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“Leave No One Behind”

Economic Empowerment in Papua New Guinea

“Leave No One Behind”

Economic Empowerment in Papua New Guinea

“Leave No One Behind”

Sr Maryanne’s micro-financing initiative; the “Leave No One Behind” Village and Life Savings Association (LNB – VSLA) is creating economic empowerment and improving the lives of the people of Simbu.

Essentially, the entrepreneurial capacity of individuals, families and communities is enhanced by promoting a saving culture and increasing access to credit to enable them to embark on income generating activities to sustain and improve their livelihoods. It is a collaborative effort taken by the local community towards financial freedom.

Mercy Volunteer Corps and Students from Gwynedd Mercy University visit MGA Office

Mercy Global Action

Mercy Volunteer Corps and Students from Gwynedd Mercy University visit MGA Office

Mercy Global Action

Mercy Volunteer Corps and Students from Gwynedd Mercy University visit MGA Office

Recently, Mercy Global Action had the privilege of hosting Mercy Volunteer Corps (MVC) and students from Gwynedd Mercy University at our New York office.

MVC, an esteemed ministerial partner of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas since 1993, has been empowering volunteers for social change since its establishment in 1978.

Image: MIA-MGA

MESSAGES TO: Angela Reed Head of Mercy Global Action

Mercy Matters

 On This Day


On This Day

JUNE 14, 1861

Sr Bernard Dickson and founding party arrived in Wellington, New Zealand.

Mother Bernard Dickson, had entered the Bermondsey foundation in London in 1847. She had nursed in the Crimea for several months before being invalided home.

In 1857, she was invited to join a group of five Sisters of Mercy from Carlow travelling to Auckland New Zealand. Four years later Sr Bernard was one of three sisters who travelled to Wellington in response to a plea from the bishop there.

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Our Lady of Mercy Institute Great Britain


Our Lady of Mercy Institute Great Britain

New Leadership Team

The Institute of Our Lady of Mercy, Great Britain, held their Ninth General Chapter from 22nd May to 2nd June 2023.

A new Leadership Team was elected at the Chapter and will take up their role on 1 September 2023. Sister Bernadette Holmes, (seated centre) who is a member of the present Leadership Team, will be the new Leader.  Her Assistant Leader will be Sister Bernie Roche. Sisters Lynda Dearlove Jude Groden and Christina O’Donnell will complete the team of five.

We pray God’s blessing on them and all their endeavours.

Image courtesy of OLOM Institute

(seated left to right) Srs. Lynda, Bernadette and Bernie

(standing left to right) Srs. Jude and Christina

Walking with Catherine

Heritage & Spirituality

Walking with Catherine

Susan Cahill, Programme Coordinator with Mercy International Association, recently led 15 students from the McAuley School of Nursing Detroit on a 3-hour walking tour of Catherine’s Dublin – visiting several sights and landmarks in Catherine’s life.  

This bespoke social history tour takes pilgrims back to Dublin of the 1820’s and 1830’s and tells the unique and compelling story of Catherine McAuley and the Founding Sisters.

For more information on Mercy International Association’s Walking Tour of Catherine’s Dublin please contact

Creative Meditation Retreat


Creative Meditation Retreat

Creativity and meditation are intertwined and life giving and yet we don’t always allow ourselves the time to explore either. Enjoy a gentle introduction to both on this relaxing weekend. All our life is open to our imagination and creativity. Through breathing, poetry and textiles we will practice becoming more aware and present to the possibilities of our daily lives.

Facilitated by Marja Almqvist, textile artist and Jo Kennedy, rsm.

Date: Friday 11th August 5pm - Sunday 13th August 2pm

Venue: Mercy International Centre, 64a Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.

Residential: 300 euro (Accommodation & all meals provided)

Non-residential: 120 euro (Lunch provided)

To register for the weekend please email

You can also contact our receptionist on 01 661 8061

Further Resources

Sr Denise Coghlan rsm and Tun

Worth Reading

Sr Denise Coghlan rsm and Tun "Reth" Channareth visit Rome for the World Meeting on Human Fraternity

The World Meeting on Human Fraternity, known as "Not Alone" (#NotAlone), occurred on June 10th, 2023, in Saint Peter's Square in Rome. Cardinal Mauro Gambetti delivered a speech at the conference, emphasizing the significance of rediscovering fraternity in today's world. Notable attendees included Sr. Denise Coghlan, R.S.M., and Tun "Reth" Channareth.


Read about this event and their ministry in Cambodia
Mercy Walks with Migrants

Worth Watching

Mercy Walks with Migrants

Sister Mary Waskowiak and Sister Mary Kay Dobrovolny live and work at Casa de Misericordia in San Diego. This ministry is located 12 miles from the border with Mexico. The ministry is one of the many ways Mercy is responding to the Critical Concern for Immigration. Srs. Mary and Mary Kay were interviewed about their ministry.

(Top left is Mike Poulin, Mercy Justice Team; top right is Sister Mary Kay Dobrovolny; bottom is Sister Mary Waskowiak)

Watch the Interview A flavour of Casa de Misericordia's Ministry in images
World Refugee Day 20th June 2023

Worth Knowing

World Refugee Day 20th June 2023

World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day also shines a light on the rights, needs and dreams of refugees, helping to mobilize political will and resources so refugees can not only survive but also thrive. (UNHCR)

World Refugee Day (

"Human Flow" video

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