Mercy Week 2021 Generative Dialogue: You’re Invited!

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MGP Reflective Poster on 'Mercying'

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MGP Reflective Poster on 'Mercying'

MGP

MGP Reflective Poster on 'Mercying'

The third of the four 'Integrated' posters on the theme 'Mercying' and accompanying Reflection Guide is being released through Mercy eNews today.

There are now 15 MGP posters and guides available - four each from the ‘Global’, ‘Mercy’ and ‘Presence’ themes and three from the ‘Integrated’ theme. The 16th and final poster will be released in July.

A reminder that the fourth and final theme presentations from Segment Four ‘Integrated’ will be released through Mercy eNews next week, 30 June. The theme is ‘Creating Circles and Culture of Mercy’.

MESSAGES TO: MGP Guiding group
MIA Prayer Intention: Bereaved by Suicide

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MIA Prayer Intention: Bereaved by Suicide

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: Bereaved by Suicide

In the latest report from WHO (World Health Organisation), we learn that one in every hundred deaths is from suicide, that ‘Every year, more people die as a result of suicide than HIV, malaria or breast cancer  ̶  or war and homicide.’

Let us pray for all those contemplating suicide, that they might find the support they need to face their anguish.

Let us pray also with those bereaved by suicide - for the family, friends and communities who have been left bereft and grieving.

Post your prayer in our online chapel

MESSAGES TO: Berneice Loch rsm CEO MIA
On World Day Against Child Labour, MGA Focuses on Migrant Children at Risk of Trafficking

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On World Day Against Child Labour, MGA Focuses on Migrant Children at Risk of Trafficking

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On World Day Against Child Labour, MGA Focuses on Migrant Children at Risk of Trafficking

On 14 June, 2021, in commemoration of the World Day against Child Labour, the NGO Committee on Migration and the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons hosted an event, “Improving Outcomes for Migrant Children at Risk of Trafficking,” to call attention to the urgent need for prevention of trafficking and forced labour of migrant children. The event also took place during the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour, which aims to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and accelerate progress towards the goal set by SDG 8.7, to end all forms of child labour by 2025.

The recording of the event is now available.

MGA Global Policy and Research Advocate, Cecilie Kern, who is the Vice Chair of the NGO Committee on Migration, and a member of the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons, gave the welcoming remarks during the event.

Mercy Day 2021 Theme and Logo

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Mercy Day 2021 Theme and Logo

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Mercy Day 2021 Theme and Logo

MIA is proud to announce the theme for Mercy Day 2021: Opening Doors to an Emerging Future! Mercy International will use this theme and accompanying logo to celebrate Mercy Day 2021, to host a generative dialogue during Mercy Week, and to challenge our Mercy community to consider our emerging future.

As we emerge from a time of global crisis and pandemic, we are mindful of our call to continue Catherine’s legacy and vision into the future. World leaders have called us to Build Back Better and justice advocates have challenged us to find new solutions and systems which support both people and planet. These calls challenge our Mercy world to open our doors wide and explore what is possible for the future…

Members' News

Ex-students Join Panel for OLMC Parramatta Women in Leadership Forum

Parramatta

Ex-students Join Panel for OLMC Parramatta Women in Leadership Forum

Parramatta

Ex-students Join Panel for OLMC Parramatta Women in Leadership Forum

On Wednesday 26 May, Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta held its fourth annual Women in Leadership Forum in the Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre.

Students, staff and families were joined by alumnae and visitors from other schools at this inspirational evening. The event was a chance to hear from a panel of women which included OLMC ex-students Melanie Silva (VP, Managing Director for Google Australia and New Zealand, from the OLMC Class of 1994) and Dr Natalie Galea (Academic, Activist and Olympian, from the OLMC Class of 1991), along with Professor Deborah Richards (Department of Computing at Macquarie University) and Michelle Lee (Adventurer and Athlete).

The speakers imparted their perspectives on women and leadership, sharing their stories of successes, opportunities and challenges, with honestly and humility…

Present in the Moment Julie Squires with her sculpture of Catherine

Australia

Present in the Moment

Australia

Present in the Moment

‘The property team behind the Diocese's newest school – Catherine McAuley Catholic College in Medowie – asked Julie to submit a proposal to create a sculpture. It was an offer she did not hesitate to accept.

"It's been a great honour to create an interpretation of Catherine McAuley as she is such an inspiration," Julie says.
The bronze statue, situated within a bed of yellow roses at the college's entrance, took more than six months to create and involved various stages and an assortment of materials.
"Research is the first and most crucial step to the success of a sculpture, particularly when it is a life-like portrait," Julie says.

"I spent a lot of time researching with the help of the Heritage and Spirituality Department of the Mercy International Association in Dublin, as well as being guided to research books and films by Anne Ferguson from the Sisters of Mercy."…’

Source: Aurora magazine. Photographer: Peter Stoop. Used with permission.

