Sisters of Mercy
On September 24, 1827, the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, Catherine McAuley opened the House of Mercy (now Mercy International Centre) at Baggot and Herbert streets in Dublin, Ireland. Catherine, an Irish Catholic laywoman, used her sizable inheritance to build the House of Mercy as a safe shelter and place of education for young women who came to Dublin from the surrounding countryside seeking employment. Unknowingly, Catherine McAuley planted the seeds of a new religious congregation.
On December 12, 1831, after completing her novitiate with the Sisters of the Presentation, Catherine pronounced her vows as the first Sister of Mercy. Sisters of Mercy who minister throughout the world to persons who are poor, sick and uneducated celebrate this as their Foundation Day.
Mary Baptist Russell
Eight adventurous Sisters of Mercy left
In a city dominated by the Know-Nothings and Vigilance Committees, the sisters had to withstand serious anti-Catholic prejudice at first, but
Some think of Mary Baptist as the pioneer who founded many desperately needed institutions, but many more recall her for her big heart. When visiting the very poor, she would tidy the rooms, make a fire and often would draw on the hospitals’ linen closet for supplies. Another sister finally firmly locked the closet to keep the sheets for the patients. When Mary Baptist died she was known as “the best known charitable worker in the West.” At the time of her death in 1898, the sisters had established
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Sisters had come from other Mercy convents in the
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas-West Midwest
The Sisters of Mercy from California to Michigan have begun a new Mercy moment. The six former regional communities are now the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas-West Midwest. While the West Midwest Community central administrative center is in Omaha, Nebraska, sisters and associates continue their ministries in their respective geographical areas. We serve in 32 states and four countries
Mission and Critical Concerns
Responding to the needs of the poor and suffering, particularly women and children, is the special call of the Sisters of Mercy. Following the example of Jesus, the Sisters move in the midst of the world teaching, healing, and comforting those in need.
Sisters of Mercy are women who commit their lives to serving God's people, especially those who are sick, poor and uneducated. In the spirit of the Gospel, our mission is to help to overcome the obstacles that keep them from living full and dignified lives. A life of prayer and community animates and supports us in our mission.
Animated by the Gospel and Catherine McAuley’s passion for the poor, we, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, are impelled to commit our lives and resources to act in solidarity with:
- the economically poor of the world, especially women and children;
- women seeking fullness of life and equality in church and society;
- one another as we embrace our multicultural and international reality.
This commitment will impel us to develop and act from a multicultural and international perspective;
- speak with a corporate voice;
- work for systemic change; practice non-violence;
- act in harmony and interdependence with all creation;
- and call ourselves to continual conversion in our lifestyle and ministries.