Founded in Dublin, Ireland on December 12, 1831 by Catherine McAuley, the Sisters of Mercy comprise the largest order of religious women in the United States.
Sprung from the seeds of Catherine's vision, hard work, and abiding trust in God, the Sisters of Mercy have consistently been attuned to the signs of the times and have been at the forefront of responding to them. You'll find us working on such critical issues as immigration reform, homelessness, housing, healthcare, and education. Our mission is to make the world a better place, especially for women and children. You're as likely to find our sisters on Capitol Hill and in the UN as you are to find them in underserved inner cities, schools, hospitals, and refugee camps. In the nearly 180 years since our founding, Sisters of Mercy have nurtured, clothed, counseled, and housed countless individuals. We have educated and inspired generations of professionals who have, in turn, made major contributions in all walks of life. And we have worked in collaboration with others to influence policies that have helped to bring about positive systemic change.
Today, the Sisters of Mercy continue to urge themselves and others to advocate for the voiceless in the world. Following in Catherine's footsteps, as long as there is a gap between the rich and the poor, the sisters will be there to build a bridge.