On the Five Year Anniversary of Laudato Si’

Vision in Action

MGP: June Resources will be Available on 24 June

MGP

MGP: June Resources will be Available on 24 June

Resources on ‘New Foundations in Mercy’, the final of our ‘Mercy’ themes, will be published on the MGP microsite next Wednesday, 24 June and linked from Mercy eNews.

Presenters for June are: Elizabeth Davis rsm (Newfoundland, Introduction), Dennis Horton (Aotearoa New Zealand, Theological Imaginings), Sophie Snowball (GB Federation, Artistic Inspiration), Anne Maria O’Carroll rsm rsm (The Congregation, Grassroots Ministry), Marianne Comfort (Americas, Mercy Global Action), Members of Mercy Focus on Haiti (Americas, Distinct Voice), Mary Ann Nolan rsm (Americas, Reflective Prayer).

MESSAGES TO: MGP Guiding Group
MIA Prayer Intention: Special Prayer for the Anniversary Year of Laudato Si'

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: Special Prayer for the Anniversary Year of Laudato Si'

‘Loving God,
Creator of Heaven, Earth, and all therein contained.
Open our minds and touch our hearts,
so that we can be part of Creation, your gift.

Be present to those in need in these difficult times,
especially the poorest and most vulnerable…’

Post your prayer in our online chapel

MESSAGES TO: Berneice Loch rsm CEO MIA
18 June, Sustainable Gastronomy Day: Short Careful Steps for a Greener Future

MGA

18 June, Sustainable Gastronomy Day: Short Careful Steps for a Greener Future

Many activities contributing to the degradation of Earth seem like they are worlds away. Mining, deforestation, and trash islands in the ocean are frequently out of sight and therefore out of mind. Food, however, is right in our face. As consumers, advocates, and citizens we don’t see the environmental impact of our food choices. The food we eat creates pollution and degrades Earth and sea through agri- and aqua-cultural practices, shipping, and waste. For the sake of our common home, we must demand sustainable change through our governments and through our own purchasing power…

MESSAGES TO: Amanda Carrier rsm MGA Intern

Members' News

 World Hunger is its Own Pandemic: Aid Workers Brace for Second-wave Crisis

The Congregation

World Hunger is its Own Pandemic: Aid Workers Brace for Second-wave Crisis

Editor: Deirdre Mullan rsm was among the members of religious congregations interviewed for this article which addresses the challenges that the COVID-19 epidemic poses for the global food supply chain. ‘Sr Deirdre noted that "we're moving into a very dark period, and that between the combination of climate change and the COVID pandemic, the gap between rich and poor is going to get wider."‘

Source: Global Sisters Report

MESSAGES TO: Deirdre Mullan rsm
Graf Believes that Everyone Deserves a Safe, Affordable Place to call Home Image source: Mercy Housing

Americas

Graf Believes that Everyone Deserves a Safe, Affordable Place to call Home

For more than 40 years, Jane Graf has championed efforts to provide safe, affordable housing for vulnerable Americans — the elderly, people with special needs, low-income families and those experiencing homelessness — because good health and a good home go hand in hand.

"You can't be healthy and not have a decent place to live," said Graf, president and chief executive of Mercy Housing, the nation's largest affordable housing nonprofit…

MESSAGES TO: Jane Graf CEO Mercy Housing
With You in Spirit: CEIST Image source: RTE video clip

The Congregation

With You in Spirit: CEIST

RTE (Ireland’s national broadcaster) has published ‘a series of short messages of hope and encouragement from people of many faiths and none’. Among these is a message from Clare Ryan, CEO of CEIST (Catholic Education Irish Schools Trust), the patron body for 108 post primary schools of which 70 were Mercy. In her message of hope and encouragement, Clare explains the background to CEIST, its 5 core values and how its emphasis on the ‘fullness of life’ (John 10:10) has come to the fore during the pandemic.

MESSAGES TO: Clare Ryan
'To Be in relationship with Christ': Scripture with Kathleen Rushton rsm

Aotearoa New Zealand

'To Be in relationship with Christ': Scripture with Kathleen Rushton rsm

Kathleen Rushton rsm interprets Matthew 10:26-42 in light of our call to relationship at this time. Sr Kathleen writes: ‘Society’s prevailing values focused on caring for one another rather than on self-interest. As life returns to “normal” we can be encouraged to continue to show kindness and compassion’.

Download the article here

A Samaritan Celebration of Laudato Si': Mary C. Sullivan rsm

Americas

A Samaritan Celebration of Laudato Si': Mary C. Sullivan rsm

‘On May 24th we celebrate[d] the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. As we re-read this urgent call to conversion of our minds, hearts and behavior on behalf of Earth and all her created life, we can easily feel like the paralyzed man brought to Jesus: overwhelmed by all that this crucial encyclical asks of us now, not later…’

Source: iVivaI Mercy, May- June 2020.

