Joan Chittister OSB: ‘Aging is about the way we <i>decide </i> to age’

Judith Frikker rsm ILT, Joan Chittister osb

Updates Made on Mercy Global Presence Microsite

Two New Sections Added to Assist Process

MIA Initiatives

Two New Sections Added to Assist Process

We have added a Facilitators’ Guide with a suggested structure for a group session and three example approaches demonstrating flexibility in exploring the various dimensions of the September theme Cosmos and Cosmology. Guides will be provided for each month’s theme.

A Good Reading section is also planned for each theme for related resources which connect with this process. The September reading list is now online. We invite your contributions of something you have read or seen or heard elsewhere that really connects with this process, ‘that's too good to keep to yourself’.

MESSAGES TO: MGP Guiding Group
Adjustments Made to Aid Access to Resources

MIA Initiatives

Adjustments Made to Aid Access to Resources

To make it easier for users to access the resources on the MGP microsite, a link ‘Click here for [Month] resources’ has been added to the first panel on the page. Clicking on the link will jump you to the Resources section.

A 'Back to All Themes' text link has been added to the top of each of the theme detail pages (Introduction, Theological Imaginings etc) to enable the user, having accessed one presentation, to easily make another choice.

MESSAGES TO: MGP Guiding Group
Earth and Integral Ecology Resources Available Next Week

MIA Initiatives

Earth and Integral Ecology Resources Available Next Week

Resources on Earth and Integral Ecology, the second of our Global themes, will be published on the MGP microsite next week, linked from Mercy eNews.

Presenters for October are: Elizabeth Davis rsm (Newfoundland, Introduction), Mary Sullivan rsm (Americas, Theological Imaginings), Margaret Milne rsm, Cheryl Connolly rsm, Teresa Anderson rsm (ANZ, Artistic Inspiration), Maryanne Kolkia rsm (ISMAPNG, Grassroots Minister), Angela Reed rsm (MIA, Mercy Global Action), Tara Egger (North Sydney, Distinct Voice), Anne Curtis rsm (Americas, Reflective Prayer).

MESSAGES TO: MGP Guiding Group

Vision in Action

Talitha Kum: 10 Years of Hard Work Against Human Trafficking L-r: Angela Reed rsm (MIA), Gemma Wilson sm (ANZ), Louise Cleary csb, Christine Carolan, Clare Griffin csb (AUS)

MGA

Talitha Kum: 10 Years of Hard Work Against Human Trafficking

Women religious from across the globe came together in Rome from 21-27 September to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Talitha Kum, an international network of Consecrated Life against trafficking in persons.

Angela Reed rsm, MIA-MGA Coordinator, participated in the Assembly where she was interviewed for an article in Vatican News.

MESSAGES TO: Angela Reed rsm MIA-MGA Coordinator
MIA Prayer Intention: Final Days of the Synod on the Amazon

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: Final Days of the Synod on the Amazon

As the Synod moves into its final days, we are each invited to continue to pray for fruitful dialogue between and among all those involved.

A reminder of the online prayer opportunity on 24 October organised by UISG.

Post your prayer in our online chapel.

MESSAGES TO: Mary Reynolds rsm CEO MIA
Holding a Good Cup of Tea Event? One of the cups from the set Catherine brought from Coolock to Baggot Street

Development

Holding a Good Cup of Tea Event?

Teabags packed especially for a Good Cup of Tea event can be purchased in person or online from the MIC Gift Shop.

Pack of 6 flavours: €4

Single teabags: €1

MESSAGES TO: Emma Horgan Development Officer

Members' News

Carlow University Embraces 90th Year with Continued Focus on Mercy, Service Photo Credit: Renee Rosensteel

Americas

Carlow University Embraces 90th Year with Continued Focus on Mercy, Service

PITTSBURGH — Sporting orange hair nets and crinkly plastic gloves, hundreds of students, staff, faculty and administrators at Carlow University cooperated to pack 20,000 meals, which will be sent to people in need in Africa…

The meal-packaging event last month was one of many activities commemorating the university’s 90th anniversary and evoking the university’s values of mercy and service…

Do Justice for Earth: Elaine Wainwright rsm

ISMAPNG

Do Justice for Earth: Elaine Wainwright rsm

Elaine Wainwright rsm suggests that we read Sirach 35: 12-14, 16-19 with protection and love of all creation in mind. She writes: ‘The concluding words of the sage in this poem — indeed God will not delay — can function to alert us to the urgency of the cry rising up in our time, not just from the Earth but from the cosmos. We cannot remain, or survive, in our anthropocentrism.’

