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The Religious Sisters of Mercy
Sisters of Mercy
(R.S.M.) are members of a religious institute of Catholic women founded in 1831 in Dublin, Ireland by Catherine McAuley
Catherine McAuley
(1778–1841). In 2018 the institute has about 6200 Sisters worldwide, organized into a number of independent congregations. They also started many education and health care facilities around the globe.


1 History

1.1 Founding 1.2 Expansion 1.3 Historical events

2 Vows and activities 3 Constitution 4 Controversies 5 Schools founded or run by Sisters of Mercy

5.1 Australia 5.2 Belize 5.3 Canada 5.4 Ireland 5.5 Jamaica 5.6 New Zealand 5.7 United Kingdom 5.8 United States of America

5.8.1 Secondary schools 5.8.2 Colleges and universities

6 Hospitals and healthcare work

6.1 Australia 6.2 Ireland

7 See also 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External links

History[edit] Main article: Catherine McAuley Founding[edit] The Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy
Sisters of Mercy
began when Catherine McAuley used an inheritance to build a large house on Baggot Street, Dublin, as a school for poor girls and a shelter for homeless servant girls and women. She was assisted in the works of the house by local women. As the number of lay co-workers at Baggot Street increased, so did severe lay and clerical criticism of the House: Why did these women look like a religious order, yet not abide by the normal regulations of religious orders? Who was this "upstart" Miss McAuley? Why was the "unlearned sex" doing the work of the clergy? By 1830 Catherine and her co-workers realized that the stability of the works of mercy they performed, including visiting the sick poor in their homes and in hospitals, and their continued appeal to co-workers, called for revision of their lay community. So, on 8 September, Catherine McAuley, Anna Maria Doyle, and Elizabeth Harley entered the Presentation Convent in Dublin
to begin formal preparation for founding the Sisters of Mercy. On 12 December 1831, Catherine McAuley, Mary Ann Doyle, and Mary Elizabeth Harley professed their religious vows as the first Sisters of Mercy, thereby founding the congregation. The rule and constitutions of the congregation were not completed until 1834, nor approved until 1835, yet they contained in substance only that which had been observed from the year 1827. Expansion[edit] The rapid expansion of the Sisters of Mercy
Sisters of Mercy
in the six years 1835-1841 flowed from Catherine McAuley's ever generous response to human need. She founded nine additional autonomous Convents of Mercy in Tullamore (1836), Charleville (1836), Carlow
(1837), Cork (1837), Limerick (1838), Bermondsey, London (1839), Galway (1840), Birr (1840), and Birmingham (1841), and branch houses of the Dublin
community in Kingstown (1835) and Booterstown (1838). Catherine McAuley
Catherine McAuley
died on 11 November 1841. In May 1842, at the request of Bishop Fleming, a small colony of Sisters of Mercy
Sisters of Mercy
crossed the Atlantic to found the congregation at St. John's, Newfoundland. In December 1843 Sr Frances Warde led the first group of Sisters to The United States, beginning in Pittsburgh. The sisters arrived in Perth, Australia in 1846, and in 18t0, a band from Carlow
arrived in New Zealand. Sisters from Limerick opened a house in Glasgow
in 1849, and in 1868 the English community established a house in Guernsey.[1] In 1992 the leaders of the various congregations created the Mercy International Association to foster collaboration and cooperation. The purpose of the association is to provide support and foster collaboration, organisation and inspiration for the ministries of the Sisters of Mercy
Sisters of Mercy
and their associates.[2] Historical events[edit] The sisters were the first nurses to respond to the British Government request for nurses in the Crimea
in 1853. They ran several hospitals during the war and provided nurses who were not under the control of Florence Nightingale. However their involvement was overshadowed by hers for political reasons.[3] Vows and activities[edit] Sisters of Mercy
Sisters of Mercy
is an international community of Roman Catholic women religious vowed to serve people who suffer from poverty, sickness and lack of education with a special concern for women and children. Members take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, the evangelical counsels commonly vowed in religious life, and, in addition, vows of service. They continue to participate in the life of the surrounding community. In keeping with their mission of serving the poor and needy, many sisters engage in teaching, medical care, and community programs. The organization is active in lobbying and politics. Constitution[edit] The Sisters of Mercy
The Sisters of Mercy
are constituted as religious and charitable organizations in a number of countries. Mercy International Association is a registered charity in the Republic of Ireland.[4] Controversies[edit] Main articles: Abuse scandal in the Sisters of Mercy and Magdalene Laundries in Ireland On 20 May 2009, the institute was condemned in an Irish government report known as the Ryan Report, the work of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse. The Sisters of Mercy
The Sisters of Mercy
were named as the chief among the institutes under whose care girls "endured frequent assaults and humiliation designed to make them feel worthless ... personal and family denigration was widespread".[5] In 2011, a monument was erected in Ennis
at the site of the former industrial school 'in appreciation' of the Sisters of Mercy.[citation needed] Schools founded or run by Sisters of Mercy[edit] Australia[edit]

