We wish a happy "Mercy Day" to our school, our Sisters of Mercy, and all other Mercy Schools!
Love, a virtue of the Holy Spirit, was evident in the life and work of Catherine McAuley and continues through the Religious Sisters of Mercy. All Sisters of Mercy worldwide trace their roots to their founder, Catherine McAuley, an Irish Catholic laywoman.
Catherine recognized the many needs of people who were economically poor in early nineteenth century Ireland and determined that she and women like her could make a difference. Spending her inheritance, she opened the first House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, on September 24, 1827, a place to shelter and educate women and girls. Impressed by her good works and the importance of continuity in the ministry, the Archbishop of Dublin advised her to establish a religious congregation. Three years later on December 12, 1831, Catherine and two companions became the first Sisters of Mercy.
The first Sisters of Mercy arrived in the United States from Ireland in 1843 at the invitation of the Bishop of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Their energy in ministering to the sick and economically poor attracted so many new members that by 1854, sisters had come from Ireland to settle in New York City; Chicago, Illinois; Little Rock, Arkansas; and San Francisco, California; spreading across the country and establishing schools and hospitals. Since then, the works of the Sisters of Mercy have expanded to embrace education, health care, and pastoral and social services in hundreds of sites today.
How can we continue the ministry of mercy begun by Catherine McAuley? Show mercy (an act of kindness or service) without calling attention to yourself or your actions to one person whom you encounter this week. ... See MoreSee Less