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Vision in Action

MIA Prayer Intention: 1 October, International Day of Older Persons

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: 1 October, International Day of Older Persons

During this COVID-19 pandemic we have all been conscious of the vulnerabilities and special needs of the elderly. Today is an opportunity to celebrate the special gifts that older people bring to us with the wisdom of their years. Pope Francis has reminded us that ‘Life is a gift, and when it is long it is a privilege, for oneself and for others. Always.’
Let us continue to give thanks for those enjoying their seniority, respect them and learn from them. For those among us who are elderly, may we know ourselves to be ‘a storehouse of wisdom’.

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MESSAGES TO: Berneice Loch rsm CEO MIA
Mercy Day Mass 2020 All Hallows School Brisbane choir

Events & Programmes

Mercy Day Mass 2020

The Mercy Day Mass 2020 remains available in the Newsroom in the ‘Events & Programmes’ section.

The video has also been added to our online library where it can be searched for under the categories ‘Celebration Days’ and ‘Sisters of Mercy’.

‘Hope in a Time of Pandemic’ Issue Spotlight #6 -Food and Water

MGA

‘Hope in a Time of Pandemic’ Issue Spotlight #6 -Food and Water

COVID-19 has revealed innumerable inequalities and deeply rooted systemic injustices in areas such as physical and mental health, mobility, political institutions, and housing. Two vulnerable areas most vital to the survival of people and Earth are the supply of food and water. Stories featured in Mercy Global Action’s COVID-19 Response Task Force report ‘Hope in a Time of Pandemic – Responding to COVID-19 through a Mercy Lens’ reveal both the challenges and resilience of communities experiencing water shortages and food insecurity during the Pandemic.

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MESSAGES TO: Berneice Loch rsm CEO MIA

Members' News

Let us be Bearers of Hope in the Midst of Pain and Suffering

The Congregation

Let us be Bearers of Hope in the Midst of Pain and Suffering

As the world grapples with responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, with its devastating consequences for individuals and communities, a major question occupies my mind: What critical opportunity does this story of tragic suffering and loss present for theological reflection?

This story is painful. I have been reflecting on it contemplatively, and with the mind of Jesus, trying to see God's presence in this crisis.

Source: Global Sisters Report

MESSAGES TO: Scholasticah Nganda rsm Director of pastoral programs for Solidarity with South Sudan
Reflection Garden 'Magnolia Place' at All Hallows' School Dedicated and Blessed Orb mosaic in front of Adderton

Brisbane

Reflection Garden 'Magnolia Place' at All Hallows' School Dedicated and Blessed

On 10 September All Hallows’ School’s new reflection garden, Magnolia Place, was dedicated and blessed. This garden, situated on the land of Adderton, the convent of the Brisbane Sisters of Mercy, provides space for quiet reflection and prayer and is a place where we remember past All Hallows' students who have died while still students at the School.

Magnolia Place was an idea born from the profound grief our School community experienced in 2017 when we lost our AHSisters Emily DelDot and Emily Pham. The garden was named by the Seniors of 2019 after the floral symbol of the School, the magnolia…

Sisters of Mercy in Jamaica Receive International Award

Americas

Sisters of Mercy in Jamaica Receive International Award

‘KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Sisters of Mercy in Jamaica received the 'Best Use Of Music To Support Sustainability' award from the Music Cities initiative yesterday.

The award celebrates innovative and successful ideas in the field of music and sustainability, particularly those that use music as a core component in tackling one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…’

Source: Jamaica Observer

MESSAGES TO: Suzanne Frazer rsm Area Administrator
Latest Issue of MAST Journal Available

Americas

Latest Issue of MAST Journal Available

The latest issue (Vol. 27, No. 1) of The MAST Journal was recently published. This volume, guest-edited by Mary-Paula Cancienne, R.S.M., is a collaborative effort between The MAST Journal and the Conference for Mercy Higher Education.

Contributors to this latest issue are: Greg Baker, Mary-Paula Cancienne rsm, Timothy Muldoon, Elizabeth Davis rsm, Jayme Hennessy, Jennifer Reed-Bouley, Kristin Mattson, Johann Vento, Theresa Ladrigan-Whelpley, Moya K. Dittmeier.

MESSAGES TO: Julia Upton rsm Executive Director MAST Association
Angela Reed rsm Receives Mercy Foundation Award

North Sydney

Angela Reed rsm Receives Mercy Foundation Award

Sr Angela Reed rsm PhD is the recipient of the Mercy Foundation’s Cath Leary Social Justice Award for 2020.

The Mercy Foundation’s Social Justice Award was established in 1996 to mark the United Nations International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. In 2014, the Mercy Foundation Board changed the name of award to recognise the significant social justice work made by long term Board member, the late Cath Leary. Cath died after a short illness and well before her time, in June 2014.

