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  • Sustainable Development Goals: a Report from The Congregation

    July 8, 2014

    Marcella OüConnell rsm and Carmel Bracken rsm are members of the The Future We Need (FwN) group, an inter-congregational group of religious in Ireland, which has been promoting education and advocacy on sustainable development issues since the Rio + 20 Conference. With the aid of a grant from Trocaire, a researcher (Betty Lacey) was employed to assist the FwN group in producing 4 position papers for submission to UN General Ass…

  • Water in Aotearoa New Zealand

    November 28, 2012

    ¼ Waikato taniwha rau, he piko he taniwha,he piko he taniwha Waikato, home of many chiefs. Tuatahi ko te wai, Tuarua whanau mai te tamaiti, ka puta ko te whenua. At birth water comes first, then the child, followed by the placenta known as whenua (land). Both these Whakatauki (proverbs) reflect the importance of water to Maori - all rivers, streams and significant bodies of water throughout Aotearoa New Zealand play a pivotal role…

  • News from MIA working group on Cosmology and Eco Justice

    May 1, 2012

    Letter from Mary Tinney RSM a member of the MIA working group on Cosmology and Eco Justice on a proposed mining project in Felton, Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia. From left to right Deirdre Gardiner rsm, Mary Costello rsm, Mary Cleary mss, Nancy Doyle mss (absent from photo Patricia MacGinley and Mary Tinney) Tentatively some good news! Last Sunday (April 29) I noticed 4 Sisters of Mercy and 2 Missionary Sisters of Servic…

  • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas lobby President Obama to Reconsider Support for Pipeline Segment

    March 12, 2012

    The Sisters of Mercy have been speaking out regularly with concerns about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry dirty tar sands from Alberta, Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. While President Obama rejected a permit for the section crossing from Canada through the U.S., he is now supporting a small pipeline portion to carry a glut of oil between Cushing, Oklahoma, and Port Arthur, Texas. The Sisters of Mercy of…

  • Mercy Sister Inspired to Create sanctuary in baltinglass, Co. Wicklow

    March 12, 2012

    The Community Garden called Tearmann (safe area or sanctuary) was launched in August 2005 and has become a garden which is an ecologically friendly area with educational, practical and spiritual dimensions and which is also a local effort to protect our endangered planet – Mother Earth. The planetüs biodiversity is the foundation of all life. From a human point of view our agriculture, forestry, fisheries and tourism sector depends …

  • The new story of the universe and the interconnectedness of all forms of life.

    March 8, 2012

    In the third session of the Soup and Substance Lenten programme, Carmel Bracken rsm and Kathleen Glennon rsm, two members of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy (Ireland), led the group through a reflective process on the new story of the universe and the interconnectedness of all forms of life. You are invited to view the videos of Carmelüs presentation on Awakening to Interconnectedness and Kathleenüs presentation on the Unive…

  • The coal seam gas mining industry in Australia.

    March 6, 2012

    The abuses of the extractive industries are a major issue for Sisters of Mercy in many countries.Communities struggle with the gold mining industry in Peru which is responsible for contaminating the water supply with their extraction methods. Problems concerning hydrofracking exist in the USA, Canada, Ireland and England.¼ In this update we are examining the coal seam gas mining industry in Australia. Deirdre Gardiner rsm and Carmel …

  • Environmental Sustainability at Mater Health Services Brisbane

    February 21, 2012

    The Sisters of Mercy in Australia have been¼offering¼compassionate care to the sick and needy according to the values of mercy, dignity, care, commitment and quality since the Mater Hospital in Brisbane opened in 1906.¼ Mater Health Services¼ is now a network of seven hospitals and has approximately 7500 staff and volunteers providing care to some 500 000 people each year. In October 2011, MHS was the winner of the Business South Bank…