Academy of Mary Immaculate, Fitzroy, Victoria All Hallows' School, Brisbane, Queensland St Saviour's College, Toowoomba, Queensland St Saviour's Primary School, Toowoomba, Queensland St Patrick's College, Townsville, QLD Aranmore Catholic College, Leederville, Western Australia Bunbury Catholic College, Bunbury, Western Australia Catherine McAuley
Catherine McAuley
School, Westmead, New South Wales Damascus College Ballarat Holy Spirit Primary School, North Ryde, New South Wales Marian Catholic College, Griffith, New South Wales Marist College Eastwood, Eastwood, New South Wales Mercedes College, Adelaide, South Australia Mercedes College, Perth, Western Australia Mercy College, Koondoola, Western Australia Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College, North Sydney, New South Wales Mount Lilydale Mercy College, Lilydale, Victoria Our Lady of Lourdes, Dardanup, Western Australia Our Lady of Lourdes, Earlwood, New South Wales Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg, Victoria Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta, Parramatta, New South Wales Padua College, Mornington, Victoria St Aloysius' College, Melbourne St Augustine's Catholic Primary School, Mossman, Queensland St Brigid's College, Lesmurdie, Western Australia St Mary's College, Gunnedah, New South Wales St Mary's, Erskineville, Sydney, New South Wales St. Patricks, Primary School, Wallsend, New South Wales. Sacred Heart College, Kyneton, Victoria Sacred Heart College, Geelong, Victoria Santa Maria College, Attadale, Western Australia Star of the Sea School, Adelaide, South Australia St Anthony's Girraween, Girraween


St. Catherine Academy, Belize City


Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, St. John's, Newfoundland St. Augustine’s Elementary School, St. John's, Newfoundland St. Bride's College, St. John's, Newfoundland


Convent of Mercy, Templemore, County Tipperary

Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, County Cork Carysfort College, Dublin Convent of Mercy, Ballymahon, County Longford Convent of Mercy, Navan, County Meath Convent of Mercy, Templemore, County Tipperary Mary Immaculate College, Limerick Mercy Secondary School, Mounthawk, Tralee, County Kerry Mount Mercy College, Cork City, Cork Mount Saint Michael's Secondary school, County Mayo Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School, Longford Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School, Waterford Sacred Heart Secondary School, Tullamore, County Offaly Sancta Maria College, Ballyroan, Dublin St Anne's Technical School, Kilcormac (1932–1965), County Offaly Our Lady's Secondary School, Castleblayney, Monaghan St. Joseph's National School, Tullamore, County Offaly St Joseph's Secondary School, Tulla, County Clare St Joseph's Secondary School, Rochfortbridge, County Westmeath St Leo's College, Carlow St Mary's College, Arklow, County Wicklow St Mary's College Naas, County Kildare St Mary's Secondary School, Macroom, County Cork St. Mary's Secondary School, Charleville, County Cork St Mary's Secondary School, Macroom County Cork St Vincent's Secondary School, Dundalk, County Louth Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh, County Cork Coláiste Íosagáin, County Dublin


Convent of Mercy "Alpha" Academy, Kingston St. John Bosco Boys Home, Mandeville Mount Saint Joseph
Saint Joseph
Preparatory School, Mandeville

