Mercy at COP 26: Mercy Experience Spotlight Flyers

Vision in Action

Mercy International Association Board of Directors Meeting

Mercy International Centre

Mercy International Association Board of Directors Meeting

Mercy International Centre

Mercy International Association Board of Directors Meeting

The Directors of Mercy International Association met in Dublin last week. Two Directors attended by zoom, but this was the first time a largely face-to-face meeting has been possible since February 2020.

There was considerable time given to reflection on and discussion of the report from the Mercy Global Presence process (run of 16 months until June 2021) and the Board will share its response with you in the coming weeks when the report will be published on the website. The Generative Conversation (run over four days in September) also provided much food for thought. Analysis of the data is continuing. Insights from both of these sources fed into a Strategic Planning exercise for the Board.

The Board also needed to focus on budget preparation for 2022, an exercise made challenging through the pandemic having impacted seriously on activities during the past and present year. The Directors enjoyed the opportunity to be together and look forward to being able to meet in person again in February 2022.

MESSAGES TO: Berneice Loch CEO
MIA Prayer Intention: Those Attending COP26 In-Person and Virtually

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: Those Attending COP26 In-Person and Virtually

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: Those Attending COP26 In-Person and Virtually

This week, we pray especially for all those attending COP26. May they be guided to protect creation, uphold the dignity of Mother Earth, and hear the cries of so many who are affected by climate change. We are reminded of the impact of earth on our spirituality as we pray, The Voice of Water by Joyce Rupp.

Water murmurs, sings and sighs, croons, gurgles, gulps and glugs, pulses, splashes, laughs and cries. Some of these voices demand my attention while others provide just enough background music to ease the strain of a worried heart. Sometimes the voice of water has a rhythm of peace like the lullaby of a gently winding river. At other times, it holds the passionate energy of a booming mountain creek carrying tons of melted snow down its thundering path.

Waves of water have their own special voices: the rough water behind a speedboat, the steady swish and swoosh of the sea’s ebb and flow, the easy whisper of a great lake when water laps the shore, the pounding waves upon the beach on a story day, and the gravelly voice of the sea rolling over rounded stones like a can of shaken marbles.

There is the soothing sound of water in a baptismal font as it seals a sacred life, the refreshing voice of water poured ice cubes on a hot summer day, the sighting of steaming water as it rests in the bathtub, and the dashing voice of water in the morning shower.

O, there are so many voices of water!

MESSAGES TO: Elizabeth MacNeal Head of Heritage and Spirituality

MIA Spotlight

MIA Staff Gathers in Dublin for Retreat and Planning

Mercy International Association

MIA Staff Gathers in Dublin for Retreat and Planning

Mercy International Association

MIA Staff Gathers in Dublin for Retreat and Planning

The Mercy International Association staff gathered in Dublin, Ireland for three days of planning and retreat ahead of the Board of Directors meeting. The staff of Mercy Global Action was able to join in-person to meet for the first time the staff who work at Baggot Street.

The days were filled with prayer, lively conversation, team bonding, and planning for 2022. We spent time in the Chapel in the mornings and migrated to the international room to discuss bringing Catherine’s vision to life, the Generative Conversation, programmes for 2022, and Mercy Justice Advocacy approaches. Each staff member brought energy, ideas, and new perspectives to the conversations and reflections.

The MIA staff was then able to meet the Board of Directors ahead of their meetings and stay on at Baggot Street for a few days of meetings. This week we are sending off from Baggot Street three Mercy delegates to COP26 in Glasgow, Ireland! It’s been a life-giving time here at Baggot Street, and we are grateful for your continued support and prayers, most especially for those traveling to Scotland.

MESSAGES TO: Berneice Loch CEO
MGA Advocacy Workshop on Domestic and Family Violence, 23rd November 2021

Global Action

MGA Advocacy Workshop on Domestic and Family Violence, 23rd November 2021

Global Action

MGA Advocacy Workshop on Domestic and Family Violence, 23rd November 2021

Ahead of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Mercy Global Action is offering the third of three virtual advocacy workshops on November 23rd. This workshop will focus on Gender-Based Violence.

Date & Time:

  • Session One - November 23rd, 6:00am NY/11:00am IRE/10:00pm AU
  • Session Two - November 23rd, 5:00pm NY/10:00pm IRE/9:00am AU (25th November).

*It is expected that participants will attend both morning and evening sessions as it is formative in the advocacy workshop process.

Location: This workshop will be facilitated via Zoom video conferencing. A link to the zoom meeting will be sent via email to all participants.

Who’s this for? The workshop is open to members of the Mercy World who wish to engage in advocacy for systemic change at local, national, and international levels.

How to register: To RSVP for this event, please complete the Google Form found here. Questions can be directed to the Mercy Global Action team at leadershipadvocacy@mercyinternational.ie.

Mercy Matters

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

1883: Mater Hospital, Belfast opened - M Magdalen Malone.

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

Register to Attend Remembrance Day Mass at Baggot Street

Member News

Register to Attend Remembrance Day Mass at Baggot Street

Mercy International Centre would like to extend a warm invitation to all who are able to join us in the Chapel at Baggot Street for Mass on Thursday, November 11. We will celebrate Remembrance Day Mass at 11am followed by light lunch in the dining room. If you are able to attend the mass and lunch, please RSVP to Máire Hearty at mairehearty@mercyinternational.ie.

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

prayer

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

“In today’s gospel reading we encounter a good scribe, while in next week’s we find some not so good scribes. This seems to fit the pattern of the Markan gospel...”

Further Resources

COP26 – what we know so far, and why it matters

Worth Reading

COP26 – what we know so far, and why it matters

The UN has gathered answers to the most common questions ahead of the Conference of Parties - including what is COP? Why does it matter? … “Without decisive action, we are gambling away our last chance to – literally - turn the tide”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said ahead of the meeting. But why could it be our last chance? Read more!

Find out More about COP26
New Meditation Resource from CHAUSA

Worth Watching

New Meditation Resource from CHAUSA

Catholic Health Association of the United States offers Meditative Reflections. Listen to Your Steadfast Love for 1 minute 44 seconds to recenter yourself.

Listen to the Meditation
MGA Signs The Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

Worth Knowing

MGA Signs The Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

Mercy International Association - Global Action has signed The Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, UK. The Treaty is a global initiative to phase out fossil fuels and support a just transition.

View the Treaty

Members of Mercy

Members of Mercy International

Members of Mercy International Association share the passion of their foundress, Catherine McAuley, to bring mercy to people who are poor, sick and uneducated.

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