MGP Advent Gatherings: Creating A Living Cosmic Advent Wreath

Vision in Action

A Thank You to Anna Nicholls rsm

MIA

A Thank You to Anna Nicholls rsm

MIA

A Thank You to Anna Nicholls rsm

Anna Nicholls rsm finishes as the Head of Heritage and Spirituality at MIA at the end of the year. As many of you are aware, Anna is a member of Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand. Her wide range of gifts , her creativity and her enthusiasm for the spirit and story of Catherine McAuley will be greatly missed…

Announcing the Appointment of Elizabeth MacNeal

MIA

Announcing the Appointment of Elizabeth MacNeal

MIA

Announcing the Appointment of Elizabeth MacNeal

MIA looks forward to having Elizabeth MacNeal join the Executive Team as Head of Heritage and Spirituality.

Elizabeth is a US citizen and so we have delayed the news of her appointment until we were sure she would receive a permit to work in Ireland. The permit has now come through…

Remembrance Day Virtual Good Cup of Tea International Gatherings

Fundraising & Development

Remembrance Day Virtual Good Cup of Tea International Gatherings

Fundraising & Development

Remembrance Day Virtual Good Cup of Tea International Gatherings

More than 70 Sisters, Associates and co-workers, many with their cups and mugs of tea (and coffee and water), participated in one or more virtual good cup of tea international gatherings on Remembrance Day. The 'good cup of tea' event takes its name from Catherine McAuley’s words in her final moments of life: 'Will you tell the Sisters to get a good cup of tea…when I am gone and to comfort one another'.

Participants were from Ireland, Australia, United States, Aotearoa New Zealand, Argentina, Peru, Canada, England, Wales, Kenya and South Africa…

Mercy Global Action Celebrates World Toilet Day 2020

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Mercy Global Action Celebrates World Toilet Day 2020

MGA

Mercy Global Action Celebrates World Toilet Day 2020

On November 19th, we celebrate World Toilet Day 2020 to encourage the implementation of policies which increase access to sanitation and call to end the practice of open-air defecation. World Toilet Day was officially declared on the 24th of July 2013, with the adoption of Resolution 67/291. The celebration raises awareness of the 4.2 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation facilities across the globe. This year’s theme is ‘sustainable sanitation and climate change’, highlighting the need for urgent action to tackle the global sanitation crisis which is being exacerbated by the climate emergency…

MIA Prayer Intention: Severe Weather Events

MIA Prayer Intention: Severe Weather Events

Let us pray for all people and places currently impacted by extreme weather events: Philippines, Vietnam, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Nicaragua and southern Belize...

Members' News

Pauline Smith rsm RIP

Parramatta

Pauline Smith rsm RIP

Pauline Smith RSM, who would be known widely among Mercy members, died peacefully on 7th November. Throughout her religious life Pauline had placed her great talents at the service of Religious and the wider church through her roles of leadership, education and the advancement of the rightful place of women in the Church. As a mentor and canonical consultant, Pauline was greatly appreciated for her generosity, balance, wisdom and insight…

Understanding Systemic Inequality by Exploring Race and Immigration Through a Sociological Lens

Americas

Understanding Systemic Inequality by Exploring Race and Immigration Through a Sociological Lens

“In everything, therefore, treat others as you would like them to treat you” Mt 7:12

The scope of this paper is to provide an overview, a context for thinking about our societal diversity rooted primarily in the areas of race, immigration and its consequences from a sociological perspective. Its purpose is to deepen our understanding of these areas in order to surface and if need be, challenge the way we see, feel and act toward others whom we label as “different”. Lastly, this paper raises questions for reflection, with the intention that the answers may prompt a deepened personal commitment to positive action of some type…

COVID-19 Pandemic And Its Impact On The Mater Hospital Comprehensive Care Clinic

The Congregation

COVID-19 Pandemic And Its Impact On The Mater Hospital Comprehensive Care Clinic

In all of Kenya it is Nairobi County which has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases. A densely populated area, there is inevitably a greater risk of COVID-19 transmission due to lack of social distancing, lack of protective gear and poor sanitation (hand washing).

This is where Mater Misericordiae Hospital Comprehensive Care Clinic is located with 70% of its HIV+ patients coming from the Mukuru slums which lie within the surrounding industrial area…

'Seeking God': Veronica Lawson rsm

ISMAPNG

'Seeking God': Veronica Lawson rsm

In an ecological reading of Psalm 63, Veronica Lawson rsm reflects on how all living creatures yearn for the bounty of God. Sr Veronica writes: ‘As we make the words of the psalmist our own, we might gather into our prayer all the living creatures of Earth that yearn for the sustenance that derives from the bounty of the creator God, who is the help of all that lives, and in the shadow of whose wings all creatures sing for joy.’

