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Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage Dates

Events & Programmes

Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage Dates

The dates for the YML Secondary (Second level) Students Pilgrimage have now been set. The Pilgrimage will take place Tuesday, 13 July - Friday, 16 July 2021.

The dates for the YML post school Pilgrimage in 2020 have previously been set: Tuesday, 28- Friday, 31 July 2020.

MESSAGES TO: Anna Nicholls rsm Leader, Heritage & Spirituality
2 October: MIA Prayer Intention: International Day of Non-Violence

Prayer

2 October: MIA Prayer Intention: International Day of Non-Violence

Images and stories of violence, including murder and hate crimes, political and institutional violence, abuse of women, refugees and asylum seekers, plundering of Earth’s resources…confront us daily.

Let us continue to pray and work for nonviolent communities by giving witness to non-violence in the ways we speak and act.

Post your prayer in our online chapel.

MESSAGES TO: Mary Reynolds rsm CEO MIA
Season of Creation Ends, the Challenge for us all Continues Statue of St Francis on a hillside in Assisi

Degradation of Earth

Season of Creation Ends, the Challenge for us all Continues

While the Season of Creation comes to its formal conclusion on Friday, 4 October, Feast of St Francis, we are reminded by our MIA Vision Statement of our commitment: ‘Standing with the displaced, we will model a world of welcome and inclusion. Actively engaged in the protection of our Common Home, we will witness to the sacredness of all creation. We will continue to publish in Mercy eNews reports, articles and resources that will help us to create this reality and we welcome your contributions for doing so.

MESSAGES TO: Mary Reynolds rsm CEO MIA
Remembering Catherine Callaghan 18th century woman's bonnet. There is no known image of Catherine Callaghan

Fact

Remembering Catherine Callaghan

Many of the early Mercy women featured in presentations given during the Silver Jubilee celebrations - see Showcasing our Heritage.

Another woman significant in the Mercy story is Catherine Callaghan. Tomorrow marks the 200th anniversary of her death…

Members' News

Americas

Sisters in Portland, Once Missioned to the Bahamas, Help Hurricane Victims There

Due to the special relationship between the Sisters in Portland and the people of the Bahamas, where approximately 16 sisters previously served, the Sisters are engaged in Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Caribbean country in a special way, says Sister Mary Miller, who ministered in the Bahamas intermittently for 26 years. “We are praying for the Bahamian people and collecting money among ourselves to send to the Nassau Diocese,” she says…

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Affirm Support for Global Climate Action

Americas

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Affirm Support for Global Climate Action

We are inspired and motivated by the thousands of people around the world in more than 117 countries who have committed to participating in Friday’s Global Climate Strike to demand climate justice.

This movement, led by courageous young people like Greta Thunberg and embraced by students in our own Mercy schools, reinvigorates our call to act in harmony and interdependence with all of creation.

Mercy Matters

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

1844: Foundation to Killarney from Limerick - M Elizabeth Moore

1857: Foundation to Sacramento, California from San Francisco

1875: Founding of Monte Sant'Angelo convent, North Sydney - M Ignatius McQuoin

1968: Mission to Andros Island, Bahamas - first from Portland, Maine

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

6 October 2019. 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Gospel

6 October 2019. 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Luke 17: 5-10

The strength to remain faithful in the face of adversity, the capacity to forgive, and the courage to do what we ought to do without seeking recognition or reward are perennial challenges for most people. According to the Lukan Jesus, it takes faith to meet such challenges. The devastating fires in the Amazon forests and in north-eastern Australia are testing the faith of those who have devoted much of their energy, even their whole lives, to speaking truth to power about the need for action to offset the effects of global warming…

Sky View Lite

Digital Life

Sky View Lite

Lets you explore the firmament by pointing your phone at the sky and mapping what’s up there.

There’s also a paid version of this app

7 October: World Habitat Day

International Days

7 October: World Habitat Day

The United Nations designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. The Day is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

MIA Vision

MIA

MIA Vision

The new MIA Vision is centred on Mercy Global Presence.

Embrace the new Vision

Resources

Religious life in a post-human age

Worth Reading

Religious life in a post-human age

NCR calls it ‘An intriguing title, and a fascinating piece by Ilia Delio that discusses institutional religious life, tribes, inclusion that excludes, the symphony of Earth and the life of Francis of Assisi.’

Read Part One here
Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning

Worth Knowing

Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning

A new programme in the UK run by international development charity CAFOD, and supported by the British Council, is designed to help better understand how to integrate global issues - like climate change and peacebuilding - into the curriculum and the Catholic life of the school.

Significant resources are available on the website.

Explore the website
Al Gore: The Climate Crisis Is the Battle of Our Time, and We Can Win

Worth Reading

Al Gore: The Climate Crisis Is the Battle of Our Time, and We Can Win

‘We have the tools. Now we are building the political power.’

Read the article here
Greta Thunberg Speech to Leaders at UN Climate Summit

Worth Watching

Greta Thunberg Speech to Leaders at UN Climate Summit

‘You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing….’

Watch the video, read the text of the speech
Talitha Kum Ends First Assembly, Sets New Goals to Address Structural Injustices

Worth Reading

Talitha Kum Ends First Assembly, Sets New Goals to Address Structural Injustices

An overview of the tenth anniversary gathering in Rome, 21-27 September
In St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis Unveils Life-size Sculpture of Migrants Throughout History & World

Worth Knowing

In St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis Unveils Life-size Sculpture of Migrants Throughout History & World

‘On 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Francis Celebrates a Day “to Reaffirm the Necessity that No One Remain Excluded from Society, Whether He Is a Long-Time Resident or One Newly Arrived”

Image: Vatican Media

Read the article here
The Pope Video: Missionary Spring in the Church

Worth Watching

The Pope Video: Missionary Spring in the Church

In this extraordinary missionary month, let us pray that the Holy Spirit engender a new missionary spring in the Church.’

-Pope Francis

Watch the video here
Canticle of the Sun

Worth Watching

Canticle of the Sun

Prayer of St Francis. reflection by Michelle Sherliza OP

Watch/listen here

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The Bottom Line

‘The greatest communication is love: in love there is the fullness of communication: love for God and among us.’ Read more

Pope Francis, Address to Vatican Dicastery for Communication, 23 September 2019

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