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Mercy Enews
No. 432 | 21 September 2011

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


On Mercy Day

The great feast that unites the Mercy world is Mercy Day.

Its origin dates back to September 24th. 1827 when the House on Baggot Street opened as a school for the education of poor young girls and as a residence for homeless girls and women. Anna Maria Doyle and Catherine Byrn, Catherine’s first co-workers moved in on that day but Catherine did not move in for a further eight or nine months. She was detained by other responsibilities, including the care of her ill sister, Mary.

Responding to Anna Marie Doyle’s desire to begin the work, Catherine wrote to tell her that the needful preparation of the house would be complete towards the end of September and that if she pleased she could move in on the 23rd or 24th. According to the Bermondsey annals, ‘Miss Doyle, though she did not know then of the feast, fixed on the 24th, but in another note remarked that she would be particularly rejoiced to begin her labours on that day as it was dedicated to Our Lady of Mercy, suggesting at the same time that House of Mercy would be a good name for the institution.’

Messages to Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

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