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Mercy Enews
No. 355 | 16 March 2010

Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, used her inheritance in service of the needs of her time. Today, Sisters of Mercy, through Mercy International Association, use their resources to respond to issues of global poverty demonstrated in the massive displacement of persons worldwide...This vision keeps alive the founding spirit of Catherine among peoples of the world most in need of God's compassion and mercy.
from the MIA Visioning Statement 2007

Feature

Series on Where the Sisters of Mercy Minister: Australia (6)

The first Sisters of Mercy to cross from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere were Ursula Frayne rsm and her six companions who traveled from Dublin on a ship called The Elizabeth and arrived in Western Australia in 1846. They took a riverboat to Perth and established a new foundation in order to meet the educational needs of the pioneering society.

Other Sisters of Mercy who made a similar journey to establish and supplement the new foundations in Australia include delegations from Ireland and England.

Those from Ireland include sisters from Belfast, Co. Antrim (1872); Callan, Co. Kilkenny (1888); Charleville, Co. Cork (1866); Derry, Co. Derry (1898); Dublin, Co. Dublin (1859); Dungarvan, Co. Waterford (1888); Ennis, Co. Clare (1875); Rochfort Bridge, Co. Tipperary (1875); Swinford, Co. Mayo (1876); and Westport, Co. Mayo (1859). Those from England came from Bermondsey (1884) and Liverpool (1865). In addition, Sisters of Mercy traversed the ocean from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Australia in 1880.

Messages to Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage & Spirituality

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