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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Catherine's Resource Library

Articles, videos, audio tracks, web links and video clips on Catherine McAuley, the founding of the Sisters of Mercy and the issues Mercy is addressing today, can be downloaded or viewed here.

A community in which this universal charity reigns is ... capable of surmounting all difficulties.

Letter to Catherine McAuley

Mercy Facts

The inaugural Catherine McAuley Lecture is delivered by Dr Alice Sinnott rsm. The lecture series would become an annual event.

November 30, 2006

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Mercy Quotes

“Catherine was a woman of steadfast faith, unwavering hope, and boundless love.”

Angela Bolster

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