Accessing Education during the Pandemic: Peter’s story

Australia & PNG

Accessing Education during the Pandemic: Peter’s story

For students from poor families in the remote regions of Papua New Guinea, accessing education is never easy. Add in a global pandemic and it becomes that much harder.

One such student is Peter from East New Britain. Without an Access to Education Scholarship awarded by Mercy Works, he would not have been able to overcome that barrier to education. As a result, he has been able to continue studying at teachers’ college and is hoping to graduate in 2021…

Mercy Matters

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Gospel

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Matthew 10:26-33

Many of those who once looked through the barbed-wire fences of Australia’s detention centres carry personal stories of fear of persecution. One such story, the story of Najaf Mazari, is beautifully narrated by Najaf [pictured above] and Robert Hillman in their joint work, The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif. Najaf is an Afghani Hazara who suffered persecution and torture at the hands of the Taliban. He escaped to Australia via Indonesia in 2002…

Songs from My Soul: Wisdom & Spirituality in the Great Sandy Desert

Resource

Songs from My Soul: Wisdom & Spirituality in the Great Sandy Desert

These poems have their origin in the seven years the author spent among the Walmajarri people of Western Australia. Unexpectedly, Marie Leonie Williams rsm discovered a deep association there with her own Celtic people and traditions; and a sense of connection with land, people and ancestry that provided joy, love, acceptance, celebration and the desire to reflect this new experience in poetry. She readily confesses that the poems ‘sing from my soul!’.

Songs from My Soul was launched via Zoom on Tuesday 26 May. To view the recording, please click here. To order the book, click here

20 June is World Refugee Day

International Days

20 June is World Refugee Day

Every minute, 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror (UN). UNHCR’s latest figures (2018) of the number of refugees can be read here or watched here. Refugee stories can be found here. An education resource can be downloaded here. Prayers can be found here (text) and here (video). Participate in the Paper Boat trail Refugee Week Activity here

Mercy Partners: Reflections on 10 Green Commandments

Resource

Mercy Partners: Reflections on 10 Green Commandments

Ten Green Commandments #3: Rediscover a Theological Vision of the Natural World

Previously published: No 1 and No 2 and Introduction

On This day

Fact

On This day

1847: Death of M Joseph Nugent, professed Newfoundland 1843

1881: Sisters began ministry in workhouse, Birr

1896: Death of Jessie McAuley, wife of Willie, Catherine's nephew, Colac, Victoria

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

 Laudato Si’: Reflecting on a Global Plan

Resource

Laudato Si’: Reflecting on a Global Plan

An archived video of the webinar organised by Sowing Hope for the planet held 10 June.

Watch it in English; in Spanish

Further Resources

Commit yourself to Fight Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Worth Knowing

Commit yourself to Fight Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

ACAMS has teamed up with the Liechtenstein Initiative for Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST Initiative) to develop the first of its kind human trafficking certificate.

The Course is Free

Find Out More
 'See, I am making all things new’ (Rev. 2:5).  Our Christian response to the COVID-19 crisis

Worth Watching

'See, I am making all things new’ (Rev. 2:5). Our Christian response to the COVID-19 crisis

28th, 29th June, 1st and 4th July
Liverpool Justice and Peace
Annual Assembly to be held on Zoom.
Events are free of charge.

Details and How to Book here
Post Pandemic Church: Paralysed or Energised? Recovered or Re-imagined?

Worth Watching

Post Pandemic Church: Paralysed or Energised? Recovered or Re-imagined?

Preparing for a New World Order. How do we, as Church, move to an alternative model of being?

18 & 19 July. Mini conference by Zoom of the National Justice & Peace Network UK (NJPN)

Events are free of charge

Book on Eventbrite
'You Are Not Alone': Liam Lawton

Worth Watching

'You Are Not Alone': Liam Lawton

This video clip was released on 11 June

Watch/listen here
Living Earth Community: Multiple Ways of Being and Knowing

Worth Knowing

Living Earth Community: Multiple Ways of Being and Knowing

This free open source book (288pps) is the fruit of a conference held October 26-29, 2018. Videos highlighting different chapters are being released weekly. These can be viewed here

Find out more
Voices from the Ground

Worth Reading

Voices from the Ground

How the global mining industry is profiting from the COVID-19 pandemic

Read the report here

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

The Bottom Line

‘A church that does not provoke any crisis, preach a gospel that does not unsettle, proclaim a word of God that does not get under anyone's skin or a word of God that does not touch the real sin of the society in which it is being proclaimed: what kind of gospel is that?’ Read more

—St. Oscar Romero, 'The Violence of Love'

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