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MGA Commences the Mercy Global Action Emerging Leaders Fellowship 2022-2023

Mercy International Centre

MGA Commences the Mercy Global Action Emerging Leaders Fellowship 2022-2023

Mercy International Centre

MGA Commences the Mercy Global Action Emerging Leaders Fellowship 2022-2023

Following the success of the 2019-2021 Mercy Global Action Emerging Leaders Fellowship (MELF), MGA is delighted to announce the commencement of the MELF programme for our second cohort of fellows on August 19th in Cambodia. Over the next twelve months, our second cohort of MELF fellows will embark on a transformational journey grounded in Mercy, Justice, and Leadership. To meet the fellows from cohort 2, click here.

Throughout the course of the fellowship, these ten women, who come from diverse backgrounds around the Mercy World, will be challenged to think critically about the global reality of our world through the lenses of Mercy, Leadership, and Justice. The Mercy Global Action Emerging Leaders Fellowship seeks to build upon the capacities of women and provide effective tools to be agents of change in their own communities and in the greater global society. These women are already active leaders of justice and peace in our world; however together, they will build relationships with other Mercy leaders and form a united network, advocating for justice in their own communities. For a full overview of the MELF programme and objectives, follow this link.

Our 2022-2023 MELF programme will be facilitated by Angela Reed rsm, Tylia Barnes, Marietta Latonio, and Siobhán Golden. The programme will commence with our first international immersion in Siem Reap, Cambodia, hosted by Denise Coghlan rsm, at Mindol Metta Karuna Reflection Centre (Jesuit Refugee Services, Cambodia). This immersion will provide opportunities for the fellows to build relationships, explore Mercy values in a Justice context, and engage in personal reflection on justice issues, personal experiences, and their hopes and dreams as emerging leaders. Our theme for the week is “Peace and Reconciliation”. 

Catherine McAuley had a deep trust and desire to develop women’s skills and capabilities so that they could carry on the work of Mercy. As these ten women embark on this immense journey, we ask for prayers and blessings that their journey is inspired and led by the heart and charism of Mercy.

For updates on our MELF activities in Cambodia, follow us on Twitter @MIAGlobalAction and check out our next edition of Mercy eNews on August 31st for a full report!

MESSAGES TO: Siobhan Golden MELF Programme Coordinator
MIA Prayer Intention: The Right to a Healthy, Clean, and Sustainable Environment

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: The Right to a Healthy, Clean, and Sustainable Environment

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: The Right to a Healthy, Clean, and Sustainable Environment

28th July saw the historic adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of a resolution recognizing “The Right to a Healthy, Clean, and Sustainable Environment” as a basic and universal human right. The UN Human Rights Council had previously affirmed “The right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment” in October 2021. This resolution was applauded by both human rights experts and advocates on climate change and sustainability as a monumental step forward in addressing the environmental crisis – affirming the indivisibility of human rights and of the well-being of humans and nature. To continue this recognition, the Vanuatu-led initiative has gathered support from 1,500 civil society partners in 130 countries to seek an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on climate change harm to be supported at the UN General Assembly in September.

In recognition of our connectedness with Earth, Mercy International Association prays that each of us will feel called to recognize and advocate for the right to a healthy, clean, and sustainable environment for all persons. Together we pray…

Limitless by Danna Faulds

Sun says, “Be your own
illumination.” Wren says,
“Sing your heart out,
all day long.” Stream says,
“Do not stop for any
obstacle.” Oak says,
“When the wind blows,
bend easily, and trust
your roots to hold.”
Stars say, “What you see
is one small slice of a
single modest galaxy.
Remember that vastness
cannot be grasped by mind.”
Ant says, “Small does not
mean powerless.” Silence
says nothing. In the quiet,
everything comes clear.
I say, “Limitless.” I say,
“Yes.”

MESSAGES TO: Elizabeth MacNeal Head of Heritage and Spirituality

Mercy Matters

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

August 17, 1863: Foundation to Ipswich from Brisbane, Queensland - M Benedict McDermott

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

Mercy Day Video Submission Request

Programmes

Mercy Day Video Submission Request

MIA is compiling a video of various voices from across the Mercy world to use during our virtual Mercy Week event. Each participant is requested to film themselves answering one of the questions below. Submissions can be sent to info@mercyinternational.ie.

Instructions: Please film a 45-60 second video of yourself answering one of the questions presented. Videos can be filmed on a cellphone or similar device. Please film horizontally and reduce background noise where possible. Videos may be submitted in either Spanish or English and will be translated with subtitles before the presentation.  

Questions/Prompts 

What are your hopes for your future with MIA? 

How do you see MIA as a boundary breaker?

What do you envision the third century of MIA to look like?

Reminder: Mercy Week Events

Mercy International Centre

Reminder: Mercy Week Events

During Mercy Week, MIA will host virtual dialogues, Mass at Baggot Street, and participate in Dublin’s Culture Night on 23 September. The three virtual dialogue experiences will explore how Catherine broke boundaries, how we in Mercy continue to break boundaries today, and how we are called to break boundaries in the future. Sessions will be hosted via Zoom at 9pm (Dublin) for 1.5 hours in both English and Spanish. To register for the sessions please click here. Additionally, all are invited to Mercy Day Mass at 12pm noon on Saturday, 24 September. To register to attend mass in-person, please call MIC or email Thomas, MIC receptionist, at info@mercyinternational.ie.

Further Resources

New Leadership for Sisters of Mercy North Sydney Congregation

Worth Reading

New Leadership for Sisters of Mercy North Sydney Congregation

The Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy North Sydney has recently concluded their Chapter of elections. Sr Jennifer Ryan was elected as leader, and the members of the Leadership Team include Sisters Loreto Conroy, Margaret Farrell, and Carmel McDonough. The new leader and team will take up office in mid-August. We wish them every blessing as they journey into leadership in their own Congregation and in the Mercy world. 

Creative Meditation Weekend with Oonagh Campbell and Marianne Hieb, rsm

Worth Knowing

Creative Meditation Weekend with Oonagh Campbell and Marianne Hieb, rsm

From Friday, 26 August through Sunday, 28 August MIC welcomes Oonagh Campbell and Marianne Hieb, rsm to lead a new weekend programme Creative Mediation. Participants will learn about art as a spiritual practice, explore prompts in a creative setting, and be encouraged to draw closer to their inner child. All skill levels are invited! Art materials will be provided.

Residential costings are €300 including accommodation and all meals. Non-residential (commuter) costings are €120 including lunch.

To register or express interest please email the H&S Team at programmes@mercyinternational.ie.

More information
Season of Creation Resource Materials

Worth Knowing

Season of Creation Resource Materials

From September 1 to October 4, all are invited to a global “celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home.” Each of us is called to care for our common home and find new ways to protect creation. The resource guide prepared by Members of the Season of Creation Advisory Committee invites us to unite around this year’s theme, Listen to the Voice of Creation. View the Season of Creation Guide below with resources, prayers, and advocacy tools including COP27 preparation materials.

View the Resource Guide

Mercy eNews

The online newsletter of Mercy International Association is published weekly, 48 weeks each year and distributed to subscribers via email.

For more information on the directors click here