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Mercy Enews
No. 444 | 12 December 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


Celebration of 180 years of the Sisters of Mercy (MIA)

Mercy International Association hosted 85 people for a celebration of the 180th anniversary of the foundation of the Sisters of Mercy. The Eucharistic liturgy was held at the former Presentation Convent Chapel at George’s Hill, where Catherine McAuley, Anna Maria Doyle, and Elizabeth Harley professed their vows as the first Sisters of Mercy on 12th December 1831.

Those gathered for the celebrations on this Foundation Day of 2011 reflected the spread of Mercy throughout the world in the time since Catherine and her two companions professed vows.

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

Editor: On December 12 Sisters of Mercy across the globe celebrated the 180th anniversary of the founding of the order. A report of the Foundation Day celebrations in Wanstead, Great Britain, can be accessed here on the GB Institute website.

Photo: Icon of Our Lady of Mercy


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