December 19, 2001

Foundation Day December 12

On this day in 1831, Catherine McAuley, Mary Ann Doyle, and Mary Elizabeth Harley professed their vows as Sisters of Mercy, thus establishing the new Institute. Grateful for their generosity and inspired by their example, we pray for the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy:

Bless and Protect us, Merciful God

May our performance of the works of mercy be animated by charity and zeal, we pray:

May our newer members and those who are discerning a call to Mercy be supported by the prayer and example of others, we pray:

May those who are called to leadership within the Institute serve the common good with courage and compassion, we pray:

May our benefactors, associates, and co-workers share in the fruits of the good works which they enable, we pray:

May all people be renewed in their hope and strengthened in their efforts to build a more just society, we pray:

(© 1998 Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas)

Sisters of Mercy, who recall the story of Catherine, Kingstown, and Fr Sheridan, will be interested in the following:

From 'Southside People,' Dublin, 19 December 2001

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