About Catherine

Catherine McAuley was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1778. In 1824 she used her inheritance from an Irish couple she had served for twenty years to build a large House of Mercy where she and other lay women would shelter homeless women, reach out to the sick and dying and educate poor girls. The House on Baggot Street opened in 1827. To give these efforts greater stability, Catherine and her co-workers founded a new religious congregation. On 12 December 1831, she and two others professed their vows as the first Sisters of Mercy. Before her death on 11 November 1841, Catherine founded convents and works of mercy throughout Ireland and England.

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About Catherine
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Canonisation Cause

Canonisation Cause

With Catherine McAuley's vision as our shared inheritance MIA is called at this time to promote the vision in ways that are creative, life-giving, appropriate to the times and sufficiently compelling to claim Catherine as a canonised saint.

Never be disheartened: God is good to us beyond expression.

Letter to M Cecilia Maher

Mercy Facts

Reception of first Honduran Sisters, San Pedro - S

December 13, 1979

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Mercy Quotes

“It is my hope and prayer that after the period of darkness and winter has accomplished its purpose, we shall see the bright promise of another spring.”

M Concilia Moran

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