‘Hope in a Time of Pandemic - Responding to COVID-19 through a Mercy Lens’

Second MGP Regional Gatherings, 11-13 August

From 16 Countries...

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From 16 Countries...

261 Sisters and partners-in-Mercy from Australia, New Zealand, Newfoundland, Ireland, Peru, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Romania, Philippines, Guyana, Argentina, United Kingdom, Chile, Honduras and the United States, participated in one or more of the three regional gatherings held last week on the theme ‘**Mercy & Degradation of Earth’.**

We Gathered Together Online...

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We Gathered Together Online...

Conversations were held in breakout rooms for 15 minutes in small groups of five. Participants were randomly selected for these groups, giving the opportunity to meet new people. Feedback opportunities were provided in the large group, using the chat function and via email.

Join us for the third Gathering.

To Express Our Shared Concern for Earth...

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To Express Our Shared Concern for Earth...

Once again, the quotes, images and voices of Mercy people represented in the posters provided the focus for prayer, reflection and conversation. Carmody Grey reminded us: ‘If the defacement of the poor is a defacement of God, in the same way a defacement of Earth is a defacement of God…

From now on, caring for the environment has to be understood as being at the core of what mercy is, of what mercy asks us to do.’

Book in for Round Three MGP Regional Gatherings

Book in for Round Three MGP Regional Gatherings

Bookings for the third round  of Regional Gatherings (25-27 August) on the theme 'Mercy & Displacement of Persons' have opened! We look forward to your participation.

The third of the Segment Two posters and accompanying reflection guide are now available for download

 

 

Vision in Action

MIA Prayer Intention: Recognising Our Interconnectedness

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: Recognising Our Interconnectedness

‘Care for Earth and care for each other are central to the healing energy of the Risen Presence’ (Adele Howard rsm)

This video reflection is from the Reflective Prayer prepared for the theme ‘**Mercy & Degradation of Earth**’.

As we continue to struggle with the shared global experience of the illness and destructive action of the COVID-19 pandemic, let us hold each other and our world in prayer.

Post your prayer in our online chapel.

MESSAGES TO: Berneice Loch rsm CEO MIA
MGP Reflective Poster: 'Mercy & Displacement of Persons'

MGP

MGP Reflective Poster: 'Mercy & Displacement of Persons'

This poster is now available for download.

The poster content comprises the names of presenters as well as key words/phrases and images drawn from the May theme. Accompanying the poster is a Guide with a suggested approach for using the posters for personal or group reflection.

MESSAGES TO: MGP Guiding Group
Virtual Tours

Events & Programmes

Virtual Tours

Further opportunities to take a tour of Mercy International Centre if you haven’t already made a virtual visit:

Dates: 20, 26 August.

Contact Sr Anna if you are interested in organising a special tour this month for your school, university, staff or community group.

MESSAGES TO: Anna Nicholls rsm Head of Heritage & Spirituality

Members' News

Grace Filled Aging Presentation

Americas

Grace Filled Aging Presentation

Mercedes McCann rsm, a psychologist and member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas presents on the losses we experience as we age. This presentation was prepared for the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia.

‘Grace Filled Aging’ (49:45) is the first of two videos by Sr Mercedes. The follow up video will be available in late October, 2020 and we will include it in Mercy eNews.

MESSAGES TO: Mercedes McCann rsm
Welcome English Language Centre

The Congregation

Welcome English Language Centre

In response to a need in the Cork City Region, the Mercy Sisters enabled Sister Celestine Forrest to set up the Welcome English Language Centre to teach English to asylum seekers. In recent years it became clear that there was a need for English classes for other immigrants in the Cork area who couldn’t afford paid classes and were in danger of becoming marginalised…

Students Raise Funds, Awareness for Mercy Focus on Haiti

Americas

Students Raise Funds, Awareness for Mercy Focus on Haiti

Catherine McAuley believed that “no work of charity can be more productive of good to society or more conducive to the happiness of the poor than the careful instruction of women” (Original Mercy Rule, Chapter 2, art. 5). Embracing her conviction, Mercy secondary schools in the Americas seek to make that merciful mission a reality, as evidenced in the lives of their graduates….

