Our Heritage

A mission-minded woman, Catherine McAuley founded Sisters of Mercy in 1827. Catherine was moved to respond to the suffering and poverty she witnessed around her in Dublin, Ireland. With a $1 million inheritance she established the first House of Mercy in Dublin. Today, we continue to strive to carry on Catherine’s mission to serve the poor, sick and uneducated – especially women, children and the elderly.

With a nearly 200-year legacy, Mercy is grateful for the remarkable women who began our ministry and the Sisters who have sustained it through eight generations. Founded by Catherine McAuley in Dublin, Ireland, the Sisters of Mercy are responsible for thousands of meaningful ministries, including our own. 

Today, their legacy is carried on by 45,000 co-workers, with each of us answering the same call to offer health care that is innovative, compassionate and rooted in faith. 

Watch the full
Catherine McAuley film biography

“Let charity then be our badge of honor.”

– Catherine McAuley

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