MIA Prayer Intention: Common Prayer for the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si'

Vision in Action

MGP: May Resources Will Be Available on 27 May Stock image used under licence

MGP

MGP: May Resources Will Be Available on 27 May

MGP

MGP: May Resources Will Be Available on 27 May

Resources on ‘Mercy and the Displacement of Peoples’, the third of our ‘Mercy’ themes, will be published on the MGP microsite next Wednesday, 27 May and linked from Mercy eNews.

Presenters for April are: Elizabeth Davis rsm (Newfoundland, Introduction), Margaret Hinchey rsm, (Parramatta Theological Imaginings), Margaret Smith rsm (ISMAPNG, Artistic Inspiration), Malia Fetuli rsm (Aotearoa, Grassroots Ministry), Carmen Rosa Callomamani rsm (Americas, Mercy Global Action), Margie Taylor rsm (Newfoundland, Distinct Voice), Sheila Curran rsm (The Congregation, Reflective Prayer).

MESSAGES TO: MGP Guiding Group Head of Heritage & Spirituality
MGA & Laudato Si' Week

MGA

MGA & Laudato Si' Week

MGA

MGA & Laudato Si' Week

Laudato Si Week, 16-24th May, honors the fifth anniversary of the signing of Pope Francis’ encyclical, *Laudato Si’*. The Mercy World has integrated the Pope’s call to care for our common home and as we look forward to taking part in the prayer, reflection, and educational opportunities offered during Laudato Si’ Week, Mercy Global Action will keep its eye out for key issues…

MESSAGES TO: Amanda Carrier rsm MGA Intern
Two More Opportunities to Join a Virtual Tour in May

Events & Programmes

Two More Opportunities to Join a Virtual Tour in May

Events & Programmes

Two More Opportunities to Join a Virtual Tour in May

Tour dates for the rest of May are arranged for 21 and 27 May. We invite you to book in for yourself, your community or ministry.
Contact Sr Anna if you are interested in organising a special tour for your school, university, staff or community group.

MESSAGES TO: Anna Nicholls rsm Head of Heritage & Spirituality

Members' News

'Out pouring of Love' for Cork nun on her 88th birthday as locals organise a special surprise Image used with permission of EchoLive.ie

The Congregation

'Out pouring of Love' for Cork nun on her 88th birthday as locals organise a special surprise

‘Innovative residents in Passage West devised a clever way of celebrating a local nun's birthday while adhering to the government guidelines by holding a car parade in her honour.

It was a great show of community spirit in the town yesterday as residents, local Gardaí and members of the Red Cross showed up in their cars en masse to celebrate Sister Rosarii Darby's 88th birthday…’

Source: EchoLive.ie

MECPATHS Webinar On Human Trafficking

The Congregation

MECPATHS Webinar On Human Trafficking

MECPATHS were very pleased to co-host a Webinar on Human Trafficking in partnership with Cork Against Human Trafficking and The Cork Sexual Violence Centre on May 7th 2020. 350 participants from 26 countries heard a diverse range of speakers.

MESSAGES TO: JP O'Sullivan Network & Communications Manager
Women in the Bible: Online Series Offered by Mercy Spirituality Centre

Aotearoa New Zealand

Women in the Bible: Online Series Offered by Mercy Spirituality Centre

Mercy Spirituality Centre is offering an 8-week programme, already undewrway, on The Women in the Bible with Br Kieran Fenn fms. Radio interviews are available online once recorded, and/ or you can join an interactive Zoom gathering (paid).

Further details and the list of topics can be downloaded here.

Recordings of the first three topics: The Women of Genesis, Ruth and Esther are available online here.

MESSAGES TO: Beate Matthies Manager, Mercy Spirituality Centre
COVID-19 In South Sudan

The Congregation

COVID-19 In South Sudan

COVID-19 has made its way to South Sudan. Because of the chaotic state of the country, we are not sure how many cases there are. We are not sure if anyone has died of it. We have no idea how the health system will cope, as there are about nine ventilators in the whole country!! We figure that the best way forward is to focus on prevention. So we are staying inside the compound for the most part and being careful about social distancing and hand hygiene…

Parade Helps Rochester Sister Celebrate 80th Birthday

Americas

Parade Helps Rochester Sister Celebrate 80th Birthday

The wail of sirens from three fire trucks and four police cars and tooting of horns led a parade, by one estimate, of

140 vehicles, to help Sister Katherine Ann Rappl celebrate her 80th May 11th birthday.