Mercy Matters

Praying with my Surroundings Photo by Carolyn V on Unsplash

Resource

Praying with my Surroundings

Still Life in my Home - ‘Come and see where I live’

‘This is a prayer exercise to help us pray in our home.’

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

1841: Profession of M Julianna Hardman (Foundress - Birmingham) and M Vincent Whitty (Foundress - Brisbane)

1901: Foundation to Beaudesert, Queensland from Brisbane - M Canice Phelan

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

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Gospel

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Matthew 16:13-19

‘“Be yourself. Everybody else is taken”, sings Melinda Schneider. The lyrics of this song, composed for Melinda’s dying father, affirm some fairly obvious truths. Even though we know that “everybody else is taken”, most of us spend energy trying to measure up to other peoples’ expectations and fail to be truly ourselves…’

10 Useful Tech Tips You’ll Use Over and Over

Digital Life

10 Useful Tech Tips You’ll Use Over and Over

‘We may use gadgets every day without knowing their helpful quirks‘

22 August, Earth Overshoot Day

International Days

22 August, Earth Overshoot Day

Earth Overshoot Day (EOD) is*'the date on which humanity's resource consumption for the year exceeds Earth's capacity to regenerate those resources that year'.*

By the end of 22 August, humanity will have used up all of the renewable natural resources —water, soil and clean air —that the planet can replenish in 2020. After today we will be living on credit for the remainder of this year.

How to find your mindfulness

Resource

How to find your mindfulness

‘With so many approaches to mindfulness, it can be difficult to know where to start.

Explore these methods to find what suits you.’

Further Resources

'Blessing of Hospitality'

Worth Watching

'Blessing of Hospitality'

Words and music by Marie Dunne CHF.

Sr Marie writes: At a time when there is is much unpredictability and fear in light of the Covid-19 Coronavirus, one thing that we can be sure of is God's loving presence with us on our journey. ‘Blessing of Hospitality’reflects a blessing we might pray on our world at this time.

Watch/listen here
Women and Leadership Real Lives, Real Lessons

Worth Knowing

Women and Leadership Real Lives, Real Lessons

‘As a result of their broad experience on the world stage in politics, economics and global not-for-profits, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Julia Gillard have some strong ideas about the impact of gender on the treatment of leaders…Featuring Jacinda Ardern, Hillary Clinton, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Theresa May, Michelle Bachelet, Joyce Banda, Erna Solberg, Christine Lagarde and more.’

Find out more
Sr. Elise García is a bridge for sisters, younger and older, as she assumes LCWR presidency

Worth Reading

Sr. Elise García is a bridge for sisters, younger and older, as she assumes LCWR presidency

‘Before she surprised everyone, including herself, by becoming a sister at age 50, Elise García lived a life that, in one sense, closely resembled that of a sister: She was engaged in social justice issues, advocacy and nonprofits and had a keen lifelong concern for the fate of the planet…’

Image: AdrianDominicans.org

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21 brilliant ideas to remake the world

Worth Knowing

21 brilliant ideas to remake the world

‘Since Covid-19, nothing is the way it used to be. So what better time for a complete reset? Authors, scientists, activists and thinkers share their radical proposals.’

Read the ideas here
As the Global Economy Melts Down, Human Trafficking Is Booming

Worth Reading

As the Global Economy Melts Down, Human Trafficking Is Booming

‘...Desperate families face risky job offers, dubious loans, and online predators.‘

Read the article here

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

The Bottom Line

‘The pandemic has highlighted how vulnerable and interconnected we all are. If we do not take care of each other, starting with the least -- those who are most affected, including creation -- we cannot heal the world.’

Pope Francis, Weekly General Audience, 12 August 2020

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