The Cath Leary Social Justice Award is given each year to an exceptional individual or organisation that has made a significant contribution to social justice in Australia…

Season of Creation (5)

In Search of St Francis of Assisi - Film Image source: https://www.cbcew.org.uk

Resource

In Search of St Francis of Assisi - Film

This full length (1:00:19) free film, a ‘Biographical Chronicle’ was released December 2019. It commences with the Canticle of Creatures (0:00 -2:11) which could be used as a short reflection. Franciscan scholars interviewed include Ilia Delio osf and Daniel Horan ofm

The Healing Power of Love in Action: Creation Care in a Time of Pandemic and Partisanship St. Francis' Sermon to the Birds. (13th Century fresco)

Resource

The Healing Power of Love in Action: Creation Care in a Time of Pandemic and Partisanship

‘The 2020 Feast of St. Francis program is framed around St. Francis’ famous prayer, the Canticle of Creatures, to illuminate our current journey from the pandemic, from indifference to climate change, from political partisanship, to a place of healing through God, with each other and with Creation…’

Past Feast of St. Francis event packages from Catholic Climate Covenant are also available for direct download.

Mercy Matters

2 October, International Day of Non-Violence

International Days

2 October, International Day of Non-Violence

Alarmingly, many countries have reported an increase in domestic violence and intimate partner violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. On this day, established to disseminate the message of non-violence, let us use every means at our disposal, including through education and public awareness, to do all we can ‘to build a better future for all’ (UN Secretary-General António Guterres)

5-minute meditation: Zurbarán's 'A Cup of Water and a Rose' | National Gallery

Digital Life

5-minute meditation: Zurbarán's 'A Cup of Water and a Rose' | National Gallery

This five minute mindfulness video explores the lines, textures and reflections in Zurbarán's painting, which encourages quiet contemplation by finding significance in everyday objects.

5 October, World Teachers' Day

International Days

5 October, World Teachers' Day

On this World Teachers’ Day, let us remember all members of the Mercy family engaged in education, not only in kindergartens, schools, colleges, and universities, but all who facilitate human development, support and empower others and enhance their progress as contributing members of our globalised world.

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

1874: Eltham Convent founded from Bermondsey - Sr Camillus Dempsey

2002: Te Ukaipo Mercy Initiatives for Rangatahi begins in Auckland - Sister Mary Foy.

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

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Gospel

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Matthew 21:33-43

‘Today is a triple celebration. It is the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi and the closing Sunday in the Season of Creation. At the invitation of Pope Francis, we have focused for five weeks on the call to integral ecology, on hearing and responding to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor. Among the most abandoned of Earth’s “poor” are those who are still enslaved…’

A Great Woman and Her Time

Resource

A Great Woman and Her Time

An eight part, two-hour audio series produced in 2018 by Graham A. Peck, historian, in collaboration with WXAV, 88.3, the radio station of Saint Xavier University.

This program is a newly discovered addition to our online library.

Further Resources

Members of Mercy

Worth Reading

Members of Mercy

‘Update’

The October issue of ‘Update’, the newsletter of LCWR is now online. This issue focusses on the recent Assembly

Read the newsletter here
Global religious leaders urge end to “broken state of European migration”

Worth Knowing

Global religious leaders urge end to “broken state of European migration”

A dozen global and regional religious organizations released an advocacy statement on the situation of migrants and refugees in Europe that defines their calling as Christians to “welcome the stranger,” and urges the creation of a world in which “we become human together.”

Read the Advocacy Statement
Women religious want sisters’ voices heard in post-pandemic planning

Worth Reading

Women religious want sisters’ voices heard in post-pandemic planning

‘The International Union Superiors General…launched their #YouAreMySister campaign Sept. 24…Loreto Sister Patricia Murray, UISG executive secretary, said in a statement. “Sisters are uniquely placed to help address the most pressing issues in poor communities brought about by the pandemic because we are already at the center of community development efforts. But too often we are not being listened to.”…

Read the article
Songs from Silence

Worth Watching

Songs from Silence

The latest published work from Elaine Hagenburg

Watch/listen here
Stop Trafficking Newsletter!

Worth Reading

Stop Trafficking Newsletter!

Education is the key to the prevention of children becoming victims of human trafficking. This month’s issue (Vol. 18 No. 9) focuses on human trafficking education in America’s schools.

Read the issue here

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

The Bottom Line

‘Give thanks for all things and practice a life of respect, but also of sacrifice, asceticism, simplicity, and a general ethic of making the world a better place because we are here…If we want a tangible way to get started, begin with little things. Give thanks for the food that we eat. Pray for our family and friends and the whole world. Help clean up the trash that gets thrown away. Make the world a cleaner and livable place. The little things are important and should not be neglected. Before God, all things matter.’ Read more

—H.E., Most Rev. Seraphim (Kykkotis) of Zimbabwe, Reflections on the Season of Creation 2020

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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