“I just couldn’t believe it. I am still shocked!” said Katherine Ann – principal at St. Rita School in Webster, N.Y., from 1983-2013 – in a telephone interview a few days after the organized parade by former school parents, teachers and secretaries…

From Face-to-Face to Screen-to-Screen

Americas

From Face-to-Face to Screen-to-Screen

Editor: The COVID-19 pandemic has moved classroom teaching to online. Here Jean Evans rsm shares the challenge she experienced to “adapt and evolve”.

‘When I applied to be a substitute English teacher at Mercy High School in Burlingame, California, for the last 10 weeks of the school year, I had no idea that I'd be the one getting educated. I had taught English at Mercy, and now saw an opportunity to reconnect with girls and be a "sister presence" in the school while a freshman English teacher went on maternity leave…’

Source: Global Sisters Report

Mercy Matters

30 incredibly useful things you didn’t know Google Calendar could do

Digital Life

30 incredibly useful things you didn’t know Google Calendar could do

‘Upgrade your agenda with this cornucopia of advanced options, shortcuts, and features for Google Calendar.’

The Poor and the Earth are crying out!

Resource

The Poor and the Earth are crying out!

Ten Green Commandments #2
Listen to the cry of the poor

Previously published

Ten Green Commandments #1
Take Care of Our Common Home in Peril

Feast of the Ascension Year A

Gospel

Feast of the Ascension Year A

Acts 1:1-11; Matthew 28:16-20

‘Loss is part of the human experience and death is generally the most painful experience of loss. As the death toll from Covid-19 approaches 300,000, we become more and more conscious of loss as a global reality. This loss of human life takes place against the backdrop of a catastrophic loss of species and of eco-systems, exacerbated in Australia by the recent bushfires….’

Praying with Nature

Resource

Praying with Nature

Two offerings from the Jesuits (Pray-as-you-go):

‘Walking with God’ is a guided prayer resource that can be listened to here or on your phone if you download the free app: App Store; Google Play

Praying with a ‘Piece of Nature’ (PDF) is a prayer of noticing and imagination

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

1875: Foundation to Stradbally from Cappoquin
-M Joseph Mahoney

1878: Foundation to Kilmacthomas from Cappoquin - M Gertrude Athelan

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

UISG Webinars: Re-imagining the Future: Religious Life in the United States and Europe

Resource

UISG Webinars: Re-imagining the Future: Religious Life in the United States and Europe

Further Resources

Canticle of Creation: Dan Schutte

Worth Watching

Canticle of Creation: Dan Schutte

From his ‘Love and Grace’ album.

Watch/listen here
'Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty'

Worth Playing

'Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty'

Kate Hennessy, Doronthy’s granddaughter wrote this intimate portrait of her grandmother.

This is a recording of the talk given by Kate on International Women’s Day, now available online.

Image: Public domain

Listen to the Recording here
Our Journey to the Borders and Beyond

Worth Knowing

Our Journey to the Borders and Beyond

The Summer 2020 issue of Occasional Papers, ‘Our Journey to the Borders and Beyond’, will be an important edition that looks at the call to religious in these chaotic and rapidly changing times. Writers in this issue explore the kind of presence religious are invited to embody for the sake of the world. How do we live with authenticity, integrity, and depth this spiritual journey that takes us to the borders of what we have known and compels us to move beyond? What does the world -- in all its changing dimensions -- most need for us to be?

Order from LCWR by Friday, June 5, 2020.
Special ATII Contributor Report: COVID-19 and Human Trafficking – Exacerbating Modern Slavery with a Global Health Pandemic

Worth Reading

Special ATII Contributor Report: COVID-19 and Human Trafficking – Exacerbating Modern Slavery with a Global Health Pandemic

‘The relentless march of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected human trafficking and human smuggling groups in different ways – causing one arena to dry up and another to surge.'..’

Read the article here
Liam Lawton Online Concert

Worth Watching

Liam Lawton Online Concert

Concert by Liam Lawton held 17 May at GraigueKilleshin Parish
Soloists: Karen & Cathríona Kelly | Piano: Maria Quinn | Violin: Mary Gaskin

Watch the archived livestream here

Send suggestions and contributions for the ‘Worth’ Section 2020 to: The Editor

The Bottom Line

‘Look well to the growing edge! All around us worlds are dying and new worlds are being born; all around us life is dying and life is being born. The fruit ripens on the tree, the roots are silently at work in the darkness of the earth against a time when there shall be new leaves, fresh blossoms, green fruit. Such is the growing edge! It is the extra breath from the exhausted lung, the one more thing to try when all else has failed, the upward reach of life when weariness closes in upon all endeavor. This is the basis of hope in moments of despair, the incentive to carry on when times are out of joint and people have lost their reason, the source of confidence when worlds crash and dreams whiten into ash.
Look well to the growing edge!’

—Howard Thurman, civil rights leader, theologian, educator, philosopher

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