New Mercy School Gives Students a Way to Earn a Living Wage

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New Mercy School Gives Students a Way to Earn a Living Wage

Americas

New Mercy School Gives Students a Way to Earn a Living Wage

Responding to the needs of our times, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas announced today (17 June) that they will sponsor a new Catholic career and technical junior/senior high school in Stuart, Florida, to better prepare low-income students for the health sciences workforce and/or college.

“We are opening the door to students in need by providing an excellent, affordable education that prepares them for contemporary job options,” said Sister Patricia McDermott, RSM, president, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

Mercy Education, the organization entrusted with overseeing the sponsored schools of the Sisters of Mercy, designed this new school model in response to the signs of the times, especially the COVID-19 pandemic. The school’s location in Stuart, Florida, part of the Diocese of Palm Beach, allows it to serve a growing population of students and families of Central and South American descent who, because of systemic oppression, often lack access to a meaningful pathway to a living wage…

MESSAGES TO: Lauren Albright Communications Manager Mercy Education (MESA)

Mercy Matters

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

1879: Foundation to Leeds from Bermondsey - Sr Benedict Joseph Meyer

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

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Mark 5:21-43

'In Mark’s gospel, we often find a story within a story. Some scholars refer to this technique as the making of a Markan sandwich, others as a framing device. In Mark 5:21-43, the frame consists of the two-part story of the desperately ill twelve year old daughter of Jairus, a synagogue official. ..'

The Golden Rules of Task Management with Microsoft To Do

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The Golden Rules of Task Management with Microsoft To Do

‘Learn these four golden rules to stay organized, grow your productivity, and make more time for yourself with Microsoft To Do.’

Sowing Hope for the Planet Webinar

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Sowing Hope for the Planet Webinar

Moving Forward with the Laudato Si' Action Platform, a webinar presented by Sowing Hope for the Planet, June 9, 2021

English version

Spanish version

Realistic Hope: Theological Ethics and Conservation Practice

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Realistic Hope: Theological Ethics and Conservation Practice

Celebration on 23 June hosted by the Laudato Si’ Research Institute UK. This is a hybrid event, with both live and remote speakers presenting to a small audience in Oxford, and the celebration as a whole livestreamed online.

Cost: Free. Time: 4:00-6:00pm BST. Click here to see the date and time for your local area

Learn more and register here

The Four Anchor Points for Prayer

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The Four Anchor Points for Prayer

Audio, print and online versions of these four anchor points - Preparation, Entry into Prayer, Bringing Prayer to a Close, Review of Prayer - are provided

Further Resources

Resources for Season of Creation<br> (1 September-4 October 2021)

Worth Knowing

Resources for Season of Creation
(1 September-4 October 2021)

The 2021 Celebration Guide A Home for All? Renewing the Oikos of God is available now for download, along with a number of additional resources

Download the Guide & Additional Resources here
'If ye love me' - Thomas Tallis

Worth Watching

'If ye love me' - Thomas Tallis

London-based vocal ensemble the Tenebrae Choir, conducted by Nigel Short, perform ‘If ye love me’, the work of Thomas Tallis (1505-1585) . Recorded in St Augustine’s church, Kilburn.

Watch/listen here
UNICEF Annual Report 2020: Responding to COVID-19

Worth Reading

UNICEF Annual Report 2020: Responding to COVID-19

UNICEF’s 2020 Annual Report underscores how 2020 was a year like no other…The pandemic has exposed deep inequalities that have existed for too long, with the worst consequences on children in the poorest countries and communities and those already disadvantaged.‘

Image: stock photo

Read the Report here
LCWR Annual Report 2021

Worth Reading

LCWR Annual Report 2021

‘As you peruse this report, we invite you to reflect on the journey we have taken together this past year -- to the borders and well beyond, facing searing truths and challenging realities. God’s infinite vision beckons us yet further, calling us to a new horizon and new ways of being…’

Download the Annual Report here
Stop Trafficking Newsletter

Worth Reading

Stop Trafficking Newsletter

Published by USCSAHT (U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human trafficking).
This month’s newsletter focuses on those often unrecognized victims of human trafficking: persons with disabilities.

Available in English and Spanish

Download the Latest Issue here

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

The Bottom Line

‘Re-creation, holy leisure, is the mainstay of the contemplative soul, and the theology of Sabbath is its cornerstone. “On the seventh day,” Scripture says, “God rested.” With that single image, the one line of Holy Writ, reflection, re-creation of the creative spirit, transcendence, the right to be bigger than what we do, is sanctified. To refuse to rest, to play, to run loose for a while on the assumptions that work is holier, worthier of God, more useful to humankind than refreshment, strikes at the very root of contemplation.‘

—Joan Chittister osb

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