The Founding Vision

Sisters of Mercy all around the world draw inspiration from Catherine McAuley, who founded the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland in 1831.   
Read Catherine's story here.

Catherine's words - "It began with 2, Sister Doyle and I" - speak of the humble beginning to what has now become an international association of Sisters of Mercy.

Catherine recognised the needs of those who were marginalised and oppressed by unjust social attitudes and practices of the day. She responded by establishing a House of Mercy in Dublin which provided educational, religious and social services for women and children who were at risk of homelessness through exploitation and entrenched poverty.

Within the first ten years, Catherine's sisters had heard the missionary call inherent in the vocation of a Sister of Mercy and crossed the oceans bringing mercy to Newfoundland, England, United States of America, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. Read of the journey of Mercy.

Reflections of the Vision of Mercy

  • Circle of Mercy - a reflection in song and image
  • From the Constitutions of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia & Papua New Guinea:

    "If our hearts are centred in God, we can journey in faith and confidence wherever we are permitted to  assist Him in the persons of His suffering poor." [OR 10]

    "Whatever work we do, our song is of mercy and fidelity, justice and peace." [Ps.101]

    "Because of our God, to whom we sing our song, we join in the search for justice and love wherever we are.

"Calling one another to conversion of heart, to fidelity in mercy, [NA] to justice and peace, we continue to proclaim the loving kindness of God, working together to create the new earth which God's love demands. [Rv. 21:1]" (Constitutions 4.09)