Welcome to the website of the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy

We are very happy to launch our new website for the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy. On 12th December 1831 Catherine McAuley and her two companions made their vows as the first Sisters of Mercy and the Congregation was launched. 188 years later we are able to reach out to people through the use of modern technology and social media.

It seems appropriate that we are launching our website in the ‘Year of the Word’ initiated by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales. This is a year when we are encouraged to listen to the God who speaks. May we all hear our God who uses so many ways to speak to us.

Sr Colette Cronin, Institute Leader

Who we are

Recent news

Foundation Day 12 December 1831

On 12 December 1831 Catherine McAuley, Anna Maria Doyle and Elizabeth Harley returned to the House of Mercy on Baggot Street, Dublin as the first Professed…

World Day of the Poor

After being welcomed by Bishop Drainey a group from Streetwise Opera sang a welcome song in multiple languages. The choir was made up mainly of refugees…

Opening of Avan House

Working in collaboration with Whispers of Hope, a recently established project in Stoke -on-Trent, Sr. Geraldine Sweeney RSM has moved into “Avan House”, the Hosting Community…

What we do

The first Chapter of our original rule written in Catherine’s own handwriting states the original purpose for our existence as Sisters of Mercy.

The Sisters admitted to this Religious Congregation besides attending to their own perfection which is the principal end of all Religious Institutes should also have in view what is the peculiar characteristic of this

What we do

Follow the Sisters of Mercy on Twitter

Being Christian does not mean defending yourself with an ideology in order to move forward. To be Christian is to be free, because we have confidence, because we are docile to the Word of the Lord. #HomilySantaMarta

So today is called ‘Blue Monday’ Dear friends on twitter what can we do today to make twitter, our local area, the world a brighter and more joyful place? #BlueMonday #Smile

‘We ought to give ourselves to prayer in the true spirit of our vocation to obtain new vigour, zeal and fervour.’ Catherine McAuley #MercyQuote

On the 2nd day of the Week of Prayer for #ChristianUnity we pray for ✨ Enlightenment, seeking and showing forth Christ’s lig­ht:
God, your word is a light to our steps and without you we are lost and disorien­tated…
#WCC #WPCU2020

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Sisters of Mercy respond to the various needs in our world today. Several of our Sisters are Prison Chaplains or Hospital Chaplains, others visit the sick and the needy in their own homes.