New Zealand[edit] In 1849 Bishop Pompallier visited St Leo's Convent in Carlow, Ireland, seeking sisters to emigrate; eight left from St Leo's, led by Mother Mary Cecilia. They travelled to New Zealand, learning Māori along the way, establishing the Sisters of Mercy
Sisters of Mercy
in Auckland
as the first female religious community in New Zealand
New Zealand
in 1850.[6][7]

Carmel College, Milford, Auckland Holy Cross School, Papatoetoe, Auckland[8] Moreau College, Dunedin McAuley High School, Otahuhu, Auckland Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, Epsom, Auckland Pompallier Catholic School, Kaitaia Sacred Heart Cathedral School, Thorndon, Wellington St Bernard's School, Wellington St Catherine's College, Wellington St Josephs School, Takapuna, Auckland St Mary's College, Auckland St Mary's College, Christchurch St Mary's College, Wellington St Mary's School, Avondale, Auckland St Mary's in the City Primary School, Christchurch St Mary's Primary School, Gore St Peter's College, Gore St Philomena's College, Dunedin Villa Maria College, Christchurch

United Kingdom[edit]

Broughton Hall High School, Liverpool Maricourt Catholic High School, Maghull Mount Lourdes Grammar School, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh Our Lady's Abingdon, Abingdon-on-Thames Our Lady's Grammar School, Newry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland Star of the Sea Primary School, Warrenpoint, Co. Down, Northern Ireland St Anthony's Girls' Catholic Academy, Sunderland St. Catherine's School, Twickenham St Edward's, Lisson Grove, Marylebone, London[9] St Eugene's Senior School, Francis St., Derry, Northern Ireland St Eugene's Infant School, Francis St., Derry, Northern Ireland Thornhill College, Culmore, Derry St Fanchea's College, Enniskillen, Fermangah, Northern Ireland St. Joseph's Convent Preparatory School, Gravesend St. Joseph's Primary School, Newry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland St Joseph's Convent School, Crackley, Kenilworth, Warwickshire St. Joseph's Convent School, Wanstead, East London St Joseph's In The Park, Hertingfordbury Park, Hertford St Joseph's Park Hill School, Burnley St. Patrick's School (Wolverhampton),[10] Wolverhampton St. Philip Howard Catholic Primary School, Hatfield St Ursula's School, Bristol The McAuley Catholic High School, Doncaster Holy Family
Holy Family
Catholic Primary School

United States of America[edit]

Christ the Teacher Catholic School, Newark, Delaware Mount Saint Mary High School, Oklahoma
City, Oklahoma Mercymount Country Day School, Cumberland, Rhode Island Our Lady of Mercy, Hicksville, New York Our Lady of Mount Carmel Regional School, Berlin, New Jersey Saint Helena School, pre-kindergarten to eight grade, Center Square, Pennsylvania Saint John The Baptist elementary school, kindergarten to eighth grade, New Bedford, Massachusetts Saint Johns Catholic School, kindergarten to eighth grade, Collingswood, NJ St. Vincent De Paul elementary school, kindergarten to eighth grade, San Diego, California Saint John The Apostle elementary school, kindergarten to eighth grade, Hialeah, Florida Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, Chicago, Illinois

Secondary schools[edit]

Academy of Our Lady of Mercy:Lauralton Hall, Milford, Connecticut Assumption High School, Louisville, Kentucky Bishop Feehan High School, Attleboro, Massachusetts Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School, Riverhead, New York Camden Catholic High School Cherry Hill NJ Catherine McAuley
Catherine McAuley
High School, Brooklyn, New York Catherine McAuley
Catherine McAuley
High School, Portland, Maine Cristo Rey High School, Sacramento, California
Sacramento, California
(co-sponsored with the California Province of the Society of Jesus) Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School, Lower Gwynedd Township, Pennsylvania Marquette High School, Ottawa, Illinois
Ottawa, Illinois
(originally St. Xavier's Academy) McAuley Catholic High School, Joplin, Missouri McAuley High School, Cincinnati, Ohio Mercy Academy, Louisville, Kentucky Mercy High School, Baltimore, Maryland Mercy High School, Burlingame, California Mercy High School, Farmington Hills, Michigan Mercy High School, Middletown, Connecticut Mercy High School, Omaha, Nebraska Mercy High School, Red Bluff, California Mercy High School, San Francisco, California Mercy Montessori Center, Cincinnati, Ohio Mercyhurst Preparatory School, Erie, Pennsylvania Mercymount Country Day School, Cumberland, Rhode Island Merion Mercy Academy, Merion Station, Pennsylvania Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School, Chicago, Illinois Mother of Mercy High School, Cincinnati, Ohio Mount de Sales Academy, Macon, Georgia Mount Mercy Academy, Buffalo, New York[11] Mount St. Mary Academy, Little Rock, Arkansas Mount Saint Mary Academy, Watchung, New Jersey Mount St. Mary High School, Oklahoma Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Syosset, New York Our Lady of Mercy High School, Rochester, New York Our Lady of Victory Academy, Dobbs Ferry, New York Sacred Heart School, Jacksonville, Florida Sacred Heart School, Hattiesburg, Mississippi Saint Bernard Academy, Nashville, Tennessee St. Mary Academy - Bay View, East Providence, Rhode Island