Download the article here

All Africa Sister to Sister

Americas

All Africa Sister to Sister

All-Africa Conference: Sister to Sister (AAC:SS) was formed in 2002 . For 15 years Margaret Farley rsm and Eileen Hogan rsm met with African women religious, assisting them in hosting conferences and workshops to address their needs in training and education. Read more about the history here

Currently, AAC:SS is administered by Sr. Rosemary Jeffries rsm along with Sr. Mayon Sylvain rsm and supported by many volunteers both lay and religious. Global Sisters Report last week features ‘Q & A with Sr. Teresa Namataka, training African sisters to counsel people with HIV/AIDS’. Sr Teresa attended the AAC: SS conference held in Harare, Zimbabwe in May.

MESSAGES TO: Rosemary Jeffries rsm Executive Director AAC:SS
Inaugural Cosmic Walk Welcomes Visitors in Benson, Vermont

Americas

Inaugural Cosmic Walk Welcomes Visitors in Benson, Vermont

The first Cosmic Walk organized by the Mercy Ecospirituality Center took place on Saturday, October 5. The Sisters of Mercy began Mercy Ecology, Inc. 10 years ago, establishing a Center on the 39 acres of rolling meadows and farmhouse in Benson, Vermont. Formerly known as Mercy Farm, Mercy Ecospirituality Center is a small retreat house with gardens, woodland trails and small animals that help us to reconnect to the natural world. Our mission is to inspire reverence for Earth and to live in harmony with creation.

Christian Women Visit Parliament to Lobby for the Pacific Anne McGuire rsm (first left) was part of a Micah Australia delegation that met with the Prime Minister (centre)

ISMAPNG

Christian Women Visit Parliament to Lobby for the Pacific

Sr Anne, representing Mercy Works, was one of 40 women from a cross section of Christian denominations who visited Parliament House in Canberra. Among the group, meetings were held with over 45 parliamentarians, with discussions taking place about the importance of keeping women and children at the centre of a ‘Step Up for the Pacific’ and the role that Australia can play in being a good global neighbour in our region.

Mercy’s Korowai Mirrors Catherine’s Mana

Aotearoa New Zealand

Mercy’s Korowai Mirrors Catherine’s Mana

Catherine McAuley’s shawl, a symbol of her care of the sick and dying, [was likened] to a Māori korowai or ceremonial cloak. Created through a sacred and skilled craft, the korowai takes a long time to make, involving practice, patience and gentle learning. The korowai reflects Catherine’s mana or spiritual power which is derived from her faith in God and in Jesus, the Word made flesh; it brings a sense of shelter and is passed from one generation to another.

Mercy Matters

27 October 2019, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Gospel

27 October 2019, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Luke 18: 9-14

'The parable of the Pharisee and the toll collector follows that of the persistent widow and the unjust judge. Luke frames the parable with comments about being just or in right relationship (translated “virtuous”) and justified (translated “at rights with God”)…’

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

1853: Chicago Mercy Hospital and Orphan Asylum opened

1898: Sisters take charge of Coromandel Hospital, Auckland

2015: Sisters of Mercy from America were in Beirut before the Civil War of 1975-1990

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

24 October: UN DAY

International Days

24 October: UN DAY

United Nations Day highlights the enduring ideals of the Charter, which entered into force on this date 74 years ago. Amid stormy global seas, the Charter remains our shared moral anchor.’
— UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Resources

Stars

Worth Watching

Stars

Composed by Ēriks Ešenvalds. performed by Chor Leoni Men's Choir.

Watch/listen here
Coming soon: The Story of Plastic

Worth Knowing

Coming soon: The Story of Plastic

From the Story of Stuff Project a feature length documentary on the story of plastic.

Enjoy a sneak peak of The Story of Plastic in these four mini-docs exploring issues from the film

Watch the mini-docs
Ending extreme poverty crucial to sustainable future for all: UN chief

Worth Reading

Ending extreme poverty crucial to sustainable future for all: UN chief

‘A sustainable future for all is unlikely unless globalization benefits all children, their families and communities, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty…’

What if the Real Act of Holiness Is Rest?

Worth Reading

What if the Real Act of Holiness Is Rest?

‘Reading those verses again made me wonder: What if resting, all by itself, is the real act of holiness? What if honoring the gift of our only life in this gorgeous world means taking time every week to slow down? To sleep? To breathe?…’

Read the article
Nikon’s Small World Winners 2019

Worth Knowing

Nikon’s Small World Winners 2019

Regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. Winning shots have been announced

View the beauty of the top 20 of these tiny worlds

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

The Bottom Line

‘The church is the only institution that is crying out so the whole world awakens. If we don’t do anything for the planet, we will all disappear.’

José Gregorio Díaz Mirabal, the president of the Ecuador-based Congress of Amazonian Indigenous Organizations, 14 October 2019

Mercy eNews

The online newsletter of Mercy International Association is published weekly, 48 weeks each year and distributed to subscribers via email.

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