Download the article here

MESSAGES TO: Veronica Lawson rsm
Congregations Find Their Own Voices with Liturgy of the Hours Revisions

Americas

Congregations Find Their Own Voices with Liturgy of the Hours Revisions

Sheila Carney rsm who served on the writing committee for the ‘Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy’ is among those interviewed for this article in Global Sisters Report on how some congregations of women religious in the U.S. — independent of each other — have created their own versions of the Liturgy of the Hours. The Sisters of Mercy published theirs in 1998. Now out of print, it is available in a number of digital formats from our online library

MESSAGES TO: Sheila Carney rsm
Whānau Mercy Called to be Pain-bearers and Beacons of Hope, Standing Against the Tide

Aotearoa New Zealand

Whānau Mercy Called to be Pain-bearers and Beacons of Hope, Standing Against the Tide

Nothing illustrates better Mercy’s call to stand with the poor and vulnerable than
its decision to oppose the End of Life choice as embodied in the recent Government referendum. It is a position which Sisters of Mercy and their ministries are committed to uphold, peacefully but firmly, against what now looks like the tide of public opinion in New Zealand society…

Mercy Matters

Seeking Silence: Deborah Troillet rsm & Rev. Mary Vano

Resource

Seeking Silence: Deborah Troillet rsm & Rev. Mary Vano

Deborah Troillet rsm is Executive Director of the Arkansas House of Prayer. A place dedicated to silent prayer and meditation, it is a joint ministry of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas.

Ways to Re-use Tea Bags Post Brew

Digital Life

Ways to Re-use Tea Bags Post Brew

Enjoyed a good cup of tea? Don’t throw your used tea bags out just yet. Check out the 12 ways to re-use them post brew…

Ten Green Commandments No 8

Resource

Ten Green Commandments No 8

Bi-monthly this year, Mercy Partners is publishing a Mercy Moment on one of the 10 Green Commandments. This month’s publication is no.#9: Embracing an Ecological Spirituality

Previously published: Introduction and numbers one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

1843: M Ursula Frayne and Rose Lynch returned to Baggot St from Newfoundland

1988: Opening of refuge for women, Alfred St, North Melbourne - Sheila Heywood rsm

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

Feast of Christ the King, Year A

Gospel

Feast of Christ the King, Year A

Matthew 25:31-46

'“It has long been a common custom to give to Christ the metaphorical title of King.” These are the words of Pope Pius XI who established this feast between two world wars in the hope of counteracting the growing secularism “in public affairs and politics” and finding a way towards global peace...'

19 November, World Philosophy Day

International Days

19 November, World Philosophy Day

2020: An invitation to ‘the whole world to reflect on the meaning of the current pandemic, underlining the need, more than ever before, to resort to philosophical reflection in order to face the multiple crises we are going through’.

Further Resources

'Religious Life for Our World: Creating Communities of Hope '

Worth Knowing

'Religious Life for Our World: Creating Communities of Hope '

Author: Maria Cimperman rscj, Director of the Centre for Consecrated life, Catholic Theological Union (CTU) Chicago.

‘This book brings together God's call, the cries of the world and of the earth today, and charisms in consecrated life in a way that dynamically engages the vows, prayer, community, and ministry for the particular time and contexts in which we live.’

Paperback & Kindle versions are available on Amazon

Julia Samuel, psychotherapist and author on bereavement and grief

Worth Reading

Julia Samuel, psychotherapist and author on bereavement and grief

‘The context of the conversation was thinking about grief and bereavement particularly during the month of November. Julia Samuel spoke to James Abbott in October 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. Listen to the Art of Dying podcast episode 21.’

The Art of Dying Well offers practical and spiritual support to those faced with the prospect of death and dying. It is a site for everyone.

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 6: 'Sing Gently'

Worth Watching

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 6: 'Sing Gently'

‘May we sing together, always
May our voice be soft
May our singing be music for others
and may it keep others aloft..’

Watch/listen here
Prayer Service for Climate Justice: Christian Aid Campaigns

Worth Knowing

Prayer Service for Climate Justice: Christian Aid Campaigns

To mark the original date for COP26 and to reflect on our role in pushing for more ambitious climate action in the coming year.

Sunday 22 November 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Your time here)

Facing the grief of pandemic stress and pain: sharing notes from a workshop on the psychological impact of COVID-19

Worth Reading

Facing the grief of pandemic stress and pain: sharing notes from a workshop on the psychological impact of COVID-19

‘So, what happens to our grief when it stays buried within, when we are not even aware of it? How can we manage the pain mentally and physically? These and other questions about the impact of COVID-19 were addressed in a webinar by Sr. Jacinta Ondeng, a School Sister of Notre Dame in Nairobi, about the psychological impact of the coronavirus pandemic…’

Read the article here

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

The Bottom Line

‘If the recent upheavals in our patterns of living have provided some stimulus for broadening and nourishing our imagination of what may be, as Christians we are also invited to ask what it means to live in light of the Resurrection—this most radical of glimpses into the new order given to us. What bearing does this anticipation of the new creation in Christ have upon our relationships with the “more than human” world? How do we live in light of the Resurrection this side of the eschaton?’ Read more

—E.R Powell, 'Glimpses of a New Order', Commonweal, 10 November 2020

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