Saint Raymond of Penafort, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania St.Catharine Academy, Bronx, New York Saint Stephen School, San Francisco, California St. Vincent's Academy, Savannah, Georgia Sisters Academy, Asbury Park, New Jersey Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg, Virginia

Colleges and universities[edit]

University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania College of St. Mary, Omaha, Nebraska Georgian Court University, Lakewood, New Jersey Gwynedd Mercy University, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania Maria College, Albany, New York Marian Court College, Swampscott, Massachusetts Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York Mercy College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio Mercy School of Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa Mercyhurst University, Erie, Pennsylvania Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, Pennsylvania Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Saint Joseph's College of Maine, Standish, Maine Saint Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island Trocaire College, Buffalo, New York University of Detroit
Mercy, Detroit, Michigan (previously Mercy College of Detroit; University co-sponsored with Society of Jesus) University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, Connecticut


Mount Saint Agnes College
Mount Saint Agnes College
(merged with Loyola University Maryland) Mount Saint Mary's Seminary High School (merged with Bishop Guertin High School), Nashua NH Trinity
College (merged with University of Vermont), Burlington, VT

Hospitals and healthcare work[edit]

Mercy (healthcare organization)


Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Brisbane Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Bundaberg Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Gladstone Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Mackay Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Rockhampton Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Townsville Mater Misericordiae Hospital, North Sydney


Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

See also[edit]

Magdalen Asylum


^ Austin, Mary Stanislas. "Sisters of Mercy." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 10. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911. 2 Oct. 2015 ^ "Mercy World". www.mercyworld.org. Retrieved 27 September 2017.  ^ http://www.churchinhistory.org/pages/nursing-crimean-war/nursing-crimean-war.htm ^ Registered Charity no. CHY 10078. ^ McDonald, Henry; correspondent, Ireland (20 May 2009). "'Endemic' rape and abuse of Irish children in Catholic care, inquiry finds". Retrieved 27 September 2017 – via www.theguardian.com.  ^ Delany, Veronica. "Mary Cecilia Maher". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 23 April 2017.  ^ " Sisters of Mercy
Sisters of Mercy
New Zealand
New Zealand
1850 – A Voyage Made 'Only for God'". Sistersofmercy.org.nz. Retrieved 27 April 2014.  ^ "Holy Cross School Papatoetoe". Hcsp.school.nz. Retrieved 23 April 2014.  ^ "St Edward's, Lisson Grove, Marylebone, London". Retrieved 27 September 2017. [permanent dead link] ^ "Black Country History". blackcountryhistory.org. Retrieved 27 September 2017.  ^ "Mount Mercy Academy". Mtmercy.org. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

Connolly, Mary Beth Fraser. Women
of Faith: The Chicago Sisters of Mercy and the Evolution of a Religious Community (Oxford University Press, 2014)

External links[edit]

Mercy International Association website Sisters of Mercy
Sisters of Mercy
of the Americas website Mercy Foundation, Australia Mercy Home  Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Sisters of Mercy". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.  Charity Commission. The Union of the Sisters of Mercy
Sisters of Mercy
of Great Britain, registered charity no. 288158.  Institute of Our Lady of Mercy, Great Britain

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