Third World Day of the Poor: Sheila Carney rsm
Editor: Each year, in the issue of Mercy eNews published closest to World Day of the Poor, we invite a member of the Mercy Family to offer a reflection drawing on the Pope’s Message for this day. Previous contributors are Mary C. Sullivan rsm (Americas, 2017) and Diane Smyth rsm (Newfoundland, 2018). This year’s author is Sheila Carney rsm (Americas). Her reflection is available in both English and Spanish.
Sr Sheila writes, ’Many years ago, while studying theology, I read a text from Saint John Chrysostom which has lodged within me ever since. The exact words, and the source, are lost to me now but the message was this: Every home should have a Christ room where a person who is poor might find food and shelter and companionship. …’
Vision in Action
MIA Prayer Intention: Devastating Bushfires in Australia
States of Emergency have been declared in Queensland where 60 active bushfires are burning out of control on multiple fronts and in New South Wales where there are 80 bushfires, at least half of which are uncontained.
Extremely dangerous fire conditions are forecast for Tuesday 12 November and Wednesday, 13 November.
As we pray for the safety of firefighters and citizens, mourn for those who have lost their lives or been injured and feel for those who have lost their homes and belongings, let us also continue our prayers for the end of drought gripping the country.
Post your prayer in our online chapel
Events & Programmes
Mercy Education Pilgrimage 2020
Focusing on the education tradition within Mercy, participants will have an opportunity to deepen their connection to the Mercy story. They will explore Catherine's story and her approach to leadership in the context of living Mercy today.
The Cost of Building a Better Future: A Mercy Global Action Perspective
Cities have become the epicenter of our global reality. Most of our vital socio-economic systems run through and on the infrastructure of urban areas. Yet, cities are home to serious issues: discrimination, violence, and environmental degradation to name a few. Therefore, solutions for a more just and merciful society must include urban planning. To this end the UN established World Cities Day to focus attention on the prominence and potential of urban areas.
Augmented Reality at St Aloysius College
Editor: A dedicated team of St Aloysius College students and staff working with digital media and professional artists have recently completed the largest interactive mural in the city of Adelaide (where the college is located) to tell the story of the college and its Mercy values.
Visitors to Chancery Lane can watch the mural come to life by downloading Eyejack software. The rest of us can watch the videos that share the experience of creating this inspirational street art.
Sisters of Mercy work to Save Monarchs on University Campuses
This fall, Mercyhurst joined other Mercy campuses in the Mercy Monarch Milkweed Project, a collaborative effort to improve habitats for the dwindling Monarch butterfly population to promote increased pollination.
Additional plants for the project were added to the already vibrant Sister Maura Smith Peace Garden, located behind Frances Warde Hall.
Aotearoa New Zealand
'Put It In Your Heart': Scripture with Kathleen Rushton rsm
Kathleen Rushton rsm introduces the apocalyptic writing in Luke 21:5-19 and suggests how it can help us think about and act on the crises of our times.
Sr Kathleen writes: ‘We read scripture in mystical and inventive ways in our quest for God in order to be transformed, to take little steps to live with wonder, respect and reverence for people and all life in Earth in our challenging social, economic and ecological times.’
Download the article here
Mercy Sister Says Murdered Jesuits Inspired a New Way of Being Church
‘WASHINGTON (CNS) — The murdered Jesuits in El Salvador, whose legacy is being commemorated around the world Nov. 16, the 30th anniversary of their deaths, were known for their academic prowess.
But their legacy is much more important in the life of the church, in the way communities of faith relate to one another, said a Mercy sister [Ana Maria Pineda] who has studied the life of the Salvadoran martyrs…’
Ministry at St Mary's
Editor: Sisters Noreen (l) and Bridgette (r) from St Mary’s Convent, Handsworth, Birmingham, were interviewed by Premier Radio, a London-based Christian radio station, about their multi-faith and community ministry of outreach with the most needy in their locality.
Enrol in a Free Course on Climate Change
Staff at Rahamim Ecology Centre have developed a new online course that looks at climate change and how you can do something about it.
While climate change has been known about by scientists, at least in theory, since the 1890s, the majority of us only started to hear about it in the late 2000s. This course is designed for anyone who would like to know more about Climate Change, the science behind it and how it will affect us.
On This Day
2013: Mercy International Association (MIA) launches a Mercy relief appeal for the Philippines
Contribute a fact from the story of your Mercy congregation, institute or federation, to our online archive.
17 November 2019. 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C
‘Fifty years ago there was no Sydney Opera House. A hundred years ago there was no Harbour Bridge. It is hard to imagine a time when they did not exist or a time when they will cease to be, such is the status these monuments have acquired over a very short span of history…’
Your Ever Affectionate M.C.McAuley
Excerpts from a selection of Catherine’s letters for your reflection and encouragement.
A reminder that these audio tracks can be played from our online library of resources
The Wayback Machine:: Fighting Digital Extinction in New Ways
‘The average web page might last three months before it’s altered or deleted forever. You never know when access to the information on these web pages is going to be needed…
Some new features to make what some call “the memory of the web” even more detailed and responsive.
A consistently popular album of songs composed by Briege O’Hare osc & sung by Marie Cox rsm. In these 18 songs Briege brings together four women of medieval times who speak eloquently of a God of extraordinary tenderness and intimacy.
Stay With Us
Making plans to visit Dublin in 2020?
When not fully booked for programmes, MIC offers bed and breakfast facilities to Sisters of Mercy, Associates, co-workers and family and friends of Mercy.
Let My Love Be Heard
"Let My Love Be Heard" by Jake Runestad. Performed by the Bob Cole Conservatory Chamber Choir. Dr. Jonathan Talberg, conductor. Presented in memory of Nohemi Gonzalez who was killed in the terrorist attack in Paris on 13 November 2015.Watch/listen here
Prayer intention of Pope Francis: Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Middle East
Pope video, November 2019
‘Let us pray that a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Middle East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.’Watch the video prayer here
Central America – Fertile Ground for Human Trafficking
‘Human trafficking has had deep roots in Central America, especially in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, for decades, and increasingly requires a concerted law enforcement effort by the region’s governments to dismantle trafficking networks, and to offer support programmes for the victims.’Read the article here
Speaking truth to power: the UN experts fighting for global human rights
‘Fearless. Plain-speaking. Critical. Courageous. Unflinching. Unfair. Biased. Manipulative. These are some of the adjectives used to describe the Human Rights Council experts who fan out across the world to research, hold consultations and gather information on a vast range of human rights violations.’Read the story here
Pope: economics without ethics leads to throwaway culture
‘Pope Francis called for the promotion of a more just and humane economy that contributes to the eradication of poverty on the global level, when he met members of the Council for Inclusive Capitalism on Monday.
In the face of rising levels of poverty in the world that bear witness to the prevalence of inequality rather than a harmonious integration of persons and nations, what is urgently needed is a fair, trustworthy and capable system to address the most profound challenges of humanity and the planet, he said.’Read the article
Send suggestions and contributions for the ‘Worth’ Section 2019 to: The Editor
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