
Far from this place
On the wings of grace’

Listen here
Contemplating the Holy Spirit in music

Worth Playing

Contemplating the Holy Spirit in music

‘Ahead of the world premiere of his Symphony No.5: ‘Le grand Inconnu’ (The Great Unknown), Sir James McMillan and Cardinal Vincent contemplate the mystery of the Holy Spirit and the exploration of representations of the Holy Spirit in music.’

Listen to the podcast here

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

The Bottom Line

‘The Mercy legacy is entrusted to us that we may make it grow and spread, not through the old paradigm of power and conquest but through prophetic witness and critical agency.’

Most Rev Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv DD, Homily for the AMSSA Conference Mass at Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College North Sydney,
8 August 2019

Mercy eNews

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