Inspired by the life of Jesus and by our founder Catherine McAuley, the Sisters of Mercy envision a just world for people who are poor, sick and uneducated. We are Roman Catholic women of faith who commit our lives to God and our resources to serve, advocate and pray for those in need around the world. We trace our roots toCatherine McAuley, an Irish Catholic laywoman, who used her inheritance to open the first House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, in 1827 as a safe place for women and girls in need.
In 1831, Catherine founded the Sisters of Mercy. Her mission was to serve people who were poor, sick and uneducated with mercy and compassion. Catherine was determined to make a difference and Sisters of Mercy do!