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MIA Prayer Intention: Holy Week

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: Holy Week

Gracious God, you have heard the cries of your suffering people. You have sent Jesus to us to be our redeemer and brother. Open our eyes to see the immensity of your love for us and the wonder of what you have done for us. Give us the courage to be your hands and heart for those who are in pain. Give us the wisdom to speak out for justice and righteousness.

May your will be done in us today and always. Amen

Source: ‘Intercessions of Mercy’ ed Joy Clough rsm

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MESSAGES TO: Berneice Loch rsm CEO MIA
MGA Participates in Generation Equality Forum

MGA

MGA Participates in Generation Equality Forum

This week, Mercy Global Action is participating in the Generation Equality Forum, a global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the Governments of Mexico and France with the leadership and partnership of civil society and youth. After a year of postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Forum kicked off virtually in Mexico City, Mexico from 29 to 31 March 2021 and will culminate in Paris, France from 30 June to 2 July 2021…

Members' News

Supporting Families With An Acquired Brain Injury During The Pandemic

The Congregation

Supporting Families With An Acquired Brain Injury During The Pandemic

The Congregation

Supporting Families With An Acquired Brain Injury During The Pandemic

My name is Catherine O Hare.  I belong to the South Central Province and live in St. Leo’s Community in Carlow.

For the past eleven years I have worked with ‘Headway Ireland’ as an Information and Support Worker in the South East of Ireland, covering counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford and part of Tipperary.  What does Headway do?  We work with anyone over the age of eighteen who is affected by an Acquired Brain Injury. An acquired brain injury is any injury to a person’s brain that happens during their lifetime. The injury can be caused by a stroke, a bleed in the brain, an infection, a tumour, a lack of oxygen or a fall, for example…

Celebrating 175 years of Mercedes College

ISMAPNG

Celebrating 175 years of Mercedes College

ISMAPNG

Celebrating 175 years of Mercedes College

Mercedes College Perth, Western Australia, has the proud distinction of being the first school in Australia founded by a Religious Congregation (1846) and WA’s first permanent school, and the present site of the college is of unique historical importance. Celebrations were held earlier this month.

A timeline of important events in the College’s 175 year history can be accessed here

Intentional Communities Connect Sisters with Those Who Seek Spiritual Growth

Americas

Intentional Communities Connect Sisters with Those Who Seek Spiritual Growth

Americas

Intentional Communities Connect Sisters with Those Who Seek Spiritual Growth

Jenny Wilson rsm who, together with Colleen O’Toole rsm, is a member of the Mercy intentional community, The Caritas Community, established in New York in 2020, is among those interviewed for this Global Sisters Report. ‘I love my life as a Sister of Mercy, and I want to share that with others,’ Sr Jenny said in explaining her involvement.

Mercy Matters

Ali Roach rsm: The Cross of Christ Stock image

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Ali Roach rsm: The Cross of Christ

Ali Roach rsm (ISMAPNG) was the Grassroots Ministry contributor to MGP Segment Three, Theme Four ‘Presence to Self & Others’. Sr Ali retold the Stations of the Cross from the experiences of 14 clients of the homeless ministry in which she was working when she prepared her presentation. She introduces these Stations saying ‘All of my clients have carried the Cross of Christ...’

Download the presentation
in English (A4), (USLetter);
en español (A4), (USLetter)

Virtual Way of the Cross for Economic and Ecological Justice

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Virtual Way of the Cross for Economic and Ecological Justice

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas are among the co-sponsors of this Maryknoll Way of the Cross to be held online on Good Friday, 2 April at 12 noon Eastern Time. Click here to find the time and date for your local area. Click here to register via Zoom or watch live on YouTube

The script is also available for use by those unable to attend. Download it here.

Easter poetry: Mary Wickham rsm

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Easter poetry: Mary Wickham rsm

Mary Wickham rsm (ISMAPNG) has composed two poems for this Holy Week and Easter: Finding Eucharist and Kneeling at Easter.

The poems are linked to this item

Easter Vigil, Year B

Gospel

Easter Vigil, Year B

Mark 16:1-8

‘At the foot of Mount Macedon, where I spent my whole childhood, stands the lovely Anglican Church of the Resurrection, built in the aftermath of the devastating 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires… The most striking feature of the Anglican Church is Leonard French’s stained glass depiction of the resurrection experience of a devastated community, a statement of hope in the face of death and seeming hopelessness. Macedon has risen from the ashes and is once again a vibrant community…’

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

2000: 150 years of education on the site of St Mary's College Wellington was celebrated.

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

Online Workshop: Preparing for a Future Emerging Out of Chaos

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Online Workshop: Preparing for a Future Emerging Out of Chaos

Facilitator: Nancy Sylvester ihm

Date: 10 April, 2021
Time: 9:30am - 3:30pm central time
Online: via Zoom
Cost: US $75 for members, $120 for non-members.

Note: Resources by Sr Nancy are included in the ‘Good Reading’ section of the Contemplative Seeing MGP theme released today.

Further Resources

Pandemic threatens lost decade for development, UN report reveals

Worth Knowing

Pandemic threatens lost decade for development, UN report reveals

‘“The global economy has experienced “the worst recession in 90 years, with the most vulnerable segments of societies disproportionately affected”, said the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing in their Financing for Sustainable Development Report 2021, pointing out that some 114 million jobs have been lost, and about 120 million people have been plunged back into extreme poverty. ‘

'Agnus Dei'  from Ashes of Roses by Jocelyn Hagen

Worth Watching

'Agnus Dei' from Ashes of Roses by Jocelyn Hagen

‘The traditional “Agnus Dei” text is set alongside 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 and gives an ensemble the opportunity to feature a wonderful baritone soloist.’

Watch/listen here
LCWR 'Update'

Worth Reading

LCWR 'Update'

The April issue of ‘Update’, the monthly newsletter from LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) is now online.

Read the issue here
In a year of pandemic, religious life finds pain, purpose and hope

Worth Reading

In a year of pandemic, religious life finds pain, purpose and hope

Jolanta Kafka rmi, president of UISG and Patricia Murray ibvm, executive secretary of UISG, reflect on how the pandemic has affected religious life.

Image: Patricia Murray ibvm

Read the reflection here
The Earth Hour 2021 Virtual Spotlight | What COVID-19 has taught us about our planet, and ourselves

Worth Watching

The Earth Hour 2021 Virtual Spotlight | What COVID-19 has taught us about our planet, and ourselves

The effects of a pandemic like COVID-19 are easy to see. But what about the causes? This video was released on 27 March, for Earth Hour. ‘ Learn why our health depends on the health of the planet, and why we already have it in us to make a change - though we may just not have realized it yet.’

Watch the video here (2:20)

Send suggestions and contributions for the ‘Worth’ Section 2021 to: The Editor

The Bottom Line

‘The global experience of pandemic and the unequal access to vaccines foregrounds the language of death and resurrection at this time. As we enter into the Easter mysteries, we carry with us the chaos of broken communities. We mourn the deaths of 2.79 million people, we pray for order out of the chaos, we ask questions about the provenance of the virus in the other-than-human community and we do all we can to ensure a real return to life for the bereaved, the struggling and the displaced. We join with those who are sharing their resources and re-ordering their way of being in the Earth community in order to make this happen.’ Read more

— Veronica Lawson rsm, Reflection on the Gospel, Easter Vigil, Year B, 3 April 2021

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