September 19, 2017

Mercy Day Greetings 2017 Page (1) of (7)

Mercy Day celebrations at Baggot Street this year will mark 190 years to the day since the opening of the first House of Mercy, now Mercy International Centre.

Sisters, Associates, Communities, Ministries, Congregations and Institutes, as well as members of the wider Mercy network, are invited to send Mercy Day Greetings for posting on our website.

Greetings will be posted online as they are received. We look forward to posting yours!

Greetings should be sent to by Friday, 22 September to make sure they are published online for Mercy Day.

¡Feliz Día de la Misericordia! Happy Mercy Day!



Wishing all in the Mercy world a joyous Mercy Day. In a world fraught with violence and struggles of all sorts, let us be grateful for the gift of our Mercy community which strengthens us for mission. Catherine pray for us to be strengthened in our conviction to be instruments of love and mercy in our world.

In mercy and with love,

Ann M. McGovern, RSM
Mercy by the Sea in Madison, Connecticut USA


Mindful it is 190 years since the first House of Mercy opened in 1827, the directors of Mercy International Association extend their greetings to sisters, friends, associates and partners in ministry as we join together in our local communities to celebrate Mercy Day.

As we explore Mercy Global Presence together in the coming months let us be mindful of those to whom we are present“...because all creatures are connected each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another.” Pope Francis, Laudato Si.

May our celebrations enliven us with respect and love for our earth community.

-Denise Fox rsm
Chair, Board of MIA


Greetings to our beautiful Mercy world on this 190th anniversary of the opening of the House of Mercy on Baggot Street. We extend our deepest gratitude and love to all who work to further the mission of Mercy begun on this day. May each of us continue to open our hearts and welcome all who are suffering into our loving circle.

Saludos a nuestro bello mundo de Misericordia en este 190º aniversario de la apertura de la Casa de la Misericordia en Baggot Street. Extendemos nuestra más profunda gratitud y cariño a todas las personas que trabajan para promover la misión de la Misericordia iniciada en este día. Que cada una/o de nosotras/os continúe abriendo nuestros corazones y dando acogida a nuestro amoroso círculo a todos los que están sufriendo.

-Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas


 Dear Mercies Everywhere,
As another Mercy Day approaches, blessings, celebration and union in prayer for the needs of our world
Ubi caritas et amor…

Marie T. Farrell rsm


May peace through God's mercy settle in each of our hearts, in our community, church and world as we celebrate yet another Mercy Day!

Sister Carol Mucha, RSM
West Midwest Community


Sister Colette and the Sisters of the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy, Great Britain send greetings and blessings to our Sisters, Associates and Partners in Ministry for the feast of Our Lady of Mercy. This year the feast falls on the 190th Anniversary of the opening of the House on Baggot Street so we can truly say, ‘His Mercy is from Age to Age'.

How Catherine will be smiling on us as we strive to continue her ministry of Mercy to all in need in our troubled world today.

May the Lord fill each one of us with deep peace, joy and good health and passion in His service.


Mercy Day greetings from the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) to Sisters, Mercy colleagues, friends and Associates across the world. “Whatever and wherever our ministry is … we are part of the one Mercy mission, part of the ongoing mission of the compassionate Jesus.” (ISMAPNG Constitutions 4.03). Together we continue God’s creative work, knowing we are deeply connected with each other and with all who call our world ‘home.’ We remember each other on this special day when Catherine opened the House of Mercy on Baggot Street in Dublin 190 years ago. Her vision was reflected in works of mercy great and small and it lives on in us. May our hospitality of heart, mind and spirit be evident to all those we meet as we travel on our particular path of Mercy.



We remember each of you this Mercy Day and pray in gratitude and confidence that Our Lady of Mercy and Catherine will continue to gift us with hope as we celebrate the colour, shape and mystery of mercy.


-Margaret, Schol, Cecilia, Marie Louise, Patricia

Download the greeting (PDF)


Students from Saint Xavier University
awaiting Pope Francis' visit
to Philadelphia in September 2015

The Conference for Mercy Higher Education, the network of 17 US colleges and universities sponsored by the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, wishes all who inspire and minister in Mercy many blessings on Mercy Day 2017. Mercy colleges and universities educated 36,475 students in 2016-17 and prepared them professionally for lives of service through the lens of Mercy. We stand proudly in the lineage of so many women and men who seek to bring Mercy to a world so very much in need.

For postings about our institutions' celebrations of Mercy Week, please visit this page (updated through the month of September.)

Dr. Moya K. Dittmeier- Executive Director, Conference for Mercy Higher Education


The students, staff and administration of Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women in Rochester, New York send warm Mercy Day Greetings! May our celebrations across the Mercy World encourage us to carry on Catherine's vision with renewed vigor and passion.

Pat Beairsto, RSM - Campus Minister



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